24 August 2007

Oh My Lantus!

For this whole week I haven't been feeling so great. Monday was my birthday, yes thank you, thank you, but I felt gross until about Wednesday, then all day yesterday I had this awful headache. Then, this morning I woke up because I was low... I'm hypoglycemia sensitive which is a good thing... helps me avoid some serious lows. Don't get me wrong I've had some 30s in my days but usually I can tell before I get to that point. I don't know exactly how low I was because I didn't test... which I know I should have and I usually do... I just didn't. Anyway, I reached over for my megabottle of glucotabs and popped four of them to bring me up so I could get back to sleeping. When I felt back in range, I fell back asleep. A few hours later I woke up and tested - 115. It's going to be a great day! Whenever I wake up at a number like that my days seem to go better. I have more energy and just feel better. Especially after feeling crappy for the last few days. Also, for the past few mornings I've been waking up low - like 40s and 50s low. Possibly because I switched the time I take my Lantus. Before camp, I took it around 4:30 pm and then due to camp scheduling I changed it and now I'm taking it at dinner time - 7ish. During camp it was fine because we eat about every 5 minutes and I would stay up most nights doing nightrounds for my campers. The lows are starting to get annoying and I don't like eating so much at nighttime [which I've also had to do more of because before bed I've been in the low 100s]. I think I'll switch back to 4ish or do it in the morning. I'm curious as to when other people take it. In Ecuador most do it around 11pm - haven't tried that yet but maybe I will.

I was going to make a poll but I can't figure out how... I'm new to this alright give me a break!... so my question is...

When do you take Lantus?: a. morning b. afternoon c. evening d. don't use Lantus (what do you use?)
Or maybe it's not my Lantus, maybe it's the "new" exercise routine I'm partaking in as in I'm actually going to the gym again. Yay for me! I went once today already but will probably go again later on if I don't go out dancing tonight. In December I'm going on a cruise and eventhough it's summer right now I'm not ready to be in a bikini anytime soon. Eating better + working out more = skinny jeans, right!? And better blood sugars! Hopefully, we'll see...
(the picture is from Campo Amigo Ecuador 2007: Brooke, Pame, Jules, Sarah & Merith)

4 comments:

Naomi said...

Hi Jules,
You are an inspiration. My 14 yr old son was diagnosed in May of this year, which actually just started me blogging as well. I love reading about the camps and how you empower young people to manage their disease. I will bookmark the AYUDA website to show my son what you guys are doing. And to think, we were freaking out about just driving to Connecticut... We live in MD as well!

Jonah said...

I take it in the morning, and I never have had a Lantus related night time hypo. If I'm hypo in the night, I took Novolog within three hours of bedtime or was exercising a lot RIGHT before I went to sleep.

jules said...

thanks jonah!

Craig Williams said...

Found your blog through your tudiabetes page. Ayuda looks like a great program. When I started Lantus, I tried taking it once a day like they suggested, but after a couple months, found it wasn't lasting the full 24 hours. So I went back to taking it twice a day (just like I had done with NPH previously). I take 15 units @ 6am and 7 units @ 7pm.