I don’t want to intrude here because I am not the person you’re looking for, but I have some filler until that person comes along. You remind me a lot of myself when I was in auto mode fall of last year. I spent almost 3 months in it, and of that time, almost 2 months were almost ENTIRELY in auto mode. So I WAS that person… just no longer. It was those high blood sugars that drove me back to manual mode, too. I just couldn’t stand watching them, and auto just couldn’t handle bringing them back down. The longer I stayed in auto, the more I realized that not only was it no good at bringing them down, but it was CAUSING them. Ultimately, it was just too much to bear. At the time, however, I was in auto mode around 90-95% of the time and was in range about 75-77%. Again, it wasn’t about what I was able to achieve IN it, it was what I wasn’t able to achieve with the rest of it… and that was really any semblance of control.
I also went back and forth between modes for a month or so—until I just couldn’t justify the amount of effort in return for the lack of any kind of guarantee—and then settled into auto mode by night and manual by day. That’s where I remained for another couple of months until one day realizing I missed my regular, predictable mornings, and then I bailed. So I’ve been all in, partially in, and exclusively out… and, again, am not the person you’re looking for with your question.
The only reason I’m answering is because I have had the opportunity to debate the success of auto mode with a number of people, and we have really had some interesting conversations. So far… what I have determined, based on these exchanges… is that a significant portion of the people who are staying in auto mode with success are GETTING THEIR INSULIN from other means. It really doesn’t seem to be that auto mode gives more insulin to one than to another (although, in reality, there would be truth to that, too), but there is a wide range of how people are handling it. For the ones who are really enjoying success, once you reach some honest dialogue, you’ll start to hear of the use of fake carbs, manual injections… and even “fill cannulas”… So they are buying themselves more insulin.
I’m not claiming high and mighty here, but I think it’s important to note that I wasn’t willing to do those things in auto, AND I was never able to get past that hump. It’s entirely possible I’d still be in it now if I had been more willing to do a few of those things. People also report changing their AIT settings and ICR settings—all to get more insulin. Again, I wasn’t interested and was hoping auto would “learn” me as I was told it would.
NOW I’ll stop and hope someone who’s in auto mode will come answer your question. And tomorrow I’ll get back to you about the exercise and suspend issue… to which I have even more nothing to offer.