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The latest digest I read seems to indicate that several folks are feeling
"low" (not sugar low, but emotionally low) or out of control - (sugar out
of control, not emotionally out of control). I have been there - been
pumping 1.5 years! Last two AICs 5.8, 6.2, so very happy! I have
struggled with my sugars being high! still get 220 almost everyday two
hours after dinner (I eat too much at dinner). The doctor gives me great
advice : PUSH THE BUTTON!. I have found I have had to raise basals since
the Sept 11 attach. The drain on my emotions have increased my sugars, so
I happily have raised my basals. I find if I don't test the six times a
day, I fool myself into thinking all is ok...so the best advice I can give
to people is to check and check those sugars and then "push the
button!". The only negative side affect I have had from this is weight
gain - but I feel better! I have gain 30 pounds in the 1.5 years - the
doctor says it is because my body now uses the food efficiently instead of
peeing it away. So I still struggle with eating less then I have been used to.
Energy is an issue, too....If I keep my sugars under the magic 180 all the
time, even two hours after eating, for several days, I then have energy for
several days - that is when I tend to slip up and not test and then bs
raises. So I have gone back to "pre-pump" diet of eating several small
meals and snacks, instead of eating larger meals 3 times a day - that also
helps me keep everything even, even with the pump! though calculations of
how much I've eaten and how much insulin I have in my system is a bit
tricky if I eat more often than every four hours (which is about how long
humalog lasts) - so I check my sugars often!
The person who is perimentalpausal (sp?) - this will affect your bs very
very much - I won't get too upset with this, but my advice is check and
check. You may be struggling with your bs for a while with this, so my
doctor says! I don't tend to go low - so sometimes, I give myself the
"required bolus" then give 1 or 2 percent more to cover my miscalculations
or my body's stubbornness.
And yes, just when I think I know the formulas for basal and bolus ...they
change! So I change! sometimes they go up for awhile, sometimes they go
down for awhile. I don't know why, I just push the button!...but overall,
as the AIC attest, they are ok! PRE pump I never had an AIC lower than 9!
For those of you that this is the first holiday season on the pump -
ENJOY! eat those things that you have been denied for years! (though I
don't recommend pecan pie! - that is just tooooo much sugar)- this may be
one of the best holidays for you because of the freedom of the pump!
Stay Safe - Check your Sugars and Push the Button!
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