OK Holger, that was funny and only too true!
No vacations here either. Too dangerous. I took off my CMG for a couple of weeks and that ended with a paramedic visit.
ALthough I will say that because I wear a pump, and have been doing this quite a while, I am able to eat a lot of things not generally considered part of a diabetic diet and maintain good glucose readings. That is why I love my pump and will never go back to MDI. The freedom I now have is so important to me, and that freedom is a kind of vacation in my brain.
I do the sae thing as Spock, in that I don't avoid anything b/c of diabetes. I try to balance food and insulin carefully but more food= more insulin works, alhtough perhaps I "cheat" a bit by exercising too, which also seems to give insulin some teeth...
My goal is to have close to normal BG and A1c's. I wear a pump, a CGM,and test my BG 7 to 10 times a day by choice . Extreme insulin therapy is my way of life now, I do give in to temptation and eat some foods I should never eat but taking a D vacation is imposable, why lie to myself.
I take a vacation from my life every day and speak to Jesus Christ, he is the only vacation I need. The Holy spirit speaks to me, comforts me , and gives me guidance....Faith is like no other medicine...when your down to your last breath faith is the only comfort you will have ...you could be taking your last breath right now....;-)
I've been thinking about what I do for D vacations since Dr. Polansky talked about it. I decided that I do take them in a way, although it has been more a matter of priorities for me. At home Diabetes is my top priority, in part because I'm surrounded by D stuff: insulin stored in the fridge, syringes and a pen on the kitchen shelf, stuff for lows everywhere, meter on my computer desk, backups in my D bag, etc. When I go out to eat, visit people, take travel trailer trips, D becomes my second priority, because I'm busy enjoying everything else with just my D bag to remind me. Works for me!
I have several planned D vacations each year. Some examplas include: the Lutefisk and Swedish Meatball supper at the church each fall on the fourth Friday in October, the pancake feed in February, the annual Superbowl Party at a friend's home, and other regular outings. Sometimes, I will just get hungry for something and I will eat it. I don't regularly take a D vacation, but sometimes, it just happens.
Hello Sid, that's a great question. If you haven't seen the video of Dr. Polansky's talk/chat here, I strongly suggest you do - the answer to your question and more are there. He talks about a 'vacation' as being anything from testing your blood sugar fewer times on a particular day, to indulging in a favorite food that you usually avoid. It's not at all about cheating ;)
the chocolate croissant idea made me smile! good for you. jacob has a new endo in boston, lots of good food places, we treat him with a burrito after every visit. healthy fresh food but heavy on the carbs and ALL restaurant food is hard to bolus for, we always overshoot in a big way. Well we went thursday had a good visit love his doc a1c of 7.0 best ever and had burritos, trying to let him have control i didnt ask about his bs or his bolus and let him do his thing, before dinner when we got home his bs was over 300! restaurant food is soooo challenging so is letting your 14 year old son use his brain. not to put him down but for the challenging situations i like to put in my too cents and extra insulin or less if the situation calls for it! anyways we are firm believers in allowing treats as a balanced diet and jacob gets a partial vaca everyday as he has me assisting with reminders and helping out. aka mother the nag! he doesnt mind on most days and we are working towards independence! keep having that croissant dear we all need treats lets face it they make us happy especially chocolate and when the stars are aligned the right insulin dose will work out just fine! blessings, amy
I take a vacation from the CGM for weeks at a time,partially because of the expense since my post-retirement insurance has changed so much; and partially because I do not want to be bothered with it. I find that the predicted high alerts, as well as the actual real-time high alerts really make me want to overcorrect, so I get on a vicious hi- lo cycle. I am not hypo unaware; and can generally treat any low that is not below 40 on my own. On work days,I test a lot when not wearing the CGM to make up for not knowing the trends. Sometimes, though, I think the CGM is just too much info.!!!
I also do not test post -prandials on a lazy shut in the house weekend. I still exercise inside, but I just do not test a lot, maybe one weekend a month, sans CGM. I need a break from the constant testing. I do not obsess about the numbers, but I have this overcorrection tendency..... so I need a planned vacation from that.
Vacation? You can actually take a REAL break? One where you are able to stop thinking, counting, dosing, planning, preparing? I don't think so. It has always bothered me when people say they take D vacations. It's not something that's REALLY possible. Not completely. You can make focused changes, but even that is difficult. Just another thing to think about and worry on...
Vacation is too long of a break from D, I think mini-vacation or break are more reasonable. My mini-vacation would be an extra slice of pizza and, throwing a bunch of insulin at it and crossing my fingers; a nice drink; or eating out. I also try to celebrate success and take a moment to reflect on all my hard work. Like when I get an A1C in the 5's or my lab work comes back all normal, or my opthmalogist says "no diabetes".