Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Insulin: An Update


It’s been nearly two months since I wrote about beginning insulin in January and I thought I’d bring you up to date. This is a bit rambly.

I still love insulin.

I spent some time tweaking my dosage and timing. My doctor wants to know what my BG is after dinner but I wanted to know what it was before I ate so I’ve been testing before and after (cuz I’m in charge). I wasn’t liking how high my BG was before I ate even if my post prandial numbers generally weren’t awful. I decided to split my Lantus because I had heard that it doesn’t always last 24 hours. Bingo! That made a big difference and my fasting numbers stayed within range.

Remember that ½” needle? I found out from a friend who is a CDE that a smaller needle would work just as well. The pharmacy told me I didn’t need an RX for needles so I bought some ¼”. Nice!! While the ½” needle was doable, the smaller one is much better.

I’ve been having some bruising. I don’t think that’s a big deal but the first time I saw all those dots in the mirror was disconcerting. It’s not like anyone else is going to see them, except Ray.

I’ve gained weight. Of course I did! I’m currently about 6 lbs heavier than I was when I began insulin. At one point I was up 10 lbs. Ugh. Instead of saying “oh well” I have been trying to be better about exercise and have just recently rethought what I’m eating. I have an afternoon snacking problem so I’ve been trying a cup of green tea when I feel peckish and that has helped some. I’m not comfortable in my skin and I must fix this. I see the doctor again in 2 weeks but I’m convinced that this is something I have to fix myself.

I really can’t just eat whatever I want, despite what the CDE told me. I attempted to add some carbs back into my diet and had some awful results. She had told me that if I couldn’t eat a sandwich then something was wrong but…do I really need to eat a sandwich all the time? Nope. I am not anxious to start meal-time insulin because of the weight issue so I’m back to eating pretty much as I did before. I am still more relaxed and am allowing myself to eat a treat now and then but have given up the idea that I can just eat whatever I want. Over the years I have developed some wonderful low-carb alternatives, including sweet treats, and I generally don’t feel deprived. I eat in a healthy way, despite not much bread or potatoes and such.

As I said previously, my insurance company wanted me to use Levemir instead of Lantus. Last night I started using my first Levemir pen even though I still have one Lantus left. I will go back to tweaking and only injecting at night to see how this goes. I see the doctor in a couple of weeks and I’ll see how he feels about what’s going on. I’m confident I can dial this in. I’m hopeful I can figure out the weight thing without feeling deprived. I’ve got this.