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   Posted 6/6/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, that's me! yeah yeah yeah

So how do you all remind yourself to take your blood sugar levels? I TRY and remember during the day, but can't. If I'm at home, set my kitchen timer, and leave the first floor, I can't hear it!!!

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age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 6/6/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ruth... I find with being Type1 and having to test at least before every meal and at bedtime, I'm pretty much doing the mental check (if I need to test) every couple of hours. And I still get caught with hypos! :-)

For the couple of years they thought I was Type2 - when I had to test a lot less often - I used to schedule it as an appointment in my day. Every morning was routine to check it when I awoke, and because I've always kept a logbook, I would make an appointment with myself (mentally or in my daytimer at work) to do an additional test or two at one of the meals in my day. It was also the last thing I did at night.

Before it broke and I never replaced it, I did use a watch with an alarm for a short period. Maybe that'd work better than the kitchen timer? Or, they sell really small timers in some places...maybe small enough to wear?

Sorry I'm not much help. I'll be back if I think of some more ideas :-)

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   Posted 6/7/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I test first thing and last thing every day. Then I test a different meal and exercise each day in rotation- MOnday = Breakfast, Tuesday = lunch and so forth. 
What I can't remember is which finger I used and what place I stabbed, so I tend to have one or two very tender fingers and 8 happy ones. I tried the schedule thing there, but there are only 7 days in a week and 10 fingers to stab. I even wrote a little program to pop up on my computer each morning and give me the info- but I don't pay attention to it. lol
:-)  sandy
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   Posted 6/7/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   


I use a watch with multi-alarms in it.  They are hard to find, but good old TIMEX makes one called the "EXPEDITION" it has lots of other stuff on it that I don't use, but it only costs about $30- $40.  It has 3 or 4 alarms on it, I only use 3 of the alarms so I am not even sure if it has 4 (it is not the prettiest watch, it looks like a sport watch, but when it comes to LOWS, who cares what it looks like).

I set my alarms to go off at 10 am, morning snack (first low of the day), 3 pm, afternoon snack (second low of the day) and 6 pm to make sure I eat dinner on time.

It works for me as I have not had a dangerous low ever since I got the watch.  My wife loves it as she has not had to call 911 ever since I got the watch (about 6 years), believe me all the Firemen know my address by heart.


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   Posted 6/7/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
You made me chuckle!

I call my fingers Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday etc. - starting with opposite pinkies every week. I test on the sides of the same finger all day and when I'm mildly dehydrated like I get in the summer I use a broccoli rubberband as a mini tourniquet to help with the blood flow. Works for me!
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   Posted 6/8/2007 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a nice advantage for this. I can program reminders into my pump! My pump takes very good care of me!
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