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Please note that we are unable to respond back directly to your questions or provide medical advice. Of course, we get excited about new technology and love being able to test drive the latest gadgets. Our periodic Deep Dive series continues today with a look at Electronic Health Records (EHR), one of the hottest debated topics in healthcare these days and purported to be the future of care.
Once you shake the hand of the President of the United States and get to talk with him about your passion -- in this case technology-driven diabetes care -- it doesn't seem like much in life could trump that.
I think that when my only motivation for testing is to know if I need to add a unit or two, it's impossible to get motivated to log. As a physician with type 1 DM for several decades (since childhood), I don't think it is "normal" for anyone to WANT to test.
My husband and I have just recently started logging his blood sugar levels and the insulin he takes, not the amount of carbs he ate, unless the next blood sugar test was wacky. I wish the meter manufacturers would make a concerted effort to have a standardized BG charting program and that cables to attach your meter to your computer would come WITH the meter. I'm so caught up in the day-to-day of this disease that I feel I really DO need to fight it one day at a time. I know that right now, the paradigm is: free meters---costly strips, but I have the meter I have because it is the cheapest to operate strip-wise and I paid for it out-of-pocket.Seriously, how many of you out there write out a log book for your auto anymore?
I've been fairly successful with this approach, though it's only been a little over a year I've been taking meal-time insulin. Nairobi is Kenya’s largest city and itsComplete, objective information on Nairobi travel, including photos and reviews.


My impression of people who pump (I do not) is that they depend upon a CGM to keep them abreast of what's going on, so it seems like they would be even LESS motivated to log than I am! I would like to hear from insulin pumpers on this subject as well as their motivation to log. I have my own word document that I email to patients for them to fill in and email back or I can print it out for them to fill in by hand. If any images that appear on the website are in Violation of Copyright Law or if you own copyrights over any of them and do not agree with it being shown here, please also contact us and We will remove the offending information as soon as possible.. I tell patients if they lose their will power one day or for a while, or just have a crazy day, they don't have to share their blood sugars with me if they don't want. I encourage them, however, not to be afraid to show me these results if they want suggestions how to minimize the effects of "off days". DeFronzo said that he frequently sees patients who'd rather have their doctor feel good about BG results, rather than using logs to inform themselves about what's actually going on.Yup, often we patients feel that BG checking or logging isn't worth the effort either because we don't know how to act on the data or because we find it "bad," frustrating, and discouraging. I tell them if they are human, they will lose their will power at times and have crazy days.
After, of course, I swear at my meter and shake my head.I've always been this way, but in my younger years I tried to hide my results. That was easier and made me feel better, even if I was only kidding myself and couldn't get past the truth of my A1C, the three-month average that wasn't impacted by whatever my paper logbooks said. At some point, I learned that the meter could disprove what I said and so other tricks came to light, like using only half as much blood to get a lower result that I could flash around as proof I wasn't lying.Basically, I always assumed that those "horror stories" about losing limbs and worse became a likely reality in my mind, and led to a "Why Bother?" attitude where I just didn't care.
I wanted to be "normal" and live my life, not be defined by that big bad D that would probably kill me.
And a consequence of that was not testing, and then trying to convince everyone that I was doing OK so they wouldn't bother me (lame, I know now!).I bring this up because apparently despite all the new technology, there are still kids and teens out there who will go to any length to disguise what's really going on with their D-management.
Bode told a story about one teenage girl who went as far as using her lunch money to persuade friends at school to prick their fingers for 25 cents a poke, giving her the ability to fake "perfect" BG results right in her meter's memory.


Bode said he requires his patients have a meter that can be downloaded in the office, and if a PWD doesn't bring that meter - or maybe the paper log book - with results, the person is sent home!"Because if they don't have that, I can't help them," Bode said. Seems a little harsh, doesn't it?An endo in the audience later made the comment, "You don't go to the dentist without your teeth, so why would you come to us without your blood glucose results?"Polonsky said he at first felt a little queasy when hearing about that ultimatum.
My endo may not be able to make any changes or determine how I'm really doing, but we can examine whether I'm going through burnout or something else that's standing in my way of wanting to test and log data.
That's valuable.An informal survey of the medical pros in the audience had few people raising their hand when asked if docs are downloading data in offices, and that's not even getting to the whole issue about charging for this service. I've heard some in the Diabetes Online Community say their endos offices tag a fee for downloading data, where others (like my endo) do not. Easy-to-interpret summary data to help inspire PWDs to keep good records is one option, they said. That gives me a sense of accomplishment and keeps me accountable, being able to see how it compares not only to the past hours but the same times of recent days. For me, it's just not the same to have to plug that number into a device and see it on a computer screen, regardless of how "easy" that may be. Call me old-school, but that works best for me.Obviously, Your Diabetes May Vary and it seems that many do best with a connection cable or wireless link putting their BG data onto a device that can then be downloaded and transmitted to their doc or CDE. Again, whatever works.Honestly, I think it comes down the individual person wanting to check BGs and track that information. If that means finding motivation outside the endo's office, or finding a better doc-patient relationship that includes better conversation, then I'm all for it.In the end, we may not necessarily be defined by our numbers, but they are the bread and butter that get us to whatever definition of success we're shooting for in our D-lives.Anybody out there have any motivation tips?



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