Altitude in Arizona

Grand Canyon fam picHi everyone! My school had spring break this week so I went to Arizona with my family. We stayed in Sedona which has an altitude of 4,500 feet. It was really interesting to see how this altitude affected my blood sugars. The entire time I was in Arizona, my blood sugars ran extremely high. I had to make multiple basal adjustments for during both the day and night and was still higher than I would’ve liked. However now that I’m back in New York, I have been lower. I am not sure the exact reasons as to why my blood sugar ran high at a significantly higher altitude, but I just thought it was interesting! Has anyone else had this experience? (The picture above is of my family in the Grand Canyon!)

Finally…A Good Workout!

Hi everyone! I have been trying to workout a lot recently but it seems that five minutes after running on the treadmill, my blood sugar plummets and I have to stop. This was extremely frustrating because I started to get discouraged and I felt like I would struggle with this for the rest of my life. However, today we didn’t have school so I woke up early and got a good workout in. I took my pump off 30 minutes prior to getting on the treadmill and my blood sugars stayed steady for the whole time that I ran. Then, I even did a whole separate arms and abs circuit afterwards because my blood sugar was 170 and I was still feeling good. It feels so good to find a method to working out that is allowing me to work my hardest!!!

Why Can’t People Just Understand Already?

Hi all! I have been thinking for a while and I’ve been really frustrated with how many people have the wrong idea about type 1. I can’t tell you how many different people I’ve talked to and had them say, “Oh yeah I know about diabetes because my grandma had it. But it didn’t affect her, she just took her insulin and was fine.” I get so annoyed by this because that may be true for type 2 but it’s not even remotely close to the daily reality for people living with type 1. I found this quote from The Diabetic Journey on Facebook the other day and really loved it. I feel like it explains the severity of T1D super well. Anyway, it just has me wondering what I can do to spread the word that type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are 2 SUPER different diseases!!! If anyone has ideas feel free to share – I’m open to any and all suggestions 🙂T1D

Stability

Hi everyone! Just thought I’d update you all on how things have been going recently. My blood sugars have actually been super stable. I have been making basal and IC ratio adjustments on my own without the help of my parents and it is very rewarding to see that I am making the right dosage changes. Based on my Dexcom Clarity app, my A1C for the past 90 days is 6.0! That is the lowest it has been in over 7 years. Overall I am really happy with how everything is going right now but we all know how inconsistent type 1 is! We shall see what happens next!

Riding: Competition vs. Training

On Saturday, I had a horse show at a farm 10 minutes away from my barn. I arrived at 6:15AM to ride my horse, Gideon, in the ring where we would be showing a little later in the day. I jumped all of the jumps in the morning so there would be no surprises for him once we went in to jump them while being judged. He was a little strong (or fresh as we call it), so I rode him for about 35 minutes to try and tire him out. If I was at my home barn riding the way I was at the show, my blood sugars would plummet and I would most likely have to either drink a juice before I got on, or get off of Gideon and wait until my blood sugars came back up. However, because I was at a show and my adrenaline was getting going, I had 0 carbs prior to riding and I was 200 when I got off with my blood sugar originally starting at 110. That’s a huge jump due to merely adrenaline and nerves!

Gideon and I showed a few hours later. Everything went as planned and we did very well! After showing, my blood sugar was still on the higher side. Once I was done for the day, my trainer asked if I would go back to my home barn and exercise another horse for her since she had to stay at the horse show with some other people from our barn. I said of course and got to my barn 10 minutes later. This was very interesting though because earlier that day when I had been showing, I needed 0 carbs nor any basal reductions in order to not go low. However, when I was done showing and was riding at my home barn, I rode for a fraction of the time and still went low. After starting at 140, I was 50 when I got off. This was fascinating because it highlighted the effect stress and adrenaline can have on my blood sugars.