I Check My Blood Sugar "Too Much"
My endocrinologist, pharmacist, and insurance company all agree that I check my blood sugar too much. I disagree. As a person living with type 2 diabetes, I am discouraged from checking my blood sugar as often as I want. My endocrinologist thinks that I may be overloaded with too much data which may be contributing to my stress levels and I should relax. Recently, she recommended that I take a 2-month break from checking my blood sugar since my numbers are relatively stable. I lasted three days. My pharmacist gave me free samples one time after the insurance rejected my request for 100 strips per month and I nearly cried. When he handed me the free samples, he strongly encouraged me to check less frequently to avoid being upset over a regulation that he nor I could change.
Freedom to check blood sugar often
For the past eight years, I’ve felt most comfortable to check my blood sugar before and/or after breakfast, before and/or after lunch, before and/or after dinner, before and/or after working out, before and/or after a 5k race, and anytime I feel my blood sugar has dropped. At minimum, I would like to have the freedom to check my blood sugar three times per day. Unfortunately, because I am not using insulin at the moment, my endocrinologist, pharmacist, and insurance company all agree that I check my blood sugar too much.
Knowledge is power
I disagree because I understand that knowledge is power. It’s helpful to know how high my blood sugar rises after eating a medium-sized container of movie theatre popcorn at the cinema. It’s been beneficial to discover that no matter how small the amount, oatmeal always spikes my blood sugar higher than 180. It’s a pleasure to know that I can eat a small chocolate chip cookie or a small apple after Zumba class and my blood sugar will remain within range. It helps to know if my fasting blood sugar is within range before selecting what I’ll eat for breakfast.
I wouldn’t be able to manage diabetes peacefully if I didn’t have this information. Sadly, I end up paying out of pocket for test strips because my insurance will only cover 50 per month, which isn’t enough to check twice per day. Although it may a losing battle, I will continue to fight for the right of non-insulin using type 2s to be able to check their blood sugar as many times as our hearts desire.
How well does your doctor explain diabetes care terms to you?