One of the declarations I made when I found out I was diabetic was to decide that, while I might have to make some accommodations, my life activities were not going to change because I’m diabetic. And they pretty much haven’t. However, the “accommodations” mostly mean being aware. I need to think about the activities first and try to guess the extent of them and what I should do. I need to pay attention and listen to my body and so forth. This weekend was the first real weekend of spring and the start of some outdoor activities.
Wait, I want to digress for a moment and talk about myself and sports. I was the kid in school who was often chosen last – or at least in the bottom three – for sports. I was always overweight and I’m not very athletically gifted, so I guess it’s understandable (though why can’t a teacher just divide kids?). I am, however, a good team member. My clap/cheer reflexes, for example, are very high. I’m also a girl (normally fewer in sports) and a willing and reliable participant. So, as an adult, I play some sports – volleyball, kickball, softball, football…that’s it so far, I guess. I enjoy them all because it’s “social” and I’ve met some of the most amazing people and made some great friendships.
So, back to the point, this weekend was the start of some outdoor sports. These started with kickball on Saturday. I love kickball (and hope to make it back to my favorite position – first base – you reading this, Coach?). Our game was early though and I got there a few minutes late. With an insanely big team, I only got to kick once. And my kick was fine…however, I do seem to mentally want to stop and watch where the ball goes before I start running. Um?! So, I am going to try harder to break that. Either way, I had a great time in the sun, but the actual movement was pretty minimal and no real thought was given to the big D in my life.
Today was football with a brand new team (for me) and was a different story. Football requires that three girls play at all times and we only had four show up. This meant a lot of running. See previous post that I want to get in better shape. 🙂 So, I didn’t really plan anything, but ended up running around for 45 minutes and ended up red-faced and sweaty. I did catch a ball in the end-zone (score!) so didn’t feel too bad that I was a little slow following the girl I was paired with in the gender plays. I guess I was a little embarrassed about the redness, but I know it happens for me at any size I’ve been (and pre-disease) so just have to accept it as part of who I am. However, i did realize when I got back to my car that my levels were low. I did a quick test and had to stop for a snack.
The lesson learned is not to not play. It’s that I might need to adjust my pump like I do with other exercise and always keep a snack or glucose tablets with me. It’s a good thing to know and to deal with in the future. I gave my friend/coach a head’s up too in case I need to drop out of the game to get my levels up.
What a weird disease this is. Today I’m feeling too young to have it, even though I know many people can start out with it as toddlers.