Monday, July 13, 2009

The Hassles of Diabetes

Sometimes diabetes can be filled with good hassles. For example:

Exercise - Whether I exercise for 30 minutes or 6 hours (like I did Saturday), controlling BG afterward, can be a hassle. I haven't been above 120 since...Thursday? I've suspended my pump 4 times in the last 4 days. How have I been treating the lows? Orange juice and granola bars.

Lows (hypoglycemia) - As mentioned above, when working out and suddenly see the dreaded, "spots", I know to stop, test, and treat. Whenever and wherever I exercise, I make sure I have juice and bars at the ready. I also carry Sport Beans for emergencies.

Insulin - When constantly exercising, insulin usage becomes a guessing game. I don't dare suspend my pump for a long time (longer than 1 hour), so I generally set a temp basal rate. Now add food to the equation and...well you get the picture.

Well, sorry for the short post, but off to exercise land... :D

2 comments:

Scott K. Johnson said...

I hear you man! It is a total guessing game, just like you say.

Sounds like your next A1C will be pretty darn fantastic though! :-)

Tim said...

After going out on the bike, my simple method is to halve my insulin intake until my legs stop aching. Simple but effective!