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Old 11-18-2012, 04:40 PM
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Yes, ok makes sense. I really can't micro dose as Australian syringes are not that accurate (well the ones I want to get I cannot) however Bailey is now on 1IU of Humlaog which seems to be working well. Shaves off around 10 mmol. I will stay at this dose for a week to see how he goes. At 10pm last night he was 18.5 (after Injection at 7:45pm)

Thanks for all the help, it is overwhelming at times all this stuff!!
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:17 PM
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Have you check to see what his nadir is with the added humalog? Did you back off on the Protophane dose?

With using the humalog to clear some of the food rise, the protophane won't have to work as hard to clear the excess bgs and will likely drop his nadir.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:05 PM
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Hello, yes I have reduced his protaphane down to 13 units. He was pushing almost 14. And yes, it seems to be working. I need to stick with it for a week to see how walking and playing etc etc effects him. He still loves chasing balls!
As for Nadir, on the new dose of 1IU no. I will test him in a few hours when I go home.

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Old 11-26-2012, 03:37 AM
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Hello all, Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all had a nice holiday and time spent with loved ones.

Well, it's been over a week since Bailey has been using Humlaog. Not-so good results really. Latest curve(s) below:

Date Time mmol mg/l comments
18-Nov 8:19am 23.8 Fasting (Started Humalog) 0.5 IU 428.4
18-Nov 9:06am 29.2 525.6
18-Nov 11:12am 28.3 509.4
18-Nov 12:06pm 22.4 403.2
18-Nov 1:06pm 21.5 387
18-Nov 2:03pm 17.9 322.2
18-Nov 4:00pm 16.7 300.6
18-Nov 6:04pm 14.2 255.6
18-Nov 7:43pm 13.5 243
18-Nov 10:00pm 18.7 336.6

19-Nov 4:19pm 15.7 282.6 Raised to 1 IU
19-Nov 6:12pm 16.8 302.4
19-Nov 7:56pm 15.6 Fasting 280.8
19-Nov 10:04pm 21.7 390.6

20-Nov 8:20pm 25.8 464.4
20-Nov 10:26pm 20.4 367.2

22-Nov 10:06pm 12.4 223.2
22-Nov 10:40pm 18.4 331.2
22-Nov 11:17pm 18.6 334.8

23-Nov 6:22pm 10.2 183.6
23-Nov 10:31pm 19.8 356.4

25-Nov 8:12am 16.8 Fasting 302.4
25-Nov 11:41am 30.8 554.4
25-Nov 1:01pm 22.8 410.4
25-Nov 2:03pm 21 378
25-Nov 4:15pm 12.8 230.4
25-Nov 6:15pm 12.6 226.8
25-Nov 8:07pm 11.3 Fasting 203.4
25-Nov 10:08pm 18.3 329.4
25-Nov 11:17pm 23.4 421.2

26-Nov 7:09pm 18.8 Fasting Fed at 8pm 338.4
26-Nov 9:09pm 27.3 491.4
26-Nov 10:27pm 29.6 so going up not coming down!

Seems to be jumping up higher than usual on the Humlaog dose. I am not sure if I should give him more than 1IU. I was hoping for moderate drops say from 20 to 15 etc but not really seeing it. Yesterday (Sun 25th Nov) I was out for most of the morning so could not test 2 hourly but when I did it was much higher than I would of expected. Thoughts? Resistance? Not working at all?? Bad batch??! Not sure!!

Also given that I can check and then dose, if he is high should I give him another dose of Humalog in an attempt to bring him back down to "normal"?

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Old 11-26-2012, 04:51 AM
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Geoff, I don't have any advice for you but do admire your positive outlook and persistance - says a lot about how well cared for Bailey is! Holli
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Hi Geoff, I had some questions.

