Hi, everyone. My nickname is Lia and I was just diagnosed on May 14th. I'm a homeschooled junior in highschool and I have four siblings, all of whom have been incredibly supportive and involved during these past few months. I've always known people with diabetes, so I was pretty prepared when I was diagnosed - although it doesn't make it any easier! I've been overwhelmed with support from friends; one of my friends' brother is diabetic, as is the daughter of the pastor at my church, four of the girls in my youth group, and my best friend! I guess the hardest part of this has been the lows. I can't tell when my blood sugar drops. There's no shakiness, no irritability, or anything like that. I only know if I check. Thankfully I've never been too terribly low. The lowest I've ever been is 58.
I'm currently using the humalog pens right now, as well as lantus. I'm pretty interesting in the pump, since it's a hassle to constantly have to drag around syringes/pen needles and the pen. I'm out of the honeymoon stage already, according to my doctor, so that's slightly annoying, but it makes calculating my insulin much easier. I've also horrified the majority of the moms of kids with diabetes in my church. I told them that I guesstimate carbs when I'm out and about with friends. :P
Yeah, moms count carbs way more carefully than the actual diabetic. Your guess is probably pretty close. If your blood sugars are really off, then count dilligently for a while to get a refresher.
Pumps are great because you can easily correct a slight high or skip a meal with no problem.
You sound like you're doing great with all of the changes diabetes brings. If you ever have questions or need help, let us know.
T1 since 1977 Minimed pump since 2002
You are too funny with the counting carbs comment. I am the mom and I have gotten kind of lazy withi it, guesstimating more often than before. And since her sugars are on target, I think I am doing OK.
Glad to know there are other mom's like me, Dianemarie.
I see some posts from stressed moms on this forum and am reminded how thankful I am to be diagnosed back in the 1970's when we just took one shot a day, were told not to eat sugar (and not much else) and couldn't test blood sugar. Of course we felt terrible because of the crazy highs and low that came from the limited treatment, but it you didn't have to get a PhD in diabetes management like people do now. Take care. -Jenna