As some of you know, I’ve started an internship where my exercise level is high but inconsistent. Despite eating very low carb for the most part, I’m having a great deal of difficulty controlling my blood sugar. My exercise varies from day to day and varies a lot in intensity, from slow walking to very fast walking. I don’t want to disclose my job in a public forum, but it involves teaching children and adults with disabilities where safety is a top priority. So I’m very paranoid about avoiding lows while teaching.
So far I’ve tried eating before lessons, suspending my pump by 30-60 minutes, and treating lows prior to them becoming lows. I end up with my blood sugar swinging from high to low constantly and can’t seem to get anything right stay consistently in range. To complicate things, my insulin needs have also doubled in the past two weeks, likely a result of hormones and weather changes (my insulin needs usually increase during the winter and decrease during the summer). Yet, due to my schedule being so variable and the fact that my insulin needs will probably drop again in a little while (but not sure by how much), I find testing settings near impossible. I also can’t necessarily stop in the middle of a lesson to adjust my pump or test, nor do I like pulling my Dexcom receiver out of my pocket to check constantly (hence my hope for Fitbit-Dexcom integration soon!).
Here is an example of the type of day I had for both my CGM and Fitbit (to give amides of my activity level). I was borderline low last night,ate some low-carb ice cream as a snack (no bolus), did a 1.5u correction at 11:30 PM which did nothing, did a 2.5u correction at 5:00 AM which dropped me too low, ate six glucose tablets at 6:00 AM to treat the low, suspended my pump for 30 minutes during the morning (slow walking around) to avoid a low, had a non-low-carb lunch at noon which I bloused for, suspended my pump for an hour at 1:30 PM as I knew I’d be walking a lot (and quickly) in the afternoon, and ate three glucose tablets when I saw I was dropping rapidly during a lesson at 3:00. The latter actions totally backfired as I’m now sitting at 15.6 mmol/L. Gave a 2.5u correction for my walk to the store and home.
I’m wondering if anyone has suggestions for keeping my blood sugar more stable. I’m also not blousing for protein and thinking I should be. I’m five weeks into my internship and have another eight weeks to go, so I’d like to sort this out. After this internship I’ll be going back to my old job but likely doing this type of work when I’m off from teaching during the summer.