Several months ago, we took our T1D pre-teen to DC for a 5 day week-end. Every day we walked a lot, probably 5-6 hours or more of sustained walking. He did not drop while he was walking, but, after each day, he would drop of lot due to the muscle/liver/kidneys refueling process.
So, the 3rd day we decided he would try to refuel as he walked. We did not know what ICR to use, so we decided to have him eat some carbs without injecting. That day, he ate close to 30 carbs without going up (or dropping) and without having to bolus. That evening, he did not run half as low as before. The next day, he went up to 45 carbs during the day, in batches of 4-9 carbs, even with a half-banana at one time, and without injecting. And he did not run very low that evening.
So now we know that, when my son walks on a sustained pace for long periods, he can refuel on the go without having to inject, and, if he does that, he won’t run significantly low after exercise. So he can be a kid and get some sweets from a vendor as we walk around without having to wait another 45 minutes… It is refreshing to find one thing where he can just be a normal kid.
@Eric, can you explain exactly what makes this possible – being able to go without bolus in such an activity?