I started with OpenAPS Thursday night. I gave the system a bit of a workout over the weekend. Let’s take a look first at what I considered a ‘good week’.
These are the 7 days leading up to the weekend. I had my endo (diabetes doctor) appointment on Tuesday with some adjustments, it turned out to be an outstanding week.
Now, before I get into the numbers for OpenAPS, I have to explain a couple of things. 1) Weekends are realllllly hard for diabetics. Inconsistent meal times, meals out mean higher fat, which, in turn, makes it harder to cover food with the right amount of insulin. In addition to this, there are differences in activity, so that also makes it harder to manage. Anyway, my weekend consisted of Thai food, apple picking, pizza, and Chinese food. These foods are notoriously hard for diabetics to cover properly. Well, take a look:
My percentage in range is higher for my ‘rough weekend’ than what I had thought an ‘outstanding week’ looked like before. I’m going to end up making some additional adjustments to how things are working for me, but this is VERY promising. I look forward to continued success with the system :).
- Lows don’t bottom out like they used to. A very small carb correction gets me back to where I need to be. I’m sure this is due to the fact that basal (base-line insulin) is suspended for low blood sugars
- Highs don’t get as high. For the same reason that lows don’t get as low. Basal insulin changed based on your blood sugar, making boluses pack a bigger punch which leads to:
- Some of my insulin to carb ratios (ratio used to determine how much insulin to give yourself based on food consumed) have likely been serving multiple purposes. Covering both ‘short-term’ and ‘long-term’ carbs. OpenAPS does a reasonable job covering the longer term carbs. I still need to experiment with this a little.