Alright, so for a few months there at the end of 2008 i was going through an "i hate diabetes, this sucks" stage and i was testing my blood sugar once a day at most...no joke. I was being yelled at by my parents and i had several stern lectures from my endo about having better control and testing a lot more. It made me even more mad and really didn't make me test anymore then i had been. So this went on and on and on and on.
And then 2008 was finally OVER! I was so thrilled! 2008 was the hardest year of my life...even if im only 17. I was diagnosed February 2008, a good friend died that June and i was having a lot of depression and anxiety problems...not to mention having to deal with High school. So anyway, it was finally 2009, i was finally given the green light for the insulin pump and something just kind of clicked on in my head.
I had it in my head before that it was the end of the world for my blood sugar to be too high, and so i wasn't testing as much because i knew it was going to be high. What i realized was, that if i was going to start off this year with a fresh slate, it didn't matter the number on my meter, just that i was testing throughout the day, so that i would know how much insulin to give, which would in turn make my numbers better.
So it may only be the end of January, but ive been working really really hard at testing at least 4-6 times a day, which i felt was a good goal that i could reach. The really amazing news was that when i had a representative from the Animas company take a look at my numbers, she said that i was actually testing a lot more than most people do! I hadn't realized it, but i had been testing around 8-10 times a day! I felt so proud of myself! I can already tell that this year is going to be tons more amazing than last!

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Comment by Lois on January 31, 2009 at 6:07pm
Allana:

HOORAY FOR YOU!!! CONGRATS! Your decision to straighten up and fly and right as you can thrills me. This is one time the start of a new year has thrilled me ..... for you! Just keep the good attitude and keep taking those steps little by little. Baby steps. You didn't learn how to run fresh out of your mother's womb and so you will not learn tight control your first time out. Expect set-backs and go on from there. I think you've made that decision.

Glad to hear that you are testing so much. I should do that too. I know I should but it seems to be a burden to me sometimes. Being on the pump has given me new freedom but I should also temper it with caution. Tell you what, you tell me weekly how many times you've tested and I will tell you about me! How about it? You can go to my site and drop me a note.

Speaking of my site, while you're there, read my profile. It might have quite an effect on your attitude.

Contact me.

Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI

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