I also was placed on a high dose pack of steriods to help relieve laryngitis(sp?). I thought increasing my basal to 50% was enough, but, obviously that hasn't helped! I didn't go as high as everyone has suggested on my basal rate due to the fact
that I do not check my BS other than in the AM. I will certainly give it a try, though. Thanks for the help!
I wanted to let everyone know that my BS was extremely high this AM, so, I took some of your advice. I am increasing my basal to 200% & checking my BS to see how if affects it. I will hope for the best!
If you go that high with your basal it is essential to check your BG much more often than in the AM. I have not had to go to 200% with mine. I take my steroid with dinner and by morning the effects are gone for me. I had been running low prior to the steroids and after the meds wear off a few hours i go back to the lows I was running before starting the meds. That must mean everyone is different and with me they just don't last that long. I've used 2 or 3 30% basal increases for an hour or 1/2 hr at night after the meds until my BG is back down or heading down . That usually gets me to at least 175 and going down and even if still a bit high when I go to bed, it is down by morning. There is no way I could have done a 200%. Please watch your BG closely. We are all different and you took a large jump. I had changed my basal and a couple of other settings and have now found that just using Temp Basals is the best and have put settings back to normal. I have an Animas Ping and can set my Temp Basals for whatever length of time and for percent. That has just worked the best for me. If you set your regular 24 hr basal for 200%, you can get yourself into trouble.
I did reset my temp basal to be only 100% greater because I had a low this AM. I think I understand now what to do. Thanks!
Please be careful and maybe try a 20% - 50% for a few hours as you still took a large increase in basal. This is a dangerous thing you are messing with and as I said yesterday, we are all different. While 3 nice people on here shared their use of 200% increase as per their Endos, that would have killed me or at least required intervention. When I began, I did what we all are suppose to do and started slowly. It is much easier to deal with being too high than being extremely low. I understand you are already using the 100% but IMHO, a 50% max would have been better to start if not even lower. You can then do another increase if that is not enough. As with me, I found that 40% was the max for me and only for a few short hours. That is why I went to the TEMP Basal and not completely change my basal. I only needed the increase a few hours and not for 24 hours. Just watch your BG closely and I wish you good luck. Take care.
I don't think I made myself very clear when I said I increased my basal by 200%. I meant to say that I did a TEMP basal at that rate & have now gone to a 100% TEMP basal for only 4 hrs at a time. Sorry to concern you. This AM, I had to decrease the TEMP basal to 50% for 4 hrs, due to a low.