Saturday, September 28, 2013
I have a glucose meter, leftover from gestational diabetes during pregnancy. So 3 weeks ago, I decided to check. Fasting blood sugar of 110! I've been checking every day since, with results between 96 an 109. So, yeah...I could go to the doctor and have it confirmed. But I'm already doing what they tell you to do: Losing weight. Slow carbs, healthy fats, lean proteins. Exercise. It's not having the effect I hoped, but let's face it, at 196 pounds, it could take awhile.
So today, I finished a vial of test strips. Pulled out the empty vial, put in a new one and checked the strip code: 20. I adjusted the meter from 30 down to 20...got a funny thought...and checked the old vial. It was a 20, too.
Yeah, I made one of the oldest mistakes in the book. Coding error. Day one of diabetic school is ALWAYS CHECK THE CODE! So I retested with the correct code. It was 9 points lower. Two hours after breakfast, I was at 96. I'll have to keep checking...but it's promising!
I celebrated with a healthy, slow-carb lunch. Because regardless of what the meter says, my age, weight, family history and previous gestational diabetes all say that I'm at risk. So I had a good laugh at myself, and decided to file it under "The Ghost of Diabetic Future."