Friday, May 16, 2014

D Blog Week- Day 5: Diabetes Hacks

"Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes.  Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s back-light when not on the home-screen"

 I wish I had a super long list of your amazing hacks, but for the Type One Trio- we've only been in this for four years. We have a lot of hacking tips to discover!
 Though I may not have any "hacks" for you, I'll tell you how to have PERFECT Blood sugars! 

Today at my siblings appointment, our Endo told them a story about her most complex Type One she has cared for.

Her patient, a mere 12 year old, would come for his appointment every three months. Our Endo would do the usual: hook up the tester, talk about the sugar levels, and then compare and review to the A1C.

For his glucometer readings, he had perfect blood sugars. No highs or lows.

As for his A1C- it was 14
 (That's an average of 380!!)

Perplexed, she would inquire how this could be possible. The diabetic would deny everything and reply that he was doing what they asked. Testing his blood- and giving insulin.

Our Endo never figured it out- year after year his A1C progressed to get worse. She was completely stumped and couldn't get him to cooperate.

Years went by and the diabetic boy moved on. Many years later, she ran into him at a grocery store. He was then in college and doing much better with his T1D care. When she asked about his crazy A1Cs as a child he simply replied,

"Easy . . . I tested my dog"

Live and learn: You CAN test your dogs blood sugar, but the A1C never lies. :)

(Disclaimer: Although I should never have to say this- do not be "that one" who will repeat this at home!)

1 comment:

  1. Aww, the poor dog! It's funny because growing up I never thought of ways to trick the system or trick my endo but since finding the DOC I've heard of different ways people have done that...the dog trick is definitely a new one!


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