As many of you know, way too many of our nights look like the following picture due to teenage hormones. It is unpredictable though, which has prevented us from being more aggressive. By unpredictable I mean that 3/5 nights look like the below picture, but the other two will be flat lines and we haven’t been able to identify a trigger (other than waking up at 2 am) that would let us enable a more aggressive night protocol. As you can see in the picture below, my son got up at 2 am, treated and went back to bed, but he was really insulin resistant and some nights he gets a second dose of hormones late, which lead to too many nights/days that look like this.
Over the weekend we upgraded my son’s pump with the Basal-IQ algorithm and started using the G6, since we now have a system in place that can shut off and resume the insulin automatically (with minimal alarms if you choose woohoo) we have been cranking his basal at night to be much more aggressive. So, imagine how good I felt when I woke up this morning and saw this:
As you can see in the final picture, the Basal IQ algorithm predicted he was going low, shut off his basal for a time, when he actually went low, it shut it off again, and then he flat lined for the rest of the night until a slight rise just before waking up. If this keeps up we are going to be really happy. Just so I am clear, he didn’t wake up for that low, and didn’t treat, it was all the system working to shut off and restart his insulin that allowed that to happen.
Not having my son wake up at 2 am every night to treat highs - Priceless!