I did extensive basal testing last Spring. But a lot has changed in a year. I became a half marathon runner/triathlete. I lost weight. I stopped running (haven’t ran since January). I stopped taking my birth control pills. I stopped drinking as much Diet Coke. With all these changes and with hopes to get my blood sugar under better control for possible baby, I decided to do another round of basal testing. Also, I have started working with Integrated Diabetes Services and they suggested it so it was the push I needed.
Over the last two weeks, I did the following:
- Morning test-Eat snack before bed then don’t eat until noon the next day. Testing 2AM, 4AM, 6AM, 8AM, 10AM, 12PM
- Afternoon test-Eat breakfast by 8AM then no calories, working out, etc until dinner. Test at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, 5PM
- Evening test-Eat lunch by 1PM then no calories, working out, etc until bedtime. Test at 5PM, 6PM, 8PM, 10PM
- Overnight test-Eat dinner by 6PM then no calories, working out, etc. until 2AM (or breakfast). Test at 10PM, 12AM, 2AM
- Note-stop test if BG gets up to 240 or down to 70
On March 14th, I did the morning test. It turned out to be pretty stable, so I kept my rates the same:
On March 17th, I did the afternoon test. I tried to do the afternoon test on March 16th, but my blood sugar was running too high. My rates ended up being a little too high so I decreased my rate from 0.4 to 0.35 starting at 11AM.
On March 20th, I did the evening test. I tried to do the evening test on March 18th and 19th but ran into problems, on the 18th I was too high and on the 19th I was too low. My CGM wasn’t working too well this date but my meter showed my blood sugar staying pretty level.
On March 21st, I did the overnight test. There was a drop from midnight to 2AM, so I changed my rate from 0.675 at 10PM to 0.6 until midnight.
Overall, I think my basal rates were pretty good but it helps to have the confidence that they are better. I sometimes don’t trust my bolus wizard because I think my basal rates aren’t good. Hopefully, this will put more trust in my rates so I can really have good control. I found out yesterday that my A1C is 6.8. Normally, I would be ecstatic at that number but since I’m trying for baby, I really want to get my A1C below 6.5. Hopefully, I am taking the right steps to get there.