When Q was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over 3 years ago, we began using the frog log book in the hospital to jot down her blood sugars, carbs, and insulin. Log books are helpful, particularly when a child is in someone else’s care, because you can see at a glance what the BG’s for the day were.
We filled a couple of frog log books before we began using an insulin pump. But after pumping for a while, we got a little lazy and stopped writing in the frog log.
Over time I developed an Excel spreadsheet where I could enter her BG’s and it would give me averages by time of day and for the month. When we were using the log book, I could (somewhat) quickly enter in the numbers into Excel. But with the pump, I had to scroll through, day by day, and jot the numbers down, and then enter them.
It’s all counter-intuitive. I mean the pump stores the data which can be downloaded. Right?
Well, yes and no.
You see I’m a Mac and diabetes is a PC* and it drives me C-R-A-Z-Y!
Crazy, I tell you.
So this spring when I was perplexed yet again that Q’s A1c hadn’t budged despite what I thought were much improved BG averages, I decided to go old school.
I returned to pen and paper.
For me I like to look at a week or two at a time and be able to see the numbers by time of day. I need to visually see it so that I can process it mentally.
I grabbed a fresh frog log, but didn’t quite like that it was small and that I had a couple more bits of information that I wanted to track including which day I changed her pump and where it was placed (I’m tackling post-pump change highs and think I have it mostly solved), if she had any activity such as swim lessons (swim can mess with her BG’s, but I think we’ve figured out that one too), and if we make any changes to basal rates or insulin to carb ratios.
I purchased an inexpensive clip board to hold the sheets. It sits on the kitchen counter with a pen. At bedtime, the clipboard, pen, and PDM are carried to the upstairs bathroom counter so that my husband and I can write down any overnight BG checks. In the morning it comes back down. Every day I make sure all the info is there. Not every square gets filled. And the sheet is easy to fax to the endo’s office.
For right now, this system is working.
Do you keep an old school paper log? Do you download from your meter or pump?
If you are interested in using the log sheet that I am currently using, you can download it here: D-Mom Blog 2 Week Log Sheet I’m sure I’ll tweak it, but it seems to be working for me right now.
*The OmniPod PDM contains an Abbott FreeStyle blood glucose meter. The Abbott CoPilot software is not Mac-compatible and I hear that people running some recent versions of Windows on a PC even have problems. Abbott needs to step up to the plate and Insulet needs to demand better of Abbott on behalf of it’s many patients who are Mac users.
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