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Phishbowl
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   Posted 5/19/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Just curious... do you experience multiple lows a day/week? By low I mean below 3.9/70.

I'm finding that the better I (try to) maintain my levels in the 'normal range', it's at the expense of having more lows. Just wondering if this is par for the course with others, too.

I've recently adjusted my insulin regimen per instructions so, hopefully that'll help reduce the multiple daily lows I've been having. Wondering how that'll affect my next A1C - it'll be interesting :-)

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


AMM
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   Posted 5/19/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I had that same experience when I was on mdi.  That was one of the reasons I went to a pump.  I know you can't afford one right now though.  But, yeah, I experienced it.  The pump has really leveled it out for me.  I am sure it can be done with mdi, but it may take more work.  I felt like crap from the multiple lows.  I wanted tight control but felt like I was always having to eat to feed my insulin.  Then after the lows I felt sluggish and headachey.  Yuck!  I hope you get it sorted soon. 

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


Phishbowl
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   Posted 5/19/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi AMM... good news is that hubby just landed a dream job, part of the dream being full medical, etc. The paperwork was just sent in so I'll be looking into understanding what my pump options might be over the next few months (sometimes you have to wait 3 months before "full" coverage kicks in). It's been such a rugh ride these past few years that I think I'm still in denial about actually having the pump be a near possibility again. I'm still absorbing that the job was landed (LOL). OK, gotta stop myself from thinking about it and getting excited. I want to admire the present all wrapped up for a little while yet before I open it :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


AMM
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   Posted 5/19/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have so been in your shoes! My hubby has only been at this job for a year now. We had to wait three months before we had any insurance coverage at all. We had been several years already without insurance, so we waited the next 3 months out. The new insurance is great. They have a health nurse. When I started filling prescriptions for diabetes supplies the insurance company had the health nurse call me. They sent me a new meter by fedex. She asked if there was any way she could support me. I told her some of the troubles I was having and asked if she had any suggestions. The words out of her mouth were, "Would you consider an insulin pump?" I thought I would have a long drawn out battle with an insurance company to get a pump. Here they were offering! If you need any help getting your pump let me know. You can contact me through the yahoo button.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


Phishbowl
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   Posted 5/20/2007 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the offer, AMM! I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions about the pump as I get closer to considering one again (hopefully sooner than later :-)

For the past while I"ve been trying to use MDI like a pump: duel bolusing for high-carb-high-fat-high protein meals and "fix" dosing at the 2-3 hour postprandial and more. I've had great success at lowering my daily averages (trying to get my over 8% A1C down), still using about the same amount of insulin/day, but it's still trial and error. Sometimes, despite all calculations considered, I feel like throwing a dart at a number board would be just as good a guess as to how much insulin is the right amount (LOL). Timing. It's all about timing for me it seems.

Last night I threw caution to the wind and decided to see what Dairy Queen ice cream would do to me. Well...5 units NovoRapid X 3 times over 8 hours, and I awoke from falling asleep on the couch to a lovely 24.7/440-ish!! Wow! That was a shock! 5 more units, off to bed, and woke to an 11.1/200. 2 extra units on top of breakfast and hopefully I'll be back on track by lunch. Lesson learned :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


AMM
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 5/20/2007 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was doing the same thing before I got my pump and my a1c was so high I'm not even going to mention it. In my first three months on the pump my a1c dropped by almost 3 percentage points! I love the pump. Before I got it a dairy queen ice cream would have done the same to me. Now that I have the pump I had to try it out. I had an entire peanut buster parfait. (never had one before, had to try it) My 2 hour pp was 87! Good luck. I have my fingers crossed for ya!
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?

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