Tag - basal

Sick day rules: A how not to guide

After New Year I noticed I’d become ill as a result of my blood sugars rocketing to above 17 mmol/l in the space of a few hours.

When I saw the number I thought what on Earth caused this? I thought that maybe it could be a virus but I’d need more than one reading to be sure so I gave myself a generous correction dose and waited until the next test to see if the sugars were still higher than they should be.

Sure enough the next test came in at 10 mmols/l and as I was starting to feel the symptoms of an illness I was fairly happy that I had indeed caught a small virus.

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I’ve lost my long-acting insulin pen, what do I do?

This was the position I found myself in on Friday night. A good night out but somewhere along the line of the evening my insulin pen had gone missing.

Luckily I have a spare pen, unluckily it was safely tucked away in another location.

It’s a bit of a pain that certain insulins don’t work in certain pens or I could have got through the weekend by using one pen for two insulins. I was able to speak to the out of hours doctor who was very helpful and informed that I’d be able to visit the hospital’s ‘walk-in-centre’. However, the nearest hospital was sufficiently far away not to be accessible for me -or at least not without an expensive taxi ride.

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