Thanks, Bill! I will definitely do some reading on this. My diabetes nurse/dietitian told me that she believed that since I was going from about 7 pm until 7 am without food, that during the night my liver was kicking out more glucose, or something like that. I obviously need to read those articles! She seemed to think that by putting in a bedtime snack, this would cause the liver to behave and not shoot anything out.
Very interesting about the continuous glucose monitor, also.
I appreciate you responding so promptly! Have a great evening!
Hi, I'm LADA for about 2years, 1.5 since dx. I noticed the control solution to norm my meter is expired. Does it matter? Can I just get it at the local pharmacy?
My hands are very dry and "worn" from lots of hand washing while cooking, etc. In theory, they say to move the site where you test around the ten fingers, but I found that certain fingers work better than others. If I poke some places, the blood just spills out flat, not nice and round, and I ruin a strip.
I also cannot figure out how everyone tests in the middle of the night without waking their spouse. I can't even focus my eyes until I wake up enough.
You can try and see if your endo has any "extra" meter test solution that you could procure without having to pay for it. Otherwise, you can purchase it at some pharmacies.
Are you sure that your hands are completely dry after washing? I am not sure other than that what would cause your blood not to pool up in a small bubble (i.e. begin to clot). You might want to ask the Dr. about the blood laying flat. If it's not some outside source causing it, it might (and I do mean MIGHT) be something internal. It's worth asking a professional about.
Do you ever get up during the night to use the bathroom? That's a perfect time to test, since you have already "made your move." Either way, your hubby should understand your need to test in the middle of the night. I did at one point, set up a small screen with a book reading light that stood up by itself and would use that to try not to disturb my fiancè. Didn't work, but I did try.
I called up CVS, and they are ordering some for me for Mon. at $8. My Endo floats among several locations, The parking fee and gas won't make it worth the effort this time, but I'll keep it in mind in the future. I may want to switch over to something smaler and lighter - I'm using an Acura Aviva meter right now and have a good deal where my strips only cost $15 a month., but I do like those mini meters. That's another question - How do you make the transition to switching meters with insurance?
The blood does not pool well on the sides of my fingers where the skin is dryer. I'll experiment more on this. I guess it would be closer to the cuticle is useless. My platelets have always been lowish, and I take low dose aspirin, so I'll keep that in mind.
I have autoimmune diabetes which makes me more vulnerable to other autoimmune phenomena. Platelet count can be affected. Thanks.
I ultimately called Aviva and was told that some people don't use control solution. It's not worth the extra expense to me. I was at the Endo's a few hours ago and asked for an Rx for it, but there is a terrible blizzard in Chicago and the medical facility was closing during my visit - everyone was rushed trying to leave.
It was worriesome last night before one of my eldest dds got in the door as she had the furthest to travel home from work and not having the common sense to leave in advance of the snow starting. I'm LADA, not on insulin, and this whole situation is scaring me because it is underscoring how careful I have to be from now on. My purse is so heavy from carrying water, fiber bars (6g from Trader Joe's), nuts, glucose, the meter. I even packed my warm triple layered mittens because my hands and feet get thoroughly frozen more quickly than before. I have instant heat packs in the car that I should have restocked, too, In Chicagoland, it is easy to get stranded for hours because of accidents on the roads that precede your destination. I used to carry a coffee can some winters. This whole diabetic thing puts a different spin on things. I used to run out the door without eating...Any other precautions would be welcome.
BTW, it is SO quiet, here. The absence of traffic is strange. The snow is up to the top of some tall bushes in back, and it is still coming down.
In December, my OB/GYN doctor diagnosed me with PCOS and borderline diabetes. She gave me Metformin. Since starting Metformin, I've had frequent sugar buzzes. I went hypo once and have been experiencing increased emotional excitability like I'm drunk (but I can't drink alcohol). My FBG fluctuates daily in spite of my low carb diet. Sometimes my FBG goes up to 135, so I think I'm really diabetic, not borderline. (See my blog for details on my diet and fasting BG). I'm still waiting for my A1C results. Can anyone give me advice?
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