Wednesday, December 5, 2007

and here come the lows...

Well, after I changed my site last night (at like 8, I know I know), my insulin has been working just great. It was around 100 this morning, but then at about 10 am I felt low so checked and it was 54. I unplugged and drank 1/2 can of coke. Since I am not used to treating lows anymore, I wanted to make sure I hadn't over treated so checked again around 11:30 and it was around 80! Phew, good. Well, then I got low again and it was 65, so I drank the rest of the coke at around 1:20 (I eat a late lunch). When I got back to work I checked and it was 101. So now I am eating my sandwhich, hoping that the sandwhich kicks in before my humolog!! I suppose for now, I would prefer that it be on the low side rather than the high side so my body can at least get somewhat regulated. I expected being low, anyway, since my pump is calibrated to give me more insulin than I need since my bs ran higher when I wasn't in control.

Questions:
For those of you on pumps, do you find that your meal schedule is a lot more flexible, or do you still have to eat at about the same time everyday? I thought that with the pump, you couuld pretty much eat when you wanted?? Is that true?

Why do lows make me want to eat everything in sight!?! Is it as hard a struggle for you to just eat what you need when low instead of EVERYTHING...and lots of it!?!

4 comments:

Jamie said...

I have the same issue with wanting to eat everything in sight. About a year ago I went through a similar recommitment to my diabetes and found this helpful: Instead of eating just anything (and usually lots of it), I started using the DISGUSTING gluco-tabs. I know, I know, they taste like crap, but it helped with 2 things. 1). I knew exactly how many grams of Carbohydrate I was getting, and 2). I knew they were fast acting, and that given the right amount, my BG would come up in the next 15 minutes.... I was then able to wait and test instead of eating until I felt better, and then blowing way past where I wanted to end up.

Just an idea - (acknowledging that Snickers bars still make it to my mouth from time to time)

Jamie

Chris said...

I am not on a pump (yet!) but from what I have heard, yes you do have more flexibility on meals but it also means a little more work to keep it in order. The best is to try to keep a fairly regular schedule but if you do get off schedule, it is easier to compensate for it. Good luck with the lows. I was dealing with that for a while but am getting things adjusted and it is getting better.

Jonah said...

I am not on a pump, but I have almost total flexibility in when I eat. Once you get to know how your body reacts to exercise, work, time of day, etcetera, then it becomes much easier to manipulate basals, whether on a pump or not, to eat when you want to, as much as you want to.
My endo tells me it would be easier if I ate at the same times of day, same amounts, but I'm doing pretty well without that.

Jonah said...

I am not on a pump, but I have almost total flexibility in when I eat. Once you get to know how your body reacts to exercise, work, time of day, etcetera, then it becomes much easier to manipulate basals, whether on a pump or not, to eat when you want to, as much as you want to.
My endo tells me it would be easier if I ate at the same times of day, same amounts, but I'm doing pretty well without that.