Ground Control (Solution) to Major Tom.
(That’s just a cool song and I’m in the mood for a little David Bowie. Humor me.)
I’ve learned a lot in my frequent visits to the Joslin Clinic over the last six months or so, which just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve had diabetes – there’s always something new to learn. As I was preparing for pregnancy, there was a lot of focus on blood sugar control, and frequent monitoring. That, I knew.
But what I didn’t realize was how often I should have been checking my meter with control solution.
I have to be honest: Before Joslin told me to get my act together re: using control solution, I never used it. Ever. It would come in the meter kits when I first opened them and it was the first thing I removed. I ran on the assumption that my meter was the diabetes equivalent of “the customer” – it was always right.
The Joslin CDE disagreed.
“No, you need to be checking the accuracy of your meter with the control solution at least once a week, Kerri. That’s important to make sure everything is in range. Think about it – you’re dosing insulin based on these results, and you’re calibrating your Dexcom, too. Don’t you want to make sure the numbers are accurate?”
Good point. But how naïve am I to assume that the numbers ARE accurate? Sometimes I get a result on the meter that I know is way off, and I usually test again to see what the deal is. But I never thought to bust out the control solution to keep tabs on the accuracy, as well.
Since I was (and am) trying to be Captain Compliance when it comes to Joslin instructions (thanks to the ever-growing BabySparl), I dug up some bottles of control solution and started double checking my meter. And yes, I do feel soothed when the control test comes back right on target, because it reinforces my faith in the meter. And no, I haven’t seen any wonky control results come back yet, but at least I’m looking out for them.
If you’re already checking your meter with the control solution, bravo! Just wanted to pass this info on, in case you were like me and tossing the control solution into a shoebox to reside with dust bunnies under the bed. (Or with Siah bunnies, depending on how much your cat sheds.)
As I’ve mentioned, I’m learning so much now that I’m in constant contact with my doctors, so I want to pass on all the tips I find to you guys. Because it’s quite obvious that while I try pretty hard, the rules of the game seem to change overnight.