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Re: [IP] Do you use your bolus wizard?



When I first started seeing a diabetes specialist 21 years ago soon after
we were married, my wife asked if I should consider counting carbs. Like
most people, I'm resistant to change in most things, so I said, no, I'll
just keep estimating based on what I know. Now that I have switched to a
pump recently, I have started to count carbs in order to use the bolus
wizard. Sometimes I ask my wife: "What do you think? Does this look like a
50 carb meal?"

She replies: "If you had started counting carbs years ago it would have
been easier."

Yes, she's right.

As I said in an earlier thread today, the whole carb counting thing seems
to need adjustment for high-fiber foods, but I still use it, and the bolus
wizard. The insulin BG adjustment works well, however. If I'm running high
at night long after eating, I use the bolus wizard to calculate the
adjustment based on 0 carbs, and it seems to get it right.

-- 
Steve


On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM, James <email @ redacted> wrote:

> I have been using the Bolus Wizard with a bit of luck. I find that the Carb
> to Insulin Ratio varies during the day and also that I am lazy about
> keeping
> it current.
> I have been pumping since 1980 so I figure I know the numbers better than
> the pump. That isn't what shows up in my A1c tests.
>
> James
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email @ redacted
> [mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf Of Glenn Primack
> Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 2:47 PM
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IP] Do you use your bolus wizard?
>
> I haven't had very much luck with it being accurate, and for years now I
> just look at my food and calculate what I need based on how my blood sugars
> have reacted in the past to that food.
>
> I occasionally go back to trying to use the Bolus Wizard but it doesn't
> take
> fat / protein into account and I always end up high.
>
> My doctors over the years always seem surprised when I tell them that I
> don't use the bolus wizard.
>
> Just wondering if I am the only one who just kind of looks at the food and
> tries to make an educated estimate.  Or if you have ideas on how to make
> the
> bolus wizard more accurate.
>
> Glenn
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