My question is: How many of you tweak your basal rates on your own without your endo's permission or instruction?
Here is why I'm asking...
I started my diabetes journey with an A1C of 10.8. My best was 7.2, but now I'm back up to 7.4. I was EXTREMELY frustrated at my last appointment, which was about a week ago, but most of all disappointed in myself. I honestly thought I was doing better than that and to find out that I wasn't made me feel like all of my hard work wasn't worth it. I know 7.4 isn't bad, but it's not as good as I want it to be.
I've been trying to "reprogram" my brain so that lows don't feel low. I'm not saying I ignore extreme lows, but unless I'm lower than 75, I'm not going to fix it. I have a CGM, so I know if I'm dropping. Also, for about the past month and a half, I have been doing manual boluses for after meal highs. I don't know how else to bring them down and I'm NOT ok with staying high until my next meal! I really think that my basal rates are really messed up.
I talked to my doctor's office today, and she told me to stop doing manual boluses after meals. I know that she needs to see how I react to meal boluses and basal rates, but I seriously feel that if I don't correct them manually, my A1C is going to get even higher. My goal for my next appointment (Feb.1st) is 7.0. I know that I have my whole life to master this disease, but I want to be in control of my health and by doing this, I feel like I'm letting go a little too much.
I feel like if I could only make minor changes in my basal rate every now and then, life would be so much better. After all, I'M the one living with this and only I know what I feel like every day!
What do you do, or what would you do?