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[IP] High BGs--Advice, Please!
- Subject: [IP] High BGs--Advice, Please!
- From: "Laurel and Wayne" <email @ redacted>
- Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 21:01:35 -0500
Hello, hope you remember me. I have been involved for the last 5 weeks
(and will be involved for the coming 9-13 weeks) in an intensive training
program, which is consuming all my time and energy.
For the last week, I have had less of that energy because of persistently
high BGs. Prior to that I had been able to achieve BGs in my target range
of 80-140 about 85-95% of the time.
The high BGs range from high 100s to high 200s. A source of puzzlement to
me is that these highs will occasionally be punctuated by normal and
unchracteristically low BGs (two days ago I fell to 40 mid-morning and
could not seem to get this to come up for several hours). Also, bolusing
for the highs seldom seems to work.
So far I have changed sets and sites several times. (I have been using
Silouhettes exclusively for about 2 months now and feel confident of my
insertion technique.) I have changed reservoirs and opened a brand new
bottle of Humalog from a new lot. Nothing seems to help. I am really
getting scared and (not surprisingly) have been feeling less and less well.
I've considered the possibility of site degradation, but this doesn't seem
a reasonable explanation as the high BGs are there whether I have just put
in a fresh set or am at my 3.5-day limit.
Could stress alone be causing this? If so, is there something I can do
about it? I cannot postpone my training program without losing the
opportunity (also, there is no reason to suppose I would be any less
stressed even if I WERE able to postpone). My endo didn't seem too
concerned when I spoke to her, but that was before I pulled out all the
stops in terms of trying to get this problem under control . . . and
Is this a situation where I need to increase my basal rates and carb-ratio
across the board?
Has anyone with a similar problem found an explanation or solution?
I would very much appreciate any suggestions or morale support.
- --Laurel Huff-Sedgwick (pumping w/ MM 507 since 5/98)
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/