I don’t do either anymore. I retired about a month before my Diabetes diagnosis. Currently I teach part-time on line which is pretty low stress and on my own time schedule. I’ve often thought what it would be like managing type 1 diabetes before I retired when I had one fulltime job and taught at night!
Yesterday I got a tiny idea. I have had an interview scheduled for some more part-time teaching and Monday afternoon I got late notification that I was to do a teaching demonstration as part of the interview.(which was today, Wednesday). I was doing a couple other things Monday and as I had nothing planned for Tuesday I figured that would be my day to plan the presentation. So yesterday morning I woke up and I was at 170. I corrected and my bg went up, so I did a pen shot for correction and breakfast and then changed my set. The new set didn’t feel right from the start but I ate breakfast and then an hour later was 221 and two hours later 242! I changed my set again and then corrected again. All this testing, correcting and set changing was taking time plus I felt pretty lethargic from being so high so I figured I’d worry about the presentation after I got my blood sugar under control. I was finally coming down but still 187 at lunchtime so I added a correction into my lunch bolus (eating only 17 carbs), being careful of course, to keep track of IOB. AT LAST two hours after lunch I was down to 95 and felt much better. I messed around a bit doing a couple things and then finally sat down to work. I started planning the topic for the presentation and organizing my ideas and was starting to get into it, as it’s work I enjoy. Then I noticed that I was re-reading the same paragraph and the ideas were no longer flowing into each other in a logical way. Uh, oh! I know what that means, and I also recognized the tingly tongue. I took my blood sugar, and yep, I’d overdone it and was down to 57. There was no use in trying to work so I decided to just have dinner a bit earlier than planned. After dinner I was able to get back to work and complete the presentation although by then I was too tired to enjoy it and it wasn’t my best work.
Then it hit me what the day would have been like if I had work committments all day long and had to be “on” not only for myself but for others! Yikes! Not to mention pushing buttons on my meter/remote during meetings or excusing myself, munching glucose tabs as I struggled with my train of thought teaching…ouch! I’m very grateful to be “mostly retired” and a bit hesitant to accept more classes if offered (though I really want the work). But most of all I thought of You…all the yous who deal with the same crazy D I do, AND work fulltime, go to school, and also have families to care for and be present to… So I just thought I’d tell you all how in awe of you I am. Happy Living with D Day …every day. Buy yourself a small gift or at least stop to think how well you are doing…even if you didn’t think you are!