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[IPp] Re: testing in cold weather
> How do skiers handle testing outside in cold
> weather? I sent Lauren off today with pockets filled with airheads and
> Gu, but no meter. I doubt she would take the time to come all the way
> back to test everytime she should. I trust that she'll treat a low while
> skiing if she feels it, but I'd like to know how her blood sugar is doing
> to see how to adjust her basals. Even just playing outside, sometimes
> she is too far from a warm enough place to test when she needs to. Any
Since moving to BC last winter, we have been skiing regularly as a
family, as we live very close to a major ski mountain. The strips can be
damaged by cold weather, so I keep them in my ski pants pocket. (I did phone
Lifescan and ask exactly what temperature they can withstand, but the rep
wouldn't give a number). The meter I might also put in my pants pocket if it
is quite cold, or else in my jacket pocket with the lancing device. It needs
to warm up a bit before use. This is when I am with Claire. If she goes off
with her father, who is a much better skier than I am, he takes her stuff and
I hope for the best!!
We usually go inside to test. I have never attempted to have her test
on the chairlift, as I think some adults do. I'm sure something would fall.
I think that last year she tested outside on occasion, if her fingers were
quite warm inside her mitts it wasn't a problem. I have found that skiing
does not send her low, as tobogganing does. More often she goes high, I
think it must be something to do with the adrenalin rush from going down
those hills. But because our snow was so late this year, we have only been 4
times so far. We are not early birds, so its just been for a few hours in
the afternoon. I am hoping that this winter, being on Novolog, her skiing
numbers will be a bit more stable than last season.
I hope Lauren has lots of fun in the snow!
Barbara, Mum of Claire 8
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