I don't want to SCARE you guys...but I think I may do a post of mostly pictures and few words. Yes, I am feeling OK. Nope, I don't have a fever. My fingers are lively and dancing across the keyboard. I was just thinking after viewing all the pictures I have of Joe...MAN this kid IS "BALLS TO THE WALL" all the time. For you "non-D folks"...I want you to take in how these photos look like Joe is just a "KID BEING A KID". What you don't know is that all of the below activities require special monitoring, planning, and care... I know, welcome to CRAZY TOWN (in "let me take you to Funky Town" - like music playing in the recesses of my twisted brain)!!!
Now, without further delay...
The many ACTIVE reasons that make for a LOW JOE (mind you this is only "active reasons"...not sickness... poor carb counting ... wrong insulin dosing... stars and moons being out of alignment reasons...that too can make Joe GO LOW)...
(Hula-Hooping Joe... look at the "determination" in that face)
(Up-To-No-Good Joe...this is in the remenants of our backyard ice rink)
(Dirt Pit Joe ... yes, this is in our backyard... and yes, Joe and his pump become a filthy dust spattered mess... I have to use a baby tooth brush to clean all the cracks and crevices of our Animas Ping Insulin Pump)
(Jousting Joe? Not sure what the heck this is called...but it too can make him go LOW while he is pummeling his opponent)
(Don't ask, b/c not even I know...prior to this pic he was skateboarding with the cones on his hands and feet)
For more information on Low Blood sugar click here.
The planning for all of the above activities includes frequent blood sugar monitoring and extra food/carb sources. Blood sugar checks are done every 30 minutes with hockey and soccer...otherwise we check Joe's blood sugar every hour while he is active. "Dexter" has lightened the load on this front. If his CGM numbers are running "right on" with blood sugar numbers, I will skip a blood sugar check and take a peak at "Dexter" (click here to read about one of my favorite posts about "Dexter" our CGM) and "boost" Joe's blood sugar accordingly. Woodchuck #2 is always on my person ready for ACTION stocked with the glucometer, Glucagon, Ketone Meter, syringes, and glucose tablets and Starbursts. The hardest part for Joe is taking a "break" from his activity of choice to care for his diabetes...for the most part he handles it with GRACE.
Again...A day-in-the-life... it never ends... balancing blood sugars, activities, food, and insulin day-in and day-out... This is where the "details of the mundane can drive you INSANE."