Sunday, January 15, 2012

Party Like Your Pancreas is Working'

Being a student, it's kind of hard to balance diabetes and fun.   As much as the two have to go together no matter what, it is fairly easy to put fun before diabetes.   The easiest way to prove this is that I check my sugar less when I am going out with friends than I do if I am just out and about by myself.   I instantly morph into a non-diabetic like my friends.

Although, it is easy to forget - you have to do, what you have to do.   So, here is a little manual to make that balance a little easier!

1.  Pre drink:   This is the time to load up on some of the snacks and take a little less insulin, because it's going to be hard to find food at the bar.    Check your sugar at least twice, once before the pre drink and then just as you're about to jump in the cab.  Personally, I don't mind if my sugar is a little on the high side as I am heading to the bar, because I know I will be dancing!

2.  At the bar:   There is going to be lots of people and it's going to be hard/annoying to check your blood sugar.  Sometimes, I check mine at the bar, but not always.  I go a lot by 'feeling' - if I feel low, I will try and find something (hardly ever happens) and if I feel high I might take a couple units of insulin.

3.  After the bar:  This is when you come storming into your apartment looking for some food. You haven't had snacks until the pre drink and now it's time to have a little snack.  This is a good time to get back into the swing of diabetes and check your sugar before heading to bed.   Have a couple snacks and get settled into your bed - but I can't guarantee you won't wake up in the middle of the night with a low blood sugar!

And that's that!  It is pretty simple, but if you know your body well, you shouldn't have to fret if you haven't checked your sugar at the bar because let's face it sometimes fun gets in the way.  As long as your friends around you know that you're the diabetic in the room, chances are they won't let you down.


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