Just another update...I am now at 100 units of Lantus at bedtime, and sliding scale Novolog during the day for mealtime highs. Without the Novolog, my 2 hour sugars run about 180 to 250. With it, I can usually stay under 150. My a1C jumped from 6.9 to 10.8, so thats no good...got to get that back down. I've also had 3 ER visits for sugars over 500, two of them within the same 24 hour period. Still haven't identified a reason for such a drastic change in such a short time, but getting it back in comtrol is what matters, so that is what I am focusing on.View Thread
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I already do have some complications from my diabetes..I have some mild neuropathy in my feet and legs, and I am in stage 3 renal failure. (That was blamed on taking metformin and nsaids for arthritis, so I no longer take either one). Sounds weird to say I have complications after how easy it was to keep controlled before as I mentioned in my response to auriga1, but I think most of that damage was done before diagnosis. My am sugars when I was "controlled" were about 100 to 125...a tad high, but not really out of range like they are now. I really don't know why it is so out of control now because my lifestyle had not changed...but rather than worry about why, I'm just going to work on getting control again.
I'm also keeping written records..sugars, carb intake, excercise records. Excercise I am increasing a little every other day or so...if I get too sore, I'll get too discouraged, so I'm trying to avoid that.
I think too, that only testing once in the am is not testing enough, even though thats what my doc said to do. I am also testing after meals and anytime that I feel like my sugar is changing too much....I just have to balance how much testing I do with how many strips I can get through indigent care...it's all I have right now. If I find a pattern of too high sugars at other times than morning fasting developing, I'll bring it up to the doc.View Thread
Today I was under 200 for the first time...still 196, but it felt good to drop below the 200 mark. Last night I had 55 units. Today, I cut back a bit more on carbs and increased my time on the bike...I'm increasing a little slowly because I know me....and I know that if I get too sore, I'll quit. Hopefully I'll be a little lower still in the morning.
As far as a max dosage....I think that worry comes from taking it at bedtime, and thinking I could drop too low during the night. 've read more about Lantus by now though, and have a better understanding of how it works...not so worried anymore. I still feel like such a baby as far as controlling my diabetes goes because it was so easy to control for so long...2 years or so...and now it's suddenly gotten much harder for some reason. I feel like I'm starting all over again trying to understand it. View Thread
As far as excercise goes, all I was doing was walking...but now I have added a stationary bike to that and I'm working on increasing the time I ride it every day. I am hoping it will help me lose some weight...I am overweight by about 80 pounds but have lost 5 so far. As far as counting carbs, I was doing it before, but honestly was often lax about it....now I keep a stricter count, limiting the amount at each meal.
Really don't know what caused my sugars to suddenly start running high. My diet and excercise levels were still the same, I wasn't overly stressed, and wasn't sick. I was doing ok on the glipizide, running between 100 and 140 or so in the mornings, then it jumped to the 300s, and then 400s...and staying high all day.After a trip to the ER because it was so high, my doctor started the Lantus. This was 2 days before Thanksgiving. Now I just have to find the right dose to bring the am sugars down to the 100 - 110 range he has set for me. So far, I'm still running around 200 first thing in the morning.View Thread
Does anyone know if there is a maximum dosage of Lantus that a person can take? I started out at 10 units, adding a unit every day my insulin was over 110 in the am, up to 50 units. I reached 50 units and was still running am sugars over 200 so I called the Dr. to find out what to dol.
Now, he's saying keep increasing until i reach a dose that brings my am blood sugar under 140...which I have not reached yet. At 53 units, I am still running about 200 in the mornings.
It just concerns me that I have reached a high enough dosage that requires 2 injections to administer. Not that I mind the injections, thats no problem....I am just unsure about a dose that high. Anyone know of any information regarding a maximum dosage of Lantus? I haven't been able to find anything about it.View Thread
I would most definately bring it up to her doctor. I think you should make an appointment rather than just wait till her next scheduled checkup. In the meantime, if it happens again before you can get her in to see her doctor, take her to the ER.
I am not intending to scare you or tell you she is diabetic or anything like that. Those symptoms just seem pretty serious whatever the cause, and the sooner you find out what it is, the better.View Thread
I can't remember when I was first aware...seems someone or other in my family has always been diabetic. I do remember explaining it to my then 4 year old grandson the first time he saw me testing my sugar. I kept it simple, telling him that sometimes my blood had too much sugar in it and I had medicine to fix it when that happened. Today, he helps me....he loves to trigger the lancet and stick my finger and will read the result to me. He also likes to wipe the spot where I'll be injecting with alcohol for me. He's 6 now, but I still don't trust him to do the injections, lol.
I encourage both my kids to be tested at regular intervals. Both me and my ex husband are diabetic, as were both my parents and his mother. I think my kids have a high chance of being diabetic at some point and they need to be aware of it.View Thread