Friday, May 14, 2010

Lets Get Moving

Day 5- Lets get Moving

I have two daughters who are 2 years old and 4 years old, they are very active and love to play. We spend a lot of time in our back yard where they have a huge play set that they love to climb on, slide down and swing on. This has worked out great for me because when it comes to being active and their blood sugars, I just never know what's going to happen with them.

A perfect example of this was recently I took my kids in the back yard to play, they were running around having a blast. About 30 minutes into their playtime Miss E asked me if I would push her on the swing, I had just started swinging her when she told me that she was hot and she wanted me to stop pushing her. Then she said she was tired and that she wanted to go inside the house, looking at her I knew something was wrong. I had Lil Miss C in her baby swing so I was trying to quickly unfasten her belt and get inside to Miss E who had made a bee line for the house. By the time I got to the back door I saw Miss E sitting on the kitchen floor, I grabbed her blood glucose meter and started to get it ready when suddenly Miss E just dropped down on the floor and said she felt dizzy. She was lying there on her back and all of the color had drained from her face, I could feel my heart start to race and my hands where shaking.

It was a terrible low, one of the worst so far...38...I had to hold her head up while I gave her a juice box, she cried and told me she felt sick.

It was scary, but I was thankful it happened in our own back yard and I was able to take care of her. We have a park that is just a few blocks away, every time I take the kids there I always bring their meters and juice just never know.

I don't have the girls in organized sports yet so I am not sure how that will play out in the future for them and their diabetes. I have Miss E signed up for swim lessons this summer, from what I have read on some of the other d-blogs...swimming can be a nightmare on their blood sugars. Time will tell, I think it's a little bit of a learning curve and a little bit of luck when it comes to figuring out how different activities will affect their blood sugars. I used the word "luck" because some days diabetes just doesn't behave...even when you are doing everything "right".

I'm just hoping that swimming will be kind to my girls :) It is something that Miss E is really looking forward to.


  1. Being a "girl mommy", I can totally see those sweet little legs running around the backyard and sqealing with delight :)

    Ah...sweet images...

    You're right - you NEVER know. And D doesn't play by any rules. Sorry about the 38, but SO HAPPY you nipped it in the bud!

    Enjoy those sweet babes.

  2. Oh my word....that is so scary. It was a blessing that you were home.

    We're still figuring out the exercise thing, but from what I hear, you never really figure it out. Just test, test, test.

    Have a good weekend! : )

  3. I have had exactly the same experiences with Frank running around and seemingly fine until he suddenly wasn't. No warning, just a big fat hypo. Luckily I was there. The alternative doesn't bear thinking of.
    Thanks for a good, reassuring week.

  4. I have found that organized sports are a little (emphasis on little) easier to manage than the regular ol' spontaneous playing around the house. Because you know the start and end time of the activity, you can compensate in a more predictable way.

  5. 38 is scary! That is actually the exact lowest low we've ever had. I thought I might die of fright.

    So glad she was OK!