The Simple Act of Logging
The bottom half of the page has spots to record food and carb grams for breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning snacks, afternoon snacks & evening snacks. The space is tight, but workable. There is a place for the day of week, the date, your weight and a couple lines for notes/comments. Again, the space for notes & comments is tight, but workable.
I've found it difficult to pay close enough attention to my boluses enough to separate the carb and correction boluses. For the most part, I plug in my BG and/or my carbs, and let the pump figure the dosing for me. If the situation ever dictated, I can go back through the pumps history to nail down details of how much the bolus was. I'm not sure if getting the exact insulin dose is very important or not - or if just counting on my insulin to carb ratio and correction factor is enough. I suppose if I have any suspicions on any scenarios I would certainly examine that more closely.
I do track when I run temp basal rates, such as for basketball, but again I don't track the actual units/hour, but the percentage of my normal basal rate. That is just because that is the way I program my temp rates - in percentage rather than units.
It's been around one month, and I think that the simple act of logging has helped my control. I believe that this is true for many people - but it's really such a PITA (Pain In The Ass) that it gets neglected often.
Maybe it keeps me honest, maybe it keeps my control on my mind, maybe it's the internal conversation of "how the heck am I going to log this?!" that helps me make good decisions - who knows for sure.
I have been consistently logging for about a month. There are pockets of time where I'll miss a couple days (mostly weekends), but for the most part, it is every day.
Of particular value to me is the line graph that's built in. It is helping me to better understand what my food choices do to my bloodsugar, and to spot things that don't seem to make sense (like that dang set change).
Looking through these, many of my morning readings are high. I believe this is due to one of a couple things. For one, I've been very very sloppy at night before I go to bed. So, this results in either highs from overeating and under-counting, or lows that I'm rebounding from. A while back I caught myself rebounding from lows, by doing some 2am tests, but I haven't done any of those lately.
I also think that there is something going on after basketball, due to my temp rate needing some additional fine tuning.
I plan on continuing to log consistently, as I feel it is beneficial for me. Over time it will help me identify problem areas, or confirm suspected problem areas.