I’m not a fan of traveling by air (major understatement) and my flight-related anxiety has ebbed and flowed over the last few years. Actually, it’s been way more flow than ebb, because traveling by plane has a direct and predictable influence on my blood sugars, in that the anxiety of air travel causes my blood sugar to rise with the plane.
What amazes me is that even with a 200% basal increase and a conservative correction while I watched the double-up arrows on my Dexcom graph, my blood sugars still went berserk. (Thankfully, the Dexcom showed me up in the 300′s, while my meter only had me in the 230′s. But still. And yes, I know I need to calibrate. You can also see where my connection flight took off, riiiiiight there at the 3.30 am-ish mark.)
Even though I know emotions are on the long list of variables, it still amazes me how something as intangible as stress can be as powerful as food or insulin when it comes to tangling up my blood sugars.