Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vacation from Diabetes?

Recently, my husband and I took a small vacation for our 20th anniversary. The children were well taken care of, in the care of hubby's mom and sister. We had decided we didn't want anything fancy, just time to relax and enjoy each other's company. A state park with private cabins and a cute restaurant was our destination. A perfect place to get away from everything for a few days. 

However there was one thing we couldn't escape. Diabetes.

About an hour after we left home, I realized there was one thing I forgot to bring. More test strips. There were only a couple left with my meter. Did we want to add another two hours to our travel time or keep driving? Since I'm diet and exercise controlled, not needing to worry about insulin doses, we decided to keep driving toward our destination.  If I felt I needed a meter, we'd stop by a local drugstore and pick up their store brand model.

We had a wonderful time. We hiked trails, took naps, ate delicious food, read books outside, and forgot about everything else.  Well, just about everything.  Diabetes, the uninvited guest, was still present.

With my hubby's help, I was able to keep track of how I was doing by how I felt and how I acted.  If I got that sick feeling in my stomach shortly after eating, I knew my glucose levels were high and we'd go for a walk. While in the middle of a trail, I started feeling that my legs weren't moving when I told them to, we stopped for some M&Ms. 

Although diabetes can be a pain at times, I proved to myself once again that it doesn't have to stop me from doing the things I love.  With a little creativity and planning ahead, I was able to enjoy our anniversary get-away without any complications.

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