Taking back the reigns

I wish there were more hours in the day. A third of the way through 2016 and this my first blog post. Oops. It’s been a busy few months, and I’m kicking myself for not dedicating the time to write more often. What with my YLD project, job hunting and wedding planning, 2016 has flown by. Before I know it, it’ll be 6th May 2017 and I’ll be a married woman. Argh!

Deep down, I know I haven’t given myself enough ‘me’ time, this year. As a result, I’m pretty sure my diabetes has suffered. I’m going to go out on a limb and give myself credit for keeping up the injections for the majority of my meals. Sadly though, that’s about the only thing I’ve managed to keep up with, when it come to my diabetes.

On the whole, I check my BG levels before eating. Ok, maybe 70 % of the time? Looking through my BG meter this morning, I felt a bubble of guilt swallow me whole, as I noted the lack of ‘post meal’ checks, the lack of checking before I drive or exercise. Noting the high’s without corrections.

The biggest change I’ve noticed? No basal insulin probably for over 2 months. Basal insulin runs in the background and is active throughout the day. In effect, it mimics the body’s insulin pattern throughout the day, particularly during periods of fasting, such as sleeping. Whilst doing my DAFNE course in 2013, I learnt that there’s no point in trying to fix the bolus ratios, until you’ve cracked the basal doses.

In December last year, I was feeling pretty confident that I’d sussed my basal doses, down to a T – 5 units at 9am and 6 units at 9pm. That was what my body needed to keep me in check throughout the day. Without these two injections, my body’s fasting levels were generally elevated to 8/9. Not stupidly high, but when I’m in the diabetes mindset, I’m a perfectionist! With my various meals during the day and without this background insulin, it wouldn’t be unusual for my BG levels to periodically rise and rise. Numbers like 13 or 14 have been creeping into my meter more and more (maybe it’s just the BG fairies planting these numbers, though?!). If you’re reading this, you might have diabetes so I don’t need to teach you to suck eggs; high sugar levels make you feel like crap.

It’s taken me until last week to get into the mind-set that tells me I need to sort myself out. I need to get back to taking my basal injections. I need to get back to checking more regularly, and not just once or twice a day. I need to do the dreaded…3AM basal check. Basically, I need a kick up the butt to reign my diabetes in.

No matter how busy I am, my health is important to me. Everything that I’m busy with is on a short term basis. My health is important for my whole life. How I treat my diabetes in the now, will have an effect in years to come. As a person with diabetes, I am more likely to things like stroke, heart disease, kidney disease etc. I need to look after myself today, to look after myself in 50 years’ time.

This week, I have made a promise to myself that I will get at least one 3am BG check. For the past week, I have managed ALL my basal injections, and I’ve already noticed a difference. So yes, I am saying ‘told you so’ to myself!

On that note, who’s going to join me in a 3am check?