For dinner I decided to have some baked chicken and pasta. What better way to test a new insulin then with one of the toughest meals for a diabetic. Pasta and diabetes aren’t a good mix, the calculation of insulin and timing is crucial with any pasta. As I put the chicken in the oven I decided I better do some research and see how others are living with the pump and Symlin. What I learned was that I should take my shot of Symlin between 10 and 15 minutes before eating. After eating I would then take a half dose of Humalog. The Humalog dose from the pump would have to be stretched out over an hour. Non diabetics I’m sure your lost by now. I tested my blood sugar fifteen minutes before dinner; I was 98, a perfect blood sugar to start my Symlin challenge. I then took my 15 micrograms of Symlin, 15 minutes later I ate my dinner. One hour in and all was going well, now the fun part. I calculated that I would need 2.5 units of Humalog an hour after I began eating. I entered the 2.5 in to the pump and set it to give me that dosage over the next hour. 45 minutes after I started the Humalog, my pump beeped and alerted me that my blood sugar was over 140. In fact it was 165 and had the lil arrow next to it that means my blood sugar is rising. I made my first mistake at that time, I over reacted to the reading. I put 1.2 units of Humalog in to my body.
My blood sugar never went over 173. That means the overreaction shot will more than likely make me low very shortly. Right now my pump reads 131. It has been 3 hours since my Symlin shot, as you can see below for that time period my blood sugar stayed in my normal range. This is only one meal of the Symlin era and I will not be too excited but the Symlin has passed its first test.
The picture below is my blood sugar over 3 hours. The first tick mark below the blood sugar line is my shot an hour after I had begun eating. The second is the overreaction.