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Old 02-06-2016, 21:43   #1
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Hi, everyone. Diagnosed w Type 1 (age 54) at the hospital over holidays. High glucose (590s) and ketoacidosis. (A1c 13.3) I was prescribed Levemir and Novolog, but given inaccurate instructions from the hospital about how to use Novolog and sliding scale. My endocrinologist quit her practice - and, on my own, I was feeling pretty bad for weeks... rallying from 60s in the morning to 300's at bedtime. As I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong, I googled and came across this forum. It was here that I learned about needing a ratio, that I should be taking Novolog to cover each meal, and so much more. This great resource. Knowledgeable people here helped me know what to ask and how to make sure I was really communicating with a good endocrinologist. So a big thank you for the helpful insight. In a matter of days... using the medications correctly, my numbers are stabilizing... and I feel better.

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We're always glad when this forum is helpful. The collective knowledge of the members here is awesome.

Can you tell us a bit more about what your present blood glucose (BG) levels are and what kind of eating plan you are on? Helps us to know you better as a diabetic.

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Hi Michelle, welcome to the forum.

Type 2 here so no real life experience on the insulin to comment on. Like you, from reading on the forum, I learned that those with experience know sliding scale is not the best way to go. Correction factors, carb/insulin ratios, carb counting for bolus insulin. Also lower carbs in meals means less insulin needed to cover and less chance of a roller coaster BG.

Again, welcome.

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Old 02-07-2016, 00:22   #4
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Hi, VeeJay - since starting my new Novolog instructions last Weds, blood sugar has hovered around 105 before and after meals; between 75-90 in the morning after fasting. The hospital recommended 45-60 carbs per meal; however, I have found 30-45 is better. I take 3 units of Novolog before every meal, with a sliding scale (if sugar is over 140). I've only needed it twice. I know it's just four days but I am happy to feel so much better.

I limit gluten and whole wheat (sensitive), corn, and potatoes because they send me soaring. Brown rice, whole grain pasta/bread, quinoa, steel cut oatmeal, beans, legumes are good right now, with reasonable portions.

3-4 oz meat or fish for lunch/dinner, eggs a few times a week (I'm high cholesterol), lots of non-starchy vegetables & salads. I try to get dairy across the day (vitamin D deficient) - I mix it up, greek yogurt, 2% milk, regular cheese, half-n-half in coffee. I'm not a big fruit eater - so berries and apple for snack with raw almonds mid afternoon. Lots of water!

I don't eat out often, eat at the same time every day, diligently measure and track every carb (apps are helpful).

I miss chocolate. But sugar free pudding helps a lot!

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Old 02-07-2016, 00:30   #5
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Hello MichelleL. Welcome to the forum.

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Old 02-07-2016, 03:29   #6
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The hospital recommended 45-60 carbs per meal; however, I have found 30-45 is better. I take 3 units of Novolog before every meal, with a sliding scale (if sugar is over 140). I've only needed it twice. I know it's just four days but I am happy to feel so much better.
10-15 would be even better. You could search the forum or Google for Dr Bernstein's Law of Small Numbers.

Did the hospital check you for GAD 65 antibodies before pronouncing you Type 1 ?

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Old 02-07-2016, 15:03   #8
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Actually, the hospital didn't proclaim the type. I was out of state visiting my Dad and kids when I got sick. Physician said ketoacidosis, rapid onset, and no weight issues pointed to 1. Possibly 1.5, since I have other autoimmune issues. They were most concerned about C02, rapid heartbeat, kidney, and liver. Urged me to see my endocrinologist as soon as I got back home. But she left her practice. I finally got in last weds, so Labs are still coming in. What I know right now, c-peptide is low, fasting BS was 128 (on Levemir), EGFR >60 (first test) other labs are coming back. Will google Dr Bernstein's Law of Small Numbers - thank you for the information.

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Old 02-07-2016, 15:20   #9
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Hi Michelle, welcome to the forum.

Type 2 here so no real life experience on the insulin to comment on. Like you, from reading on the forum, I learned that those with experience know sliding scale is not the best way to go. Correction factors, carb/insulin ratios, carb counting for bolus insulin. Also lower carbs in meals means less insulin needed to cover and less chance of a roller coaster BG.

Again, welcome.
Thank you mbuster - that is what I learned here! The sliding scale was not working for me at all. My new endocrinologist confirmed what I was gathering from everyone here. I now have a ratio to start with, count carbs, use correction factor when needed. And stabilizing. Now am realizing... less carbs will be even better. (Hope I am replying correctly to you- and appreciate the welcome.)

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Old 02-09-2016, 02:04   #10
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Thank you very much for the links to the books, John (and all). Wow... do I have a lot to learn. I am very grateful for this information.

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