Hi furgusc..... Yup. I do know what you're talking about
Seems that the tight control I've been having for a while now comes at the cost of the hypo unawareness. I typically have 1-2 "lows" a day (below 4 but not below 3 (54-72mg/dL)). I've been catching them usually in the mid-3's... up until recently. The tighter my control the lower my hypo reading tests have been.
For the first time during the night (last night), I was awaken by a low. Took my brain a bit to figure it out but, by the time I got up and made it to my monitor, the sweat started puring off me. I tested at 2.2 (40). So much for getting my blood testing done today like I was supposed to.
Man! I remember the days I would get shaky at around 5-6 (90-106)!
I have read in a number of different places that long-time insulin users sometimes let their sugars run higher than normal in order to regain that hypo awareness. I think the key is to run all your usual levels consistently higher for 2-4 days; a meal-time high isn't going to cut it. How high should they run? I'm sure that depends on the individual (as usual
If you try it, do let us know if you have success. I'm anxious to see the results of my A1C next week (if I can get the darn bloodwork done
I'd like to know if my extra efforts these past months show me something good.
p.s. Just wanted to add that lately I've been catching my lows because of testing and not because I'm experiencing major symptoms. I typically "crash" between certain times in the day so, I'm learning to test when the slightest signs of a crash might be coming on.
- 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
Post Edited (Phishbowl) : 7/13/2007 12:30:54 PM (GMT-6)