Hi guys! This conversation has disappeared from the current list for awhile now. But wanted to give you interested folks an update.
Tried to win my endo over to trying the pork insulin last month and got a cold stare, and a reined-in tirade on how could I be feeding my family organic food, have watched what they feed pigs on "Food Inc." and want to even consider an animal-based insulin???
True enough. But this past Thursday I made the switch anyway. Couldn't hurt to see if it helped with my symptoms, right? (search "synthetic insulin" if you want the list of what synthetic can do to some people).
So far, I woke up Friday and it was pretty weird. It was like everything was brighter, sharper and more defined with my vision. I sound like I'm a junkie here, but that's just my immediate observation. It was nice, at any rate!
Next noticable difference is that the fog at the front of my brain has lifted and I feel like I can actually think again. That's a first in YEARS.
I'm still figuring out how to adjust for the longer duration of when the insulin is active, but while I'm running too high in the morning my sugars are amazingly stable at whatever number I'm at. On the synthetic Humalog I'd bounce from 22 to 360 to 180 to 56 and all over again. It was exhausting. The past two days I've pretty well been locked within a 20-point range. Had a low last night after making a correction before bed, but once I had a snack, I held right around 120-180, ALL NIGHT! Was wearing the CGM and it was so amazing to wake up at 150 instead of 350, which is a constant problem for me. Hope that lasts for sure!
I've also been labeled brittle for about 25 years (since starting the Humalog come to think of it) for not sensing when I'm going low. No sweating, shakes, I just get tired when I drop down to rock bottom.
Yesterday and today, I'm breaking out in a sweat anytime my sugars start to slide down quickly. Even if I'm way too high, I start to sweat as the insulin takes over. Still no shakes, but I can work with sweat!
My fatigue is still there, but unfortunately a lot of that is from getting exposed to wheat somewhere this week, which is the kiss of death with my Celiac Disease. As that exposure wears off over the next few days, I'm hoping I'll have more zip in my step when I wake up in the morning. A problem that has plagued me for longer than I can recall.
Can't say switching to animal insulin is the be-all, end all. But I am noticing a lot of nice changes in the two days I have used it. Most people feel a change immediately to within a week. So keeping lots of mental notes to see if I want to stay with it. My cost is $100 here in Canada versus $25 for Humalog, so plenty of incentive to go back to synthetic if I don't feel a lot of changes!
Lisa in Ontario
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