I’ve been really slacking on everything lately. I got quite far behind in school, enough that they were concerned about it and I had to go into the school a few weeks ago and rework my schedule to ensure I get everything done on time to graduate in December. Since then I have really put a lot of work into catching up and I am happy to say I am actually caught up. Luckily my grades never suffered. I was still getting good grades. I was just getting behind.
Another thing I have been slacking on is paying attention to my blood sugar. There is no need for it really since I have been using the Freestyle Libre for years. Somewhere along the way though I got frustrated with everything and just stopped scanning and then getting chunks of missing data and just not paying attention. A couple of weeks ago (around the same time I had to go into school) I ended up in the ER with a blood sugar of 36 mmol/l, since they should be in the 3.9-10 range, that’s way too high.
The ER doctor put me on insulin and said that I need to get it under control. For a few weeks after it was still high and I was struggling with the insulin, with how much to take and when. I am now on insulin 4 times a day. Rapid-acting insulin at breakfast, lunch and supper and long-acting insulin at bedtime. It was frustrating at first but now I don’t mind it so much as I am learning to get better control.
Now I am also using the Freestyle Libre 2, which just became available last week here in Canada. It’s basically the same but it has alarms that you can set for high and low blood sugar to let you know you are going high or low. As I have previously gone low overnight without knowing quite often this is awesome to have the alarms. There are a few other things I like that they added to the app as well.
Talking to my doctor this evening around supper time he was actually really proud of the way I have turned things around, and it’s actually affecting my mood in a good way as well. We talked as well a bit about an insulin pump. He wants me to ask the diabetic nurse at the diabetes clinic next time I talk to them about if they think it would benefit me eventually to be on one.
I am interested in it. I think it would be much better than multiple daily injections and is being used more and more to treat type 2 diabetes. It looks like my insurance company may even cover some of them including the Omnipod, which I am really interested in. It’s tubeless and waterproof. So that’s something I will be looking into shortly.
I wish they would do testing here to try and determine if it is type 2 or if I actually have LADA (type 1.5) or MODY, but they don’t seem to bother doing that in Nova Scotia unless you really push it or the doctor has some other reason to suspect it. It seems in some other provinces they do the testing on everyone diagnosed with type 2 now.
I question it because I was in my early 30’s when I started developing diabetes and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I was unable to get it under control following their advice and was on medications by my mid-30s and lately, I seem to have just completely stopped producing insulin. If I forgot to take insulin I go right back up to extremely high numbers within hours which from my understanding doesn’t happen as much in type 2.
This has been a bit of a learning curve but I am glad that I am finally feeling a bit more comfortable with my diabetes diagnosis and feel less confused about how to keep it under control. Now if only I could confirm what type I actually have that would be even better.