Blog Entries With Tag: time change

Posted: Mar 9, 2009

Ugh – I really don’t like losing an hour sleep!  I actually woke up this morning – at my “usual” time within my internal clock – looked at my alarm clock (luckily I didn’t have any outside work today so it wasn’t set) – and low and behold – 09h06!  I’m usually up between 07h30 to 08h30 – and of course – with the time change – my body was right – but not according to the clocks that rule our world!!

I learned on my last holiday back in December – where time zones vary as you travel across the big blue marble– that being on an insulin pump if you don’t change your clock settings – well – you’re abit out of whack with your basal rate setting (in the injecting world – it would be your long lasting insulin – e.g. Lantus / NPH / UltraLente).  I realized a few days later on my last holiday that – oops – I had forgotten to change the time on my pump – so this meant I was waking up a few mornings with lower blood sugars then I have programmed into my pump.  Quick change – and viola – back on track again.  Being new at the pumping world – I will not forget to change my time again on my pump !

I did travel more frequently to Europe at one point in my life – and would basically adjust my insulin regime / eating habits as soon as I got on the airplane for the destination I was heading too.  A little bit of tweaking here and there – with perhaps a few more vampire stabs of the fingers – and no problems with my diabetes.  Okay – so maybe a little bit elevated in blood sugars until my body adjusted to the time change along with the different foods I was eating – but nothing that would permanently affect me later down the road.  If only I’d had my present blood meter that I use now – Freestyle Lite – where I can test on my forearm due to the small droplet of blood. 

Well, with my late start in the day – I’d best get back to work!!  Though now I have this hankering to start looking for cheap deals to Spain (great country – great people) – anxiously looking up in the sky for that big bag of money to drop on my head!


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