Type 1 diabetes. Every day is different. Every day is unpredictable. Lately I’ve been realizing how challenging it can be to figure out what causes what in diabetes, especially on insulin shots. I’ve done my research and I’ve asked physician assistants, who are also type 1, what’s going on with me, but we just can’t figure it out. So I’m asking other experts in this field about it: my diabetes sisters!
In the mornings I have been waking up low, usually in the 50s. It’d be so much easier to fix this problem if I was on a pump where I could just decrease my basal in the middle of the night, but of course, Lantus isn’t that simple. This started happening when I was taking my full Lantus dose in the mornings, so automatically I thought my Lantus doesn’t seem to be the problem. But then I thought that perhaps my peak time of my Lantus is different than the typical peak time (for we all know none of us respond the same to anything—no one size fits all solution). So I started taking a split dose of Lantus, doing a little at night and most in the morning, until I got it to split evenly. Well, I’m still having the problem! I have changed my target blood sugar range for dinner so I wouldn’t take as much insulin but that only seemed to raise my sugar up right before bed and then slowly drop at 3 AM and then drop significantly by 7 AM. I’m so confused!
I have to admit I’m still learning how to manage my diabetes on shots, even though I started back in February (I started when I first began being a student blogger for Diabetes Sisters J). Like I said, we are all so different but it’s still helpful to know what others have experienced and what worked for them.
In other news, I am so glad to be back blogging for Diabetes Sisters. If you want to comment on this blog post below about your experiences with shots, feel free to also include topics you would like me to blog about. I can always think of something new because diabetes is a never ending, yet oh so exciting, adventure, but I would love to blog about topics that mean the most to you. Just an FYI, my area of expertise is exercise and nutrition :)