To say I researched exactly what to do would be an understatement. I re-read the basal testing chapter in Pumping Insulin and I photocopied the basal testing worksheet. Coincidentally, Penny at A Sweet Grace wrote a post about basal testing yesterday that was full of great information and useful links to articles Gary Scheiner has written explaining basal testing. At 5:00 I bolused for dinner and ate. At 8:00 someone in my neighborhood was grilling something really tasty and the smells wafting in the open windows almost broke me, but I stayed strong and fended off the urge to have a snack. And at 10:00 the testing started.
So, how did it go? Like most things in life, there was some good and some bad. Obviously, waking up every two hours to test my blood sugar isn’t fun. (Seriously, a HUGE shout-out to you D-Parents. I loved you before, but after getting up all night for blood sugar checks I have an even deeper appreciation for you!) In fact, I was restless the whole night just knowing I had to get up again soon to test - so basically my entire sleep pattern was thrown off. Also, eating dinner at 5:00 is way too early for me. I was so hungry all night. I may have even wished for a good hypo so I’d have to end the basal test and have a snack.
Despite my griping, the test was very worth it! In the morning I had some really solid data to show me what is going on at night. Here is how it stacked up:
|10:00 pm||. . . . 69|
|12:00 am||. . . . 89|
|2:00 am||. . . . 98|
|4:00 am||. . . . 118|
|6:00 am||. . . . 117|
Now waking up with a fasting number of 117 would be okay by me. But the thing to consider here is that my blood sugar rose almost 50 points over the course of the night. On a normal night, when I’m not planning to wake up every two hours to check my sugar, I wouldn’t go to bed with a blood sugar under 70. I’d probably shoot to be around 100 to 120, which could give me a fasting in the 170s. It was also interesting to see that by 6:00 my blood sugar is starting to head back down again. So based on this overnight basal test and on the other blood sugar trends I’ve been seeing, I did some small basal tweaking across the board. And so far today, my numbers have been 105 (after coffee but before breakfast), 104 (after breakfast) and 93 (before lunch).
Am I looking forward to running my next basal test? Nope, I can’t say that I am. But I most certainly will, because the data I collected was pretty valuable! Are you a basal testing novice like me, or a basal pro? Do you have any insights or tips to share for my next round of testing?