Tuesday, June 19, 2007

It's all good, right?

The last few days have been mostly good.

1. Met with the running group on Saturday morning. The run was cancelled due to lightening. But as I chatted with a woman about how fast gels hit your system, I mentioned that I wore an insulin pump. She said one of the marathon coaches is also a pumper! He wasn't there, but I just can't get over how cool that is. What are the odds, since I've only met a couple of other people (other than here in blogland). I will plan on meeting him and picking his brain later.

2. Appointment with the endoc went well today. A1C was 6.3, and HDL (the good kind) was still over 100. Everything else OK. Also, he went skiing the same place I did last year, so it was fun to compare notes on that.

3. I haven't been doing much praying or bible study lately, but yesterday I picked up a bible study on the parables, completed the first chapter, and prayed. I wrote the prayers down, and asked God to show me how to use my talents to serve Him. I don't have a church to call home right now, so that's out. But today, I went to the internet to check out volunteer opps with a local charity I think does good work. All of them left me feeling unmoved, but I clicked on the link anyway, just to see where it would take me. It took me to a listing of local volunteer opps. One of them is with an organization that uses horses as therapy for children. Very cool, as I love animals and have had a lifelong fascination with horses. This charity appears to need help in several areas. I'm going to check it out.

I went with hubby to the local rec center this evening so he could run around the indoor track. I already ran outside this morning and lifted weights, so sat on a bench reading a book. My old Jazzercise instructor approached me, we caught up a bit, and she asked me if I'd like to be a class manager as she has a couple of openings. At first I said "no" since I'm training for a half marathon and go to another gym. But then I realized this might be an answer to that prayer and it might not be all about me! So I told her I'd think about it and wrote down her cell number.

4. On the not so good side, my run this morning sucked. I woke up with BG of 295, and gave myself about 2/3 the normal correction bolus. Headed out to run and felt like crap most of the way. Yes, I know it is not recommended to exercise with BG over 225, but I'm trying to stick to a schedule here! Felt nauseous as I arrived back home and figured I was still too high. But BG was 65. Not too bad really, but it felt yucky.

Geez, my posts are so long they bore me. I either need to learn brevity or post more often :)


Jonah said...

Making them into paragraphs makes them more interesting.
If you're going to want to run with high blood sugar numbers, check ketones. If they're negative, it doesn't really matter how high your blood sugar is, you're probably safe to run. If you've got ketones, running'll probably make you get more of them.

Carol said...

Good point on the ketones Johah. Since I've been fortunate enough never to experience DKA, that is one part of diabetes mgmt that I tend to ignore. Probably need some new ketone test strips since mine are moldy oldy! And you're right on the paragraphs. I have spent way too long working as an accountant where the most creative writing is a memo with bullet points :).

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Hi Carol - I was going to give you the info about ketones, but then Jonah did that. You know me and my curiosity about ketones. Another thing, which I just think should be said. I SO admire you for being able to do all the exercise you do! You know how you see somebody in a pretty dress, and you think wow, but never open your mouth to tell them..... I like to tell people about what you admire in them. Or on them.The flowers were truely amazing in Brittany. They sprout everywhere - all over the dry sand dunes,they hang from cliffs, in rocky cracks....

Bad Decision Maker said...

I follow the ketone rule also. And also I'm careful to drink lots of water when I'm exercising with high blood sugar. That said, I do feel pretty crappy if I try to run when I'm over 250 or 300. Lethargic, no motivation, burning muscles, harder to breathe. When I was taking a break from the pump and on shots, the only way to not get low during a long run was to reduce my prior bolus in a way that made me over 300 by the start of the run. I hated it.

Oh, and I have the long post problem too! ;-) I worry noone reads mine.

Anne said...

Hey Carol,
I like to combine exercise and a little insulin to get my blood sugars down and have exercised with some pretty high sugars. I'm not saying this is a good thing, and maybe it's even dangerous. But it seems to get my BG's down faster than any other way. I do test a lot when I'm in this state, and make sure I have extra sugar handy. I also may eat something if it seems to be falling rapidly still (once I'm at a good level)...

Has anyone ever measured high ketones with high BG but also plenty of insulin on board?