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[IP] Extra Catheters & bs guestimates & more
Those are not "extra" catheters. The manufacturer recommends, and is
assuming, you will change the catheter more often than the tubing. They
figure you will use one packet with a catheter and a tubing, then just change
your catheter, then next timeyou change , you will change the tubing and the
catheter and so on.
Personally, I have reused the same tubing for more than 2 rotations - and the
syringe? Child, I use about 1 box of those suckers PER YEAR! I think I still
have a box from my ORIGINAL order back in 93!
On another note, someone a few days back asked about "feeling" your bs. Ever
since I was 20, and stopped taking my shots and went into my first and only
DKA, I have been able to tell how I am doing. Until then, I just assumed,
feeling like crap every morning was just cuz I was being over=educated or
working too much or partying too hard. Never occured to me I might be having
ghigh blood sugar. In the last, say 10 years, of doing multiple injections
and then the pump and testing more often, I can almost always guess within
10-20 points of what my bs is...except when exercising when the endorphins
cover the low adn i feel awesome, or when i am in a really good mood due to
external things and I dont notice I really feel like poop due to a high. I
always ask my body, as I tak e my test, so, bubba, how ya feeling? he always
answers back...and then I tell him how close he was to being right or wrong.
Sometimes, and yesI know I am A BAD DIABETIC for doing this, I will take a
bolus, or adjust a temp basal without testing. Just as an example, last ngiht
I woke up at 3am and for some reason had not brought the meter up into the
loft with me. I was groggy and didn't feel like navigating the 6' ladder. I
knew I was probably high, cuz I had eaten dinner (mac and cheese) really late,
so I took a bolus of what I normally would take for a high after a similar
high fat meal. I woke up at 104.
Before you get all riled up, I dont do that often, I usually test.
As for daily insulin usage, including basal, I use on average netween 30 and
34 units. Week before period: 36-42 units. This is taking chromium.
Without the chromium, I use 2-6 more units per day.
and if you are still reading. Ugly anniversary to me today. 24 years ago I
wrote in my diary "forget what did. mom cried cuz I have diabetes."
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