In essence, carb counting can make or break a diabetic’s level of control. And in all honesty, it is not something I have always done as well as I should be doing. I am the epitome of a SWAG’er. (I’ll let you fill in the blank, but it’s basically a Scientific Wild *** Guess.) Sometimes that method works, but most of the time, it doesn’t.
Problem is – I have to enter the carbs I’m consuming into my pump. So then my pump knows exactly how much insulin to give me, based on previously entered formulas/ratios. So if I’m not entering the correct # of carbs, it’s not giving me the correct units of insulin to cover said carbs.
For example… for some reason unbeknownst to me, I have for the longest time, just “said” to myself that any fast food place that I pick up a burger and fries- will be 75 g. Any other PWD out there knows how far off that is. And I honestly have no idea why I dubbed that the “magic” number. I’m guessing it’s because for longer than I can remember, I have been wrapped up in the viscious cycle of not paying enough attention to how certain foods affect me, so therefore it was nothing for me to see a high a few hours after eating fast food. (Duh!)
Same goes with mexican food – I have always used my magic go to number of 75g for my typical dish there, too. Again, dumb.
When I think of how many high’s I could have likely prevented, had I just entered the right number of carbs ….
And I caught myself recently doing something I hadn’t even realized I had been doing. When I actually looked up the carbs for the particular burger/fries I was eating (113, btw which is a lot different than 75) I was tempted to lie to my pump. What is up with that?? It’s as if I was having a conversation in my own head saying “Oh come on it’s not really that high . . just put in 75 so it doesn’t look so bad that you’re eating 113 g.” It’s not like doing that will change the fact that I’m still going to eat the food (which in and of itself is more likely the real issue, but I digress) … so why would I feel the need to put in false numbers to essentially cover for myself?
Like I’ve said many times before … I’m still a work in progress.