Glucometer

I have no idea sometimes why I picked the keywords that I did. But I am going to stay true to them and see what comes up. Perhaps it will be good for me as a writer, because it makes me write about challenging topics. Not just challenging in their complexity, but challenging in their narrowness. How often does one write 500 words about their glucometer?

For those that don’t know [and before I became diabetic I certainly didn’t know] a glucometer is a little device that allows you to test your blood. You prick your finger with a lancet and then put the blood up against a little piece of hard paper called a test strip. Then you get a number. One website [dexcom] states: “A glucometer, also known as a glucose meter or blood glucose monitoring device, is a home measurement system you can use to test the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood.”

Many people want to know if it hurts. It doesn’t hurt too bad once you get used to it. It is a little pin prick and doesn’t bother me much. I generally take it from the same finger because it seems to be one that can get pricked again and again and be no worse for the wear for it. The injections of insulin can sometimes hurt more than the finger prick to be honest. It depends but sometimes it hurts and can even cause a small amount of blood to be emitted. All things being said, I’d rather have the finger prick test than the injections of insulin in my belly.

The number pops up incredibly quickly. I barely have time to take out the lancet and dispose of it before it pops up on the glucometer. It is so, so easy to feel like a complete and total failure when that number pops up. I may have had low blood sugar once or twice in my life. The vast majority has been high to very high.

For people with diabetes, your fasting number should be 80–130 mg/dl. 2 hours after meals a person with diabetes should be less than 180 mg/dl. The official A1C recommendation for someone with diabetes is less than 7.0%. My fasting number this morning was 173. That’s pretty bad. However, I am grateful for any time that my number does not go above 200. I have had numbers in the 300s and even a few in the 400s.

I generally test my fasting number each morning first thing [fun!]. But recently my diabetes regimen has changed. In addition to my long-acting insulin taken each morning in 2 shots I will be doing three short acting injections before each meal. My endocrinologist wants me to test before each injection with meals as well as at night before bed. So this increases my number of injections from 2 to 5 and my number of finger-prick texts from 1 to 5. So that means I will be doing 5 injections and 5 finger-prick tests per day. This is a huge increase and basically means my glucometer and supplies needs to be with me at all times.

As I said in a previous entry, I hate diabetes and I hate having diabetes. But it is a challenge to take care of it well and get your numbers in better control. I hope to do just that and will keep you informed. Also, I just wrote over 500 words about a glucometer. Go me!