Not for nothing but i work at a cardiolgist office and shoveling is a no no for cardiac pt's. How about type 1 diabetics! My husband had this great idea for jacob to shovel with his uncle ( town worker) for his first real job. my husband doesnt understand the effects of new exercise on the body as well as later effects of exercise on blood sugars. So off he goes with a blood sugar of 147 his am dose peaking now ( he started at 202 and i gave him a normal bolus assuming he would be shoveling in the blizzard this afternoon!). he just had about 30 carbs with no bolus and a temp basal reduction of 50% for three hours. he has done this twice this year with good success, less insulin upfront but not in blizzard! my husband thinks jacob should be able to "work like a man" with lets say alot less worry than myself! arrrgghhhh what should of been a fun day in the snow is now full of worry and angst between me and my husband. jacob has food on him and is smart about his D , we plan to pick him up in about 3 hours but it breaks me apart with worry everytime he is put into a situation like this. at least when we climb mountains i am with him, the lack of control is what gets me the most i guess and his sweet face drawn in a frown when i mention to dad that he could get pretty low tonight if he overdoes....... how will i ever rest when he goes off to college! just venting.....

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Sweetie, Jacob sounds like a conscientious young man.. and yes, shoveling is hard work,, but he is, except for the diabetes, healthy and strong. AND Young.He can do it. He has done it before., Look at the diabetic atheletes who run matrathons, participate in iron-man competitions, play basketball, you name it. I am getting ready to do a two hour women's exercise "quest " at my church. I will start out a little high ( I am 170 now), take along nuts/raisin snacks and glucose tabs, I forgot to caibrate /wear my CGm :Drats, will not be able to use it, because it will not be ready if I start a new sensor now., Anyway, I exercised as a young'un without such implements of blood sugar control such as blood glucose test strips, basal/bolus insulins, pumps , CGms) and was cool. Never passed out, nor was stricken with lows.
Jacob will be ok. When he goes off to college, you Will be ok. He will be the one who has to learn to take care of his own health. Let him start doing that now. It will be ok if you do not have all the control. Really: It will
God bless,Brunetta

thanks hun just needed to here some support from someone who understands! have a good work out! the worry and the whole family dynamic thing is a challenge i try to step back and not be a raving lunatic about things, and prepare him without being a nag, handing out a heaping spoonful of nutella as he leaves in all his snow cloths maybe over the top, but it made me feel better it just kills me thinking of nonD moms that just dont get all the layers of concern....

I did ok shoveling snow and have had two huge blizzards since I've been "engaged" with diabetes, both of which worked out ok. Like 3-4' drifts in Champaign a few years ago and then the 2' "snowmageddon" in Chicago a couple of years ago. Both of these were after I'd been working out and I think that Tae Kwon Do techniques such as using core muscles and legs to punch translate very well to shoveling snow. If you're attacking it, I think that you can get into a good combo of cardio plus anaerobic that can be sort of flat BG wise but it's always good to be careful.

interesting idea of evening things out anaerobic/aerobic, he has been working out with weights but not sure if he thought about his shoveling technique lol i'm sure he will be fine, i just worry... in general i was never a worrier before diabetes and i would mock my mom and grandmother for being worriers!

I live on the hill above Homer, AK. There was 18 feet of snow at my house last winter. I can assure you that shoveling never hurt me;)

Long before the days of cool insulins and meters, I shoveled snow, skiied (downhill and X-country), skated, and did all sorts of stuff. It sounds like your young'un isn't quite so young and will take good care of himself. Diabetes will not stop him from living a normal life. I know it's hard and that it is in a Mom's nature to worry. But he will be fine. All he will need is a snack.

thanks guys! after shoveling 3 hours he wasnt sure if he felt tired or low :( so he had a 15 carb snack while he was out there, and clocked in at 77 when he got home for lunch. later in the afternoon he went from 210 at snack to 37 after playing out side in the snow for about an hour of course his snack insulin was probably peaking and we didnt do a temp basal for the afternoon play, i usually dont when he is just around the house because he could come in to treat, in winters past he came in pretty much everytime due to being low, so extra food and temp basal reduction works, at least we have the technology to do this with his pump, i know the good old days of no testing one or two shots a day, i am not sure which is better ignorance or too much information! this is why i have never encouraged a CGM as i dont want him to have that continuous reminder of his D always identifying himself with a bs number, but on days like today it would have been nice. and yes he is growing up and quite responsible, i just feel that with my adult mind i think things through a bit more! i would so rather have the betes than worry about my son, but such is life. day in the snow was pretty good for all here. thanks all. amy

It amazes me, my mom and dad never knew what my blood sugar was ever. I took one shot of pork insulin a day and somehow turned out ok. I think if they had taken a more active role in my D care it would have made me resent them. Since they left me to it I developed an independence that I still have today and I can rely on myself and I have the skills to take care of myself. I know the inclination as a Mom is to protect your young but if Jacob can't handle shoveling a bit of snow how on earth do you think he will handle college ? Vent away, but please give him the skills to take care of himself independently because unfortunately you will not always be there. He needs to take control you can't do it for him and the more you think for him and bolus for him and take care of him, the less he has to do it himself. Sorry I just had to vent too. JMHO Clare

I concur Clare about the parent thing, and yet we turned out ok. I mean I was 10 years old and running the show. Not that my parents didn't care, but their philosophy was you are going to be dealing with this forever, so learn how to manage it.I think day two in the hospital I was giving my own shots, and drawing up my own insulin. Take the bull by the horns you know, lol. I for one don't feel that it impacted negatively on my childhood, I had an amazing childhood, teenage years (lol for the most part). But your right Clare, it does make you very indepenedent and comfortable with the knowledge you can take care of yourself.

I know you mean well with your concern, but please don't inadvertently plant ideas in your son's head that his condition limits him in any way.

I am horrified to read in this forum of diabetics who are so scared they never leave their chair in the living room. As noted above, there are type 1 diabetics who race bicycles cross country, fly airplanes around the world, race in NASCAR, and a million other things. Diabetes should not limit his opportunities in any way.

And a CGM or pump are not the mark of the beast. Most people at work think I am checking my messages on my phone when I pull out my Dexcom to check my BG or when it goes off. Similarly when I bolus with my PDM. It's tools like this, in fact, that make management easier with large variations in activity as it gives you the fine grained control and continuous situational awareness to be confident in whatever you do. They are not necessary, but they certainly help.

It kinda scares me too, the stories of people scared to leave their house, scared to walk a couple of blocks, scared to sleep, etc. You just can't live your life being scared and being ruled by fear. We have a chronic condition, but a chronic condition that is manageable and should NOT be limiting any of us in any kind of way.

just so you know jacob has been on an onmipod for about 2 years plus, it has always been his choice when to start pumping and not to use a CGM thanks for your input, i appreciate all advise and support, i know i need to back off.




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