Hello! I’ve been fortunate in my first few months of insulin use that things have been sort-of easy to control. I am certain this is a temporary state and as things progress things will undoubtedly get more squirrely. The past several days have been more in the squirrely category, and i’m trying my best to not get frustrated, and learn from it. The bonus, I suppose, is that a few higher-than-normal numbers have given me the opportunity to experiment a little with correcting, and learning how much a unit drops me, how long it takes, etc.
My endo’s initial instructions were to add a unit or more with the next meal if i’m high at that point. Depending on where i’m at, I don’t necessarily want to hover at a higher number or meander slowly down over the course of several hours while waiting for my next meal, so I’ve experimented cautiously with a small correction between meals.
All this to get to my question, finally, which is the timing of those corrections. Is there a rule of thumb for how long you should wait after your initial bolus before adding more? I have a Dexcom and if I can see I’m high but heading back down, it makes sense leave it alone. But if i’m high-ish and holding steady, or still climbing, how long is it recommended to wait before adding more? Is it best to give it a couple hours to make sure the peak of the first bolus is done working? (Note that i use injections, not a pump, for what that’s worth)
I got a little cranky this morning when my usual breakfast didn’t work out the way it normally does, and added another unit after about an hour and a half. It’s coming down now, but i have a feeling I’ll be snacking in a bit. Oops