When it comes to bolusing are you a pessimist or an optimist? I think that for the first year on the pump I’ve been a pessimist because if I wasn’t quite sure of the carbs in a food then I would bolus less than I should have. I recently went to my endo and she yelled at me to bolus-bolus-bolus for all food that I intake!! Since then my numbers have been better especially when I go out to eat or somewhere else where I’m not quite sure how the food was made. I’ve learned that I must bolus a little more than I do when eating at home. And be sure to read the Total Carbs on foods that have that listed and especially to note the serving size! It is really amazing how small some serving sizes are.
A couple of my “kryptonites” are potato chips and pretzels – I love them but must try to stay away because they drive my BG levels up hours later and I’ll wake up with sugars in the 200’s. I have switched my evening snacks to some celery and ranch dressing which my body likes a lot more.

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Comment by Kathyann on May 14, 2013 at 7:08pm

I'm not sure if I'm a pessimist but I have been guilty of underbolusing. Like you, I'm not always sure how many carbs are in unknown food. But I was also guilty of not using enough insulin at home because it was making me gain weight. I got yelled at for my A1c of 7.4 at the endos so I am being better. Of course episodes of hypoglycemia are becoming more common again. Guess I can't win!!

Comment by meee on May 15, 2013 at 11:26pm

I tend to be optimist and overbolus because I don't want to go high and my insulin needs have increased for my protein and fat on a low carb diet.

Comment by rick the "Blogabetic" on May 16, 2013 at 6:44am

optimist i over bolus and always have, which is a problem. Hey, they need to make the act key smaller.

Comment by Sarah on May 16, 2013 at 7:10pm

optimist, i always over bolus too, i hate highs!

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