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belyro
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   Posted 10/2/2006 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi There,
 
I'm in my late 20's and have been diabetic for almost 25 years now.  While I don't have to deal with some of the "new diabetes" issues that a lot of people are dealing with, I am dealing with the frustration of "changing diabetes" as I get older.
 
Is there anyone else here in a similar situation?
 
 

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/2/2006 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Belyro,

We have some very well educated long term Type 1's on the forum and I'm sure they will be along soon to answer any of your questions. In the meantime, welcome to HealingWell. If you read back in the posts a bit you may find lots of useful info for diabetics, both Type1 and 2. Glad to make a new friend but sorry for the diabetes being the reason.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


belyro
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   Posted 10/3/2006 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Jeannie,

Do you know if most people on here are from Canada or the U.S.?  I'm from Canada. 

Also, I'm a female....I forgot to put that in my first post.

B.

 

 


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/3/2006 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
We have lots of Canadians, British, had a lady from Scotland, Australia, and I think some peeps from India a while back. It's helpful to have some people from different countries who may understand your health system better and your sugar testing as well. I know we (here in the US) use different numbers for blood sugar but I believe that the med dosages are the same. One of our mods (ClaireBear) is a Type 1 and has posted about diabetic burn out in a past post.

Which province of Canada are you from? I live in Michigan and have a licensed bakery in my home where I produce wedding cakes... Good job for a diabetic, eh? LOL!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


belyro
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   Posted 10/3/2006 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
It was the bloodsugar comparability I was wondering about.  I think the insulin doses are the same between the U.S. and Canada.  I was in an Emergency Room in Hawaii last year because of what seemed to be food poisoning, and the doctors had no idea how to interpret the bloodsugar measurements I was giving them.  It was like we were speaking different languages.
 
I'm from Manitoba.....right above North Dakota.
 
A bakery?!  Wow!  You must be very self-controlled.  I work in an office building with a lot of people who are really very health-conscious, so it's not usually too bad.
 
Thanks for the replies.
 
B.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/3/2006 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Nah.. not self controled... After you work with icing for 10 or more years it becomes an art medium, not food. We have a member, Warren, who knows how to do the number thing between the two countries.... Someone else may know how, also. We'll just have to be patient.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/3/2006 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there....I'm Canadian,(Ontario), female, not quite 40 yrs. old and Type1 for 21 months (diagnosed a Type 2 for 1.5 years prior). Glad to meet ya (if not for the reason, as Jeannie says :-)

I've got a chart beside my computer with the conversions of US measurement (mg/dL - milligrams per decilitre) and what most everyone else uses as a measurement (mmol/L - millimoles per litre) to help me understand what I read on the net. I did find it on the net and printed it off but I can't remember where I got it. I'm sure it's not too hard to find if you do a search.

Here's the calculation: multiply the glucose value in mg/dL by the conversion factor of 0.05551.
Example: 110 mg/dL x 0.05551= 6.6 mmol/L
Or you can use the easier but less precise way of dividing the mg/dL value by 18 to get the equivalent number in mmol/L.
Example: 110 divided by 18= 6.1

Hope this helps some :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"


belyro
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   Posted 10/3/2006 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
This is great!  Thanks Phishbowl!
 
By the way....how are you liking Levemir?  I'm on it, and it's better than what I was on before, but my bloodsugar's still not as predictable as I'd like.
 
B.

Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/4/2006 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Mornin', B....I think I'm liking Levemir more than Lantus. With Lantus... I always had high bedtime levels, I found that it stung no matter where I injected or how slowly, suffered lows almost daily, but it was only 1 injection a day. With Levemir... I have high morning numbers and inject twice a day (12Us @7:30AM & 7:30PM) but, there's no sting.

My Educator told me that, because it's new (only got it here in Canada this year), they're still finding out a lot about it. For instance, they thought it would be a measured 1:1 dose when switching from Lantus but, they've since discovered that it works better with 2 shots per day and also that most switchers from Lantus or NPH find they need more Levemir; higher doses. Also, Levemir has sent me into a low low in the middle of the night the two times I had an alcoholic drink in the evening, despite my trying to avoid it by overcompensating with food. I decided a few years ago to just not drink (it never really agreed with me), and the few times I've had alcohol since Rx'd Diabetic, the effects made me feel "wierd" and on Levemir go low.

I've been trying since my Type 1 diagnosis to achieve some kind of "maintenance level" of my blood sugars but haven't been able to so far. The one thing I give myself Kudos for is keeping my weight almost exactly at 110lbs (where I want to be). Since Rx'd, I've not missed logging: a single gram of food, glucose check, insulin injection, etc., all in an effort to understand what I could possibly alter in my regimen to get better control. I've been working with my team on an almost weekly basis for a year and a half; tweaking and changing insulin, doses, meal plans, ratios, everything. The best I've done is just these past couple of weeks, I haven't had a low and my levels during the day are good. Just wish I weren't so sick today and yesterday. Gotta chest cold and morning levels have been really high (had a 26.4 the other day :-( Oh well, c'est la vie! Such is life sometimes and we just have to move forward, right?

Sorry for the long post :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"


belyro
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   Posted 10/4/2006 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the feedback! 
 
I take Levemir twice a day too (morning and night) because it just wasn't lasting long enough for me if I didn't.  I didn't realize it was so common to do that.  I also found that making the switch from Lantus wasn't as easy as I was told it would be. 
 
One thing I LOVE about Levemir is that it makes my bloodsugar very stable at night - unless there are other complicating factors.  I've always been so paranoid of bottoming out at night, particularly because a low for me feels so much worse at night than during the day.  With Levemir, all else being equal, I'll be exactly the same bloodsugar in the morning as when I went to bed.
 
My bloodsugar tend to be high more often than low.  I've always been less comfortable with a low than with a high - plus a low can keep me from doing what I want to (e.g. working out) more than a high can.  So I often have erred on the side of being too high rather than too low....but I really am trying not to do that b/c it increases my chances of complications so much.  The Levemir, while not perfect, has definitely helped me to stabilize my bloodsugars and not be so afraid of lows.
 
How do you manage exercise and diabetes?  How do you keep from going low when you're working out?  The other night I was 14.3 about 1.5 hours after dinner.  I knew it wasn't the ideal time to work out, but I did 30 min. of stairclimber, checked again and I was 3.9.  I'd hoped to do some yoga too, but I had to stop and have a snack....it came down way too fast.  So frustrating.
 
(See, I have an equally long post.)
 
B.
 
 
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