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Home 5 – Away 28

Never a dull moment in the life of a type 1 diabetic. No matter how strictly one sticks to the routine, some factors can’t be guessed at, let alone controlled.

My 87 year old father survived a heart attack recently. Wonderful news! Impeccable timing too, a week before his and mother’s usual minders leave on a seven week world tour.

It’s a no-brainer: the olds can’t be left on their own and dear brother needs a well-deserved break. I pack spare Libre sensors, glucose meter, strips, insulin, needles and jellybeans, and fly 2,500 km south for a month. Goodbye balmy Cairns, hello freezing Bathurst!

Within two days the drama begins: blood sugar out of control. At home I need to inject 5 units of insulin per day, in Bathurst I need 28.

Why?

Good question.

Food? Same as at home: high carb, no added fat, whole foods plant based vegan.

Exercise? Two hours a day, instead of three. No cycling. Two circuits of Mt. Panorama on foot.

Water? Possible. The water supply here is fluoridated, at home not.

Weather? Likely. It seems that sugar is an anti-freeze, and in cold weather the body ups the availability of sugar to burn, and so to keep warm.

Next problem: how much insulin to shoot up. Being a carb-only eater, carb counting is meaningless. It’s back to seat of the pants, finger in the wind, will I wake up again in the morning, scientific trial and error. I haven’t bolused for a long time. Tried it for a few days, and got nowhere.

In the end I remembered Dr McDougall’s treatment of type 1s: one daily slow acting insulin injection of about 30-40 units. No bolus. Bold and trusting, I keep on screwing out the Levemir pen: 5 units, 10, 15, 20, 25 and then 28. Bingo!

Houston, we have control!

In a few weeks time we’ll have some fun with the reverse procedure.

And my endo will say: you’re wrong.๐Ÿ˜Š

About the author Rien

dutch by birth ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | australian by choice ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | type 1 diabetic ๐Ÿ’‰ | vegan ๐Ÿฅ• | married โค๏ธโšญ | grandfather ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป | fuji fiend ๐Ÿ“ท | boat builder and sailor โ›ต๏ธ | exercise fanatic ๐Ÿšด | seeker no more ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ“–

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  1. The mind boggles.

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  2. Great Article. You many be interested in this newest Technology for diabetes.etc, i wrote a blog on it.Check it out. Thanks Karen

    https://heloworldcanada.biz/2017/04/09/worlds-first-wearable-non-invasive-continuous-blood-glucose-estimation-technology/

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  3. Diabetes really does have a mind of its own. Hopefully everything works itself out well before you leave!

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