July’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast features a segment with the Digital Divas (Taryn and Jessica) titled, “How I Met My Meter.” If you have diabetes the relationship you have with your blood glucose meter is very important.
Checking your blood sugar is one of the best ways to know how well your diabetes treatment plan is working. The main goal of treatment is to keep blood sugar levels in the normal or near-normal range.
Here’s Taryn’s story on how she met her current blood glucose meter:
“Since I started using insulin six months ago, I have started testing my blood sugar on average 8 times a day. To me, checking my blood sugar is as banal as brushing my teeth, and although it can be annoying I won’t complain. I just do it as part of my self-care routine and I can’t imagine not being able to check my blood sugar at any moment. I even have separation anxiety if I run out of test strips or need to charge my meter. I can’t stand not being able to check, because my imagination runs wild at these times. Most of the time, my meter reassures me that everything is ok, and that I’m not doing as badly as I had suspected. Of course, there have been times when I wanted to throw it across the room, but that’s another story. Most people with Diabetes have a love-hate relationship with their meter, but we can’t live without it. We use it multiple times a day without blinking an eye. For me, this wasn’t always the case.
It was the fall of 2011 when I was diagnosed, the day before Halloween. Yes, that seemed like a cruel joke at the time. I remember my first meter very well. It came in a plain, black case that made me feel like an old, sick person. I remember sitting at the kitchen table crying because I just couldn’t do it. My hands were shaking, and I couldn’t bring myself to push the button to make the finger prick. Looking back, this seems almost silly, but at the time it was a real struggle. I didn’t think that I could get past it, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to test and therefore not take care of my Diabetes. Fortunately, after that first week, it became easier. It is now a habit that is like second nature for me. I test everywhere and anywhere. I am no longer afraid of needles, and thankful for that. It really is amazing what we can get used to doing when we don’t have a choice.
Since I bring my meter everywhere with me, I decided that the boring black case was just too depressing. It made me feel old and sick when I looked at it. Well, that just wouldn’t do. For the past two years, I’ve been carrying my meter in a brightly colored cosmetic case and that has made such a difference. It is no longer a reminder of my sickness, but rather a celebration of how I am taking care of myself and trying to enjoy the process.”
The results of blood sugar checking tell you if your diabetes treatments are on target. However, blood sugar results can be affected by activity levels, foods eaten, and medications (including insulin and oral diabetes medications). To interpret results, it is important to consider all of these factors.
You should review your blood sugar results regularly with a healthcare provider. The record should include the time and date, blood glucose result, and dose of medication used; additional notes about what you ate, exercise, and difficulties with illness or stress can also be helpful but are not generally required every day.
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