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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Apr 24, 2009 13:28
  • Hiking in warm weather

    Well, yesterday I drove from Montreal to Plattsburgh International Airport to hop on a cheapie flap your wings flight to Orlando to spend some time with my sis-in-law.  We are both April babes - so we try to celebrate our birthdays together - and also catch up on all the latest and greatest.  I'm just down here for a few days - but so far - am enjoying the heat/humidity - tho' I know it's going to get hotter here as the summer approaches. 

    Last year when I was visiting - mid June - I happened to BURN the bottom of my toes at Cocoa Beach - now that was a scary thing (I swear I heard my feet sizzling as I rushed to the water - to discover it wasn't cold like around Maine ).  At that point I was ready to find someone with a bucket of ice (maybe with some cold brewskies <lol>) and slam my feet into it!  Anyway, luckily I handled the situation alright and  I now know that you must wear flip flops on southern based beaches during the summer months.  Of course,  this was a scary thing for me - I've never burnt the underside of my feet before since I always am careful with my feet being diabetic.  Well, this ol' gal is learning her lesson!

    Today I hit the road around 0930 - and being without a gas powered vehicle - I hiked down one of the many small highways that seem to make up America (does no one walk or take public transport here - 1 person per vehicle it's so sad).  Got tooted by a few truckers - and made my way to a little Puerto Rican market that I always go to when I'm visiting here.  It has spices that we don't get up in Canada - so I loaded up with a few things I needed - then attempted to cross over a 4 lane intersection to another place I wanted to go to.  Yes, there is a pedestrian crossing at this intersection - but when you have two right hand lanes of traffic wanting to hit the gas pedal at the same time - well - I think you get my drift.  Luckiy I am a fast walker - so I didn't interfere with their Daytona 500 approach to driving.

    I lucked in on finding a little shady place to sit afterwards - picking up a cafe Americano and ended up chatting with two gals both now living here in Florida and missing family back North.  They were intrigued by my testing my BG's (I tend to run low in hot/humid climates - so had adjusted my basal rate for my walk).  I was doing good - at 4.3 / 77 .   I showed them how my insulin pump worked - and I was a happy camper slurping my cafe and eating a quesotes (yummy pastry).  So, handed out my little calling card for Diabetes1 - since they know of people with diabetes - and trotted back before it got more hot and I lost any shade I had earlier.

    Now that I'm back at my sis-in-laws - just had a bit of lunch / read the local paper - am going to throw on the bathing suit and take a dive in their pool.  I have a feeling it's going to be abit on the warm side as my sis-in-law likes warm water (I call it pee temperature ) - but it'll still be refreshing to take a dip.  Maybe throw a few ice cubes down my swimsuit front to cool me off (and my insulin pump that I keep secured there when I swim) as it's 85F/29C air temperature.

    Anna by the poolside signing off for now  - hmmm I think I hear a Mojito calling my name???

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Apr, 30, 2009 22:39 PM

    Posted April 30, 2009 22:38

    Doris - I’ll have to see what happens to my BG next time I’m in a hot tub (which is very rare since I’m not a big lover of being a lobster in a pot of boiling water). With the insulin pump– I always disconnect before sliding in – so the insulin in the reservoir doesn’t “cook” – so maybe that helps me abit in not allowing my BG’s to go into hypo mode. I also can only take about 10 – 15 minutes before I have to take a plunge into cooler water.

    I'm really lucky that I've had no complications with my feet after all the years of having diabetes. I take really good care of my feet (if I could be barefoot and wearing my Birks all the time - I would be in heaven). I hated wearing socks with my sandals as a child which was what my parents had been advised that I should do as a diabetic - upon leaving home - guess what I tossed in the bin!

    Where we were at Cocoa Beach – I didn’t see any portable cabanas – just chairs and beach umbrellas (we had brought a beach umbrella from home). Where I burnt my feet was when getting off the board walk onto the sand (think of Dudley Moore in “10”). I realized within a nanosecond that my feet were sizzling (I swear I could hear them). I sprinted as fast as my body could take me – to the water – and not look like I was panicking (my sis-in-law had no idea until afterwards what had happened – remember – she’s the smart one – knowing how hot the sand is as she’s a local gal). I think after seeing what happened to me – she realizes now she should “warn” summer visitors in future to wear flip flops. Now, of course, walking on beaches barefoot around Maine / New Hampshire is no problem for me in the summer– which you probably can agree to! It’s also my version of the el cheapo pedicure – I love walking up and down the beach – good foot / leg workout.

    My sis-in-laws pool is heated by solar power. Luckily, it was actually very comfortable – since it’s still Spring – when I was there last summer – the water was abit too warm for my Northern tastes. I prefer fresh water lakes or the ocean further north – that water makes you feel ALIVE!!! I also am not a big sun worshipper (beach combing is my fav thing) – as it buggers up my BG’s to where they go low. So, you’ll see me walking along with a big white long sleeved shirt and floppy hat to shield me from the suns rays! I probably would do this even if I wasn’t a diabetic – just makes sense to me.

    By: dorisjdickson: Apr, 30, 2009 17:42 PM

    Actually Anna, the "concern" over diabetics and our freaking feet claim to be because we can't feel them - love how they assume none of us can feel them or bother to look therefore, we automatically shouldn't do x. y, z, ....  Stupid!  Don't tell me to stay out of the hot tub because I might not feel me feet.  How 'bout telling me to avoid the hot tub because is drastically lowers blood sugar - you know, useful information!  I had to find out the hard way and then have it confirmed years later by an article I just happened to read.

    Didn't Cocoa Beach have (portable) cabanas you could rent?  All the beaches we used to go to on Jensen Beach, West Palm and Sanibel had cabanas which were invaluable to this red head who gets dizzy and overheated in the sun (diabetes or no diabetes) unless I'm standing in a pool. 

    Are you saying your sister in law's pool is heated???  You said it was likely to be too warm because your sister in law likes it that way; I'm surmising.  Why would one need the pool heater on in Florida in almost May??? Oh my!

    Sounds like the sun and your blood sugar are in fine agreement!



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