My first semester at Darden is finally over so now I have a chance to focus on my internship search, marathon training and diabetes. Last week was hell with 5 consecutive days of 5 hour exams; not a good time by anyone's calculations but thankfully the stress didn't throw my blood sugars out of whack as they were kept pretty steady over those 5 days. However, in general I've been having a much harder time locking in my basal rates.
Over the past three months I've been playing with my basal rates on a near weekly basis; while getting my blood sugars to spike prior to a workout has been much easier. I'm pretty sure the honeymoon is over and the fight in my last islet cell has been won by diabetes. In a way that will make life easier in terms of knowing how my body will react to exercise, food and basal rates. But in another way that kind of sucks since there was a time period when I could eat pizza with just a moderate bolus.
I've been working out consistently for the past two and 1/2 weeks but have not had the reduction in basal rates that I expected. I have encountered more lows over that period than I had when exercise was less consistent due to class work but I still haven't had the blood sugar reactions I expected. Although it does seem like the overall trend in my basal rates is changing; at night I've had to increase my basal rate by a huge amount as I woke up a few nights it a row with blood sugars above 300 at 4 am; but then I would hit consistent lows around 11 am. To get all this corrected I'm going to have to keep detailed notes over the next few weeks to identify the trend and figure out exactly when my basal rate errors are occurring - consistency is the key and I just need to get back to that.