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Forgotton basal

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Lynz84, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Lynz84

    Lynz84 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys. I had am interview this morning and clean forgot to do my basal. Im on split dose levemir. Any idea what i do? Leave it til later and continue as normal??
     
  2. Colin of Kent

    Colin of Kent Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Kinda depends how late you are. You might consider doing a reduced basal dose now. In any case, test frequently (hourly?) to correct any highs with short-acting insulin.
     
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  3. scotteric

    scotteric Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've done this many times. Even on a split dose, there is a low level of Levemir still in your system for longer than 12 hours for most people (sometimes up to 24 hours) so you shouldn't be in too much danger. I just take Levemir soon as I realize I forgot the morning dose but reduce the dose by a few units depending on when I remember to take it. For example, if my usual dose is 10 units which lasts about 10-12 hours, I might take 6 units if I remember around noon. The duration is dose-dependent, so a smaller dose will not last as long. It takes 2-3 hours to ramp up to full strength though so you should take a small amount of rapid-acting insulin to cover the gap.
     
  4. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I did this the other day. Didn't do anything and left BG. It didn't get that high over an 8hr period....in fact only as high as the 8s, corrected that and then did normal basal at the usual time.
    I'd leave it which you probably have since you're interview was this morning
    Hope you're OK and the interview went well
     
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  5. SamJB

    SamJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've forgotten a few times. As basal is just slow-dissolving fast acting insulin, just top up with fast acting to keep your BGs steady until your next dose of basal.
     
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