I was suddenly feeling thirsty at night
Around three or four years ago I suddenly started feeling thirsty and drinking a lot at night, a common symptom of diabetes. I approached my doctor and a blood test revealed that my blood sugar levels were too high. We agreed that I should see a diabetologist to have a closer look at my sugar levels.
During my consultation with the diabetologist we discussed the option of injecting insulin. In the following three to six months we tried out various combinations to find the best approach for me. I have two different pens because I use two different types of insulin. Not everyone has to though.
I calculate the amount I need to inject based on what I plan to eat. I find this approach very easy and am happy with it.
At first I had to force myself to prick and inject myself. But I got used to it after a few days. I found it easy to get to grips with. It isn’t as bad as people think.
It isn’t as if I weigh the potatoes or other food I eat accurately, right down to the gram. Over time I have developed a feel for how many carbohydrate units certain amounts of potatoes or other foods contain. It’s quite easy to calculate the amount of carbohydrates. It’s just a matter of using conversion factors and adding it all up throughout the day. In my opinion it isn’t a problem. The calculations just have to become second nature to you.
My blood sugar levels have never been extreme. I only rarely have low blood sugar. The most difficult thing, I find, is getting the dose right at night. Blood sugar always drops to low levels at some point during the night. You have to be able to dose the long-acting insulin accordingly. The best way to find your optimal dose is by checking your blood sugar every now and again at night. And I always have a sugar cube or something like that nearby, just in case.
At first, shortly after the diagnosis was made, I had to get used to the idea that I was dependent on medication. It took me quite some time.