blood sugar blues

By hopejoey1 Latest Reply 2012-01-25 16:54:10 -0600
Started 2012-01-22 09:09:35 -0600

So Hey everyone!!! I have been away for awhile and was wondering if I could partly vent but get over it and just ask if anyone may know the calculations to adjust insulin based on weight… You see I am on a newer pump and the team that set me up on rates was only with me for 30 days and my endocrinologist office asked me to call the sales rep to get help adjusting my basal rates but thats not the sales reps job. My sugars everymorning are three hundreds I am always tired and I am trying to adjust basal rates on my own until I hear back from my dr and feeling really not supported and bummed out any ideas?

6 replies

Type1Lou 2012-01-22 10:51:27 -0600 Report

This should be your endocrinologist's job. I would change endo and try to find one who actively supports pumps…not all of them do. I got my Medtronic pump in mid-August 2011 and my endo had me fax him my BG's every week to make adjustments. I have been testing 7 to 10 times daily (and at 3 am) to help provide the data needed for any basal rate changes. Your high morning BG's might be due to the "Dawn Phenomenon" or the Symogi Effect (sp?) which causes your BG to rise right before waking. It took until December to get my settings on track. What kind of pump are you using? I love my pump!

hopejoey1 2012-01-24 19:23:08 -0600 Report

Yes its so frustrating… I am exhausted and will be using my day off to find a new dr.

Type1Lou 2012-01-25 16:54:10 -0600 Report

I hope you have good luck in your search for a new doctor. I recently changed to an endo closer to my home and am beginning to wonder whether I should have stayed with the original one who was 90 minutes away. I first saw the new guy in early December and he never ordered any bloodwork. My last bloodwork had been done in September. He's got good support for the pump so far, but I'm worried about the lack of bloodwork. My prior endo discovered a Vitamin D deficiency which can affect how well a body uses insulin and I've been taking levoxyl for thyroid problems for the past twenty years. I'm seeing the pump nurse next week and will bring up that my TSH levels have been dropping for the last 18 months based on prior bloodwork and ask whether I should be concerned and also whether I can expect the endo to monitor this…
I've learned that I need to be very pro-active in my care.

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