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Re: [IP] Re: drawbacks

The magic number "42" is different for everyone.  This is the approximate
number of mg/dl that your BG will decrease with a 1-unit bolus.  It's also
different for most people based on their BG level, i.e., if you're above 240
or so, a 1-unit bolus may not drop your BG as much as it would if you were
at 160.
This number also changes over time, and should occasionally be recalculated.

At 10:31 3/10/98 EST, Judy wrote:
>The 42 is not one of the "unscienticfic" formula.  It is right out of Pumping
>Insulin Manual.  Please look it up.  This is the # you divide by after
>subtracting 100 from your BG reading.  For example, this am I was 266!  I
>subtracted 100==166.  I then took 166 and divided it by 42, which gives me my
>bolus of 3.9.  My BG at 2:35 this am woke me up.  It was 34.  I had a high
>yesterday of 474, bolus 7 units at 9 pm and then the results were an extreme
>hypoglycemic reaction.  I had to change my tubing, etc. We are in trouble here
>in Northwest Indiana.  We're snowed in, no electricity until after 1 pm and no
>phone.  My heat didn't come on until noon.  My basement has standing water
>because the emergency generator didn't work. Oh, well, it could have been
>Judy P.

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