So I have appreciated @Nickyghaleb’s openness about having been essentially afraid of insulin for a long time (I apologize if I’m misquoting you, Nicky). I am, too. I didn’t used to be. But as I’ve mentioned probably a lot of times, I got much more skittish about prebolusing since having kids. The reason for this is that it is easy to lose track of time, I’m up and moving so much that I assume any insulin I take will get working much faster than it did pre-kids, I’m concerned about it dropping me before I’m ready, etc etc etc.
So I made myself test it, leave it alone, and see the rational difference for myself this weekend…but only after Saturday was a total disaster from NOT prebolusing enough.
The first graph is: 7 unit injection, 34 grams of carbs, 10 minute prebolus, eventually followed by a two unit correction at 3PM bc I wanted to give the insulin the full chance to work bc I needed to SEE it for myself. The reason I didn’t prebolus longer was that I’d been doing so many chores, I thought it would be dangerous to prebolus too much. Clearly, I was wrong.
The second graph is: 6 unit injection, same 34 grams of carbs (like, actually the same lunch), 30 minute prebolus. This graph ends after 3 hours of insulin action, so I’m still dropping and will get to eat more at the end of this likely.
My point in sharing this is in case anyone else reading this, lurkers or otherwise, also struggle with prebolusing long enough. For me, on the weekends when I am doing chores and parenting and may or may not have another adult in the house, the near panic is pretty real once I get 20 minutes from my injection and haven’t eaten yet. I did this exercise to show myself why it is actually safer to prebolus longer (like 30 minutes vs 10)…bc then I am not riding the rollercoaster, taking correction doses, and getting drops later from the accumulated effects of misdosing.