[D-Blog Week] One Thing to Improve.
Today's D-Blog Prompt: "Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!"
Argh ... pick just one thing? Diabetes makes us too self-deprecating, with all of the variables we "supposedly" have control over, and now I need to nail down just one little ol' thing to improve?
What needs to be worked on ebbs and flows in accordance with whatever my goals are at that time in my life. Prior to becoming pregnant, I was all about fine-tuning my diabetes to nail down a solid and safe A1C for conception. During pregnancy, I was a bonafide stalker and stalked the shit out of my blood sugars.
But now, what I'm aiming to do is make the most of the tools I have available to me. Namely the magical diabetes math machine that is my insulin pump.
I wear an Animas Ping, and that little sucker comes with a lot of bells and whistles (hello, waterproof and can be worn in a swim-up bar in the Dominican Republic), but the main thing I need to use with more precision is the bolus calculator. I have my insulin:carb ratios stored in my insulin pump, so my pump knows I need one unit of insulin to cover 11 grams of carbs. My pump also knows that one unit of insulin brings me down about 55 mg/dL. And it also knows how much insulin I have on board, it's good about keeping me from rage bolusing if I have that HULK SMASH desire to stack boluses when a high blood sugar is being super stubborn.
But all of this information goes pfffffft if I don't actually make use of the bolus calculator tool.
I have a baaaaaad habit of using my brain to calculate meal boluses/correction doses, which is foolish because math is not my strong suit and my brain is mostly clogged with other, far less useful, stuff. I have this device literally at my hip, and it's capable of doing so much of the thinking for me. So why am I using this ... this fluffy gray matter between my ears? Why am I not using this silver gizmo at my hip?
That's my one (of many) thing(s) to improve, and I'm going to try and start making that change today: I'm going to let my insulin pump "do the math." Because God knows I could use the freaking help. ;)