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A day off from Diabetes

I’m on spring break and I go back to class on Monday.

Tuesday, three of my nursing school gals and I took a trip up to Steamboat Springs for a night of soaking and girl talk to celebrate the end of Med-Surg 1. After hours of hopping around the city picking up each other and purchasing several bottles of wine to last us through the night, we were finally on the road to Steamboat. After 3 hours of endless chatting and an incident where the driver briefly slid the car into what can only be described as a snow cloud, we reached our destination.

That little top part is where I slept!

We stayed in a cute little train caboose (see left). My ex-ballerina friend and I bunked in the loft (which made me feel like I was Buried alive in a coffin…well, except for the windows) and the other girls slept downstairs on a futon.

We had lentil soup and pita for dinner, and spent hours soaking in the hot springs, just relaxing. We snacked, drank wine, laughed our butts off and ran around the springs naked near midnight (hey, it was deserted and its clothing optional  after dark!).

I was prepared with my sparkly, bright red diabetes kit (which included a vial of insulin and syringes) since I would be without my pump for hours at a time while soaking… I had juice boxes stuffed in a warm robe and extra test strips to save us a hike back to the caboose, just in case.

The WONDERFUL thing was, my blood sugar never rose above 110 the entire trip. I didn’t need to inject while disconnected from the pump (I was testing every 45 minutes to an hour) and I was disconnected for 3+ hours! I reached the low 60′s a couple of times, but I didn’t feel terrible, I just corrected with juice and continued having fun. It almost had me thinking that there was some miracle cure cooking in those springs.

…That is, until we arrived back in town and my Chipolte burrito lunch caught up with me, sending me upward toward 170 mg/dL. I knew it was time to get back to reality and slap on another Dexcom sensor (I went sans sensor for fear of boiling it).

Whatever the reason for the good numbers, I appreciated having what felt like a spring break from diabetes…even if it did only last a day and a half.


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