I can’t wait.

Thanksgiving is such an awesome holiday. We get a couple of days off to stuff ourselves with food and give thanks to all those who arrived on the Mayflower. It’s just so totally awesome. Thanksgiving however has started me thinking. When it comes to diabetes, I can find to very significant points about Thanksgiving that can be related to diabetes.

The first part is obvious: It’s the food part. Personally I think that it is hardest to keep your blood sugars under control during the holidays. There’s the turkey, and the candy, and the mashed potatoes, and whoops! your high. But there’s still cranberry sauce and pie and stuffing and gravy and sweet potatoes and little bit more of everything else. So my advise would be to give extra insulin before you sit down and eat that scrumptious meal. That way if you have extra of anything, which I assure you that you will, you already have the insulin in your body to eat it. And if you go low you can have another piece of pumpkin pie.

But what if you do go high? Back when I was ten and newly diagnosed, I would always go high whenever my extended family got together. And whenever my extended family got together it meant pie and good times. (Do you sense a theme? Hint: I like pie.) And then I would cry and pitch a fit because my parents wouldn’t let me eat pie while everyone else was eating pie, and then by the time that I could eat pie I didn’t want to eat pie because nobody else was eating pie. A tragedy in the mind of a ten year old.

But here’s the thing: Diabetes comes first. Holidays are always tough because there’s that extra food around. But you have to be the big kid and not eat that piece of pie. Know your body and take care of it. And besides, you can have the pie in an hour or two, and gloat because nobody else is eating pie. Don’t be mean to your body and eat the pie anyway. I know that I’m teenage and am not technically old, but your body will be in so much better shape when your older. Because after you have that one piece of pie when you’re high, then it becomes a bad habit.

Diabetes comes first. Remember that.

Thanksgiving is all about a holiday about giving thanks. I don’t know about you, but my family always goes around the table and says what they are thankful for. So it’s time to thank diabetes again. And this time, just be thankful that your around at all to enjoy Thanksgiving. One hundred years ago, we would have died. Now there’s treatment, and we get to eat the pie. And like I’ve said before, diabetes has brought on some pretty awesome experiences, like getting to share this wonderful community where everyone is all so supportive.

Well, have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!


Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenager with Diabetes, Pie Lover/Eater

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Balancing Halloween Candy and Diabetes

Just because I’m a freshmen in high school doesn’t mean that I am going to stop Trick O’ Treating. I mean, what kid doesn’t like going out dressed as Dracula and getting about five pounds of candy because they had the nerve to wear fangs? I mean, I’m strongly for the idea myself.

And before you ask, yes, several first graders did stop my friends and I and informed us that we were “to old to go Trick O’ Treating”. Honestly.

So basically the whole point of Trick O’ Treating is to go out and get as much candy as possible. And we all know that candy is a diabetic’s best friend, right? Right.

A lot of solutions that kids come up with is to sell their candy to their parents. And that’s actually pretty popular with our non-diabetics also. I tried the selling method for my first Halloween with diabetes, and it didn’t exactly work. I ended up selling the candy I didn’t like to my parents and kept and ate approximately nine tenths of that year’s haul. So selling candy doesn’t really work with me. I like it too much.

If you are like me, and go down the “eat all of your candy” path, then there isn’t a whole ton that I can say to you. BUT:

If possible, DO remember to bolus/take shot for candy, or you will set yourself on a high blood sugar roller coaster that will mess your whole day up. Trust me, I speak from experience. Not fun. It is just so much easier to take a little pain for some sugar, and not have one of those horrible days that just suck. Those days are the worst part (in my opinion) about having diabetes.

So just be a wise candy eater is all I’m saying. Cheers!


Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Extensive Bolus-Wizard User, Awesome Black-Belt/Ninja

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My Second Race

Cross country race number two.

Here was my second attempt at a cross country race.

My race didn’t start until about 5:30 or so. We were dead last, because I am in Girl’s Open, and the race order went Boy’s Junior Varsity, Girl’s JV, Boy’s Varsity, Girl’s Varsity, Boy’s Open, Girl’s Open. They were each about thirty minutes apart, which my Mom complained about for at least fifteen minutes, even though she didn’t go. So I don’t know why she cares. Actually, I kind of like it when it’s all spread out, because you get to sit there and relax for a while, or even take a nap, like one girl did. I listened to my iPod and talked.

Mr. Southerns was going to race with me again, which I really appreciate. 🙂 I did not warm up with him, however. Before every practice, and every race you have to go on at least a twenty minute run and then do dynamic stretches so you don’t pull a muscle or anything like that. Before my warm up I tested and I was 150 mg/dl. So I didn’t correct or anything, I just went on the warm up jog. When I finished, I was 60 mg/dl. So I had a juice, and then I went and stretched. After stretching, I was 120 mg/dl, and this was about ten minutes or so before my race. So I had a Gatorade and and granola bar.

And we started. And I went. (Sound familiar?) And Mr. Southerns went with me. He was carrying my glucometer, and some juice and some more chewy thingies. After mile 1, I tested, and I think that I was around 170 mg/dl, but I can’t quite remember.

Meanwhile, I’m feeling really good. I’m passing people, and I have my rhythm, and I just felt like I was on it. It was the greatest feeling.

I was about at mile 2 when I tested again. This time I can remember what my number was, because I was 300 mg/dl. I guess the Gatorade threw me over the edge, eh? So I bolused, but I didn’t give myself the full amount. Only about a unit.

But about thirty yards ahead, all of the varsity girls were congregated. I started running again, and they were all cheering me on, even though I was the only person in that little bit. It was so awesome. I love a sport where the only person you have to beat is yourself, and everyone knows how hard it is, and everyone is SO supportive. They were so loud and so enthusiastic that I couldn’t help but smile. That was my second-to-best moment in my whole cross country career, which hasn’t been a long one.

Right after the girls was a hill, and I got faster GOING UP the hill, and I PASSED about five girls! That was an excellent moment of success. It was the bomb. I had about .5 or so miles left.

I got to the finish line. Now I will tell you my best moment in my whole cross country career. I CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AND MY TIME WAS 29:24 approximately, AND I HAD CUT OFF ABOUT 4 MINUTES FROM MY FIRST RACE!!!! OMG I WAS SO HAPPY. AND I STILL AM. Can you tell?

Mr. Southerns was so happy for me too, he hugged me as soon as I finished, and I was happy with that moment for the rest of forever. And my couch was so proud and supportive, and everyone on the team was telling me good job, and it was the best, because by then everyone knew that I had diabetes, so they knew that it was a huge accomplishment for me.

By the end of the race I was 150 mg/dl and steady. And that was my second race. 😀

By the way, a HUGE shout out to Claudia J. for contacting me. She has just been diagnosed, so I’m sure we can all sympathize. Keep going, Claudia, and don’t give up. It’s a struggle at first, but you’ll get better at it. I’m cheering for you!


Claire Montgomery
Cross Country Runner, Type 1 Diabetic, Awesome Person in General

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