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I am 48 years old and diagnosed in Dec of 09 as Type 1. Began taking novolog and levimer with initial good results. Went from A1c of 11.3 to 7.0 as of 2 weeks ago. Since then I have really struggled. Last weekend went out to eat for Breakfast, and had a bad experience with novolog. I had BG of 195 (high for me at the time) and dosed 5 units for food and 2 for correction per Doctor advice. I had my food in front of me when I did the injection, but it was about noon and I had not eaten since the night before. The insulin seemed to have an immediate effect, my wife said I turned completely white, I felt like my sugar was falling with no end in sight. Long story short, I over corrected with carbs and ended up at 402 later that day, feeling horible. I've been very rattled ever since, with sugars running higher than befor. I'm now considering a pump. Has anyone else had this happen with novolog? It never before, nor has it since had this type of immediate impact on me. Any advice on pumps. I'm looking forward to being part of this community.
 

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Looking forward to having you as part of our community too, Deckman. Welcome aboard! Lots of type 1s around here. Sorry for such a scare as you had . . . those roller coasters are nasty!

We have several pumpers here too, and plenty of members who can discuss using insulin . . . I personally am not a good resource since I'm type 2 & still on only oral meds. So I'll take my little welcome wagon & move outta the way for others to greet you . . .

Thank you for joining us & come around often!

take care,

 

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Hi Deckman and welcome!

I've had those scary lows before too, but I'om on NovoRapid and Levemir, not Novolog. Feels like you can't win with those situations: either you over-compensate to stop going low, or you don't and then end up having a hypo attack. Not fun and VERY annoying!!

I've been type one for 10 years and I'm not on the pump yet. My doctor mentioned it to me in passing, but is waiting for improvements I think.

Good work getting your A1c down to 7!
 

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Hello Deckman, welcome! There is so much to learn when you are first diagnosed. If you try to do it all at once it can be very frustrating. I hope you are seeing an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist). A basal/bolus program with two kinds of insulin is necessary for a Type 1 to have good control. Carb counting with the number of carbs determining your premeal and presnack bolus dosages in very important. If you are not doing it that way then you should talk to your doctor about it. I take 1 unit of fast acting insulin for every 6 carbs I eat. I have some insulin resistance though, so you might need 1 unit for every 10 carbs, or for every 15 carbs. Experimenting will enable you to find the number that works best for you.

You should test frequently. I test before breakfast, that is my fasting test. I test before and two hours after each meal. I test at bedtime and before and after exercising. I also test before driving my car. Experimenting with various kinds of foods and keeping records of what you eat and how it affects your blood sugar is a great idea. You need to know what foods you need to avoid, what you need to eat in small portions and what you can eat in large amounts without having high blood sugar.

I could go on and on for a long time. This is enough for now. You might want to buy the "Calorie King" book fo carb counting. I bought mine on amazon.com. The book "Using Insulin" by John Walsh is also excellent.

Please ask any questions you want. We are here to help!

Richard
 
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