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re: [IP] Highs and Lows for no reason! (Pat)
<< Hi - I guess I don't have anything helpful to offer you, but sympathy and
empathy. I am having the same problems and am totally frustrated. I am not
on the pump, but am seriously considering it. But this is a bit
discouraging. Have you been on the pump long?
Yesterday I was high all day despite not eating much. Last night at 1:00 am I
was 36!!!!!! I had a big glass of milk with chocolate syrup (never use the
stuff otherwise, but only thing I could "think" of with a blood sugar that
low). This morning I was 209,
so am wondering if I am in for another day of the same thing. >>
I sent a private reply to Julie, but wanted to send you a note of
encouragement. Please don't let this discourage you from starting on the
pump. I had a lot of highs and lows on MDI (I was on six shots/day and was
testing frequently) and have the hormone fluctuations of perimenopause to
deal with--and I still was able to establish the correct basals and I am
enjoying stable blood sugars for the first time in a long time! (I am a
I think the best attitude when you encounter problems on the pump is to put
on the hat of a scientist. Be patient, try to be analytical and objective,
and get lots of data on which to make your decision. That means frequent
testing--I woke myself up every 2 hours in the beginning because I couldn't
get the basals right, and ended up testing at least 11-12 times/day. BUT...I
only had to do that for a concentrated period of time and now I sleep through
the night and wake up with good results.
The hormone thing means I have to change my basals more frequently than some
other pumpers I know, but I try not to be a perfectionist and I try to take
my results in stride and just keep trying.
I think the pump is the easiest, best way to get your bg's under control. A
side benefit for me: Because I'm no longer swinging back and forth between
highs and lows, my depression has lifted and I am not ravenously hungry all
the time. I've actually dropped a few stubborn pounds without even trying,
just because my bg's are more stable.
I think you'll be glad you did it, Pat. We *all* have problem blood sugars
at times--even on the pump--but with lots of data, patience, and help when we
need it from CDEs and docs, these things are solvable.
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