I went to the movies last night. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the movies. But it’s really the big thing that throws my numbers off.
I went with three friends last night, Atalya, Sofie, and Adrian. Cool people. But whenever I’m with friends I neglect my diabetes more. Well, not really. I just don’t pay attention as much when my CGM says I’m high, and maybe I’ll bolus five minutes before a meal instead of fifteen.
But when you put the whole movie thing into perspective, I just seem to go wacko. For instance:
- I’ll ignore my “hands off of non-diet soda” rule.
- Then I’ll proceed to chug it down, and not wait for thirty minutes for my insulin to soak in.
- Who really knows how many carbs movie popcorn has, and really, how much are you going to eat when you have to share with three other people?
You get the idea. So imagine me last night. We were all trying to figure out if we should get the combo with the nachos or the hot dogs, what size popcorn, whose drink is whose, etc. Meanwhile, my CGM was beeping, saying, Bolus! You’re 200!
But I’m focused on, that’s my drink, I got the Sprite. I want three straws. I’ll hold the popcorn if you hold the drinks. But I’ve still got this nagging feeling in the back of my head. You need to test, moron, or you’re going to go even higher!
So I glance around, and the place is packed. Most people were watching us bicker over popcorn sizes. No way was I going to let go of my popcorn and show the world that I can stick a needle into myself on command.
So finally we walk into the theater, find our seats, and I can take out my tester and test. Yup. 250. So I bolus for 120 carbs (I know, I’m crazy), and try to convince myself that I’m not thirsty and I wont drink some of my really high carb soda.
During the movie, I glanced at my CGM, and hey, I had an arrow going down! Everything was great. But my victory was short lived, because just a little later I’m about 250 and steady.
I pretty much stayed 250 that whole night, sometimes going a little higher. That in itself is a victory for me. I managed to bolus about the right amount of carbs, and didn’t shoot up to 300! Points for Claire!
So maybe next time I’ll get myself down before the movie starts and stay at a steady 150 instead of 250. And maybe you’ll be smart, and do the same. Good luck!
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