Tuesday, May 15, 2012

One Great Thing

I was diagnosed in 1945 when very little was known about diabetes. There were no "types" back then, All diabetics were told to avoid sugar, but there was very little other advice given. In the 1980s I bought my first glucometer and in 1988 I learned about the effect of carbs on my BG levels. in the early 1990s I started keeping charts so I could keep track of my BGs, insulin dosages, carbs eaten, and daily totals. In more recent years I have added exercise, infusion set changes, daily notes on taking medicines, etc. I have been very very good about this and it has helped so much to develop good diabetes management. I realize that I could do this on a computer, but I started keeping these records before the PC's existed. Old habits are hard to break, and I am sticking to my charts that are hand written. Just call me old-fashioned. I take a chart to my endo and she makes a copy for all of my visits. We discuss it in detail, and she has always given me high praise for having very good control. My record keeping and the good control I have is the "one great thing" I am mentioning today.

4 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I was blown away by the list of A1Cs you shared in an earlier post. Surely a large part of that is your thorough logging. Well done!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this, Richard! It's great to see such insight from such a veteran! I've found traditionally that I do better when I am writing everything down, by hand. Not uploading or logging by computer. Actually writing my BG numbers down on a written sheet as they materialize keeps me the most accountable, because I can instantly see where I am and how that compares without having to go look somewhere else. It's funny the different things that work for all of us... Your Diabetes May Vary, indeed! Again, thanks for this post, my friend!

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  3. I agree that logging is important Richard. It really does help to figure things out.

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  4. Thanks Shannon, Mike and Kelly! I have thought that I'm antiquated, and should be using computer apps to keep track of things. I'm glad some of you agree that keeping records by hand can be rewarding.

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