I'm back! (Didn't have a computer for a few days :-(
You ask some good questions, Me, unfortunately, most don't have a standard answer.
One thing about
Diabetes....it's progressive. It doesn't just happen overnight (except for maybe Type 1's). The symptoms of high blood sugar aren't readily apparent and it usually takes sustained, high blood sugars to start affecting the body enough for systemic problems to show up (eyes, neuropathy, etc.). Most of us diabetics found out we were "D" because we went to the doc for something else and some common blood work showed high BGLs. Most of us find out that we've probably had a wonky metabolism (high blood sugars) for quite some time once diabetes is diagnosed. Those who catch it in the early stages (pre-diabetes) have the best chances of turning the tide in their favour with some lifestyle changes.
Don't be worried about
the tests the Endo wants to run. He wants to establish your profile and get a full set of baseline numbers. Your cholesterol, glucose/insulin, liver, kidneys, thyroid, vitamin/mineral levels... are just some of the basic things they like to know. He's put you on an insulin regimen and the only way he'll know how it's working is to keep checking these things. Get used to these levels being checked every few months; until your BGLs settle into the regimen for you. Most of us are checked for these things regularly, because we're diabetic (regardless of what type/stage we're at).
Your doctor should be accessible to you on a regular basis, while you're starting an insulin regimen. He's the one who should tell you to alter your dose(s), based on the info you provide. Like Chaul says, test yourself when you get the shakes. You could be high, you could be low. While you're on the roller coaster for a bit, you may want to get used to doing a bit more testing than usual. Is your Endo planning on keeping you on this insulin regimen? Or maybe this is your introduction (to insulin) and he plans to move you to one of the newer ones? I ask only because, in my case, I was put on the 70/30 just to get me started but, it was only until my appointment with a CDE (Diabetic Educator). I knew I would be changing my regimen. When's your next appointment? Did he ask you to keep a log book?
Try not to get too freaked out at the lower numbers. I did, too, at first and subsequently ate myself to high BGLs all the time until I was told to try not to "fix" (with 15 grams of fast-acting carbs only), until I hit 2.8/50 or lower. Kinda hard to get & keep BGLss in the normal range when I'd eat 30 grams of carbs when I hit a normal 6/106
It's hard to put up with the shakes & sweats of FEELING low but, try not to fix it unless you are (test). The more you're in the normal range the less you'll feel "wierd" being in it
I didn't get a bracelet right away, (maybe denial?), but I did within a couple of months. I think I went to a washroom the first couple of times I went out with my insulin but, now I inject wherever I happen to be sitting. I was conscientious the first couple of times but, quickly realized no one was even paying attention to me (this was in a food court). Just me but, I think washrooms are the worst place to inject. I don't concern myself about
what other's who might see me would think. I doubt if anyone seeing you inject at a restaurant would think you were shooting something illicit into your belly.
I never go anywhere without my meter and Rockets (Smarties in the US). I only take my insulin if I'm going to need it while out. I carry my insulin case(s), meter, sugar, with extra strips & lancets in the meter case and extra pen tips in my insulin case). I carry it all in a purse or fanny pack or pocket depending on what's required.
Sorry for the novel
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus