You use two different kinds of insulin, right? One long-acting & the quicker acting?Ok...my first question is what the heck is bolus? Lol.. I test before a meal and 2 hours after, my insurance isn't the best so I am trying to keep the costs down when it comes to all my med needs. Has anyone found cheaper suppliers? I tested this morning and I was 127, I ate breakfast which consist of scrambled eggs,1 slice of wheat toast,3 cubes of cantelope, watermelon and honey dew and a small glass of skim milk. When it tested 2 hours later I was 224! This is driving me insane bouncing all over the chart. So you guys know my pancreas does not produce at all anymore so I'm wondering if the sliding scale is right for me or should I just test before each meal and not test every 2 hours?
As others have told you, the sliding scale isn't very effective. I don't use insulin, so the others are going to have to take the floor & discuss the finer points of this, but you had a very carby meal with all the melon, milk & toast, so you really should have had humalog to keep you from shooting up to 224.No, because my number was good and using the sliding scale it says not too.
Me too! I must bolus if I'm eating anything with countable carbs ... including avocados, I've just learned.yes, I sure do... as I'm taking the insulin for the food I'm about to eat.
well I test very regularly... I've had diabetes 13 years now and I think what I've learnt most is to not stress over numbers. I pretty much know what I can and can't handle... that comes with experience. I tried the no carb and very low carb thing and couldn't cope with that at all... was really sick. I'm relatively new at insulin (just over a year now) but I'm finding what endo has told me to do is working mostly. What I do get annoyed with is things outside my control which I've had a lot of lately. When you first get diagnosed your focus is all around your food and exercise... you rarely get told about other stuff. I was really appreciative of my endo explaining things properly for me.... eg. how are you feeling? how are you sleeping? do you get sickness or pain? etc... all that stuff impacts your BGLs. Boy have I learnt that!Me too! I must bolus if I'm eating anything with countable carbs ... including avocados, I've just learned.
Your requirements may be looser (I sure hope so!). Testing before and after meals is the only way to find out, and to keep good levels, pain though that is, especially at first.
Oh, yeah. The restaurant thing is huuuge! I got diagnosed right in the middle of a bunch of social and volunteer obligations that all involved eating out. AAAARRGHHHH!See that makes more sense to me because using the sliding scale it's like trying to corral the horses after they get out of the pin. The biggest problem I have is I travel A LOT for work and hotels and restaurants haven't taken us diabetics into their menus yet and we all know the refrigerators don't hold much. Cooking my meals is out of the question unless I'm at home, which isn't often.
Traveling and having to eat out all the time scares me. Like today at restaurant with family had brunch with eggs and white bagel and next thing I am over 10 which sent me immediately to the stationary bike for half an hour to burn off and get back down to below 6Shalynne said:Oh, yeah. The restaurant thing is huuuge! I got diagnosed right in the middle of a bunch of social and volunteer obligations that all involved eating out. AAAARRGHHHH!
I think the mostly-vegetarian potluck was the worst. A veritable sea of beans and rice and crackers and bread. Two weeks post-diagnosis. But I digress.
Don't know if there's a feasible way you can look up eateries in advance. Do you have an iPad, or netbook, or something like that? Most eateries have menus online, even the local places. Of course, most of the menus feature side dishes that just won't work. I'm just now developing the habit of calling 'em up in advance to ask about substitutions.
I also use a diet book that shows the carbs for many foods and chain establishments. The one I use. (Lots of online info there, too.) And there are others as well.