Hey everyone! Three days ago, my good friend Martha (we’re actually diabetic ‘twins’) and I made a pact.

Martha and I are both type ones. She was diagnosed when she was three years old, and she is now sixteen. I was diagnosed when I was seven, and I am now eighteen. So both of us have been living with this for almost our entire lives. You’d think that we’d have everything down to the T. However, we’re both teenagers, and I’m sure a lot of parents, and teens themselves will know what I mean when I say that we put our diabetes on the ‘back burner’. You know, we would do what we had to in order to get by. Some may say that we were out of control. Mind you neither of us were ever out of control. What we were both way too lax about was testing our blood sugars. I can say for myself that I am guilty of hardly ever testing, maybe at most once a day? Anyways. We both wanted to make a change, and improve our health. So we made a deal; to become “Better Diabetics”.

We made a pact to test… Everyday. Every time we’re supposed to. To make sure that both of us were keeping up with this new promise, we are to text/IM/call each other every single time we test with the results of our BG. Now seeing as we talk to each other every day, it would be easy. So far it has been. I’m happy with what my numbers. I’ve only had one high!

I will say that today, I’ve been below 100 since I woke up… I’m not used to feeling this low. I like to keep my numbers between 100-200. I know, some of you are gasping and thinking that I’m crazy, but it’s just a personal preference, approved by my Endo.

I can imagine that after reading this much, you’re asking why is it just a big deal? All diabetics have to test. Its not a job, it’s our lives. Well, some call it laziness, and I am NOT by any means denying that fact. It is being lazy. But also, I still vividly remember being diagnosed. I remember going to the doctors, then to the Emergency room. I was in the hospital for almost a week. It was traumatizing. Being so young, and being constantly poked and prodded. Obviously it was scary. The worst part of it though, was having my blood sugar checked. Many times I completely FREAKED out. One day, I actually locked myself in the closet of my room because I did not want the nurse to test me. I think sub-concisely, that is the reason I never really checked as often as I should. Now, with the motivation on Martha’s behalf, I am bettering my testing habits, and improving my diabetes.

I will be updating this whenever I can. Hopefully every few days. If you're interested in tracking our progress, let me know! Also, if you have any suggestions or motivational tips, anything let me know! I'll add another post soon with some background information on the two of us... Maybe I'll add a bit of our results too.

You can follow me on twitter, I'll be tweeting about our pact there: http://twitter.com/AndrewGski


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Tags: BG, JDRF, Juvenile, One, Teens, Testing, Type

Comment by Carrie J on February 25, 2010 at 8:15pm
Testing is still scary, those numbers can wreak havoc on your mood, your day, your attitude. At times, a mere 5 second countdown can seem like an eternity.

Conquering your readings with a friend is an excellent idea, I make it a point to tell my nonD husband how my numbers were every day, just to keep me accountable.
Comment by Andrew Grabowski on February 25, 2010 at 8:27pm
Yeah. I get really upset when I see a high, and it scares me away from testing for awhile, then I'll still be high, and I start rough cycle. Martha is going to be a great help. I have a lot of supportive friends and family members as well, but having a great friend like Martha who is also diabetic just makes it easier.
Comment by Paul on February 26, 2010 at 11:15am
I don't know if you guys have thought about a continuous monitoring device. I started recently and really like it a lot. Some other things you might think about are how you're timing your doses when eating. There's some good information on the site about that, and it's been a huge help to me in keeping my blood sugar from spiking after meals. I really admire your attitude, it took me much longer to come around on getting ahead of my D. Take it easy!


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