The doc was an intern,,,,,and I was a new diabetic at the time so,,,,,can you say the blind leading the blind?
I consider myself fortunate to have been diagnosed by an intern who didn't know anything about insulin management (this was back in the 80's) because the only thing he could do was confess that he was ignorant, suggest that I test a-l-l the time and log my results, and occasionally run things by a diabetes "specialist" (it was unusual for diabetics to have endos back then), and we ended up learning a lot more together than if he had been a little more experienced and dogmatic.
In fact, it became patently obvious that carb counting, correction shots and many injections per day was the best way to achieve control, despite the fact that mainstream Diabetesville was still injecting twice a day and trying hard to stick to a rigid diet plan. Years later it was announced that a whole new way of treating type 1 diabetes, called Multiple Daily Injections
, was being touted as having better results than conventional treatment. My jaw dropped at the incredible lethargy of the medical community, and, aside from the doctor who diagnosed me, I've scoffed at doctors ever since, and don't take their word for anything.
The thing about diabetes, and type 1 in particular, is that we are not only in a position to educate and treat ourselves, but that it is obligatory for us to do so in order to achieve good health, since the medical community falls short (far short) in that responsibility. If I had followed my various doctors' advice for managing diabetes, I'm pretty sure I'd be on dialysis by now. I was just plain lucky to have been diagnosed by one of the very few doctors on the planet who could admit that he didn't know it all.
As far as splitting your basal dose and which insulin to use, YOU should be the one to make those decisions. Before pumping, I was on Lantus, and split it all by my lonesome without killing myself. No big deal. Aside from providing better coverage (Lantus is only a 24-hour insulin for some
people) and smoothing out the "allegedly" non-existent peaks, it provides greater freedom, as I think someone mentioned, since you don't have to wait a whole day to change your dose for exercise, alcohol, hormones or whatever else would cause you to need a change. If you want to try Levemir instead, try it! Lots of people have much better success with Levemir than Lantus, and if your doctor refuses to allow that, find another doc, as so many of us have done when running into a brick wall like that. Anyway, good luck finding what works.... may it be sooner rather than later!