Hi Everyone. its Daisy Mae here, and i wanted to open up a new thread because i have not been able to find one on this subject and i need some help and suggestions and any answers that anyone of you may have.
many of us already know that when we are sick we can become very insulin resistant and need to pump in more insulin than on other days. not just increasing our insulin basal at one time a day, but for 24 hours over time. so, for example, we might find that instead of our usual basal rate of 100%, we might need to elevate our basal to 110% or more. its a great help when we get the flu or have infections or even when we have unusual stress in our lives. sometimes, we might need to up our basal because we are traveling on a plane (this happens to me whenever i travel).
however, there are many other reasons to use a TB, and i am very curious to know how anyone goes about determining what that increase or decrease should be. do you start raising your TB at a modest percent (for example 110%) and then monitor your BGs carefully, and then increase you TB a little bit higher because that 110% is clearly not enough to keep you in target range?
or, do you know your D body so well, that if you should have the flu or go for a dental cleaning (etc.) that you always have to increase your TB a specific amount. (maybe 120%) ?
or, you are exercising and you need to shut off your basal entirely so that you have no IOB before you go for your workout. (this is something many of us are discussing on another thread.)
so many questions come up; i know that experimenting and experience and helpful guidance from other Ds is awesome. so i thought to myself: what do others do?
all experiences welcome and encouraged, no matter if you think what you have to say won’t matter, it will matter; so SHARE SHARE SHARE
thank you all in advance for your caring support !!! one D reaching out and helping another D