This isn’t quite how I see it. I do run a little low at times, but that’s not the same as “running low on purpose”. I know you have said you don’t believe this is how it works, and it is entirely possible that our bodies handle our diseases differently (would that be a surprise?), but the reason I don’t run low is because of the intermittent carbs or coffee that I am consuming.
I was trying to describe the difference for me… that with less basal, I have a tendency to jump with a lot of what I eat and with caffeine. My coffee spike can be ridiculous. So I’m still not sure why choosing an alternative path, and this is running a higher basal rate with the tendency to push downward, is not a legitimate choice if one is aware of the cons of it. One choice means I have to wait for things, and the other makes me feel more like a person without diabetes. In no way am I encouraging others to do it, I was only discussing what I have found to be true today for my own disease. It might all be different tomorrow.
I also saw you mentioned exercise up there in a previous comment. I’ve been a very active person since my early childhood. I love exercise, and I would use it to fix my diabetes if I could. In fact, I really hoped I could and have tried at various points to use it in a much bigger capacity than it deserves… for my disease. It is wonderful for me, both mentally and physically, but I need to be able to control my numbers through insulin first. Exercise, for me, is really more about the long term benefit as well as the mental and emotional outlet it provides. I always thought it was for immediate blood sugar control, but that has not turned out to be the case. It has been a very important idea for me to embrace that to be able to exercise is a gift, but to be able to use insulin effectively is a mandatory skill. I don’t know if there will come a day where I can no longer perform physically the things I enjoy, but if it should be before me, it should not be detrimental to my diabetes management.
I’m really pretty happy with this extra basal, and I don’t say that in the hopes you will try it. There’s a lot in here that is interesting to me but also not for me. I just hope you are able to keep an open enough mind to allow for the idea it might not be the feeding insulin of old. I make good use of all that technology you speak of in order to make changes when I see fit. I think flexibility is what this technology has given us, and it puts some of these decisions in our hands— truly where the decisions belong.
You and I agree on a lot though… especially about how much effing work it all is (every day, like it or not) and especially about this disease forcing us to keep an open mind. It’s how I came to be here, and it amazes me how many ways we can achieve desired numbers.
Anyway, here’s to a disease that has more possible paths than an international airline.