Because I shoot up so often, half the time I'm not even paying attention. Sometimes, 5 minutes after taking a shot I'll wonder, "Wait, how much insulin did I take?!" Other times, I'll notice a severe spike in my blood sugar after a meal and wonder, "Did I take my shot?" It's super annoying, and it sounds ridiculous, but it is not an uncommon problem for a Type 1 diabetic. There's a lot to keep track of, and sometimes, the mind gets jumbled.
Because of that, drug companies make a few pens that have a time stamp on them, like this one I use for my "fast" acting insulin.
|Novo Echo Pen|
I asked my doctor if they made a pen like that for the Lantus that I take only once a day, in the morning. He said that although they used to, they stopped because since you only take it once a day, most people can keep it straight.
That is a lie. That is coming from a doctor who is not a Type 1 diabetic. First of all, things that are daily habits, don't require much thought. So it's not that hard to occasionally forget- especially if you're routine is disrupted. Secondly, there is in fact a product made for the "few" people that can't remember shit- like me! It's a cap you can put on an insulin pen that keeps track of it for you. I bought it online recently, after my doctor told me there was no such thing.
|There is such a thing! It's called Timesulin. And you can order it online for around $30.|
Usually during my sleeping hours, I have a steady line in a happy blood sugar range through the night. It tends to dip a little low, but I rarely, if ever, have problems with it going too high. But this morning I looked at my Dexcom and saw that my blood sugar had hovered around a steady 200 all night. WHAT?! That sucks!! I even took some insulin right before bed to get it down. I thought if anything, I'd wake up during the night with a LOW blood sugar reading. Not high. What in the world was going on?
It's easy to forget what you forget. I wondered if it was possible I had skipped my shot yesterday morning. I really couldn't remember, I just knew I had a stressful morning, rushed around, and had an appointment I was really anxious about. But I couldn't remember if I had taken my shot. Or if I had brushed my teeth. Or if I had turned off the light in my closet. All little mundane habits I don't usually think that much about.
But, thanks to my Timesulin, I looked at my pen, and sure enough, it let me know it had been over 40 hours since my last shot of Lantas. That totally explained the high readings. I just thought for some reason, my insulin requirements were a little high the previous day due to stress or whatever. But nope. I needed more fast acting insulin all day because I didn't taken my shot of Lantas that morning.
Once I took my Lantas, and my fast acting insulin, and I ran 3 miles, and drank my Vitamix,and I walked my dogs another 3 1/2 miles, this is what happened to my blood sugar.
|High to a great feeling low.|
And it's been nice and steady throughout the whole day.
Not only do I shoot up daily to avoid getting high, sometimes I can't even remember doing it. So it helps so much to have tools that help me with that.