Having had diabetes for ten days, I am experiencing so many things for the first time in my life. Here are some “firsts” I experienced today:
First run since diagnosis. I was a bit worried about running home from work. I will talk about hypos in more detail later (I haven’t had one yet), but I was interested to see whether running for half an hour would decrease my blood sugar to levels low enough to have a hypo. I ran at a fairly slow pace and am happy to report good news! Even at a relaxed pace I was faster than when I had been really pushing myself prior to diagnosis. I must have had mild ketoacidosis then so its good that I’ve recovered from that. Secondly, my blood sugar was higher when I finished my run than when I started. Interesting! I wonder if my liver was releasing glucose into my blood? (I think it does this at a higher rate during anaerobic exercise. At the pace I was running though, I was definitely exercising aerobically. Anyway, it’s more data, and I’ll ask my doctor about it.)
Getting an NHS prescription. Since being diagnosed, I have been testing myself frequently. Every time I do this, I need to put a drop of blood on a little disposable strip that I put in a machine. These strips cost a fortune and buying them without a prescription would have bankrupted me within the year! Thankfully, you fine tax payers are helping out now and I am extremely grateful for the pile of “free” drugs I picked up today.
Having an espresso. I sat down, reached for the white sugar, and thought “ah, I won’t be having that in my espresso ever again”. And put it back in the pot.
Writing a blog! Today is my first day posting a blog. Because the whole diabetes experience is so intense for me at the moment, I am writing more than even the most patient reader will be interested in reading! So please forgive the information overload. At least I find it interesting myself!