I am a Type 1 that's new to pumping...I started in September on the Ping. Of course at first I was all excited because my sugars seemed to be significantly lowered since starting on the pump. My A1c went down almost a whole point to 6.4 and I was really excited.
Now I am really frustrated. Sugars are always in the 200s a few hours after I eat, they go from good (90-116 or so) when I wake up, bolus 2 units before disconnecting to shower for 20 minutes and then by the time I am going to eat breakfast an hour or so later I am back into the 200s. By lunch I am close to normal levels but it's after lunch that things go high.
I know I need to do a true basal test and start from there, but my instincts are telling me that its the carb counting that's off since my wake-up levels are for the most part good. I did try raising my daytime basal rate a tad (.25)and will test that out for a week or so to see if that has any effect.
I have two carb-counting apps I use, (Calorie King and myfitnesspal)and each one shows different carb numbers for similar items...varying by up to 20-25 grams! How am I supposed to utilize these things if the variability between them is so freaking high?
Sorry to vent but I am frustrated and wanting to throw the damn pump out the window because it seems way too overwhelming and difficult to adjust all these things for optimal control. How do you know if it's your basal rate, your carb-factor, your insulin sensitivity, etc. ect. that needs adjustment? I am driving myself nuts thinking about all the possible changes I can make but don't make any of them because I'm a afraid to do so. I have both "Pumping Insulin" as well as "Think like a Pancreas" and to be honest my head is spinning from them haha.
Any advice? Is this normal to feel this way?