First thing in the morning, I test my blood sugar.
Okay, that's sort of a lie. First thing I do it stagger over to the bureau and slam my hand against the snooze button. Then I collapse back onto the bed, shoving aside the little gray cat who took the four second opportunity to scurry up from the foot of the bed to the spot I was sleeping on. After I fold myself back under the covers, my hand darts out and I retrieve my meter from the bedside table. Fumble with the lancet device, shove a strip into the meter, and smoosh some blood onto the tip of the strip. Sleepy countdown from 5. Alarm goes off again.
This is every morning.
And every night before bed, I tuck myself underneath the comforter, do a quick blood sugar test, respond to the result (either bolus, grab a swig of juice, but most often just think, "Cool," and rezip the case), kiss Chris, go to sleep.
Blood sugar bookends to a busy day.
Testing is a big part of my daily diabetes management. I test all the time, leaving an unfortunate trail of test strips wherever I go. I'm constantly picking them off the ground in my office. My gym bag is littered with them. Don't even look at the bottom of my purses, where they form a solid layer. I'm vigilant with testing, but not as steady with recording my blood sugar numbers.
Since I've started at my job, I've been keeping a mangled little post-it note with my meter averages listed on it. January 17, 2007. March 11, 2007. April 9. May 2. June 26. It's just one little, yellow note but it's crammed ful of number notations. It's just a matter of pressing the "Average All" option on my meter, where I'm instantly given a snapshot of my blood sugar averages.
Keeping a steady log book is one of my biggest diabetes management hurdles. I know there are some awesome web applications, like SugarStats, that help keeps numbers tracked, and I really need to make an instant diabetes resolution to start taking advantage of the technology I have available to me.
I'm going home at lunch to get the cable for my meter. I'll start downloading today. Yes, I promise. NaDoLoBlooMo. (National Down Load Bloodsugars Month? Well that's just plain bizarre looking.)
How do you overcome the hurdle of folding number-tracking into your busy days?