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I Took My Own Blood Glucose For The First Time By Myself

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Wish me some congratulations, I finally used the blood glucose monitor myself today.  After making sure the machine worked, I went into my bathroom, washed my hands with soap & water, then dried them.  I got the lancet all cocked in the pen and then I stopped.  I then held out my finger and got the lancet ready, but could not do it again.  It actually took me almost fifteen minutes until I finally did it.  Then, the setting for the lancet was not long enough, so it took me another five minutes until I was able to do it again. Low and behold I was able to do it, and it did not hurt very much.  Okay, now this is the first day for the rest of my life that I am going to do this.  Why can't they take your sugar without taking any blood?  In case you were wondering, my blood sugar was 131 -- still high, but much lower than the 342 I had two weeks ago.

I met with a registered nutritionist this evening.  She was very pleasant.  We talked about what I was eating now, what I was eating before I went on this diet, and what I should be eating for now on.  I told her about the diet I was following and she said it was more of a diabetic type 1 diet.  It included too many carbohydrates.   She gave me the same type of substitution meal plan, but it contained more proteins and vegetables while cutting down on the carbs.  I think I may like this better.  I am going to check the substitution amounts for the new diet against the diet I have been using to see exactly what has changed.

The visit was mostly what I expected.  She had me fill out some basic information about myself (like they would at a doctor's office), then she began asking me questions about my health, diet and eating habits.  She did not go into much detail about the reasons behind some of the foods, but was informative enough to put me in the right direction.   I think I should have asked more questions.  The thing that really sucks is that she wants me to fill out a form that lists everything that I eat for the next week and record my blood sugar level at four specified times each day.  That is 28 pricks over the next seven days.  I know that this will give her a chance to see my blood sugar levels throughout the day over a few day period, but I really hate filling out these types of forms and I am not looking forward to lancing myself four times a day, including while I am work.

My wife dropped me off at the nutritionist's office, then went home.  I was going to take a bus home, but decided to walk instead -- the temperature was warm, but not extremely hot, however, the walk was probably 2 1/2 miles or more.  The exercise was good and I bumped into a friend I have not seen in over 25 years.

I am going to see the doctor on the 26th and I hope to be off at least two of the pills at that time and off two more by the end of next month.

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