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C-peptides and Changes Ahead

Sometime soon I will be welcoming something I thought I’d never greet with open arms into my life: Insulin!

While waiting to hear back from the PA, I’ve been doing a little research on Amaryl and a lot of reading and re-reading of the Insulin chapters in my diabetes book. I asked my husband how he feels about me going on insulin and he said he just hated the idea of me having to lug it around everywhere. He asked if it would be possible to do insulin but still have the Starlix as a convenience. I thought that sounded like an excellent idea, so I thought on it for a few days and have come to the conclusion that now really is the right time for me to go ahead and learn how to use insulin. Work is stable, life is stable, my diet is stable, and I still have Starlix to fall back on should things change. Although this decision isn’t just about having kids, I think it will take a certain amount of pressure off us to “hurry up” if we don’t have the getting-on-insulin adjustment period to worry about.

I’m really excited about the idea of being able to do small corrections when needed rather than simply being at the mercy of my own insulin and Starlix, and am even thinking this will give me the freedom to safely try very low-carb meals without any medication or insulin at all because I’ll be able to correct afterwards if I mess up. I know it’s going to be difficult at times, particularly tracking and calculating doses, but I’m ready for the challenge.

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March 20, 2007 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

More Tracking Tools: Health Engage and MyCalorieCounter.com

I finally got around to installing Health Engage on my laptop. It shows promise, but a few major issues:

  • The user interface is awkward. The food input mechanism would probably get easier as time goes on, assuming you eat the same things frequently.
  • It’s a memory hog. If I leave it running on my laptop for more than 12 hours, even if its just sitting there idle, it starts gobbling up virtual memory. 512MB for 2 days worth of data?
  • My biggest complaint: the teeny-tiny, non-resizable viewing window. It’s fine for inputting data, but not for viewing reports.

Overall I’m not impressed. I’d be willing to give it a chance if and only if I can import data into it directly from my meter (Freestyle Flash), but I don’t have high hopes that this will be possible since I am still on a Power PC-based Powerbook. I’d be interested to know if any diabetic Mac users out there with Intel-based macs have had luck using PC-only software and data management products with either Boot Camp or Parallels.

Another online tool I took a look at this week was MyCalorieCounter.com. It showed promise, but I never returned to use it because the features that I really needed (nutritional totals per-meal and per-day) are only offered to paid users. How am I supposed to decide if I want to buy your product if I can’t at least have a trial of the features I’m paying for?

So for now I’m sticking with iCal and the occasional FitDay for looking up carbohydrate content. I have a few more tools and websites to try, but I’m losing steam already and will probably just stick with what works, with the exception of giving CalorieKing.com a try for carbohydrate look-ups, and possibly trying the (gasp!) analog Glucograf data sheets recommended by Dr. Bernstein.

March 13, 2007 at 2:57 pm 5 comments

My First Diabetes Book

I am embarrased to admit that, in my 10 years as a diabetic, I have never read a book about diabetes. I’ve read many a phamplet and website, but there is nary a book about diabetes in our vast home library. Soon this will change because this morning I placed my order for the just-released, revised edition of Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. I also threw in his Low-Carbohydrate Solution book for good measure. Dr. Bernstein is himself a diabetic and a long-time advocate of extremely tight control, and the book came highly recommended by Jenny, author of the What They Don’t Tell You About Diabetes site, so I can’t wait to dig in.

March 3, 2007 at 5:01 pm 2 comments


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