Saturday, February 24, 2007

Purple Top

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Psst. Hey, you.

Yeah, you. 3rd from the bottom, over 2.

This is your ex-speaking. I know we haven't been on real good terms lately, but I could never
dump you entirely. Every day, I still hope for the impossible. You were such a big part of me.
And for one magical day, you were at your best and I was a star.

I have just one small request...

Could you pleazzzzzzzzzzze come back under 8? That isn't asking for much. And it would
make me more motivated to reach my OC Goal.

My endo has hope, says that one bad patch won't necessarily screw up any chances of that
happening. But I look at the logbook, and can only hope that the number of lows will cancel out
the number of highs + it won't come back worse then last time.

But if that doesn't happen...

I need a plan. A plan to aggressively treat those highs. A plan to NOT spend overnight in the 200's.(as Scott pointed out, that's a third of the day right there) And accountability to someone, checking in numbers ever so often. And lastly, I need to be changing my infusion set every 3 days, not 6. That might help.

So Purple Top, if you do your job, I'll do mine. I promise.


Chrissie in Belgium said...

Heidi, I still cannot get over that comment from the doc at your surgery! GOOD LUCK with your next HbA1C. I will send some your way, luck that is! AND - why don't you join us in the insulin-on-finger-top experiment if you have insulin that any way goes to waste????!!! I also want to know why people DON'T want to try it! Please explain your point of view!

Scott K. Johnson said...

I just recently had my first A1C under 8 in a LONG time.

I think that coming up with a plan will help you a great deal.

But - don't try to change the world overnight. Small steps. Focus on progress and not perfection (I LOVE that line!).

There are a couple things that pop into my head when the idea of "planning" and "accountability" come up.

1) Look into the services of Gary Scheiner at He is AWESOME, and does a lot of remote consults over the phone and/or e-mail. I think it's a great idea and worth looking into the financial side of it. Not sure how the insurance and stuff is handled, but they can take a look at all that for you. I know Allison works with him and highly recommends him. She's on the West Coast, and he's on the East Coast! I think that is very cool.

2) Enlist a dietitian onto your care team (I think they have one at Gary's practice too). Simply having a plan of what and when to eat is worth a million bucks.

I have very, um, unusual eating habits. I was concerned about what she might think about them, and believed I would have to radically change how I eat.

It wasn't like that at all for me. We talked about what I like and don't like, and why I don't like what I don't like. We came up with some general guidelines on what and when to eat, and it has helped me so much.

Those are just a couple things that pop into my head when I think of planning. And having a plan is more than half of the battle.

With that in mind, it is also important to understand that even when you have a plan, and follow your plan, it doesn't ALWAYS work as planned. I've also decided to cut myself a little slack on the weekends (not going crazy with things, mind you, but just easing back a bit).

type1emt said...

Chrissie-thanks.Can always use some of that(luck,that is).
I guess I wouldn't be a very good test subject as I wouldn't remember to do it very often. I can barely remember all the stuff that should be done..
Scott, thanks to you too. I'll look into those.

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Heidi, thank you so much for explaining why you do not want to take part in the mini-eperiment. That reason I had not thought of! I kind of think that if no one wants to do it, it is because they have a really good reason why one absolutely SHOULD NOT do it. You know what I mean? I do not really trust my own crazy ides.I think - what have I forgotten?! So thank you. The luck was airmailed yesterday!

MileMasterSarah said...

I'm crossing my fingers for you!

v.i.c.k.i said...

yes, i always like to keep my over nights good. it def helps the a1c's...

good luck

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