Retrospective: Every Blood Sugar Ever

One D-thing Bigfoot love: paper + pens. Buy so many pens, no guilt. Today exhumed from table linens drawer: every BG ever plus one smoking gnome/fisherman bobblehead doll.

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Every, every one. In six still-evolving formats.

FIRST TIME:

This was my first try at designing a BG chart. I think it's cute that we used to write down the I:C ratio instead of the g CHO. Ha ha ha ha ha! But logical, in its own Amount-of-Food-Surely-Can't-Matter-As-Long-As-I-Get-the-Math-Right way.

This was my first try at designing a BG chart. It’s cute how we used to write down the I:C ratio but not the g CHO. But logical, in its own Amount-of-Food-Surely-Can’t-Matter-As-Long-As-I-Get-the-Math-Right way. Adorable.

AND THEN:

And then we moved on to little spiral notebooks, I think craving more flexibility than spaces for before & after meals. Still no need to write down any g CHO.

And then we moved on to little spiral notebooks, craving more flexibility than spaces for before & after meals. Still no need to write down any g CHO. “Huge snack.” <–SCIENCE!

NEXT:

A few months after diagnosis, we caught on to the idea of writing down the g CHO. Holy crap! The kid used to eat A TON OF CARBS. I know our kids don't need to be on a low carb diet, but...this was probably a normal day. 80 + 63 + 49 + 100, without blinking an eye.

A few months after diagnosis, we caught on to the idea of writing down the g CHO. Holy crap! The kid used to eat A TON OF CARBS. I know our kids don’t need to be on a low carb diet, but…this was probably a normal day. 80 + 63 + 49 + 100, without blinking an eye. And still no corrections for high BG. Honeymoon stuff, I guess.

Photo above also remind Bigfoot terrible era Bigfoot Spouse use lingo “BTBS,” make Bigfoot feel Ted Turner in room/BSpouse mean BedTimeBloodSugar. Did you get the BTBS? Ugh–beg BSp stop say this expression. Occasionally still leak out. Cringe.

NEXT, CHATTY:

For the next level of sophistication, we began recording clues. Such as "I feel seizure-y," and then BOOM 39. Connecting the dots.

For the next level of sophistication, we began recording verbal clues. Such as “I feel seizure-y,” and then BOOM 39. Connecting the dots.

WITH PUMP:

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And then we must have started pumping, and had to use the hospital’s ugly, copy-of-a mimeographed-copy form. Required accompaniment: ugly black binder clip.

& NOW:

This is what we still use, plus the LogFrog iPhone app when I need to email a chart to the endo.

This is what we still use, plus the LogFrog iPhone app when I want to email a chart to the endo. My design is an upgrade from the hospital’s, if only because it feels roomier and has space for blood smears.

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12 responses to “Retrospective: Every Blood Sugar Ever

  1. You are a great mom. It will be interesting to see how your charting changes with the introduction of a CGM. I never log my blood sugars anymore because some days I’m only testing to calibrate the CGM and before lunch. In my opinion, BG logs have turned into the CGM software printouts.

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  2. Eileen

    OK, this might be a dumb question, but why log all that when you can download the pump? I just tell our endo we have downloaded & they look at it and I do, too. Breaks down the info in tons of ways. Or maybe you like the format of this log better? Just wondering.

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    • It’s not a dumb question. I can’t make the dongle work. If I spent one hour on that dongle, I bet I could save myself millions of hours of agony. But I can’t make myself face the dongle again.

      I dislike the format of all of my logs, except for LogFrog.

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      • It’s not agony. I like having an excuse to have lots of pens. But I would love, love, love pretty charts like everyone else.

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      • Eileen

        Ah, ok. I thought I was a total failure for not handwriting it all. One advantage I could see with handwriting, though, is that it makes you look at BGs and trends as they happen every day, and not just when you get around to downloading. The charts with the download can be overwhelming…I just look at a few I find give me a clue as to what is not working. Damn that dongle…I can only get it to work if I make a “T” shape when holding pump to dongle & I have to kind of move it around until light on dongle starts flickering.

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  3. Seeing you guys write ‘dongle’ over and over in the comments is as funny to me as ‘mini organ.’

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    • Linda

      Me too! I used to breed horses, and if anything EVER deserved the name “Dongle” my stallion had one. ‘Mini-organ’ is for hamsters.

      I think we need a web cam implanted in our foreheads w/ date and time overlay that’s activated by our meters or the smell of food….

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  4. “adorbs!”

    BTBS = ted turner.

    i’ve missed you.

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