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Re: [IP] 14 year old athletic pumper
> I am Mom to a very athletic 8th grader who has been pumping
> since August of this year. Can anyone help with our up and down
> BG"s after practice and games. He is playing basketball now and
> will also play tennis in the spring. We are experimenting with
> playing and practicing (about 2 hours) every day with the pump on
> and have also tried the bolus and take it off method. Neither way
> works all the time.. He seems to have some unexplained highs after
> hard exercise as well. Overall the pump has really improved his
> life but we are struggling with the exercise factor and being an
> athlete is key to his identity. Thanks so much....Kyle's mom
All of this is a bit tricky, different with each individual and prone
to change from time to time. You will have to expriement to determine
exactly what works best for each sport and for "hard" vs "easy"
games. I've seen Lily's bg's be perfect after sports or.....
immediately high or low ..... during or after a game. Careful
monitoring will assist you in finding a pattern that will work most
of the time. Checking at the one hour mark and correcting bg's
somewhat will help. If he experiences a high after starting play, try
a very small snack -- some crackers or half a power bar ++ insulin.
This will make sure that blood insulin levels are adequate during
exercise. If you expect a high after play, he can bolus a little
extra at half time to compensate. It is not unusual for bg's to run
low a few hours after hard exercise, so a lower temp basal rate may
be in order for the following 4 - 8 hours. Usually a reduction of
0.1u/hr works fine for Lily.
Keep expirementing, you will find a formula that will work for Kyle.
Just be prepared for some variation from time to time and for
inevitable changes in the "plan".
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