On the tudiabetes front page today: "11% of TuAnalyze users have no health insurance, and of these 64% report that cost issues get in the way of ideal diabetes management." Ok, that's obviously a…Continue
I developed diabetes (juvenile onset) around the age of 12; I think it was 1972 or maybe 1973. It took maybe a month to develop fully, at the end I had to p*** pretty much every 40 minutes; something I remember very well because I could barely last a single lesson at school.
Since then I've taken bovine, pig and now human insulin. Initially mixed regular and protamine-zinc (PZI). Yes, mixed! Don't laugh, it wasn't funny. Of course that resulted in overnight low blood sugars throughout my youth. Anyway that, and the sensitivity to non-human insulin in the form of very rapid lows, is in the past.
More recently I took Ultratard (or the Novo equivlent) for my basal supply then, when that was discontinued, Lantus. (Lantus is a ridiculously overpriced bad imitation of Ultratard so far as I'm concerned.)
I've used regular then Humalog during the day. These days I take 4 units of Humalog before any significant meal, 2 or 3 for high blood sugar and small amounts of food.
My diet ended up being basically starch free (Bernstein with fruit ;-). I and my wife had been trying to get reduced A1C levels and that led to the abandonment of the starch diet.
With the availability of a tubeless insulin pump (Omnipod) I swapped to that. That allowed me to relax the starch free diet and be much more proactive in my control - I could inject less than 2 units of insulin at a time!
Today I'm still on the Omnipod and still trying to get the balance right between the basal dose and the per-meal (or per-correction) doses. I'm also scuba diving on a regular basis and, as a result, going back to temporary MDI (Lantus+Humalog) on a regular basis.
My contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org - I use lots of spam filters, but simple text email normally gets through fine.
So here I sit in my castle with my high blood sugar: 249.
I've also just eaten a sweety, a chocolate covered biscuit; 7g my wife says.
So I use my magnificent new golden PDM to enter a bolus and it says I need zero (0) units:
Suggested bolus: 0.00u
Meal (7/12) = 0.55u
(249-100)/64 = 2.30u
(3.60u) = -2.30u
(0.55u) = -0.55u
Total = 0.00u
? on my magnificent…Continue