Starting on Friday night and ending later this evening the weekend has been nothing short of amazing but one that was not planned. A lot of spontaneous events coupled with working each day made it that I had to really be in tune with my body. Yes I had some fun and more drinks than usual (I can still count the number of drinks I had all weekend on two hands) but keeping my blood sugar in range was the main priority. I can have fun when my blood sugar climbs out of range but not nearly as much as when it is in range. Why would I want to risk being out of range and not enjoying the people and good times. It doesn't make sense to me.
As usual what works for me will not work for everyone and this was my plan for the weekend. As always speak with a medical professional before adjusting any insulin rates or changing your diet. It is very simple but the key to success was testing my blood sugar, if a meal was delayed or I had to have a snack because dinner was scheduled for 8pm and not the usual 6pm. Nothing says I can't test, it is the easiest way to know what is going on with my body. As always I have been a little dehydrated this weekend and with that comes the feeling of a low blood sugar. If I just went off of how I felt my blood sugar would sky rocket and be out of range in no time!! A simple five second blood sugar test and I know what to do when it comes to food and insulin.
Food is the next key, having cookies, pie and s'mores readily available for consumption is great but can send blood sugar out of range quickly. It is tough but I use the dessert as a reward, if my blood sugars didn't stay in range I wouldn't have enjoyed my first s'more in more than ten years!! It is a small reward but dessert tastes so much better when it is earned. Obviously covering any dessert or meal with insulin is important, this weekend my timing has been perfect when it comes to food and insulin. I like to take my insulin twenty minutes before a meal, this weekend I was able to do so without any problems.
After a great diabetes fourth of July weekend I feel rejuvenated. Much like getting a PR in a race, a holiday weekend with blood sugars that were nearly perfect have brought me to a new diabetes confidence level. I'm sure that the diabetes gods will dislike this post and I will have a day of blood sugars that are out of range but I'm going to enjoy the last hours of the weekend and smile because of how perfect the weekend was.