FAR OUT OF TARGET RANGE AND CLIMBING EXPERIMENT #1:
at 5am this morning my BG was 150. i took a correction and went back to sleep. i had recently lowered my early morning basal rates b/c i kept waking up low. i should have just let it ride and used Gtabs to correct. but i wasnt thinking things through, and i paid the consequences. and it stunk b/c all through the night my BGs were excellent (100 ). anyway, the correction brought me down to 125 before eating my bfast, which although high for me (i prefer to be around 70 or 80 on a fasting BG), i thought, this will work itself out, i will have a nice bfast, and i will prep for my swim. i forgot that my basal rates were set so low. ugh. after bfast, my BGs started to climb: 135, 155…i still had IOB from my last bolus, so i thought i would make only a slight correction and i increased my basal rates ASAP. by 11am, my BG was still high at 142, so i took an IM shot, b/c i knew that whatever insulin i was giving myself would be out of my system within 2 hours and it would not interfere with my swimming ( i didnt want the extra IOB while i swam, especially since i crashed in the pool at 54 last week) i did a minor .2 units through my pump before turning it off, knowing that that tiny bolus would be in my system for 4 hours, but it was so minor that i wasnt very concerned that it would interfere.
and then i waited. w/in 45 minutes my BGs started coming down. Phew. and, by 1pm, when i was getting ready to leave for the pool, i was down to 119. and that was just fine for me. i knew, b/c this happens every day i swim, that the 0% basal would really kick in and to expect a rise by the time i got to the pool. and i was right. as usual, i rose from 119 up to 122. i took no Gtabs and jumped into the pool. i had a nice, strong 90 minutes swim. the pool was relatively empty.
here are the stats:
1:20 BG 122
2pm BG 107 ( took 1/2 Gtab)
2:30 BG 87
3pm BG 86
and PS: i put my basal rates back up. hopefully tomorrow will be better. dont know why my BGs have been so fickle. its truly frustrating
oh, and PPS: this is the very first time that i have taken an IM shot before exercise. i wanted to convey how wonderfully effective it was !