Basal Check 1pm to 8pm - Starvation

Once again another post of just how my diabetes control has gone. In some ways the post is more for me than anyone else, to show myself that I can apply myself and get results. Hopefully my ramblings might help someone a little bit in some way.

Today I managed to get my blood glucose down over night and breakfast planned out as well giving me a chance to check my basal profile for the afternoon. I struck it pretty lucky given that yesterday I’d taken a bit of a stab in the dark and increase my basal profile by 4.4 units and simplified it to just 2 blocks (11pm – 4am at 1.3u/h & 4am – 11pm at 1.1 u/h) and that I’d also chosen a ball park insulin to carbohydrate ratio (1u for 10g) and had done the same with my correction factor (1u for 2mmol/L). Well not quite a stab in the dark, I’d used the calculations from “Insulin Pumping” by Walsh & Roberts. It was good to know I’d stuck it lucky, but they do say to check it more than once. But good so far I reckon.

Here is now it looked, I was able to check my basal from 1pm through to 8pm.

All I can really say is that I got very hungry. I felt just like the very hungry caterpillar from that kid’s book. Actually it wasn’t too bad, I knew I was hungry and I just put that feeling aside. I also knew I was fasting for a reason, a very good reason, to can better control of my diabetes, to be healthier and to live longer. Kinda important really, I think.

Here is the data from the day. I discovered, well realised that Mega Milk is pretty cool, 200mL gives you 10g Carb, 10g Protein, and 2g Fat – giving it a low-ish Glycemic Index and the protein helps you to feel full for longer, plus the other benefits like calcium, and some fat soluble vitamins. You can’t really go wrong with is as a snack.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

time

diff (hrs)

bgl

bolus

cf

carb

protein

fat

notes

2:19 a.m.


14


4.3




4:16 a.m.


12






6:57 a.m.


9.3






8:33 a.m.

0.00

8.3

10


100

10


Breakfast - then fasting

10:46 a.m.

1.32

5.7



10

10

2

Going to go low - Milk

11:13 a.m.

1.77

6.2






12:00 p.m.

2.55

9.2






1:07 p.m.

3.67

6.9






1:32 p.m.

4.08

7.8






2:15 p.m.

4.80

6






2:27 p.m.

5.00

5.4



10

10

2

Start of Basal Check

3:13 p.m.

5.77

7






3:44 p.m.

6.28

7.6






4:37 p.m.

7.17

7






6:03 p.m.

8.60

7






7:28 p.m.

10.02

7



80



Dinner - Forgot to dialup

8:08 p.m.



4





8:36 p.m.



6


128

13

48.4

Whole Cake of Chocolate

8:49 p.m.



6





10:42 p.m.


9.5






11:12 p.m.



1.5





11:38 p.m.

10

100

10

And check this out – I’ve managed to drop my percentage of insulin used for correcting high blood glucose values down to under the magic 8%, and it just happens to be exactly the same amount of insulin I used on Thursday (7th April). I’m stoked!

date

total pump

total calc

basal

bolus

correction

basal %

bolus %

correction %

7-Apr-11

68.9

69.2

23

35

11.2

33.2%

50.6%

16.2%

8-Apr-11

62.8

65.4

27.4

28.8

9.2

41.9%

44.0%

14.1%

9-Apr-11

68.9

69.2

27.4

37.5

4.3

39.6%

54.2%

6.2%

From here I obviously need to check out my basal profile for the rest of the day, and that’s a bit of planning and a bit of luck. All you can do is be ready to check it when the right conditions come up. The luck is coming across the right conditions. Hopefully I can check my over night profile to night if I get in an early dinner.

I just checked my basal today, too. You’re numbers are a bit baffling to me (I’m on MDI and U.S. units) but bravo for all your hard work! Excellent job.

Hey, Thanks. I’ll post with mg/dL as well from now on.