Diabetes Blog Week 2014: Changing the World

Diabetes Blog Week 2014

The prompt: Today’s topic is Change the World.  (Thanks, Kim of Texting my Pancreas for the topic.)

I ran my first 5k yesterday, thinking it might be an interesting challenge.

I’ve never been much of a runner. So I downloaded a couch-to-5k runner app and started training the next day. I registered for a local race (Denver’s Adelante! 5k). Then I recruited a few running pals to run with once a week. The other days I ran on my own. In time, I looked forward to the trainings as a way to spend time with people I don’t see often enough or just zone out and listen to music.

With 7 weeks of training under my belt, I was feeling reasonably prepared on the day of the race. I ate an apple, drank some water, and stashed a juice box in my jacket pocket, just in case. My family came with me to cheer me on (it being Mothers’ Day, what choice had they?). I ran most of the way. And since I wasn’t running for any particular time, I was happy to complete the course in 36:12.

Of course, the numbers I care more about are the ones on my meter. And I was less happy with those yesterday. Given that I’d been testing and adjusting for weeks to determine a sensible strategy for the run, I was surprised and vexed by my body’s response. Here’s what the day looked like in diabetes terms:

7:15 Test: 89mg/DL
8:15 Test: 81mg/DL
Eat apple (skip bolus) Preventively, to avoid mid-race low.
8:45 Decrease basal rate by 20% Again, preventively.
9:00 Run (mostly) for 36 min.
9:55 Test: 176mg/DL Woah…
Check site (it’s fine).
Bolus 2.5 units Hope that’s not too aggressive.
Hydrate.
10:10 Test: 172mg/DL Really?
Ponder test strip inaccuracy.
Verify recent changes to pump settings.
Second-guess skipping the apple bolus.
Second-guess the 20% basal decrease.
10:20 Test: 164mg/DL Still?
Bolus 1 more unit.
Head home.
Change site.
Spot a few air bubbles in line. Maybe?
Open new vial of insulin. It’s time anyway.
Continue to bolus against a stubborn high for most of the day. Sheesh.

It’s difficult to convey the squirrely nature of diabetes to people who don’t live with it every day. The best-laid plans often deliver uncertain results. And yet, my first 5k was rewarding and fun. Diabetes didn’t spoil it. I may not know for sure what was going on yesterday, but I know I’ll apply what I learned to my next 5k. In general, this is how I try to approach to diabetes.

So, what do I advocate for? Continuous improvement.

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3 Responses to Diabetes Blog Week 2014: Changing the World

  1. Kelley says:

    Congrats on your first 5k!! I started with the Couch to 5k program too and within a year I was running a half marathon! It takes time to figure out how to adjust your regime before and during a run but with repetition, you will figure it out. Keep up the running!

  2. Erin says:

    Congrats on your 5K!

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