Only a week and a half left of school and I’ll be on summer vacation! Unfortunately my Type 1 Diabetes never takes a break. Sometimes I have easy days with no surprises, and other days I am really working hard to keep my glucose readings just right…
This week was a busy one. I had Open House at school, so I had to rush home to get my homework complete and ate an early dinner to make it to the event on time. My mom built in enough insulin to cover for shaved ice that was going to be sold at the Open House. Sometimes trying to figure out how many carbs are in something that you haven’t made yourself is tricky. Exactly how much syrup did they add to the ice? Did I receive too much insulin or too little? It’s always hard to estimate.
Then there are my super busy days when I am moving non-stop. On those days I start my homework right after I get home from school, eat an early dinner, go to drum lessons, come home and take a shower, go directly to a Boy Scout meeting, and then I’m back home just in time to get my long-acting insulin shot. Usually on days like this I tend to run low (my LOW glucose readings range from 40-70—and I’ve never had a reading below 40). Of course I always carry my diabetes kit with me—no matter what. My mom says as long as I plan for the day and have my medical kit with me, with snacks to help deal with my lows, I can be as healthy as anyone else.
And now it’s time to plan for the next few weeks. I’m really excited about a year-end field trip with all-you-can-eat pizza and non-stop videogame fun, and a summer vacation beginning with a trip to Walt Disney World. I’ve got my diabetes kit and I’m ready to go!