Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Where to start?

I went to sleep last night at 11pm. There was a slight flurry of snow in the air.......when I woke at 7am, there was 35 cm of snow on the ground. Why do these storms always happen at night when I can not watch the beauty of the DUMP? Last night I could see grass on the lawn, the morning.....a winter wonderland.

When I crawled out of bed, my blood sugar was 4.0mmol/L. That was a good morning blood sugar, but not good enough for snow shoveling. I peered out the bedroom window, at the neighbor in the distance. He has a plow on his truck, and was having trouble getting through the heavy, deep snow.

I knew I needed to "stock the furnace", in the words of my dear mother.

I went to the kitchen, and drank two full glasses of orange juice.

I went to the cupboard, and ate two small granola bars.

I did not bolus at all for the food I ate. It was easily 80 grams of carbohydrates, which would typically be 4 units of novorapid for my ratios.

I bundled up and headed out to shovel the driveway. I did not realize it was so warm outside. It was only -1 Celsius, so it was not long before I started shedding layers. I started at the end of the long driveway, and shoveled for 2.5 hours. I moved mountains of snow. My arms were tired, my back was tired....I was tired.

After I was done, I looked at my pump.....6,3 mmol/L. How's that for carb burning! I lucked out, or shall we say I calculated correctly!?

Let's be honest. I guessed, and won.

I am going to have sore arms tomorrow!!