The Taxing Effort of Analyzing Blood Sugars

January 15, 2016By 0 Comments

imagesS7YKJ86ITax season is on the horizon.  For most of us this involves organizing, analyzing and agonizing over details, files, and lost documents.  This sounds annoying and daunting.  It is.  So imagine having that feeling looming in the back of your mind most of the time.

Often I think to myself, “Ugh, I know I need to sit down and analyze my numbers, my trends, and my insulin doses…but it can wait one more day.”

It would be nice to say that those of us with diabetes are not at all responsible for managing our disease.  That we show up at our Endo every three months and they wave a magic wand over our meter or pump and voilà! All of our yucky trends of highs and lows that occur in unison have vanished and a nice flat line replaces our CGM reading on the screen.  Maybe someday.  But for now, we understand that it is even more important for us to play the most important role in advocating for our own health and diabetes management.  One 30 min apt every three months will not do the trick unfortunately.

There is no easy equation or instruction manual of how to analyze your blood glucose values or CGM data.  There are lot’s of algorithms and suggestions, but at the end of the day it all seems extremely time consuming, overwhelming and confusing to say the least.  The average person, especially those who are fairly new to diabetes, should not be solely relying on their minimal diabetes training to analyze their own information. They should always enlist the help of a CDE or other medical professional (even their clinical pump trainer) to help get down the basics of making simple changes.

Luckily, or not, having had diabetes for a glorious 25 years, I know too much.  To the point that I sat down last night to analyze my fancy new CGM data and I felt like an 18 year old doing my taxes for the first time (all I will say is that BOTH the new Medtronic Connect and the Dexcom G5 Clarity are AMAZING).  I admittedly hadn’t sat down to actually look at my trends and numbers for probably three years.  Yup, that’s right.  Since I was pregnant and OBSESSED with my control, I have completely acted like I’m just not ready to look at it all again.

The more my daughter grows, it becomes more apparent to me that while I was so proud of myself for having such a successful pregnancy, I need to buck up.  Diabetes is still here and I love my daughter and my life more every day.  Yes, I have had a great track record of A1c’s, but it’s time to stop pretending that I don’t know what I’m doing.  I do, and it’s my decision to get back to being a confident and well informed person living with a chronic disease.  We all deserve a break from worrying about our own health, but just as tax season happens every year, whether you want it to or not, diabetes happens every day.  Don’t let three years go by, the IRS catches tax evaders, and I’m sure that one of the Opothy’s will catch up with diabetes rebels as well.

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