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    Old 02-18-2010, 03:31 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Trouble controlling blood sugar

    I was diagnosed "pre-diabetic" several years ago, and became a "regular" diabetic about 2-3 years ago. Fasting blood sugar first thing in the morning would average anywhere from 120 to under 100.

    Because of the cost of test strips, I don't get them all the time. Just can't afford to because I'm on disability & my income is small. One of my aunts, who's also a diabetic, gave me a boatload of test strips about a year ago. What a God-send.....but I later found that some of them were expired.

    So I used the good ones until they ran out, and started using the older ones and compared the results to new strips whenever I had the money to buy them. I found that with older strips, my blood sugar appeared to be higher than it actually was.

    Yesterday I bought a new meter from Walmart - Relion brand. My blood sugar seems to be higher than it used to. I ate dinner late last night - finished at 9:23. I tested my blood sugar a few times because I'm still getting used to this new meter. At 10:46 it was 156. At 11:23 it was 222 (tested on left forearm). A few minutes later, for the heck of it, I tested it on my right forearm at 11:29. It was 186.

    I had to get up early this morning - about 5:30 - and it was 155.

    Several questions:

    Can testing on different arms cause different readings?

    Can eating dinner after 9pm cause morning blood sugar to be high?
    (all I had for supper was goulash with sausage - tried to have more sausage than macaroni to cut back on carbs. Also a salad with lettuce, mushrooms and a tomato....fat free ranch dressing too)

    Could this have been a factor too: I had major surgery in November (bowel resection and hernia repair), from which I am still recovering. At one point it looked like the hernia repair would have to be redone because I developed an infected seroma under the incision. This is getting better and the last couple of times they took fluid out, no infection was detected. I have another followup with the surgeon in March.

    I've been under constant stress for a number of reasons I won't get into here (this post is long enough already) and wondered if that could be a reason why my sugar is high. I admit that at times I eat things I shouldn't, but I am trying to do better.

    Also, I haven't been getting much sleep lately - could this also be a factor?

    My medications include levothyroxine (thyroid), albuterol inhaler, Advair (which I rarely take anymore because of the cost), prilosec, furosemide (water pill) and Xanax as needed for stress. Was on prednisone a couple of weeks ago because my asthma was acting up really bad, but I've been off it for at least a week.

    I would appreciate any advice you would have for me. Thanks!

    Last edited by dianajune; 02-18-2010 at 03:48 AM. Reason: typo

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