Allow Me To Explain Type One Diabetes To You.

posted by on 06/07/2012 | 14 comments (leave one of your own)

I found these notes in my diabetes book from Zo’s last appointment regarding her switching her insulin dosing.

This about sums it up.


  • katy

    OK. got it. but i think i need to know what +1 over 50/100 is!
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    • ZDub

      If her blood sugar is in between 100-150, she gets 1 unit of Humalog. For every 50, we add a unit.


      I think. I need to refer to my notes.
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  • Amber

    I’m gonna see if I can find it again, but I just read research that challenges the notion that protein+ carb is the only way for a diabetic. I’ve always been told I can’t do any variation of the South Beach diet – but it’s almost contradictory to my numbers. I ALWAYS require more insulin the morning because I wake up with these crazy high fasting numbers – regardless of what it was at my 2 am check?! So I don’t eat any carbs with breakfast…at all. Then, I took a chance and coupled it with a carby bedtime snack with very little protein..and low and behold I had an improvement in my numbers. That shouldn’t work. But it does for me. WTF – diabetes doesn’t make any sense at all.
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  • Emily B

    oh my gosh. Your notes are making me second guess my notes.

  • laura

    I have to say I’m having a WTF moment too. Are you switching from sliding scale to carb counting? (We’ve only ever carb counted and I cannot wrap my brain about sliding scale.)

    • ZDub

      We’ve only ever used a sliding scale with a set amount of carbs eaten at every meal. I worked like a dream while she was in honeymoon, but then it didn’t.

      We went to carb counting with the hopes of maybe switching to a pump. We’ll see.
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      • laura

        Ahh – so when on the sliding scale you would eat 30g for that meal and if 100-150=1 unit, 150-200=2 unit? Hovever, you wouldn’t use “+1 over 50/100” and “1 unit for every 30g carb” at the same time. The carb counting would have a different correction scale. Thanks for the lesson!

        • Emily B

          Ohhhhh, ok. We never did a sliding scale, always carb counted. No wonder I was so confused. I thought it was a really high correction factor and really low insulin to carb ratio and it made me wonder why ours is opposite.
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          • katy

            i never had a sliding scale. and i can’t get anyone interested in almond butter on mini bagels (except for my own very keen interest in them). be my mom.
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          • ZDub

            Diabetes commune.

  • Jennifer Jo

    One of the actors (in the play I’m in) is a type one diabetic. He showed me his pump and tubes and such. He keeps sugary drinks all over the set in the back, and my son said his script has blood on it from all the finger jabs. We all have to keep an eye on him. It’s a horrid illness. Big hugs to you, to ALL you fighters.
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  • SallyAshus

    Hi, luvs! I also posted to Facebook for you! WTF! Probably Zo will be able to get it better than Mom–and she should be getting familiar with her program just as soon as she can read a measuring cup and the dial on a pen or the lines on a syringe or the pump screens (whatever she’s using. There have been many fads and contradictory dietary advice for people with diabetes over the last 50 years; I know because I’ve been there. I’ve been using insulin for 46 yrs–can you believe that my parent’s GP tried to start me on Orinase because I was a fat kid, and I was very sick and nearly in kidney failure before he recognized that I needed insulin. After practicing on oranges a few times, I gave myself my first insulin shot with a glass syringe and a reusable needle. What we have now is a helluva lot better! I’ve been on fixed doses (with fixed meals), sliding scales, and carb counting–which is a type of sliding scale, too– and I can tell you that what the body needs and how it reacts to food and to insulin and insulin analogs WILL CHANGE through the stages of life. Sometimes living with diabetes is WTF, but survival depends on knowledge and applying that knowledge. You and Zo CAN DO THIS! XOXOXO

  • SallyAshus

    I wrote my first comment before I read your profile! So, ZOE most certainly is of sufficient maturity to be handling her testing,counting, and insulin dosing HERSELF. You don’t do her any favors by doing these tasks for her! She really does need to be armed with as much knowledge as she can handle–and it’s a lot that she CAN–as puberty and those changes will affect the diabetes–and you WON’T get much help from the “medical practitioners” because there is VERY LITTLE info about Type ! diabetes and puberty–or menopause. Zoe has to be expert on Zoe’s body; she has to live with this condition forever, and YES< IT CAN BE DONE! Diabetes cannot be ignored; it has a way of really kicking a** if you even think you can pretend it isn't there. Zoe WILL have to adapt all the rest of her life to the diabetes, but that does NOT mean she can't have a life! My parents were ashamed of diabetes, and always warned me to keep it a secret: I figured out about 7th Grade that wasn't happening! I became very militant about what I needed to do WHEN I needed to do it–and still am–and that's part of why I'm still here 46 years later to complain about diabetes, with all my kidneys, all my liver, all my toes and feet and fingers and eyes–and 3 grandchildren so far. Be your own advocate, Zoe!

  • Lizzie

    You’ve all really educated me. Im a HS teacher, and I have two students with Type I and you’ve opened my eyes. They dont talk much about it and it seems they’ve got it all under control, but I will definitely advocate for them if they need me to. The school nurse is on top of things, but I realize that Diabetes is more unpredictable than I first thought.

    We just take a lot for granted…

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