After a very close game I had ten minutes to test my blood sugar and have a small snack before the varsity game began. After a post game speech I headed over to my bag of diabetes goodies and tested my blood sugar, my machine flashes a screen once the blood is applied, at this screen I can set when I'm taking the blood sugar, either pre meal, post meal or none. The best part is if I don't choose an option that screen will stay up unless my blood sugar is above 200 or below 70. I often sit and wait the five seconds, if a number doesn't pop that means my blood sugar is in range. Sitting on the bench I played the waiting game but unfortunately the number appeared and it was at 240. I stomped my foot and took three units of insulin to cover my snack, the best part of my tirade was that one of my athletes asked what was wrong, he got a quick five minute diabetes lesson, these lessons always make my night. it is great when an athlete shows a real interest in my diabetes.
After the varsity game I played the blood sugar game on the bus. Sitting in the dark I sat nervously hoping that I didn't see a number after five seconds. After talking to the coaches for five minutes I realized that I never heard my machine beep, I was all giddy as I started my machine up to see what my blood sugar was, when I saw the number 85 I did a Tiger fist pump and felt good. Tonight was not perfect but I have a much better feel for my diabetes this year than I eve had as a coach. I still have some work to do but will sleep well knowing that I'm improving.