Diabetes Blog Week Day 3
Our instructions: Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!
This one was easy for me to pick. One thing I would like to do better is help my guys dose their insulin BEFORE eating. We do try to do this, but it is REALLY REALLY hard. Partly because it requires planning. Mostly because it is almost impossible to convince a hungry person he should wait 10-15 minutes after calculating carbs and dosing insulin to eat.
When the little guy was diagnosed, we were given these instructions:
1. Check blood sugar
2. Dose insulin for food based on carb count, including any correction dose for high sugar
3. Take the first two numbers of the blood sugar reading. This is how many minutes after taking insulin you should wait to eat your food. (for example, if blood sugar is 130, you would take insulin and then wait 13 minutes to eat)
The reason for doing this is that insulin takes 30-90 minutes to get working and even reach its peak in your system. Taking the insulin before eating avoids blood sugar spikes after your meal or snack. Ultimately, doing just this one thing can help lower the A1C result, a definite goal for us.
Sounds great. Simple to calculate. Easy to recognize the benefit. Difficult to implement in real life. Especially with a kiddo who’s convinced he is “starving” and is watching his brother and sister scarf down their food while he waits.
So, this is what I’d like to improve for us. I know with a little work we can get much better at this.
I’d really love to hear how this goes for others. I’m sure we aren’t the only families struggling with this issue.