I do this for my endo when I am pregnant and usually for a few days before a endo visit when I am not. I download Medtronic's daily log form on their website (it's now a permanent link on my desktop) and just fill in the blanks and fax them over. It's tedious, but it makes you accountable and it gives a doc a lot of information to figure out what to tweak.Good luck!
I enter the carbs and blood sugars into my guardian when I'm wearing it, and then I use carelink to view the data later. It's not so great because all it lets me put in are carbs and I'd like to enter in how much water and fat and protein I'm consuming, as I think that those make a difference too. I have kept paper logs, but if I try recording more than just a blurb about each meal, I give up. What I can keep going for months with is if all I put down is if I'm estimating and only putting down the time and number of carbs plus other relevant info (for a while I noted proteins).
I seem to go in spurts with this. It is easier the more you do it, but awfully hard to get in the habit. It almost always shows some easy to spot trends and areas you can improve. Once you see what's going on it usually is a bit easier to fix.
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I WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING! I'm fourteen newly dxed with type 1 and I'm in a research study at university of florida on diabetes. I am required to record everything.
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Hi Nikki!Go check out Kevin's log book at http://parenthetic-diabetic.blogspot.com . My daughter Kacey (8yrs old) was diagnosed last July and this logbook has been an amazing tool! I've been able to spot trends and actually tell the doctor where I think adjustments should be made.Good Luck!Jillhttp://diabetes-sweeties.blogspot.com/
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