Diabetes numbers and figures

November was Diabetes Awareness Month and if I hadn’t been so busy, I would have liked to blog about what we go through, living with the condition. Sadly, there aren’t enough hours in my days, so this didn’t happen. I know I know, what’s the point in having a health blog, if you’re not going to blog about how you’re doing? Dang.

Ok, so how about an update? This time last year, I was in Canada with about 150 other young people who have diabetes. That by far, is one of my most memorable experiences to date. I love how through the power of the Internet, we’re still in touch. It’s heart warming to see how thousands of people around the world, are trying to improve the lives of others who have diabetes. Whether or not you’re involved, there is a huge family of people with diabetes, ready to welcome its new members!

Since August, I’ve tried to be strict with myself, in terms of managing my diabetes. I don’t know what led to it, but something clicked and I knew I had to set up a spreadsheet for my diabetes. I’ve had diabetes for just over 5 years and during that time, I’ve been pretty good at checking my levels, I’ve just not always been that great at doing something with those numbers.

So here lieth the spreadsheet, which maketh my life easier. It should. I hope. Please? I’ve gone back to college and set out my formulae, conditional formatting and so it looks pretty. Pretty confusing.


Maybe it’s just because I’m me, but the numbers don’t make sense. Here’s the thing. I’m confident that I have my background insulin down to a t – 5 units in the morning and 5 units in the evening. My 3am checks have given me the confidence to say that that’s ok. So now it’s time to work on my mealtime doses. Except, I don’t know where exactly to start.

Sometimes I correct and it does nothing. Other times, I correct and I seem to be spot on. Other times, I can inject one correction unit and it can send me down the ski slope. I haven’t quite managed to suss out when my body is most resistant to insulin, yet. I’m currently going along the train of thought that I’m most resistant after breakfast. That’s where the most red is, right? The solution – increase my breakfast dose. Simple. Not simple. And my pancreas isn’t sorry, either. No matter what I have for breakfast, how much insulin I take, or when, there will always be a spike after breakfast. Even when I have a carb free breakfast, I spike!

So that’s my current challenge. Being high after breakfast makes me want to crawl back into bed and sleep, until my levels come back down. Except that’s not going to happen, because I work full time and the people I work with don’t ‘get’ my diabetes, so wouldn’t look kindly to taking a nap at my desk.