In the past, I have never paid
too much enough attention to how my sugars are affected when I’m sick. I vividly remember one time many many years ago when I was still on shots, and I had a stomach bug. I did not want to eat anything. But on shots, you have to take your shots and eat on a schedule — without fail, for the most part. That one particular time I remember not eating all day and only taking my NPH (holla old school) and (drum roll please) I was fine! My sugars stayed perfect all day. That is not the norm by any means.
Fast forward 19+ years and now I am finally starting to pay attention way more closely than ever before. A few days ago, I started to feel in a funk. Just “blah”. I hurt my foot Monday night and by Tuesday I was rockin’ a stylish boot that I’ll wear for 2-3 weeks. Then by Wednesday night I had a sore throat.
And then I realized …. my sugars haven’t been “bad” per se, but they have definitely been running higher than the last few weeks. For example, instead of waking up at 84, I am 110. And throughout the day, my numbers have been all over the place. Before meals, after meals, you name it. So, that right there tells me something’s up. Whenever an illness is brewing — even when I don’t know it’s there, my body does. And maybe the wacky numbers is meant to be a heads up.
I’ve never used temp basals … and not sure I will this go around, since I’m not 100% sure how to properly set them, but I’d love to hear from those of you that do use them for illness. For the non pump wearers, you have the ability to set a temp basal rate to be higher/lower than usual. For example if you’re sick and need more insulin for a certain amount of time, you can do that. Or if you are going to be doing any externuous activity And granted, I am not “sick” — just have a sore throat.
As I’m typing this, my “High Predicted” alarm just went off. This is what I woke up to — a beautiful flatline of 110.
Two hours later, and nothing yet to eat/drink, I receive a “High Predicted” alarm and see this (and notice that up arrow, that means it’s still climbing) –
I wish I’d taken a picture of my 24 hour chart yesterday — I’d never seen it so choppy looking before. We have a busy weekend planned — better load up on some Vitamin C! 🙂