Thanks, and yes, as much as a new teacher can be! Like yoga itself, teaching takes practice and so over time I will find my balance (so to speak).
Love using my new Apple Watch! I got distracted before class last night and forgot to reduce my basal. Glanced at the Dex display on the watch several times and took in some quick carbs twice. Happily this was not a faster, flow-type class or I might have been in trouble!
Just a brief update:
I am only now realizing the extent to which teaching a class, in terms of D management, is so different from taking one. As a student, I can always go into a resting pose and check my BG—no disruption to anyone else. As a new teacher, I am so focused on keeping on track with postures and sequences through the hour and watching the students to offer cues or assistance that I forget to check my BG. I didn’t run into any big problems yesterday (increased about 20 points by the end of class—probably due to a bit of anxiety!) but simply realized afterwards that I had not checked once during class! I also need to consult with a senior teacher on how to keep the class going if I need to take a few moments to manage pump settings or to take care of a low BG and need to carb up and rest (which, of course, I am trying to avoid). Namaste!
Glad you are teaching! That is such a wonderful thing to do.
From experience of being in a class, I would say my best instructor would put us in a hold pose, i.e. Down Dog or a Warrior pose (something that is relatively easy to hold) and then wander the room to correct or offer help, that would be one time where when you are going to wander and help you always start with a BG measurement.
Second time that comes to mind is when doing the ab strengthening portion of the class. The instructor rarely participated, and that would also be a great time to check your Bg.
One very simple suggestion that might help is to have a few strips taken out of the vial ahead of time. Just have them sitting on a table or something, next to your meter.
Trying to remove a single strip from the vial is probably the most time-consuming part of the whole testing process!
Those are both good suggestions, thanks!
Lol, I got an Apple Watch so my CGM data is easy to access…I just completely forget to look!
Apple watch! Well, it doesn’t get any easier than that. If you forget to look…you are on your own, CL!
Quote for class today, from Deepak Chopra:
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside you.
Which model did you get? How do you like it?
I got the oldest (cheapest!) compatible model, Series 1. It’s been a big help to me for all kinds of activities so I am not always having to tug my phone out of a pocket/purse. (I think that will be a real asset for cross-country skiing this winter.) Set-up had some quirks. Battery life is good (2 days) and the watch charges quickly. Alerts with a quiet tone and a haptic signal. I haven’t worn a watch in years so I have been pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying wearing it.
I don’t know how the watches are setup for Dex. I know you can get the time by just looking at the watch, but do you need to push a button to see your BG number?
I came up with a cool workaround on the old Dex receiver that let me see the BG number every 5 minutes without any button pushes needed. It seemed like a good trick to use for exercise. I don’t use Dex for running anymore, but there may be a similar thing you can do with the watch if it does not show you the BG number by itself.
Turns out that depends on which watch face you choose: not all can display the Dex “complication”. If I want more than just the current reading, Wiith one tap it displays right away (the Dex app is the first item on my dock) so I can see the trend info (same as on the Dex receiver). Sometimes it takes two taps (coincides, I think, with the app’s 5 minute update intervals).
Do you always have to tap for it?
No, the current number displays on the watchface but if you want to see a trend line or it shows 3 dots (updating) then yes, you must tap. Not all the watch faces will show the Dex info; those that do are shown on the Dex support page.
If you have a low or high alarm, does it automatically show, or do you need to tap it?
LOL, that’s the cool thing, ping and tap often occur before the alarm sounds on the phone!
The opening quotation for class tonight is from Jack Kornfield’s charming book, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book:
“Whatever we cultivate in times of ease, we gather as strength for times of change.”
This thread is always looking for some good quotes:
Another reason to do yoga: