Just got back from our family’s annual week at the Jersey Shore. Lots of sun, cycling and suds. Who could ask for more? I didn’t worry too much about my blood sugar levels… did just enough to avoid major highs and lows, but didn’t manage nearly as aggressively as usual. And that’s OK. I think I get more out of relaxing my brain than from a slightly lower average during those precious days.
Still, there is no complete “vacation” from diabetes. We always have to be concerned about things like having enough supplies, keeping insulin from spoiling, and adjusting to all the unavoidable (but often desirable) deviations from our usual food, activity and stress levels. After all, how does one truly handle pizza and beer in the midst of an all-day bike ride?
In a way, vacation is a microcosm of the challenges we deal with on a day-to-day basis. Even the most advanced automated-insulin-delivery system struggles to keep glucose levels remotely close to normal on typical “vacation” days. That’s why it is important to keep expectations realistic and maintain a healthy balance between diabetes life and the rest of life. I’m also glad I paid attention to the advice of my diabetes educators over the years so that I have the ability to adapt!
I often tell my clients that nothing will ruin a vacation faster than diabetes-related issues. So if you’re looking to truly enjoy vacation (or recover from one), please reach out. We can help get you prepped and develop strategies for handling anything vacation throws at you.
I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Diabetes Bites – chock full of fun activities, news updates and insights from our crew of only slightly crazy clinicians. Your feedback is always appreciated!