(ATTENTION: In the famous words of Hallie, “I’m not a doctor; I just play one in real life.” Talk to your endo about my rule before you put it into action. See if your endo agrees. Even though he/she should…go with what the medical professionals say. I’m just a mom, I’m SO not a doctor. So don’t do anything crazy, ok?)
I’m not a fan of rules.
There are a lot of rules in diabetes, but most are relative.
Each rule has a set of sub rules, which have a set of conditions that have a set of half baked nuances.
But there is one rule I stand by. Rain or shine. High or low.
One rule that I hold fast to…no matter how hard the winds blow.
The Three Day Rule.
Not one day more…not one day less. Three days!
When we change basals, I will ALWAYS wait three full days before I change them again.
(Basal is the underlying insulin that acts as long acting. So if you or your child are on shots, this rule would pertain to your long acting insulin, such as the NPH or the Lantus.)
Is it easy?
Do I usually want to bang my head against the wall?
Is it worth it?
Case and point: B had a bout with some uber bad lows when he returned back to school after Christmas break. It stood to reason though…during Christmas he wasn’t running around the playground…he was eating more…he was SITTING more. So basals went up! But when school started again, all that movin’ and groovin’ led to nasty after school lows. Some in the 30’s. (This was during Lawton’s “vacation” by the way.) 30’s are not ok. I haven’t seen 30’s in YEARS. 30's scare the crap out of me. Heck, 40’s scare the crap out of me! 50’s scare me! 60’s tick me off…and anything above I’m happy to deal with.
Three days in a row…30’s after school. Even without bolusing for lunch? Yeah! We needed to dial the basals down! (FYI: This is another rule of mine. I always wait three days to establish a pattern. The 30-something could have been a random thing. On day two, it could have been his body adjusting to the new routine, but day 3...HELLO! A pattern has been established, and things needed to change, NOW.)
So I made my changes…and the next day, lo and behold! 30’s again. But did I waver? No, I did not.
It is a RULE for a reason!
The next day…he was high. Boo! 274 and I wondered if I lowered it too much.
But did I waver? Did I dial the basals back up?
And the next day he was perfect.
And his afterschool numbers have been beautiful ever since.
I used to have a basal trigger finger problem. I have been guilty of changing basals less than 24 hours after the previous change…and every time ended in disaster.
Those three days will give you false alarms.
Those three days will make you want to pull your hair out.
But if you wait…good will come of it. As with anything else with diabetes, it isn’t easy…but totally worth it. I can’t explain the medical aspect of it all, but the bottom line is their bodies need time to settle into the change.
When I do make the new basal changes, I make them on day 4. Not day 3. Day three is a no fly zone day. I leave it alone!
That is my two cents…let’s make it 40 cents…’cause in my book, it is so worth more than two!