Date Time mmol mg/l comments
18-Nov 8:19am 23.8 Fasting (Started Humalog) 0.5 IU 428.4
18-Nov 9:06am 29.2 525.6
18-Nov 11:12am 28.3 509.4
18-Nov 12:06pm 22.4 403.2
18-Nov 1:06pm 21.5 387
18-Nov 2:03pm 17.9 322.2
18-Nov 4:00pm 16.7 300.6
18-Nov 6:04pm 14.2 255.6
18-Nov 7:43pm 13.5 243
18-Nov 10:00pm 18.7 336.6
When did Bailey get his evening meal and was the humalog dose given with the meal?


19-Nov 4:19pm 15.7 282.6 Raised to 1 IU
19-Nov 6:12pm 16.8 302.4
19-Nov 7:56pm 15.6 Fasting 280.8
19-Nov 10:04pm 21.7 390.6
Here it look as though you gave the 4:19 humalog as a correction, but without food. Did he get any Humalog with the meal?

20-Nov 8:20pm 25.8 464.4
20-Nov 10:26pm 20.4 367.2

22-Nov 10:06pm 12.4 223.2
22-Nov 10:40pm 18.4 331.2
22-Nov 11:17pm 18.6 334.8

23-Nov 6:22pm 10.2 183.6
23-Nov 10:31pm 19.8 356.4

25-Nov 8:12am 16.8 Fasting 302.4
25-Nov 11:41am 30.8 554.4I wonder if this is one of those times when he went longer then 12 hours past his last injection and that is also reflected in this high number
25-Nov 1:01pm 22.8 410.4
25-Nov 2:03pm 21 378
25-Nov 4:15pm 12.8 230.4
25-Nov 6:15pm 12.6 226.8
25-Nov 8:07pm 11.3 Fasting 203.4
25-Nov 10:08pm 18.3 329.4
25-Nov 11:17pm 23.4 421.2
Assuming the humalog was given with the meal it looks like the food rise is out lasting it
26-Nov 7:09pm 18.8 Fasting Fed at 8pm 338.4
26-Nov 9:09pm 27.3 491.4
26-Nov 10:27pm 29.6 so going up not coming down!I see this with Ruby as the food rise can last as long as 6 hrs. with her so once the humalog wears off she starts to go back up again.

Don't get discouraged, I see the humalog working. I think you are just working with an insulin that you haven't gotten familiar with yet. I think the humalog is working for about 3 hrs. and when it is gone the food rise is still there so the bgs start to climb again.

There are a lot of approaches you can take to help with this depending on how much flexibility you have in your schedule.....which I know isn't a lot.

*You could increase the humalog, but I would go slowly and do small increases if you choose this route. What you don't want to run into is having a big disparity between when the humalog is working and when it wears out. For instance, you don't want to drive him down to a 90 to have him jump back up to a 300 as soon as the humalog wears out.

* You could increase the protophane to bring the fastings down just a bit more. It looks like his lowest number was the 183 which leaves you a nice cushion. I would only increase by 1/4 and I wouldn't change anything else until that change was evaluated say in 5 days. The nice thing about his trend is his nadir is happening at his fasting so it is more convenient to catch lows.

* the approach I am favoring now and which is working for my dog is giving the basal insulin 2hrs early. It takes a little time to go to work, can then clear some of her mid 200 fasting and then is more powerful when the food rise kicks in. I do still have to incorporate the fast acting with her meal but I am using less so I am not getting as much of the zig zag numbers mentioned above. There are three points at which I might give humalog: around 3pm to correct if her insulin is running out, with her meal if the 3pm humalog wasn't needed, after the 3pm humalog runs out to counter the remaing food rise. This last humalog dosing is trickier because it is dependant on how her food was absorbed and how potent the basal insulin is then, which remember was given early. Luckily Ruby's belly starts to grumble when her bgs are on the rise, so I can test and see based on how far past that last humalog dose and what the numbers are, what I should give her.

