If you are a T1D or know anyone who is, you know that this is no easy task. I was terrified. Normal blood sugar control aside, I had the excitement of going to an amusement park (lowering my sugar) and the anxiety of going on the roller coasters (raising my sugar) PLUS the fact that park food is pretty much the most unhealthy thing you can eat ever. Diabetes aside, I tried my best to be prepared and brought a whole backpack full of insulin and syringes and all of the supplies that the trial requires, and in addition I brought 2 pouches of Mama Chia smoothies as snacks. Let's be real, if any normal human is faced with a pouch of "green magic" chia seeds, or a taco salad, taco salad wins. Sorry Mama Chia, you're great but taco salad is just so good. So you can imagine my diet that day...
My husband Zach and I chose to have his brother Skylar (the one with the zip line backpack) and his girlfriend Jacqueline (the one coaxing me along the zip line adventure) be our guests on the trip. And just as I stated in my last post, family is EVERYTHING, so we were so happy to have them along for the trip. As soon as we got to the park I began to panic, as with all things new to me. But as usual I had my support system to get me through it all and the next thing I knew I had been on 5 roller coasters and was LOVING IT! (Jacqueline I can never thank you enough for holding my hand through the coasters!)
Unfortunately the stress and anxiety caused my sugar to go up, which I manually corrected. It was just such a huge reminder that one day soon I will be able to not spend the entire day stressing about what my sugar is doing because the DiAs will be taking that weight off my shoulders.
Every day is a new challenge, roller coasters or not. And to know that the technology to take a little bit of that challenge away is almost here is something that I get very emotional about every day. While I do not write a new blog daily, it does not mean that I am not thinking about the gravity of my disease every second. A single poor choice for me could result in a coma or a seizure, and multiple poor choices could result in a loss of limbs, sight, and organs. I don't mean for this to sound harsh and I am not looking for any sympathy. This is just the reality of how life is for me and all of the other type 1 diabetics out there. If you don't already know all of the terrible things that can result from poor control of diabetes, this is just the most basic preview. This is exactly why I am am so honored to be a part of the DiAs team in the outpatient clinical trials, so that we are able to create a temporary solution to the hardships of managing T1D until we are able to find a cure.
Please continue to follow me in my journey to create a better world for everyone effected by Type 1 Diabetes, together we can DIABEATTHIS!!!