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Old 03-01-2018, 16:49   #11
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Thank you alamogirl, div2live and Rolaids for your posts. After using a 50 pack of test strips in under 2 weeks, I'm giving my fingertips a rest and just going on what I've learned so far. My reading has slowed down some due to the sleep disruption, which I believe I've read is normal? It's nice to see you in so many other threads after meeting you on my intro thread, kind of like when I used to live in SoCal and meet stars and then see them on the big screen!

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Old 03-01-2018, 19:35   #12
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Hi OG,

Another new guy here! I found this forum a few months back.

I don't know what to offer, that's for sure! Firstly, as it turns out I have type 1 diabetes. Got it at 61 and for the first year it was real easy. Gave up on concentrated sugars (soda, candy, dessert - rarely) and found nuts and such.

My doctor gave me the metformin and it didn't work. That's when I began administering insulin. At first it was just one long-acting shot a day.

(There's a back story here: Our daughter has had type 1 diabetes since she was 11 and she's now 25, so we know about type 1.)

After a few months of taking my own insulin and seeing good control, I went to an endo who did some blood tests showing some antibodies unique to type 1 diabetics. So, that's it! I had type 1 and that's why the metformin didn't do bupkis!

The endo has been great for me! I got my insulin pretty dialed in for quite a spell. Now my pancreas is changing further to the bad and my insulin needs are changing. I pack both the short and long-acting insulin, I carb count, I give shots and I test.

Other than it being on my mind all the time I'm surviving and things are going pretty well. I still get unexplained highs or lows. Wish it all made sense.

Then again, I'm an engineer and like data that makes sense.

Almost no aptitude for the life sciences and here I am running an experiment -ON MYSELF!

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Old 03-02-2018, 18:33   #13
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Oldguy....
You mention that you are 'finger sticking' a lot now, that is great news as it is the first step to learning what is really going on in your body...then when you get control, you will know you really are in control....

Many new diabetics are not trained or poorly trained on how to do finger sticks, so just in case let me shares how I do it....it is painless!

1. Never stick a finger on the 'tip' of the finger that is one of the most sensitive part of the body.
2. Do Stick your fingers on the 'sides' of the fingers, fewer nerves and totally less pain!
3. Do not use alcohol swabs as in time they will toughen up the skin making it more painful. Wash your hands in warm water (helps getting the capillaries flowing well, with soap. Dry hand well before testing or the remaining moisture could give you a false read.
4. Avoid squeezing your fingers for blood, it may give you a false reading.
5. You should be using a lancet device that comes with your meter. This devise will have an adjustment for how deep the lancet actually sticks your finger. Find the lowest level that you can use and still get enough blood for a good reading. I have big fat hands, and I still get good blood using #1 my lowest setting, and it really is painless....sometimes I may stick myself 5-7 times a day, if I am testing new foods along with my normal monitoring...

Good Luck...I am sure others may add to this....we all share this in common...

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Hi fatt-dad,
Thanks for checking in. I'm sorry that type 1 sounds like more work than type 2. I'm really enjoying the anti-inflammatory side effect of metformin, I'm having the least pain from cervical and thoraxic arthritis in decades! The atorvastatin I could live without though! Hope you're not too frustrated that the human body doesn't conform to engineering principles . I've enjoyed and learned from your posts in multiple threads, Thank you and keep chuggin' along

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Hello div2live,
Thanks for the tips. I've been testing twice a week for over a your now as per my prescription from the VA. I bought a 50 pack of strips after reading bloodsugar 101 and test to eat. My testing routine is:
1 Wash hands with hot water
2 Test on the side of my finger with my lancet set at 5 1/2 (max) and push hard
3 Squeeze a lot
4 Fairly often, repeat because I didn't get enough blood!

It was well worth it with how much I learned about my blood sugar responses, but my fingers are definitely ready for some rest.
If you think that was bad, don't bring up exercise or you'll really hear some complaining! Seriously though, thanks for taking the time and effort to respond to my posts and I just love how all the advise on this site applies to so many people in similar situations.

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3 Squeeze a lot
4 Fairly often, repeat because I didn't get enough blood!.
I have found that if my hands are warm, the blood flows more freely (conversely, if my hands are cold there's no amount of squeezing that will give me a drop of blood).

I often use a microwave heating pad (the kind that's a tube with grains in it), wrapping it around the hand to be tested for five minutes or so; or put on rubber gloves and hold my hand under hot running water.

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Thank you VeeJay for yet another helpful response, and a big thank you to everyone on this site, my DiabetesPal app is now saying that my next A1c reading should be 6.5! My next appointment isn't until July but I'm excited!

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My next appointment isn't until July but I'm excited!
oldguy, it's great to see such enthusiasm and such a positive outlook!

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Hi itissteve, How could I not be excited. After over a year of forcing down fermented organic oatmeal w/ fruit because I thought it was healthy, I find out it spikes my blood sugar over 220. Now I find eggs, pork roll and cheese lowers my blood sugar! Beyond awesome! As I'm beginning to lose weight, I'm able to stand in the kitchen for longer periods of time. Soon I'll have the stamina to attempt some of VeeJay's drool inducing treats! On top of that, I keep getting encouragement from people in the same boat as myself. I'd probably be in a good mood even if the Eagles hadn't finally won the Superbowl last month!

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All,
I read an article in today's(Saturday/Sunday, March 3 - 4, 2018) Wall Street Journal! In the Off Duty Section (Last Section) Titled:

"Here's to Really GOOD FAT"

Although I did not agree with everything they wrote, this was the first 'main stream' news article that I have read on the benefits of eating fat and not eating sugars (carbs as they define it)....

They also stated that the food industry is quickly adding fats back into their low fat, non fat, offerings.....

FINALLY, MAYBE THE WORLD IS WAKING UP!

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