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    Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
    11:35 pm
    Freaking out the boyfriend
    I happened to mention to my boyfriend that my endocrinologist will probably want to run some tests on me before my next visit because on my last visit the tests I took showed a very small amount of protein in my urine. The endo said that hopefully it was just a fluke, but that he wants me to be tested again before my next visit (coming up in a couple of weeks.)

    Boyfriend, well, didn't exactly freak out but he got very, very worried. He said, "You (me and my endo) better get that taken care of real quick, or you might end up on dialysis! Do they even do kidney transplants on diabetics, since they're at greater risk for kidney failure?"

    I'm going, "Whoah, calm down, dear. Let's not jump straight from 'small amount of protein in urine test' to 'kidney transplant.' There are medications that can help slow the progression of kidney damage and maybe even prevent it from occurring. Let's wait and see what the doctor says."

    It's nice to have someone who worries about me, but I can do without the overreaction!

    I've had diabetes for almost 35 years, and I haven't had any kidney problems yet, so let's hope it stays that way.
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
    6:42 am
    Something that vaguely resembles an introduction

    I was diagnosed with Type II in 2003 after spending an unpleasant weekend in the hospital when my roommates thought I was having a heart attack. Still don't know why I was having chest pain, since my heart is as good as someone's 20 years younger than I am, but my blood sugar was over 600 mg/dl. Tried controlling it with diet and metformin for nearly 2 years, took Avandia for less than a week (congestive heart failure is NOT fun), and am now using Lantus and Novolog. I take 44 units of Lantus at bedtime and 1 unit of Novolog per gram of carbs at meals (plus 1 unit per 20 mg/dl over 140, if I'm reading high).

    My readings vary a bit. I usually wake up with my sugar around 90 mg/dl, am around 130 or 140 at mealtimes, and between 140 and 190 at bedtime. Last night, though, after a dinner of ravioli, I was at 87 at bedtime. Had to eat a couple peanut butter sandwiches to make sure I didn't go low while sleeping. I do not deal well with being low.

    My secret to good blood sugar control was to get rid of my bad roommate and start eating foods I like instead of what the roommate liked. Within two weeks of the roommate moving out, my blood sugar had dropped to where it is now, after nearly three years of it hovering consistently between 140 and 200 mg/dl, no matter what I did to bring it down.

    Current Mood: tired
    Sunday, August 19th, 2007
    11:24 pm
    Introducing myself
    Hi, I'm rainbow_goddess and I'm your friendly neighbourhood community founder and mod. I'm a Type 1 diabetic since about 1973 or so (my family seem to disagree as to exactly when I was diagnosed). I take three shots a day of NovoRapid and three of NPH. I'll probably be switching to Lantus in September.

    My control is pretty good. Could be better, but I'm sure I'm not alone in that!

    I had a "bad diabetic" day today. It was a friend's birthday and we went out for Chinese food (dim sum, to be exact.) I took a little extra NovoRapid, but obviously not enough as my blood sugar was 14.1 mmol/l two hours after eating (for Americans, multiply by 18; that's around 253.)

    I took some more NovoRapid, but two hours later it still hadn't gone down. At least it hadn't gone up!

    Anyone else want to introduce themselves?
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