After 19 years living with type one diabetes, there is so much I wish I new YEARS ago. It took me several years to realize these things, so be patient with yourself! My hope is that this post may help expedite the process a bit...
1. You don't need 15 carbs to treat every low. Sometimes you need 3 grapes to treat, other times you need 2 whole juice boxes. This all depends on how low you are and if you are dropping quickly or not!
2. Leaning into the diabetes community is the best! I grew up thinking it was weird and not cool to hang out with other t1ds. Why? No idea. Typical kid things I guess?! Making friends going through the same thing completely changed my perspective and outlook on this disease for the better.
3. Endos are often guessing on the insulin amounts you need. Crazy right!? But everyone's body is so different they have to try things until something works. Guess what that means?! You can try things too! Waiting 3 months for your next doctor appointment to make a change when you have been hitting 300 every single night at 2 am....ask yourself why you are waiting? As long as you aren't making huge adjustments at one time and being cautious, you can be your own doctor until that next appointment comes around. If you do feel that you need their permission, give your doctors office a call. Just don't wait!!!! Crazy blood sugars make you feel like crap and you deserve better.
4. Counting carbs isn't the magic answer. 15 carbs of an apple & peanut butter acts differently in your body than 15 carbs of a cookie...so why should we give the same amount of insulin for it? PLUS - you have to look at what is going on in your day (did you exercise? are you stressed? etc.) and if you are currently spiking, steady or dropping. There are too many factors to blindly give insulin based off of only carbs at mealtime. I have had to learn to override my insulin pump (or even doctor's) suggestions to get the blood sugar outcome I desire. Again, be your own doctor!
5. You are going to have many different "seasons" of diabetes. Some where you manage well and other times where you see more spikes. What is going on in your life absolutely impacts blood sugar management! Being kind to yourself is important while also keeping healthy blood sugar goals in mind. If you had a vacation last weekend, ate all of your favorite foods and had roller coaster blood sugars, don't beat yourself up for it! What is the point in that? Dwelling on the past only makes you more miserable in the present. Acknowledge, learn from it for next time and move forward!