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re: [IP] Highs and Lows for no reason! (Pat)



One thing about the pump is before on shots it was
always a wild roller coaster ride now it is a slower
roller coaster ride.  
--- email @ redacted wrote:
> <<  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. >>
> 
> Pat,
> 
> 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 
> 3-week-and-counting pumper.)
> 
> 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.
> 
> Leeann
>
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