I am a recent newcomer to this group and have been "lurking" for a while. I am almost a 30 year Type 1.
I have an enquiring mind so when I see someone post something that is successful for their BG control I want to know why and how. Even if it ses crazy to me at the time.
I have been out of the diabetes education loop for a while. I started to have problems controlling blood sugars a year or so ago and convinced my GP to send me back to the diabetes educators to see if anything changed since the last time I went. Apart from them now teaching carb counting as mainstream, not much had changed. I think the program they have is excellent (not complaining about the health care professionals) but they are only teaching one way - one diabetes solution. Apart from getting more exercise and using Dex4 tablets to treat lows nothing really changed for me after that experience. Ok both were great but I was atill struggling a bit following the old rules.
When I found this group I found many different "Diabetes Solutions" which I truely appreciate. I have been sampling them - from Think Like a Pancreas to Dr. Bernstein. (Still waiting for surgar surfing to arrive...) trying things out and sweing what will work for me. I have heard members experiences with these books both good and bad which I think how I can related to my own personal Diabetes solution.
I have to say I found a ton of good ideas on this site and have seen much better control lately. I am not expecting an A1C in the 5's (never knew that was possible for a Type 1 before I read paosts on this site) but solid mid 6.
One thing @Sam19 said on a post was something along the lines of - Try it. If you don't like it you can always switch back to what you were doing before.
Here are some of the "crazy" ideas I tried:
1. Tried a CGM - loved it.
2. Cranked down the CGM alarms really tight so they go off before there is a problem. Great idea.
3. Tried Novolog instead of Humalog. Jury is still out on that one.
4. Tried prebolusing agressively. Works well.
5. Tried TAG - counting protien - still not exactly sure about it for me. Will try again.
The list goes on....
This week I started lower carb (Not the full Bernstien yet) found out like I think @Thas mentioned that he had a magic carb number that keeping at it or below makes control easier. This is working awesome for me right now, but if I have problems nothing stopping me from changing how I do things again.....
All I can say is thanks for all the crazy outlandish ideas some of them just might work for me.
...and yes I usually correct at 120 if it is a flat arrow, not at bedtime, and if I am using a 0.5 unit insulin pen)
PS. Thanks @Jen for the endo recommendation. I have an appointment in January. Good way to start the new year.