I found the increasing the basal rate to be a little counter-intuitive as well. I had been reading that most people do dial it back. At 3 in the morning the Dex would tell me that I was over 180. I actually had to go from .7/hr to .9/hr from 2 to 6:30. YMMV. When I was on Lantus I would drop between 2 and 3. For me, Lantus had a peak about 6-8 hours after injection. I frequently get condensate in the viewing window. The longer I wear the pod, the more I find I'm able to get through three whole days. Rock on!
I've got three boxes of syringes and a box of micro-fine pen needles. I know the feeling. :) It is a complete paradigm change. Between the Dexcom and OmniPod I've been able to tighten my control. With the Dexcom I went from 6.8 to 6.1. I just did one of the Bayer A1C Now tests and I was 5.9. Except for the really bad 25 which was self-inflicted, I've been able to avoid extreme lows and highs. The Dex is the real heavy hitter.
I was pretty lucky. Based on my TDD they figured my initial basal rate at .7 u/per hour. I find that at night between 2 and 6 I need a higher rate. There is a little settling in process but you're good on your feet. Dexcom is going to be your best friend. It makes basal testing almost painless. :)
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