At 8am while sitting in church I began to prepare for the bike ride I would be taking in two hours. Before mass I set my temp basal for six hours and cut back the amount going in down to nine percent. So for the next six hours rather than getting 0.8 units per hour I was getting 0.03. When I got back home a little after nine I grabbed a couple fig newtons and some water. I began the hour long process of getting ready to ride. I ate my snack, stretched, got dressed, watched a few Lance Armstrong motivational YouTube videos and was ready to go right at ten!! I'm OCD when it comes to being on time so I was very happy that I was right on schedule. Looking at my pump I was 163 so I setup my cycling app on the phone and off I went. I had no real route planned I just wanted to ride.
The bike ride went very well. The body felt amazing and my blood sugar gave me no problems at all. I rode close to thirty-one miles and drank around twenty ounces of powerade and ate four peanut butter crackers. The general rule for a cyclist is to have a dumb focus while riding, that way your focused on riding but at the same time your thoughts are keeping sane. During long rides the thoughts I have are all over the place. I often times will cry a bit while I ride. Today was one of those days. My shoulder felt sore and thats all my brain needed to go back to my surgery. With it being the first day of a new year my thoughts snowballed and went back to what if I didn't choose to fix my life. This went on for a good half hour, thoughts of holy crap I could be dead. What if I did die what would things be like. Would the people close to me be ok. All of this well going twenty miles an hour and cars whipping past me. A big hill quickly got rid of those thoughts, it was back to having to breathe correctly and getting over the hill. The rest of the ride my thoughts went to thoughts that were more pointless. Could the Broncos make the playoffs?
When I returned home just before twelve I was pissed to see that my pump read 140. I thought that cant be right I feel good but not 140 good. I'm feeling a little low, I have a ton of energy and after a ride that shouldn't be the case. I got off my shoes, helmet and gloves and then tested. I was 94, I felt good. I was pissed my pump lied to me but alls good. I gave myself six units knowing that my body had no insulin for four hours, if I gave myself enough to just cover the food I would be three hundred by two o'clock. I let the insulin go in before making my lunch. Lunch was the usual, a turkey sandwich, peanut butter crackers and yogurt.
Other than watching the broncos game my afternoon and early evening were very uneventful. My sugars stayed level during the game which was surprising because I was pumped up and pacing my buddies house. I returned home around seven thirty and saw my pump said I was 74. I felt like 50 so I grabbed some apple juice and threw my rigatoni and turkey in to the microwave. Now I know doctors and diabetes specialists wont like this but I gave myself two units. I know the juice will raise my sugar and that I'm going to eat so I need insulin so I'm not 300 before bed.
I just tested at 9:30pm and was 262, my pump read 190. I think I should have taken a little more with dinner. Not how I wanted to end my day!!! I will take a few units and get ready for bed.
For those of you who have looked at the donations page and were introduced to Pancreas I'll give you his story. After I did the tour of the bay in November the tour director gave him to me. He has been living on our bed ever since. My wife gave him his name. Every so often he will speak in his odd voice that my wife uses and will tell me that I need to eat or check my sugar. I'm a very stubborn man, if it came from my wife I'd get pissed and yell that I have the disease not her so how does she know what I need to do. Sounds fun huh. But for some reason when it comes from a stuffed animal I laugh and do what it says. Wow I'm weird!!! Have a great night and I hope you look forward to tomorrows crazy blog.
Average Blood Sugar-134
Units of Insulin-55.75
Pre Ride Weight-166.4 Post Ride Weight-165.2