Happy 1 Month Anniversary ❤️
Today is my 1-month anniversary of being diagnosed with the BIG D. To celebrate, I treated myself to a trip to the Diabetes Clinic on my rest day.
It was just a check-up on how I'm doing, but I have to say I feel really good after seeing them again.
The DSN said that I am managing it 'tightly' 💪🏻. I feel like I deserve a gold star and a lollipop.
The fatigue I've been feeling is completely normal - Diabetes is a physical and mental drain so she said to give myself a break.
The best bit to come out of the session is that I am being put forward for the FreeStyle Libre, a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). I don't actually fit the criteria as I am newly diagnosed. However, she felt that with my job it would be much more practical. Fingers crossed the consultant will approve it! 🤞🏼
The DSN has introduced me to splitting my doses if I need to. I had a whole pizza for dinner last night and my 2-hour post-meal reading was 6.0mmol/l.
I injected 12 units of Insulin and felt fine but she recommended taking 6 units before I eat and 6 units after. This is because it is a lot of Insulin and the carbs can be slow-releasing which can end in a nasty hypo. Luckily I lived to tell the tale and have absolutely no regrets as the pizza was AMAZING.
She recommended that on days where I am more active, I reduce my Insulin dose to 1:15 rather than 1:10 which makes sense. My current Insulin Sensitivity Factor is 1:4. This means that 1 unit of Insulin will lower my glucose by 4mmol/l. I can finally include corrections with my mealtime Insulin!
I have been having some post-meal spikes, so my DSN recommended trial and error with different foods and the timings that I take the Insulin beforehand. This will get easier to track if/ when I get the Libre.
I am pleased with the progress I've made in a month. It has been a bit of a baptism by fire but it hasn't been anywhere near as daunting as I first thought.
So, here's to the rest of my life 🥂