Thursday, November 11, 2010

Time Tested Routines and a Sneaky Dog

Current Blood sugar: 119

Today's Prompt: Veteran’s Day – Veterans Day marks end of World War 1 in 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Is there something you do every day at the same time to help with your diabetes routine? 

First and foremost, thank you to all of our veterans who have served our country.  We are in great debt to you and your service.  Today's post did kind of make me laugh a little though.  Not because I have a weird sense of humor, I laughed because I do just about everything the same, every day to help manage my diabetes.  There is no one is everything.

I eat the same breakfast 7 days a week, generally at the same time of the day.  Cinnamon toast made with xylitol and egg whites.  Occasionally I throw a loop and use homemade sugar free jam on one piece of toast and cinnamon toast for the other, or I will make a spinach omelet with my egg whites. 

I might get adventurous and have fruit with yogurt, a piece of toast, and egg whites.  I have a "breakfast" setting on my pump that has the carbs and insulin already que'd up so I don't have to do any carb counting or insulin caculating in the morning.  I do this the same every day because it is predictable and when dealing with diabetes...predictability is the name of the game...although losing that game is a common occurrence! 

I excerise in the morning at the same time most days.  I do the same rotation of different exercises.  Every one of them I have tested and done a series of trial and error to figure out my insulin and carb needs to prevent lows or highs during exercise.  Most days I eat the same thing for lunch at the same time, or cycle through maybe 2 or 3 different options. 

This sounds boring...believe me it can be...but it makes my life less thing I have to think about.  The problem with diabetes is that even though I try to stay on a routine schedule and I eat the same thing results are very rarely the same.  I can work as hard as I want to manage this disease and make my schedule easier and more predictable, but diabetes will always throw a wrench in my plan.  There are always other variables for which I cannot account.  I do the best to mimic what my broken pancreas would do, but I can't be as efficient as my body should I have to become predictable and routine with the hopes of providing some sense of normalcy.

On a lighter note...from the "farm"....our shepard Kyra has an interesting relationship with our chickens.  She seems to really enjoy their company and she has learned very quickly that these little fluffy birds are walking egg dispensers! 

Our younger chickens are great about laying their eggs in the chicken house, but our two older chickens lay wherever and whenever they choose.  Since our two older chickens have slowed their laying for the winter, Kyra has began a daily egg hunt to find eggs laid by the younger chickens.  It has not taken her long to figure out they only lay in their house....

So....this is what I found today when I went out in the yard....thanks to Kyra's old age and failing hearing I was able to sneak up and snap this shot of her being ultra-sneaky during one of her egg hunts.  Luckily the egg boxes are at the back of the house so she can't reach the eggs.  Of course, you should have heard all the noise coming from the poor chicken sitting in the nest box during this sneak attack!  If Kyra were a younger more limber dog, I imagine I would have found her in the chicken house!

1 comment:

  1. Now that's funny! Poor Kyra is wanting her eggs for breakfast too. lol