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Keeping levels balanced is hard work

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by matty6968, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. matty6968

    matty6968 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I've got to say it's hard work keeping my levels low and a balanced diet I've been a type 1 now for a year and I still can't seem to keep my levels below 10mmoI/L any one have any reviews on the pump
     
  2. TorqPenderloin

    TorqPenderloin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Are you struggling with the physical aspect of your daily management or the mental aspect of it? I ask because both are very common and it's important to understand the root of your troubles so you can fix it.

    I've only been diagnosed for a little over 7 months now, but have been very fortunate to have exceptional control (certainly with help from the honeymoon phase).

    I'm happy to share what works for me, but perhaps you could share a bit more about yourself first?
     
  3. AndyS

    AndyS Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So I won't sugar coat it, control is hard and depending on how your specific case is it could well be quite variable. Personally I have found the physical aspect more of an annoyance but the mental aspect more of an issue. The constant measurements and calculations, the recording EVERYTHING and then (more importantly) reviewing it all.

    I think the constantly reviewing what you did tends to make you think you screwed up more and us mentally harder burden to bear. The important thing is to take it a step at a time. Work out the key bits. Get your basal right. Understand what carbs do to you at different times of the day and also what your insulin sensitivity is at different times. It's not easy, you are working from delayed snapshots and have little other information about other factors that affect you, but have patience and keep at it and you will get there.

    Can you get 100% perfect control, yes probably, is it possible to maintain that ad infinitum. No not really. You need to find a balance, we all have days when the D just gets on top of us. The important thing is to still do what needs to be done but just not beat yourself up about it.

    Essentially it is an accountability break not a responsibility break.

    Don't fall into the trap of thinking a pump is a magic bullet. They are a lot of work (so i am told) so you still need to put in the effort of the carb counting and dose adjustment.

    Have you been on any education courses like DAFNE? Do a search on the forum for BDEC and run through that online course to start with so you can at least get an understanding of carb counting and dose adjustment. But also really to your specialist and DSN. They are there to help you.

    If you can accept that you are going to need to work at this you will get there, it it's harder for some of us to get things under control but with time and effort it is possible. Just because you have a blip that is no reason to Chuck it all down the drain. Take it one day at a time and it will come right.

    There area lot of elements to get right with this condition but one you have handle on them you will get there. It's not playin sailing, I was correcting down from 16 odd last might before bed but with acutely measured meals today and a good correction last night have been 5-7 today so all good.

    Learn as much as you can, ask all the silly questions that come to mind, you will bea pro at this yet. At only a year in you have a bit of time to get it dialed in.

    /A
     
  4. Tylers73

    Tylers73 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I also had diagnoses recently 1 and half now still struggle too. Given up really just enjoying living.
     
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