Before I had a CGM, my preferred method of basal testing was using one of the charts from the book Pumping Insulin. I would wait for a blood sugar in range, fast, and test my blood sugar every hour (or two) to watch for changes. This was especially fun at night.
Now I can’t remember the last time I did that version of basal testing. When Diasend worked with my CGM and/or when I still had a computer that was compatible with Dexcom software, I would just look at a chart comparing several days of graphs to spot any patterns.
One side benefit of obsessively capturing pictures of
your my CGM, is that I can use the resulting snapshots to try to capture the same type of trends. I don’t know what it is, but for the past week or so my basal rates just seem all wrong. I haven’t changed the type of food I am eating or the amount of exercise. Usually when the weather warms up, I actually end up reducing my amount of basal. Instead I’ve had to run a temporary basal increase every night to stay in range which I sleep, and I’ve bolused more times for corrections than I have for food. I took a little time last night to analyze all the dots, and I think I made all the necessary adjustments.
I had some supervision.
I’m wondering if people with CGMs still do the “old-fashioned” version of basal testing. Anyone?