As the weather very slowly starts to change in southern New England my blood sugars are changing as well. Starting tomorrow I will be on my spring schedule when it comes to my basal rates and work. That means more lows than I would like over the next two weeks. At work I will be going from walking three miles a day up to ten in the coming weeks and maxing out at fifteen to twenty miles a day while working in the summer. Even with changes to my basal rates it is not clear what I will be doing at work day in and day out. I could be walking all day or I could be sitting on a machine, I don't know what I'm doing until that morning.
With that comes a crazy blood sugar ride. It takes a good two weeks to get everything dialed in, from basal rates to how much insulin to take at break and meals. I experience a lot of lows while working, that is a given I can change basal rates and eat correctly but I will still be low at least twice a day. The important thing is handling those lows, I need to put the right food in so I'm not low thirty minutes later and also need food that is healthy and fits my diet.
My goal this season is to eliminate all sugary beverages, no more using Gatorade or regular soda to fix a low. My plan is to try and use natural fruit juice, apple sauce packets, honey and GU for lows. Those foods fit in to my diet and for the most part are healthy. The key will be eating before I go low, I'm low at the same time so if I have a small snack at 10 before my 11am low I should avoid the low.
I'm not sure what this year will bring but I'm very happy that I'm trying my best to solve the problem before it gets out of control. Low blood sugars take away from how well I do my job, I want to do more at work and better blood sugars will give me that ability.