Argh. I need help, advice, etc. ... maybe just a place to vent. Despite my decent A1c levels, my BGs over the past few years have seemed all over the place. I was looking at the basal rates on my pump today and thinking, "Where do these numbers come from? Is there any logic here?" Answer: not much.
Any medical or paramedical support I've sought recently has, reasonably, pointed me in the direction of basal rate testing as a starting place. And I've tried. But how to make sense of any of that data when (and here's the big source of my frustration) my unpredictable monthly hormone shifts mean that any given basal pattern will be pretty much useless a few days later and not at all reliable one month after that? Exercise adds in a whole other set of complications.
I've read Walsh's Pumping Insulin, Colberg's Diabetic Athlete's Handbook, Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, and I've got Scheiner's Think Like a Pancreas on order. I've done camps and seminars and phone consultations. I'm hooked up to my CGM pretty much all the time. But I'm feeling like diabetes is controlling me, rather than vice versa.
Any suggestions or ideas for dealing with roller-coaster basal needs would be much appreciated! Thanks!