Well, I would just ask, What's been your A1c's the past few Yrs and
How many Hypo's and Hypers have you been Averaging a Week?
-it's One thing to have nice < 6% A1c's
-But if the cost is because you have had alot ( more than 1 Hypo a day = +7 wk)? Not Good..
-And if you have had Alot ( more than 1x a day ) Above 150's? 2 hrs or more after Eating? Again, Not Good..
-Thus that Downlaing System for our Meters Can spot those times, etc.
And thats what your Dr. Should Be getting and looking at..
And if your doing OK? Keep doing what your doing..
If Not? Then Sorry, Guess you either have to Start Conforming More and being More Stricter on yourself and Aggressive ?
For the Savage Truth?
Or make sure your Make enough to Retire Early and have good Health Insurance as well
For you Won't be able to work as long as most Others and become Handicapped...
and don't care what they say- We need alot more Control enviorment Time for ourselves to control this Damn Disease..and if we don't and Follow that BS, that we can Do everything we want, etc.? You'll find out the hard way, you can't..
As for Helping keep the Job? Try working Extra - Come in Earlier, Stay Later , building up Credits for the times you WILL Need to use them , if you can..
Otherwise? Try to Change Jobs Now while you can ( younger) and get into a Gov't or Union type job..
And? Start Buying Lotto Tickets! I set aside $5 wk for mine..I need all the Chances I can get..! after 5 yrs, won $1,500 last Yr, so I'm pretty close to even now..
I logged when I was pregnant, I did log for a whuile after to work out my basal and bolus rates, but I don't log now.
I do test though, probably 4 times a day. More if something funny is going on, if I feel low or wierd, or if I eat something higher carb than my usual lower carb approach, or if I've had to do a correction dose and want to make sure it's ok. I take about 20 units of insulin a day and my last A1C was 4.9 (without lows). So this is working for me.
I don't think one has to log, but it can come in useful if you are trying to change something or work out trends.
So what works for you.
I do want people I work with to know I'm diabetic. As far as I'm concerned it is a safety issue. Also my close friends all know. Also important.
The short answer these goofy logs provide no serious value to our current daily living.
They can help uncover patterns because they will give you a level of detail you will never recall otherwise. You can look back for as many days, months, years you have of them. But in terms of figuring out what the pattern might/might not be over a month, there is absolutely no tangible value do that level of detail period beyond that particular month. Four months later (much less next month, its entirely worthless data)
As to your second part, if you are actually keeping yourself up because you are afraid of highs, lows whatever the case, if/when you are "ill"... respectfully you are doing a real number on yourself without any reason. People get sick all the time. The fact we also happen to be a diabetic as well as have some plague should not terrify anybody. That is not mentally healthy, or safe frankly... There is such a thing as worrying too much sometimes. There is a difference between watchful and unable to live, move.
Myself I would not explain diddley to anybody re: your diabetes. "I'll be right with you" is more than enough... there is no reason why you need to justify fifteen seconds. Nobody needs to explain. Shoot, test, eat for a few seconds and its green light, until you need to go red light, or yellow for whatever reason(s). IF we have a problem, the game changes. Until there is a problem... carry on
The fact we also happen to be a diabetic as well as have some plague should not terrify anybody. That is not mentally healthy, or safe frankly... There is such a thing as worrying too much sometimes. There is a difference between watchful and unable to live, move. wrote stuart.
I totally agree, Stu. I woke up with a 165 this morning because I did not properly bolus for a late night snack. Corrected/pre-bolussed, waited 45 minutes to eat my yogurt and chai tea breakfast instead of the usual 25, got down to 128 and ate breakfast.. and kept on going. Had I been on the way to work, which I would have been had I not retired; I would have tested before driving, made sure it was ok, then would test at the job and eat my yogurt that I brought with me. I do not explain anything and I do not manually log.( I did it when I was pre-pump, On and off for a couple of years, but i NEVER felt I HAD to Explain when or why I did it TO ANYONE, other than my endo or the CDE) Now, the Carelink software does it for me, and I review it about every 3-4 weeks or more often if I am readjusting my pump settings. Stopped using the MM CGMs. Too inaccurate for me and too expensive as a retiree. And I can get the data I want by the aforementioned other means.: test, test, re-test.
After 43 years, I truly try not to worry about the "D:. I take care of it and myself, but I do not "worry" about it. Too many other things to do. Off to water and weed my garden. Have a great day, all.