When I was on MDI, I belonged to a few ice hockey leagues. I loved to play and got a lot of good exercise. I was reluctant to switch over to an insulin pump because I didn't think the two could co-exist. Eventually I did (and overall am happy with the decision), but II haven't played hockey since.
I've tried to seek advice on how to combine a rather tough contact sport with an insulin pump, and none of the suggestions have been adequate for me.
Some suggestions and my reasons for rejecting them follow:
* Try the "sport-pack"? Too big and bulky, and it wouldn't fit under my hockey pants.
* Tuck it in a pocket behind padding? Might cushion the device from outside impacts, but it wouldn't prevent it from uncomfortably being thrust into my gut. Besides, what happens if it come loose and starts sliding down my leg.
* After a big hit, politely explain "excuse me, but I have to go check my pump"? I laughed at the doctor who suggested that one. He doesn't really know the nature of the game.
* Disconnect for games? I'm just not comfortable doing that. A game at my level usually goes an hour, maybe a bit more. If the game is tied or there is an injury (or a problem with the ice) it can go a lot more.
* Plus, I'm concerned about the infusion site itself. If a T-shirt will get soaked through with sweat, will the adhesive hold? Will the site get irritated?
During my MDI playing days, I quickly learned to bring a bottle of Gatorade to the players' bench to treat potential lows. However, I've not had success bringing a meter to the rink; anytime I try to test my BG, it gives me a "low temp" error.
I know there has to be some success stories out there, I'd love to hear how anyone has been able to combine a physical sport such as hockey with diabetes.
Thanks in advance for all of your suggestions!