* another approach you may consider is feeding Bailey once daily. I switched to it for multiple reasons and it isn't without it's own kinks to work out. What I like about it is that the hoops this disease makes me jump through I only have to jump through once a day. I do the approach listed above at night when I am ordinarily home anyway and during the day she gets a reduced dose. Right now we are trying to see if I can give her a snack that she won't regurge (megaesophagus) so that I can increase her daytime dose to give her enough duration. In this case the food rise is a good thing as it doesn't take much food to get a good rise. With Bailey you could probably just give him a couple of biscuits laced with syrup and be good.

Hope I haven't thoroughly confused you!

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Old 11-26-2012, 07:33 AM
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i wouldn't say the numbers are getting worse maybe about the same some better some not

are you giving the fast acting everyday at shot time i did see humalog given early on the 19 or is this a normal time

it does look like it does have an affect on rise after eating thats probably the biggest problem and that what i would work on

i would stay consistent for now and give the fast acting at mealtime with the basal insulin he normally gets i would stick with the one unit and just test a few hours after shot the goal like you said is to reduce that rise

just a thought hand held meters can be quite a bit off at higher levels and some of the numbers do seem a bit out of place if you are giving the fast acting 1 unit at mealtime everyday

it is important when doing curves to give times and type of insulin given so there isnt any confusion

you would like to stay consistent with the dose for now as far as timing so the body has time to adjust

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:19 AM
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Is Humalog the only fast acting you have tried? We use Novolog for fast acting and I like it better because it is shorter acting, so it is very predictable that it won't interfere when the basal insulin Levemir starts to kick in. And it seems to have an effect on the bg's the rest of the day (generally lower). This is not scientific of course and wonder if anybody else has observed that or if it's just our experience? We only use it occasionally though, 1 unit, when bg is approaching 500 (at fasting) and a meal is going to be given. Our goal is to rely on the basal insulin as much as possible to carry us through the day and mostly it does unless it runs out before the 12th hour.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:45 PM
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Hi Geoff, I had some questions.

Date Time mmol mg/l comments
18-Nov 8:19am 23.8 Fasting (Started Humalog) 0.5 IU 428.4
18-Nov 9:06am 29.2 525.6
18-Nov 11:12am 28.3 509.4
18-Nov 12:06pm 22.4 403.2
18-Nov 1:06pm 21.5 387
18-Nov 2:03pm 17.9 322.2
18-Nov 4:00pm 16.7 300.6
18-Nov 6:04pm 14.2 255.6
18-Nov 7:43pm 13.5 243 Evening meal and both insulins given after(13Prot and 1IU Humlaog)
18-Nov 10:00pm 18.7 336.6
When did Bailey get his evening meal and was the humalog dose given with the meal?


19-Nov 4:19pm 15.7 282.6 Raised to 1 IU
Sorry, dose was raised in the morning to 1IU and given at morning mealtime.
I always (more or less!) feed Bailey at 8:00pm and my wife at 8:10am or so. I am giving 13 units of the Protaphane and 1 IU of the Humlaog at each meal-time


19-Nov 6:12pm 16.8 302.4
19-Nov 7:56pm 15.6 Fasting 280.8
19-Nov 10:04pm 21.7 390.6
Here it look as though you gave the 4:19 humalog as a correction, but without food. Did he get any Humalog with the meal?

20-Nov 8:20pm 25.8 464.4
20-Nov 10:26pm 20.4 367.2

22-Nov 10:06pm 12.4 223.2
22-Nov 10:40pm 18.4 331.2
22-Nov 11:17pm 18.6 334.8

23-Nov 6:22pm 10.2 183.6
23-Nov 10:31pm 19.8 356.4

25-Nov 8:12am 16.8 Fasting 302.4
25-Nov 11:41am 30.8 554.4I wonder if this is one of those times when he went longer then 12 hours past his last injection and that is also reflected in this high number

Shouldn't be as I feed him around 8pm, 8:05, 8:01: 8:07 etc but always around the same time.

