Re: [IP] my war with my body
You may have to work even closer with your doctor and document exactly how
the activity affects you (i.e. how much exercise, what you had to eat
beforehand, etc.) Setting a temp basal rate could help. But the best
advice I've ever received from a doctor is to just always 'walk with food.'
Staying with a high bg as a precaution is a good idea, once in a while, but
if you do it often, it will likely end the same every time. I bike almost
every day, and my blood sugars plummet, but instead of having water in my
bike's bottle holder, I have gatorade, and it keeps me relatively stable.
That way, I actually get the positive effects of exercise (like INCREASED
energy!) But my body just might not be as sensitive to insulin as yours.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Miki Tracey" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 12:33 PM
Subject: [IP] my war with my body
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> Before i begin my rant, i'd like to beg those of you
> who feel i'm whining or otherwise just think i should
> grow up to simply erase this email. I get insulted
> almost every time i post to this list, and to be
> honest, i don't need it. Not when i'm trying to keep
> from dying.
> <RANT ON>
> Ok. So i buckled down and found a way to maintain
> better control. in two months i've dropped a point
> from my a1c. However doing so has revealed basal rate
> and other issues. One of them keeps trying to kill me.
> I exercise slightly irregularly. (well, regularly AND
> irregularly) Every month or two in the summer i go on
> a retreat at which i exercise simply by being there,
> and walking up the hill to the bathroom, and over to
> the volleyball court, and up the hill to the pool. I
> try to maintain a slightly higher sugar because of it.
> But even though i carried a 200 all day as soon as i
> tried to bring it down, i crashed. And honestly, my
> friends really don't need this. Not to mention
> whatever long term effects constant diabetic comas
> cause to my body.
> I'm tired of crashing.
> I'm tired of seeing my boyfriend's face when i wake up
> soaked and freezing in the hallway wearing an oxygen
> mask and an IV. I'm tired of scaring people, keeping
> them up because they're trying to make sure i wake up,
> and realizing that again, i could have died. I'm tired
> of being the example held up by those men who "don't
> want the caretaker part" about which somebody else was
> ranting last month.
> The absolute only thing i could have done different
> would have been get up, go up the hill to where i'd
> left my meter and test at bedtime. And if my sugar had
> been over 100, since it was 203 at 8pm it could have
> been, then what?
> </RANT OFF>
> I'm past the upset period where i'm grasping for what i
> can do, thankfully, this post last night would have
> been far less coherent. But I need options. the
> exercise isn't going away, the trips aren't going away,
> my basal rates are 100% better (though i don't think
> they're 100% right yet) and i'm eating right...
> So what's left? I spose i could have had fudge
> saturday night, but i passed on it because i'm trying
> to eat right, and because of another disease i have
> that makes eating anything i didn't make slightly
> dangerous. i ate light yoghurt for desert. RIGHT
> before bed. All of my meals were slightly oversized,
> and i took a sum total of six units of isulin as
> boluses all day. (i usually take 12-14)
> So again, what's left?
> Does anybody do high exercise weekend trips? How do
> you keep from crashing?
> Miki Tracey
> email @ redacted
> He's a shy gay sorceror on the run. She's a tortured
> junkie mermaid living on borrowed time. They fight
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