Upped Basals FTW
I woke up early on Saturday morning to go for a long run, and I didn’t feel good at all, so I went back to sleep. I went on a bike ride later and planned to do my run on Sunday. When I woke up on Sunday I had been consumed by a head cold. My blood sugars agreed. They were stubbornly sitting around 250 all day, no matter what I ate, what I bolused and changing my pump. In the middle of the afternoon I remembered that I had another tool in my “bag of tricks.” I upped my basal. I was running with an extra 50% basal for 2 hours at a time. I set an alarm on my phone so that I could test at the end of each one. I knew that it was making some difference, but my blood sugars still kept creeping up. I cannot imagine what my Dexcom would’ve looked like if I hadn’t upped my basal. When I was 350 before going to sleep, I decided to up my basal overnight. I definitely was unsure if this was a safe decision, but I put my Dexcom in a tupperware container next to my bed and set the basal for the whole night. I wanted to get my blood sugars down and get sleep. When I woke up yesterday morning, there was a gradual line during the night, and I woke up at 99. The fact that it worked is just as surprising to me as it is to you. I watched my Dexcom like a hawk yesterday, and when I didn’t need an upped basal rate. However, when I forgot to bolus for my coffee, my sugars shot right up, and were stuck there. So when the Dexcom woke me up in the middle of the night because I was still high, I set another upped basal till morning. Today I woke up around 80 with another gradual line. The over night upped basal does make me very nervous, and it’s not something I like doing, but it seems to be the only thing to bring my blood sugars down while I’m under the weather.