The high intensity and the stress I put myself through does a number on my diabetes. Yesterday I tried something new, I took five units of insulin an hour before the game. I was nervous that the insulin I took would give me a unnecessary low at halftime but I was banking on the stress to raise my blood sugar during the game. For most of the first half my blood sugar was hovering around the 200 mark, I will take that for every game that we have this year. It helped that the team played great and that I could relax just a little bit. A tough ending would add more stress and do a number on me emotionally, my blood sugar jumped a little bit but nothing to crazy. With twenty minutes before the varsity game I decided not to eat, I figured I would have my dinner after the game. I did not take any insulin for a 214 blood sugar just before the tip, sitting on the bench and having less stress I figured taking any insulin would be a bad idea. I'm glad I didn't take a shot before the game, as the game ended and the gym emptied my blood sugar was at 58 as I sat in the locker room going over the games with the other coaches. A Gatorade and some Skittles (thank Leanne for the emergency low blood sugar helper before the JV game) would allow me to get my blood sugar up before heading home.
I learned a lot last night as a coach and as a diabetic. I will be packing a lunch for every game that we have, not eating between games isn't the best decision. I'm still learning about myself as a diabetic when I coach, the situation will not be the same for every game. I hate to admit it but I think every game is going to be a shot in the dark when it comes to my diabetes. Having the CGM will be great, I will learn from each game and hope to have a set plan of attack before the holidays.