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Lantus and vacation ideas

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Sari, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Sari

    Sari Approved members

    May 19, 2006
    So when we go away on vacation we try taking Ross off the pump for his basals and do Lantus for long acting insulin and bolus with the pump. (recommended by the Dr the first time we ever did a vacation like this) Generally he tends to run very high when we do this. His Total daily dosage is 8.45U Even if I give him 9U of LAntus he still runs high.

    Do any of you experts out there have any ideas for me as to what you do? We will be in the water most of the day which is why we want to do Lantus. If we just do the pump and let his activity level keep him in check for the day he skyrockets the second half of the day.

    It's almost like a no win situation.
    thanks in advance for the suggestions!
  2. Christopher

    Christopher Approved members

    Nov 20, 2007
    Not really expert advice here but if 9 units of lantus is not enough in your experience, then try a higher dosage until you figure out what works.
  3. MomofSweetOne

    MomofSweetOne Approved members

    Aug 28, 2011
    If you don't want to bother with Lantus, you could rehook up on the pump each hour and bolus his basal each hour (or 1/2 basal if he's active in the water and carb as needed), you'll avoid the highs later. We've never done it for more than 3 hours, though, but it could be done...just a hassle to keep track of when it's needed.
  4. Shopgirl2091

    Shopgirl2091 Approved members

    Mar 16, 2013
    I would second Christopher and up the Lantus - you could always do it just one or two units at a time to see what helps.
  5. Mom264

    Mom264 Approved members

    Mar 17, 2009
    When we use Lantus to cover basal I try to start the Lantus 4 or 5 days early. Those first few days I also find her numbers run high and need
    correction boluses. But after a few days the Lantus seems to settle in.
  6. Amy C.

    Amy C. Approved members

    Oct 22, 2005
    Seeing all the issues with switching to Lantus, I was going to suggest this. I know when you go from Lantus to the pump, you start the basal low due to the Lantus being in the system and then build up, so why not do the opposite when you know you will be on Lantus?
  7. tammy82

    tammy82 Approved members

    Oct 23, 2006
    I might have to try this also for our next vacation in a few weeks. We just got back a few days ago from a beach vacation and had my daughter off the pump for hours at a time. She definitely went high for hours afterwards and want to avoid that this time.
  8. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Nov 17, 2005
    It takes us a good 5-6 days to get things hammered out, and sometimes longer. We find that Levimere doesn't work the 24 hours for us so we hook up again around 8pm and do a out 30% of what her normal basal would be. Unhook again around 8:30am and then give shot.

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