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Oh man, how I wish managing Joe's diabetes only entailed some Gatorade.
Joe attended another hockey camp today. It runs all week. He is on the ice from 9am to 11am and then again from 1pm to 4pm. The camp is named "Battle Camp". Nice.
Fortunately, I learned a few things about Joe's diabetes and it's response to the intense activity of hockey camp a few weeks ago. I learned how much to decrease his basal by, about how many free carbs he needs trickled in pre-camp and during camp. I learned how little his insulin needs would be for lunch.
Here was my plan:
Here was my plan (the readable version):
CAMPER: Joe Maher Age: 10
Mother: Reyna Maher (802)598-XXXX Father: Dave Maher (802) 598-XXXX
What is Type 1 Diabetes: It is an autoimmune disease in which a person's own body (white blood cells) attack the insulin producing cells (beta cells) in the pancreas. Due to the subsequent lack of insulin, the body's cells are unable to use sugars for fuel.
Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes: Joe uses an insulin pump as an insulin source.
Plan for Camp:
- Joe must carry his diabetes bag with him everywhere during his day. The bag contains a glucometer, SUGAR, and a phone.
- My husband or I will come by between 10 and 10:30 to check Joe's blood sugar.
- Joe will need to check a blood sugar and call me prior to snack time and/or lunch time (the phone is in his diabetes bag for this purpose)
- My husband or I will come by between 2 and 2:30 to check Joe's blood sugar.
- If you notice these signs (or anything out of the ordinary), please have Joe check his blood sugar and then have him call me.
- If Joe will not check a blood sugar, have him eat three sugar tablets (located in his diabetes bag) and call me.
So, here is how it went. I fed him a 30 CHO gram breakfast and only bloused him for 15 CHO (1.5 units of insulin). I then decreased his basal by 50% for 8 hours (the length of the camp). During the day Joe drank a couple of G2s for "free". I still have no idea when he chugs those. There was not a "snack time." He had only one time during the day to eat. Lunch was at noon. He received only 2.5 units of insulin to cover 120 grams of carbohydrate (CrAzY...his usual lunch ratio is a 1:18).
The numbers went like this, the BEST ever:
4:49pm 336 I was a little bummed out about that one. Did a half of a correction dose. Dont' know the outcome of that yet.
A day-in-the-life of some hard earned euglycemia.