I have been on insulin my Animas OneTouch Ping now since Wednesday and I have had to add an additional basal rate 10% lower for during the day, but my initial basal rate is still working just fine over night until at 8am-11am... Did anyone have to add multiple basal rates, or lower their basal rates when they first initial started the pump and their pump units over 24 hours is way lower than what they would have been taking if they were still on injections?
I think your very first suggestion nails it.
I agree, Zoe. Look how many pump questions have come up within the last few days, which I'm reading..and how many new pumper's I:CR pretty much match what they did on MDI's. This is beyond unbelievable what they set...all my rates - ratios were so off. I totally understand being 'conservative' I too don't want to be going too low at first, but..c'mon, they can kill me too with DKA cause the only way I (we) can get insulin is pump or injections. IDIOTS! I'm so angry at this, just a total lack of concern about how I would feel going through this (especially since I had pretty good control and NOT high numbers going into this) and no one to discuss this with or help me. I'm angry. As you suggested, I reached out to my local pump rep, she's seeing what she can do in terms of partnering with Endo and training,etc..(thanks for that suggestion).
I'm again so grateful to Tudiabetes. Zoe, your continued support, the time and energy you volunteer towards helping us on this site is immeasurable, thank you again!
Hi KatieT1, I agree that it doesn't make any sense to set I:C ratios so different than where you were on MDI. I can see being conservative but geez that's crazy.
Hey if you don't already have the book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh, I would definitely suggest reading and re-reading it. It's helped me so much with learning how to test my basal rates and other factors. Eventually you'll be comfortable with your pump and won't want to wait for your endo or CDE to call you back with adjustments. This book will help you learn how to make those adjustments...along with the smart people here! :)