I remember when I first started reading blogs in the DOC, people would write about temp basal this and temp basal that. To someone who had no knowledge of pumping (and even after I started to learn), this always mystified me.
How do you know when to do it?
And by how much?
And for how long?
To me it was like trying to solve for x, but you're not given any other numbers to help you.
Well, last night was another pumping first for us... using the temp basal. Elise went to bed at 173, and by 11:00 was 118 (never showing an arrow down on the dex, mind you). So we decided to set a temp basal. But I still could not figure out how much for how long. Because I love to just pull numbers out of my butt, I went with -50% for 1 hour.
By midnight, she was 103. We decided to give her 5g of carbs, and keep the basal at -50% for 2 more hours. When we checked again, she was 143 and we returned to her normal settings.
She woke up at 243, so somewhere, we did something wrong.
So how do you decide when to lower the basal and when to give food? Do both? How do you decide on how much and how long? Or is it some "gut thing" you develop over time?
7 hours ago