Curious how often people on this site with good/excellent control go low?
I've recently improved my control a lot with a change in infusion set which seems to work much better for me. No more crazy red, itchy, hive-y sites and random spikes up into the high teens and 20s (300s and 400s). A few times now my site has "fallen out" (it does not stick well at ALL, I need to get some skin tac or something) and I've gone up into the low teens (around 250) and figured it out after an hour or two of not coming down. I'm not sure I've seen a high teen since changing infusion sets, actually, which is awesome.
But with this new-found control has come a new problem in the form lows, lots and lots of them. I'm pretty sure if this keeps up my endocrinologist will freak out when I see him in November, even if my A1c is better. Plus, I think it's getting pretty unsafe, especially because I live alone and recently had a scary morning low where I didn't wake up for my alarm and was an hour and a half late for work.
So I'm curious how often you all who have an A1c in the 6% range or lower go low?
According to my meter, I've gone below 3.9 (70 mg/dl) 48 times in the past month! (And 28 times in the past two weeks, and 14 times in the past week.) If I lower that to readings below 3.3 (60 mg/dl), then I've hit that low a total of 21 times in the past month, 14 times in the last two weeks, and 9 times in the past week. If I lower it even more to readings below 2.8 (50 mg/dl), then I've had six in the past month, four in the past two weeks, and two this week.
I heard somewhere that more than two lows per week was getting to be too much. And mine certainly seems to be too much. It seems lows are my new problem rather than highs, especially because I don't get many symptoms which makes them very hard to avoid, and they seem to be associated with "normal" activities like walking to the bus stop or shopping ... Tonight I went shopping, got home and put the groceries away, and then felt sort of low so tested and found I was at 2.8 (50 mg/dl) with 1.5 units of insulin still on board. I tried lowering my I:C ratio last week and starting getting readings of 10 (180) after meals. I'll try lowering my basal rates and see if that works, though.