I was so excited to be going to a new place, and to a new endocrinologist, to hopefully get some new ideas on wrangling in these roller coaster blood sugars I've been seeing on my Dexcom over the past year that I've been using it.
|my dexcom meter. this is what a bad day looks like. less of this, please.|
It was an accident. Because the sink didn't have surrounding counter space, it seemed that the most logical and safe place to set down my meter was on the back of the toilet. I didn't realize there was a slight slope, just the perfect amount of slope, that as I turned to wash my hands, my glucometer fell right into the toilet water. I tried drying it off and using it, but it had already drowned and was beyond saving.
I told the receptionist about my mishap, and she gave me a brand new meter, just like the one I tossed in their toilet.
|old "one touch" glucometer that fell in the toilet/ new replacement glucometer|
Also, the lab results were just about immediate, so by the time I met with the diabetic educator, we knew my results. This makes a lot more sense than getting lab work results 3-5 days after my actual doctor appointment! So we looked at not only my Dexcom results over the last week, but at my A1c as well.
After speaking with the educator, (which you have the option to do, or can forgo if you prefer) I met with Dr. Mora. He had already been filled in on what I was wanting to address, medications I had asked about, and had an idea of my goals.
Often, I have to opt to take a little too much, or a little too little insulin- but now, with the 1/2 unit options- POW!- this could really help me tighten up my control. Not only does the NovoPen Echo give me the ability to delivery in 1/2 unit increments, it also has a memory that tells me when I last took a shot, and how much I took. Sometimes, even right after injecting insulin I'll think "Wait, how much did I just put in there?" So this added feature sure is nice. I trust the pen's memory better than my own.
He also suggested that I use a new glucometer. It's one that not only give you a blood sugar reading, but also advises you on how much insulin to take, based on how many carbs you tell it you're about to ingest. It's the Accu-Chek Aviva Expert.
|accu-chek aviva expert|
So for now, that's it. A new meter that calculates my carb/insulin ratio, and a new pen that delivers 1/2 units of insulin. Hopefully, these two minor adjustments will make a difference and I'll have a little roller coaster that looks more like the "Mini-Mine Train" than the "Shock Wave".
|an ideal day on the dexcom. more of this, please.|