Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I know

Ketones, insulin, DKA, novolog, lantus, Blood glucose, syringe, HA1C, doses, corrections, bolus, carbs, endocronologist, pumps, continuous glucose monitor, CDE or certified diabetic educator, glucagon, test strips, tester or poker, meter, autoantibodies, beta cells, islets, pancreas,C -peptide test, 504 plans, honeymoon period, islets of Langerhans, JDRF, ADA, logbooks, long-acting, fast-acting, lipohypertrophy, Medtronic minimed system, NPH, anion gap, ph level, T-cells, kits, injection sites and rotation, vials, insulin pens, highs, lows, goals, insta-glucose, etc... do you know what all these mean?  I've learned a lot in the last month.  I was so uninformed.  Even having a husband with type 2 diabetes didn't prepare me for all of this.   There definitely is a learning curve to type 1.  And I'm still learning.  Just finished reading The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes that a super good friend gave me.
It was extremely helpful and very informative!  It will be something I refer back to often.  My goal now is to stay educated and to help inform.  Most everyone knows about Type 2 and how it's managed.  Very few understand Type 1.  I was there; I was ignorant once.  I'll never be the one to say "You'll be fine once it's regulated." or "I hear it's a very controllable disease." or "At least it's not something worse." or "Aren't you supposed to avoid sugars and carbs?"  Food is carbs.  Half a small banana has 15g of carbs.  Depending on our ratio that's about 1 to 1.5 units of novolog insulin.  We look at fiber and carbs and fat and protein and work towards a balanced meal.  But at midnight that isn't necessarily the case.  Who knew that OJ would be medicine (it helps to raise blood sugars fast in a low)? Or something as simple as playing with friends would make me worry about lows?

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