From Abby: Abby's New Boston Life.
Abby is new in town (Boston) and she's exploring her new city while I'm off in Philadelphia at this conference. Adjusting to life in a whole new place brings change to everything ... even in the ways you prop your windows open on warm days. ;) Take it away, Abby!
So I just moved to a city (Boston, you may have heard of it. They have stupid sports teams but the rest of it is okay, I guess). I grew up in upstate NY - like really upstate. I'm talking where the deer outnumber the people. Then I spent four years right outside of Burlington, VT for college. The past two years I went back to deer-land for nursing school. Needless to say it was time for me to live in a city. You don't know what you love or hate until you've tried it, right? So anyway, I chose Boston because: 1. I have loved this city since I visited for a class trip in 6th grade, 2. a ton of my camp/ SMC friends are here and 3. I have my best friend ,who also has diabetes, to live with (which is a little safety net, both for me and my mother).
Propping the window open with a box of reservoirs. No worries.
Living here is awesome. I have a TJMaxx right down the street, and a CVS that I can see from my window. Dunkin Donuts is three stores down from the TJMaxx. Everything about this place is great. Including what all this walking does to my insulin requirements and blood sugars. I’ll be the first to admit I freeking hate going to the gym. I hate exercising. I do, however, love when exercise disguises itself as shopping and exploring. My first five days here I only used one 180 unit reservoir. On my second day here, I only took 27 units of Humalog. I normally average around 40 units per day. THIS IS CRAZY PEOPLE.
The other day my friends and I went to lunch and ate these colossal cheeseburgers. I did a dual wave, as I usually do with cheeseburgers. Usually it works ok, I end up hovering in the low 200mg/dLs for a while, but since we walked around a ton afterward I peaked around 190mg/dL and came right back down. Amazing!
Or how about when I’m headed out for a walk and I check in at 176mg/dL so I bolus for a little proteiney snack but don’t correct the 176 and when I get back an hour later I’m 83mg/dL. If I did that before the gym or formal exercise, I’d end up super high.
Sneaky exercise gets the best of all of us sometimes. Like when Kerri talks about her gardening extravaganzas, for example. Or that whole housecleaning thing that acts the same as insulin. I always keep a tube of ten glucose tabs in the bag with my meter, and usually don't use them often. Since I've been wandering around here though, I've been refilling it quite a bit. I tend to treat based on my Dexcom (shh don't tell) when I see something in the 80-90mg/dL range with any sort of downish arrow - a few tabs and a temp basal and I'm good to go. I much prefer these casual lows from sneaky exercise to those silly 39mg/dL or 270mg/dL that like to pop up at the gym. (I also much prefer this free exercise as opposed to the ridiculous $60/month fee that is the gym across from my apartment.)
I know that a lot of people have this whole diabetes and exercise and life thing all figured out, but I don’t... yet. And it’s really fun to discover new things in every day life that actually work well with diabetes as opposed to fun things that ruin it. It's also exciting to discover restaurants walking distance from my apartment that are all about BBQ sauce (my biggest weakness next to ketchup), and going outside and getting lost in a book while sitting on your porch reading/people watching. Not to mention going grocery shopping for myself only and getting things that I'll actually eat and feel good about.
As great as all this diabetes-in-a-new-place thing is, I think my favorite part of life here so far is surviving on my own. I've got some great friends, a supportive mom, and a bit of a savings account to help, but it feels nice to be starting my own twice-graduated-from-college-and-still-full-time-jobless life :)