Saturday, February 12, 2011
Hockey, Nordic Skiing, And An All You Can Eat Chinese Buffet
Well, fuck-stix (and "no" I don't know what a "fuck-stick" is...I just use the word sometimes...and actually, now that I typed it, I am afraid that some definitions are coming to mind and eww)!
Of course, he wants to skate.
It is 6pm. He only played hockey for over two hours this morning. He only cross country skied for another 2 hours, or so. And. He just ate at an all you can eat Chinese Buffet for the love of God!
Yep...Let him skate (in "let him eat cake" kind of exuberant, exasperated mom-like voice)!!!!!
A snippet of our day via blood glucose levels, carbs, and activity is as follows:
5:17 am: BG 160 (Dexter is smooth at 151) ~ Joe wakes.
8:22 am: BG 156 (Dexter is smooth at a 160) ~ Holy "Great Basals Batman!" Joe eats a 32 carb gram breakfast of Honey Nut Cheerios (22 carb grams), 1/2 cup of milk (6 carb grams), and 2 Gummi Vitamins (4 carb grams). Do you find that even the vitamins taken into consideration in the carb counts is a little disturbing?
9:11 am: BG 323 (No Dexter...Joe hates the "feel" of Dexter in his hockey pants) ~ "Go to hell Breakfast spike...oh wait, please stay...I love you...you are a decent number for Joe to go into F-O-U-R hockey games with...MUAH...Muah...muah!" I do nothing with this number as Joe will skater 'er down. I did decrease his basal by 50% for 2 hours starting NOW.
10:14 am: BG 234 ~ End of game #1. I do nothing.
10:45 am: BG 148 ~ End of game #2. I do something...I pelt him with a Lindt truffle (5g) and a glucose tab (4g)
11:21 am: BG 86 ~ End of game #3. Ok, one more Lindt and a glucose tablet coming at you "Mother Bird Style Joe!"
11:57 am: BG 156 ~End of game #4. Joe thought he was low. I think he was just tired.
12:18 pm: BG 193 (Dexter is diagonal up at a 173) ~ Pre-lunch. We are now planning on going to a Winter Extravaganza organized by the PTO at Joe's school. There will be sledding, nordic skiing, fort building, snow shoeing, snow soccer, etc at this event. We decided to feed Joe the ... dunh..dunhhhh...dunnnnnnhhhh....the dreaded "blood sugar buster" Costco Pre-assembled Hamburger (37 carb grams). This little fucker causes Joe to hit the 300s about 2 hours after it hits his gullet. Dave and I thought this "bad boy" would help us "power through". A 50% basal reduction is initiated for four hours of duration for the Winter Extravaganza.
2:40 pm: BG 121 (Dexter is 151 double downing)~ After a good 40 minutes of Nordic skiing. 12 grams of fast acting carb is given. "Dexter" is still "double downing" (this means a rapid blood sugar drop) on us. I proceed as a full service beverage station (down to the holding of the beverage to his lips as he skis) and follow Joe around the course allowing him to sip freely on 50 carb grams worth of hot cocoa. Joe skied up hills. Joe skied down hills. Joe traversed the field several times. Joe looked like a human pretzel as he tried to climb snow boulders wearing the skis. Joe has a new "activity" to add to his repertoire.
(eyes rolling into the back of my head viewing gray matter as my fingers tap on the keyboard here)
4:04 pm: BG 196 (Dexter is 180 with a diagonal up)~ Let's just throw a Chinese Buffet in the mix for shits and giggles at this point. Ah ... yeah, we took him to an all you can eat Chinese Buffet people. Seriously, who in their right mind does this nonsense? He ate meat-like products, crab legs, butter, oranges, and a small ice cream cone. I cannot remember what I bolused him for here. There was a 50%/50% combo over 2 hours "going down" for the ice cream. Oh and I also bolused for an extra 25grams of carb for the hot cocoa given over the previous hour during Joe's ski expedition (I have found that I need to compensate, after the fact, for a portion of the free carbs given during an activity...this took me awhile to figure out).
5:34 pm: BG 89 (Dexter is smooth at a 102)~ Joe wants to lay the "smack down" on his mama on the rink. OK, combo bolus is now being cancelled. 12 grams of "free" carb is given.
6 pm: BG 100 ~ Oh...I.HOPE.THIS.GOES.WELL. I have never had Joe skate after a Chinese Buffet, as he has never had a Chinese Buffet!
6:37 pm: BG 64 (Dexter is 80 with a diagonal down) ~ Joe is laying on the ice, just for a couple of minutes though. After 16 grams of glucose tabs he is stick handling to victory...with Bridget as his team-mate.
7:08 pm: BG 125 ~ Night Joe! For as hard as Joe plays, he sleeps equally with as much vigor!
9:12 pm: BG 151 (Dexter with a 171 diagonal up) ~ A correction is given and I bolus for half of the carbs given on the backyard rink, essentially 8 grams are covered.
A great day indeed!!!
I am now on my knees praying to the Blood Sugar GODs Of The Night for euglycemic bliss.
A day-in-the-life of our day-in-the-life with Joe, who happens to have type 1 diabetes.