Have you ever seen the fingers of a person with diabetes? Mine don’t actually look like that because I manage my condition with medication rather than with insulin and I don’t have to prick my dedos very often. Now the question is, why would I want to prick my fingers more often? I won’t lie to you, one gets used to the lancet, but it hurts (ask my husband). I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like for people who have to check often.
However, I’ve been thinking if it’s right for me to test my blood sugars only 2-3 a week. I think I’d feel more comfortable with once a day, so I can test every day at a different time to actually have a good idea of how my pancreas/liver/cells combo reacts to what I eat, my activity levels, etc. Is that unreasonable? While the medical community agrees that people who don’t use insulin don’t need to test daily, I’m just not sure it helps in the long run.
Sure, we non-insulin peeps don’t have to deal with that many lows, and the A1C may give us a decent idea of how our blood sugars have been, but an average doesn’t really tell you about day to day levels. What if you’re sick? What if you ate something you thought wouldn’t raise your levels, but it actually did? How do you know what is your bad time of the day? If I go by symptoms, that doesn’t help because sometimes I don’t even feel like my levels are high unless I’m super jittery and that’s because the level is really high.
I guess I better talk about this post with my endocrinologist when I go see him next week. I want to have a better understanding of how my body works and I think keeping more records about my blood sugar levels will help.
I’ve been thinking a lot before posting this. I even picked some people’s brains, mostly type 2’s. I don’t want to offend anyone or sound resentful. It’s just that sometimes I feel so invisible because I have type 2 diabetes… and apparently I’m not the only one. We’re kinda the ones “responsible” for our condition, and even though I know many people in the diabetes community don’t make the difference between all types of diabetes, there are still many others who think we don’t have to deal with “that much” and that we’re a bunch of irresponsible wimps with no character. After all, eat better, exercise, lose weight and your diabetes will be gone… *poof*, right? NO, not right.
If you’ve seen me you’re probably thinking I would get rid of my diabetes if I just lost all this darn weight. But you probably don’t know that I do have a very significant hormonal imbalance. After 10 years I finally was informed of a possible cause for my condition. Not that I didn’t know my hormones are the crankiest on earth, but the fertility doctor added PCOS to the equation. And I think the PCOS is as old as I am… completely ignored and untreated and here I’ve been thinking why I just feel crazy. But I digress… what I’m saying is that sometimes it’s not that easy. I’m not saying it may be not that easy for me (my major problem is my difficulty to gather the will power to do what’s right), but I don’t like generalizations. And when type 1’s hate on type 2’s, that is just not right.
I realize that part of problem may be just in my head. And I know no one else judges me the way I judge myself, so most of the things I believe people think are only in my head. But I wanted to write about this and see if I get some input. I spend a lot of time advocating for ALL types of diabetes and I don’t think anyone would appreciate if one day I decided I’m just going to care about type 2.