The news fell exactly nine years ago: my body decided to relieve the pancreas from its sugar-regulating duties, and I saw “blood-glucose-management” being added to my full-time task list forever.
I don’t celebrate this event, but I think it is important to regularly assess my own “State Of Diabetes”. I started doing this last year, so what changed since?
- Freestyle Libre [again]:
No more flying blind! I am still a very happy user of the Libre. Sometimes I have to go for a few days without, it is a big headache and an uncomfortable feeling of randomness. The ease of getting a measurement, and having the full picture and the rate of change my new benchmark. Going back to test strips feels like getting snapshots instead of live videos.
Such a nice, stable and forgiving basal insulin. Been using it for about a year, I didn’t have a single severe hypoglycaemia since (also partly thanks to using the libre). Best thing about it is that the annoying hypo symptoms are gone! No more panic, no more sweating and shaking! I feel the hypo coming, I deal with it. The profile is also quite flat and it never drops to dangerous levels. Novo Nordisk scared me with the decision of taking off the German market. Luckily they didn’t.
I now inject pre and post meals. Yes, two injections for one meal when necessary. It makes a difference: no peaks and no hypos after meals. Again, partly made possible by using the Libre and not changing the needle for every shot.
- Reusing needles:
I never thought I’d do this, but here we are… I started using needles for more than one shot. Why? Because it’s convenient (read fast), doesn’t hurt that much and every other diabetic I know does it. One needle for every 3-4 bolus shots, but still one per basal shot.
- Embracing the unexplained:
After a few weeks with the Libre I started micro managing my glucose. But it was simply impossible as the number of factors that influence blood glucose in unlimited. Many of them are invisible or un-trackable. Being obsessed with controlling something uncontrollable drove me crazy so I just gave up the obsession to understand every detail. Somedays the body does what it wants, and there is nothing I can do about it. Accepting it was key to my inner-peace of mind.
- Med Angel:
Insulin Angel was the start, it is Med Angel is now. It is funny how scratching a “little” itch related to keeping my insulin cool became my full time job. I even moved to another country to develop it. Starting 2016 with a full team and a solid plan, and hoping to bring it to everyone who needs it as soon as possible.