25-Nov 1:01pm 22.8 410.4
25-Nov 2:03pm 21 378
25-Nov 4:15pm 12.8 230.4
25-Nov 6:15pm 12.6 226.8
25-Nov 8:07pm 11.3 Fasting 203.4
25-Nov 10:08pm 18.3 329.4
25-Nov 11:17pm 23.4 421.2
Assuming the humalog was given with the meal it looks like the food rise is out lasting it
26-Nov 7:09pm 18.8 Fasting Fed at 8pm 338.4
26-Nov 9:09pm 27.3 491.4
26-Nov 10:27pm 29.6 so going up not coming down!I see this with Ruby as the food rise can last as long as 6 hrs. with her so once the humalog wears off she starts to go back up again.

Don't get discouraged, I see the humalog working. I think you are just working with an insulin that you haven't gotten familiar with yet. I think the humalog is working for about 3 hrs. and when it is gone the food rise is still there so the bgs start to climb again.

There are a lot of approaches you can take to help with this depending on how much flexibility you have in your schedule.....which I know isn't a lot.

*You could increase the humalog, but I would go slowly and do small increases if you choose this route. What you don't want to run into is having a big disparity between when the humalog is working and when it wears out. For instance, you don't want to drive him down to a 90 to have him jump back up to a 300 as soon as the humalog wears out.

* You could increase the protophane to bring the fastings down just a bit more. It looks like his lowest number was the 183 which leaves you a nice cushion. I would only increase by 1/4 and I wouldn't change anything else until that change was evaluated say in 5 days. The nice thing about his trend is his nadir is happening at his fasting so it is more convenient to catch lows.

* the approach I am favoring now and which is working for my dog is giving the basal insulin 2hrs early. It takes a little time to go to work, can then clear some of her mid 200 fasting and then is more powerful when the food rise kicks in. I do still have to incorporate the fast acting with her meal but I am using less so I am not getting as much of the zig zag numbers mentioned above. There are three points at which I might give humalog: around 3pm to correct if her insulin is running out, with her meal if the 3pm humalog wasn't needed, after the 3pm humalog runs out to counter the remaing food rise. This last humalog dosing is trickier because it is dependant on how her food was absorbed and how potent the basal insulin is then, which remember was given early. Luckily Ruby's belly starts to grumble when her bgs are on the rise, so I can test and see based on how far past that last humalog dose and what the numbers are, what I should give her.

* another approach you may consider is feeding Bailey once daily. I switched to it for multiple reasons and it isn't without it's own kinks to work out. What I like about it is that the hoops this disease makes me jump through I only have to jump through once a day. I do the approach listed above at night when I am ordinarily home anyway and during the day she gets a reduced dose. Right now we are trying to see if I can give her a snack that she won't regurge (megaesophagus) so that I can increase her daytime dose to give her enough duration. In this case the food rise is a good thing as it doesn't take much food to get a good rise. With Bailey you could probably just give him a couple of biscuits laced with syrup and be good.

Hope I haven't thoroughly confused you!

Tara
A little confused yes but also less discouraged than I was last night so thank-you. I will increase his Basal insulin to 13.5 (very hard to do 1/4 with my needles although I now have some .3 syringes down from .5)

His food rise must be large and the Humlaog is having a hard time stopping it, I would of thought it would at least stabilize. That said, he has a sore eye at the moment so that always throws a spanner in the works. I was looking for a silver bullet with regards to bringing his spike down but so far missing the mark!

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Is Humalog the only fast acting you have tried? We use Novolog for fast acting and I like it better because it is shorter acting, so it is very predictable that it won't interfere when the basal insulin Levemir starts to kick in. And it seems to have an effect on the bg's the rest of the day (generally lower). This is not scientific of course and wonder if anybody else has observed that or if it's just our experience? We only use it occasionally though, 1 unit, when bg is approaching 500 (at fasting) and a meal is going to be given. Our goal is to rely on the basal insulin as much as possible to carry us through the day and mostly it does unless it runs out before the 12th hour.
Hello, yes Humalog is the only one I have tried. My diabetic friend here at work uses Novorapid and he is happy to give me a vial to try. It is similar I believe to Humlaog (different brand)
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