I have recently gone on medication for Type 2 Diabetes. It has been just over a month and my stomach problem due to the new pills is getting much better. It happens every few days but only lasts an hour or two.
Today I had a call from my pharmacist to tell me that my glucose monitor, lancets, and test strips are ready for to pick up.
I need to know when to test and track my glucose levels. I am sure there is an app for that which I can use on my new iPad Air 2.
My visit to the pharmacy was very informative. The pharmacist took about 15 minutes to set up the monitor, explain everything to me and then watch as I did my first test.
To tell the truth I was a bit nervous.
First you get a lancet which is like a needle that is enclosed in a protective case. I inserted the lancet into the monitor and then I got out a test strip and inserted it into the monitor. That turned the monitor on. The prompt came, “Add blood.”
I then loaded the lancet by pushing forward on a button. I placed the pad of my thumb over the opening and pushed a white button to activate the lancet and get a drop of blood. I applied this to the side of the test strip and then waited for my reading.
In Canada, the results are shown as mmol/L. In the US measurements are expressed differently.
My result was 7.3 mmol/L.
Ideal numbers would be 4.5 – 6.5. But 7.3 is pretty good. It is in the “range”. Six weeks ago my number, after fasting for 12 hours, was 8.4.
The pharmacist told me to test only 2 or 3 times a week, and to keep a record of the results to show my doctor. The monitor will show you your average for a couple of weeks and will alert you when a “high” trend is noted. For instance, if you have tested high at a certain time of day, you would be alerted so you could perhaps change your diet.
The cost for all this? $4.99. I thank God that I live in Canada where our medical system provides such good care for such a low cost.
I will be seeing a nurse and a nutritionist in a couple of weeks, which is good because I still have a lot of questions.
By the way all the Apps I have seen so far have measured results in American measurements, so I am still looking for a “Canadian” Blood Glucose Logbook.
Thanks for coming with me on my next step in this journey. Have a good day!