A Story About A Girl

Insulin & Glucose Monitoring

I am such a baby sometimes. I hate pain. I hate pricking my fingers to test my blood sugar, hence the Freestyle Libre FGM (Flash Glucose Monitor) on my arm. There have been points in my journey so far with learning how to control my blood sugar levels where I have literally had panic attacks when trying to or thinking of checking my blood sugar  with my Contour Next One or giving myself an insulin injection. It’s not so bad now that I am only taking Basaglar once a day and only need to test when my blood sugar levels are changing rapidly  or don’t match how I feel and otherwise can just scan my arm.

When checking my blood sugar with my blood glucose meter instead of the FGM I found it quite painful each and every time I tested. My fingers were a mess as I imagine any diabetics who doesn’t use a FGM or CGM would be and who tests often. They were bruised and sore and sometimes when I pricked my finger and got no blood and so I would squeeze it would not only come out of the hole I just punctured but also sometimes out of old ones as well. It got so painful I would skip checking and wait until I felt really horrible before checking which is why I decided I wanted to see if Manulife would cover the Freestyle Libre and asked my doctor about it after his receptionist who uses it told me about it. Now when I have to use my old machine to test since I do it only occasionally I find I’m not as hesitant and somehow it doesn’t seem to hurt as much.

As for insulin injections I find that they really hurt almost all the time. If the needle itself doesn’t hurt going in then the insulin burns like hell when injecting it. Very rarely is it pain free. I only inject in my stomach because that was the only place they taught me to. I watched videos on my own of injecting into the outer thigh and in the back of the arms but to be honest I am not flexible enough for the back of my arms and am terrified it will hurt, which it might not since out of the 8 or 9 Libre sensors I have applied only the last one I did a few days ago hurt or bled, it did both. The other ones not one of them hurt or bled more then a tiny bit under the sensor. As far as the outer thigh I tried one leg once and thought I was going to pass out from the pain. Then again I am a bit of a wuss. [...]  READ MORE

Saving Money & Budgeting

I am so horrible at saving money. You would think working for a bank for over a year I would be great at it but I’m not. I’m terrible. So terrible. Eddie and I each have a tax-free savings account (TFSA) that we opened about a year ago, a few months after I started working for the bank. So far we each have about 500 saved up. I guess $1000 between us in one year is not bad if you look at it one way.

We also saved about $300 through something called bank the rest where your debit purchases are rounded up to the nearest dollar and at the end of each day that difference is transferred over to the savings account. I’m not sure but I think it’s just set up on my debit card for our joint account. I guess I need to get him to check. We’ve agreed that money is going to be used at the end of the year for something we want not need. Something for the both of us each year. So it’s being saved throughout the year and spent at the beginning of the following year.

Our TFSA’s are for a down payment on a house in another 1-2 years I am hoping. I also opened a high interest savings account which is tiered interest depending on how long you keep the money in the account. However this is empty at the moment. I had initially planned on using it to save up for a down payment on a brand new car however I decided it was more economical at this point to put the money I would have put in there directly onto the car we have to pay it down a little quicker. I set up an extra $25 on the car every 2 weeks on my payday. [...]  READ MORE

Insulin & A Family of Diabetics

So I completely forgot my insulin last night. I have an alarm set on my phone for 11 PM to take it but for some reason I had accidently shut it off which I sometimes I do. I usually catch it an hour or two later but I didn’t until the middle of the night so I never ended up taking it.

So needless to say I have been in the double digits most of the day today. not super high. Like mostly 9s, 10s and 11s. Missing one days not bad but if I miss more then I’m in the high teens. My highest yet since starting insulin last year was 23 and it made me feel so crappy. I was so lethargic and had to pee every 5 minutes, my head hurt and I was cranky and irritable. I get very cranky and irritable the higher my blood sugar goes. I’m glad I didn’t go to high today.

On the other hand trying to find the right dose of insulin is so frustrating. At one point I was was too high. My Endo wanted me to be in between 4.3 and 6.7 mmol. 4.3 fasting up to no higher then 6.7 1 hour after eating. But that was when I was taking mealtime insulin. Up to 5 shots a day. One injection of intermediate acting insulin in the morning and one in the evening. Then 1 injection before each meal of short acting Insulin. This was causing a lot of bad lows. I hate the feeling of a low. It absolutely terrifies me. I remember when I was a teenager like 16 or 17 we used to babysit a little girl who was 4 who was diabetic. My mom ran a daytime and her and I were educated by a diabetes educator on administering insulin, food education, how to spot lows and highs etc. [...]  READ MORE

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