I am coming down with a virus that is going around, and at the same time I am stressed out over changes in my employers health insurance. To add injury to insult (no pun intended), I am going in for surgery on friday - to remove some pre cancerous tissue from my back.
I am already using about 30% more insulin (since thursday) - what am I supposed to expect happen after the surgery?
I am a new pumper, and have not gone thru any of this before..
Any insight/experiences are greatly appreciated!
Sickness and stress definitely affect blood sugars. Both increase gluconeogenesis (body making its own sugar to dump into your blood) so you need more insulin for that. It's tough to say how much because that all depends on the sickness or level and type of stress. What I've found very helpful is low to moderate exercise like walking for AT LEAST 30 minutes 2 to 3 times a day because this will help reduce some gluconeogenesis and help with insulin sensitivity that might go down due to higher glucose values. Don't know anything about surgery itself, but if the surgery is stressing you out, take a walk before you go in. Good luck.