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Re: [IP] High Blood Sugar Bolus
Neal, I don't see how anyone could consistently maintain good control with
a protocol like that, besides it being additional work. Maybe if you did
and ate the same thing every day, but I think your endo is being much too
cautious here. There is much too much lag time in the sytem to try to do
this slowly. It just adds more lab and engineers have known for decades
that lag in any system makes it very hard to control. If I have a Bg of
260 and I bolus 4 U, in 3 hours I'll be at around 100. No undershoot, no
"chasing", no problem. If I can figure out what I ate that made me go
high, next time I'll bolus more for that. If you're getting lows after
bolusing for highs, then you are simply bolusing too much.
<<<<<<<<Here's an issue for the list:
My endo vehemently believes that high BGs should NOT be brought down
with extra boluses. He always yells at me for doing this and repeatedly
points out that "chasing" highs with extra insulin leads to lows and
rebounds and more highs etc . . . He says now that I am on the pump it is
even more important NOT to chase highs.
Here is the protocol. If I have a high:
1) Figure out why (too low food bolus, error in delivery, bubbles, wrong
basal rate etc . . .) and fix it so it won't happen again.
2) Do not bring the high down with a bolus. Use basals.
3) If the BG is > 240, temporarily increase Basal rate by 50% and test
every hour (when the temp basal alarm goes off) untill the low drops to 20
points above target. Then, discontinue the temporary basal increase.
4) If the BG is > 200, temporarily increase basal by 20% and test every
hour (when the temp basal alarm goes off) untill the low drops to 20 points
above target. Then, discontinue the temporary basal increase.
5) If a high above 240 persists to the next meal, increase pre-meal bolus
10% or 20% if ketones are present.
My doctor does not agree with the Walsh and Roberts Pumping Insulin book
directions to bolus for high BGs. He says bolusing for highs causes more
drastic drops that are in themselves harmful. He says gradual drops are
I have been fighting him for years about this. It is just so hard to not
bolus to bring down a 250. Since I went on the pump last month, however, I
made a deal to follow his directions and IT IS WORKING. 240s drop gradually
to target over 3 hours and I have none of the rollercoaster lows following
highs that I used to get all the time when "chasing" highs with extra shots
Does anyone else do this/have any comments?
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/