As I mentioned in a earlier put up, I lastly discovered a well being care supplier who was prepared to prescribe insulin to be used in combating my excessive fasting numbers. I started utilizing Lantus on January 15th. It hasn’t even been a month but however I can inform you that, with none hesitation, I’m in love with insulin! What a distinction it has made in my life. Wow.
The physician had me begin out slowly at 10 items after which bump it up by 2 items each 2 days till my fasting numbers dropped under 130. I went up and down with dosage for a number of days within the second week however I feel I’ve discovered the right dosage for me. I do not know what this dosage is in comparison with others, and that doesn’t matter, but it surely feels as if it isn’t very excessive. I like that as a result of I don’t need to use extra insulin than vital. So what’s so miraculous you say? Here are my fasting numbers within the week earlier than starting Lantus: 160,170,168,170,182,168. Here are my fasting numbers inside a weekish of starting insulin: 110,114,113,130,128,122. It isn’t troublesome to see a distinction. Love!
The decrease fasting numbers mixed with the CDE’s Permission to Eat have made an enormous distinction in my temper, outlook and common happiness every day. One of essentially the most poignant tales was the primary time I went out to eat after starting Lantus. I opened the menu and thought, “what do I want to eat?” not “what will do the least damage?”. That is a significant shift in my pondering round meals. Guess what? I selected a salad, not as a result of it was the only option for my well being however as a result of it sounded good and I needed it. Score!
That brings up one other factor I’ve been interested by concerning insulin use. I touched on this a bit in my final put up. Will I abruptly flip into this one who simply eats no matter she needs and rattling the torpedoes? Big, resounding NOPE! I do know higher. I’ve realized over my years residing with diabetes that a variety of it’s as much as me and my selections. I nonetheless have to eat a nutritious diet. I nonetheless want so as to add train to my day. I nonetheless want to concentrate. Insulin, and the higher fasting numbers, have allowed me to chill out and never freak out about meals. I’m nonetheless making an attempt to eat a lowish carb eating regimen however am prepared to strive including some wholesome carbs again into my life. I’m freer to eat out and really eat a ½ sandwich or hash brown potatoes. I’m not free to eat a complete sandwich with French fries. I nonetheless wrestle with some meals (potato chips…gah!) however I’m not going to eat one thing that I do know isn’t good for me. For occasion, we purchase frozen popcorn hen at Sam’s Club that you just simply need to zap within the microwave for two min. I am keen on it for its simplicity and style. I discussed to the CDE that I had such hassle with my bg after consuming mentioned hen. Her response: “Let’s break it down. The only carbs are the bit in the breading. It shouldn’t be a problem.” I had some for dinner tonight. Before consuming: 114. Woot! 2 hours later: 204. I’d name that an issue. Should I proceed to eat the popcorn hen simply because it “only has a bit of carbs in the breading” or ought to I be reasonable and understand that there are undoubtedly meals I can’t eat, even moderately? I select the latter.
I’m a way more relaxed individual with diabetes today. This small change has been life-changing. Really! I’m nonetheless somewhat involved about weight achieve, the value isn’t an enormous difficulty at this degree of insulin use mixed with my insurance coverage, and I’m not intimidated within the least by the ½” needle. No huge deal (however DANG, a ½” needle appears to be like ginormous the primary time you need to poke it in your stomach!) Here’s the most important plus: I really feel like I’m in management once more. I do know that diabetes will proceed to rear it’s butt-ugly head occasionally and I’ll most definitely need to make additional changes down the highway, however I took cost, I stood up for myself and I gained. Kate is again!