Question for anyone who's ever been ill...

By cassiebfit Latest Reply 2015-02-17 22:24:01 -0600
Started 2015-01-23 10:59:43 -0600

Hey everyone, I know it's been a while! I am finally on a pump, have been officially for one month!
Things have been going fairly well, my team is slowly making adjustments to get my numbers situated, but I definitely feel a bajillion times better!…
With the exception of this week. Monday afternoon I started experiencing a sore throat. Since then, my sinuses have been completely against me. Ha. But really. Runny nose all day, swollen glands off and on, sore throat in the morning (it fades away and returns off and on as the day goes on), and I've been sneezing a lot more (something I don't usually do, unless my sugars are extremely high). On top of my sinus bug, my levels have been pretty consistent in the high range. The past few days I hadn't been able to get below 160, and I was lucky to be under 200. Lots of checking, only a small trace of ketones, and lots of correction boluses. A couple of hours ago I checked and it was 378! *eek I know!* I had a small snack because I was hungry (almonds, a cutie, and some Immune+ from Emergen-C). I bolused and corrected, then checked about 20 minutes ago to make sure my levels were dropping even just a little…102!!! Uhhh..yay? Ha. I've never seen my numbers drop so fast. And I checked 6 minutes later, because I was questioning my meter and that good of a number…83. And I still have 3 units on board from the correction and bolus earlier.
My question is…is this normal when you're not feeling the greatest? Should it be something I worry about?

I guess what they say is true…you really do learn something new every day. :/

3 replies

notmaiden 2015-02-17 22:24:01 -0600 Report

I was in your boat just a few weeks ago. I just started my pump mid December and then got sick. My Medtronic trainer suggested that I put my basal rate up to 115% for 24 hours and see how my sugars went. I ended up making a sick pattern basal type for when I do get sick next time. Just don't forget to eat

Jeff82 2015-01-23 16:05:26 -0600 Report

Hey Cassie, to echo what Lou said, check with your medical team, but I as well would increase your basal rates(temporarily.). Welcome to the "Pump Team" I started three years ago, you definitely made a great choice, and I hope you are feeling better soon!

Type1Lou 2015-01-23 14:25:58 -0600 Report

When I'm ill or fighting an infection, I will often bump up my pump's basal levels using the "Temporary Basal" option. Illness, for me, requires more insulin than I would otherwise use to keep my BG's in a good range. Something to definitely discuss with your medical team as they will be able to tell you whether you should do this and, if yes, about how much to increase it and for how long. Make sure to stay hydrated as well. Hoping you soon feel better!

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