I’m only in my first week of using insulin, so bear with me. It has been a roller coaster. I didn’t get very good or clear cut instructions from my pcp, just directions on how much insulin to take before each meal. She started me on a very low dose because I don’t generally eat carb laden things (I’m still pretty carb-shy because prior to finding out I’m type 1 everyone said I was type 2, so I was sticking to a Keto diet to address it, and now I’m stuggling to not fear carbs haha). So until I see her again I’ve talked to a family member who is a diabetes counselor. She warned me against injecting after eating to correct high blood sugar, which is happening because now I AM starting to include more carbs in meals. I don’t know what the “formula” is for how much insulin to use per serving of carbs. I understand it is different for everyone?
So, I’m wondering if I need to just let my blood sugar be high (doesn’t usually pass 300 but it can get close, like 260) until I eat next and then inject more to address it? Or should I inject in between meals to bring it down? Drink more water?.. I don’t know What does it really mean to have high bs? Am I injuring my body if I let it be higg for a few hours?
I was instructed to test 2 hr after eating - having been informed that there is “insulin on board” for at least 4 hours after injection- to get the most accurate reading. Then based on that number, if it’s low have a snack because insulin will continue to lower it, or if it’s high… I don’t know. Check at 4 hr marker and see where it is and if it’s still too high, then what?