Kiss the post-meal finger stick good bye!
The post meal finger stick is one of the corner stones of diabetes management. But I've decided I don't need it any more. It is an antique. Obsolete. Past its prime and time. Adios, sucker!
No, I haven't lost my mind. I've got something better. We use to look to this stick to judge how well we bloused the meal. The idea is to be under 150 two hours post. So if you score a 148 you go off feeling pretty smug. Until your pre-dinner stick when you find you self at 210. Wouldn't it have been cool if the test strip said "148, going uuuupp!"
Even if you are too high at two hours, it is probably too soon to take a correction. And unless you really, really, really muffed it, unlikely you'll be border line hypo yet. So our most sacred finger stick is actually our least useful from an action perspective, isn’t it?
Now I still do a two hour check, but I use the girl and I don't just look at one number. I look at the recent history and think about it, plan ahead. A quick scroll shows what's going on. I always hope for a number around 150. Scrolling backwards I'm happy to see a slow decent from the 170s or 180s. That is if all is right with the universe.
But when all is not right with the universe I can make an action plan. If I'm high or still rising I know that I didn't use enough insulin. A correction will be in my future. I can ride the wave and knock it down at the crest. If I'm lower than expected or dropping fast some more desert will be in order.
Like finger sticks, at two hours post there is not a hell of a lot I can do with the Guardian info, yet. But unlike finger sticks, I can see clearly where I've come from and I can make a reasonable prediction about where I'm going. Very, very, very cool indeed.
So I didn’t just kick one test strip to the curb. I kicked 1,095 of them to the curb in this year alone. Printcrafter’s stock tip of the day for test strip companies: Sell.