So I am on vacation for two weeks and have experienced that the world doesn't fall apart when I don't keep ever alert and perfect in my D management! I only work part-time now and live alone so I have a lot of time to manage at home. I log everything I eat, test regularly before and two hours after meals, on waking and at bedtime and correct promptly. I write all that down. Now I am out of the country, staying somewhere I can cook if I want but also eating out or at someone else's home quite a bit. Carbs rule in Guatemala, especially if like me you are a vegetarian. However I have been trending way low. I have had several excursions to the 50s and 40s and one day seemed no matter what I did (reduced bolus, temporary basal reduction) I kept returning to 40 as if it were a set point!
So I have been bolusing for less than I am eating and have only twice gone high because of it! Basically I'm winging it! Last night was the ultimate in winging it: I went for dinner at a Guatemalan friend's house and it turned out to be a huge fiesta with 20 relatives and this one gringa...me. Such fun! I ate lots of carbs and bolused conservatively. We drank wine with dinner and then a cousin brought out a bottle of Mezcal, limes and salt and we all did shots. (AR, I know you are laughing). I haven't drank like that in years...no ...decades! I got home, went to bed and totally forgot about testing. I woke up at 5AM and figured I would be either low from the booze or high from the carbs and lo and behold I was a perfect 98! Wow!
I don't feel bad about the sliding management. Usually when I hear people taking "vacations from D" I'm very skeptical. But it's actually a nice break. And yes, for those who know I hate treating lows, I am promptly treating the lows with glucose tabs especially since I can't always control when I eat. Nothing horrible is going to happen if I'm not perfect! I will of course return next week to my usual thoroughness at home. Also to winter; sorry all you U.S. people who are freezing, I'm working on my tan!