Well, I didn’t much sleep in the night, but I wanted until 4:00 to take a fasting finger-stick. 206. Hmmm… I was hoping for something a little lower. But, I only just started the injected insulin yesterday, so I guess I can’t expect an overnight change. And I remember what I read in my book – don’t make changes based on a single reading. The finger-sticks and the monitor are simply data collection tools, and they aggregate the numbers over time, and the dr will look at that aggregate and make sense of it. I suppose I should not look for dramatic changes. Plus, I probably didn’t get the full morning dose, as the pen was leaking after I pulled out the needle. I know how to do it better now, so today I should get the full morning dose. It’s a long-lasting (i.e., “all day”) dose, and the lunch and dinner doses are quick-acting.
On the other hand, I do feel a difference. Sort of. Maybe not. Maybe just wishful thinking. Or maybe some sort of confirmation bias or something — actively participating in the glucose monitoring process, I’m looking for even the slightest difference to indicate I am becoming healthier. I continue to have some belly-gut pain, but last evening it was not as bad as it had been. When the G.I. doctor felt around my abdomen he didn’t feel any hard things (“your abdomen is very soft”), but when he goes inside to look he may find other things going on. But he did say (as I mentioned before) that getting the blood sugar down is the first priority before looking at other things.
One thing I MUST do is remember to eat regularly. I sometimes forget to eat something mid-day. Having to take a shot sort of forces me to eat regularly. And also remember to take my other meds as well. I think I forgot some yesterday while focusing on the insulin shots. I DID remember to watch the counter on the pen until it went back to zero before removing it. So I did get today’s full morning dose.
One thing I would like to explore or learn about — the mechanism by which a fairly small amount of insulin injected into my belly fat has an effect on processing the glucose I eat and then digest through the liver.