By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-07-04 17:01:03 -0500
Started 2012-05-28 01:24:21 -0500

Summer is almost here. Do you have any concerns about your diabetes that are different during the summer than in the winter?

How does the difference in weather effect your choice of activities, sports, types or quantity of food or drink, methods of transportation, medications, or sleep patterns? How do you adapt your methods of caring for your diabetes to accommodate these differences? Does your mood or energy level change?

Is vacation time a stress or a time of relaxation. Do you seek out friends and relatives or seek silence and solitude?

How is summer different than winter for you?

85 replies

MewElla 2012-06-26 07:55:15 -0500 Report

Since I have had diabetes for 2 1/2 years now; I see no difference in good or bad time for bg#'s. I think because I am so active both summer and winter it has made all the difference in the world for me.

Caroltoo 2012-06-26 12:10:24 -0500 Report

Yes, I have found the same to be true. For me, it is just an issue of hydration during the summer when I'm not in air conditioning.

MewElla 2012-06-26 13:37:54 -0500 Report

Oh, I so agree with you..

Caroltoo 2012-06-27 11:15:09 -0500 Report

…those Texas summers will do it, for sure. At least Hawaii has more moisture along with the heat. You have had a few really hot days recently. As I've watched the thermometer, your part of TX has been consistently about 20 degrees above HI.

MewElla 2012-06-27 13:18:02 -0500 Report

It has been incredibly hot last couple days. Not so bad today, only 95 but humidity is down…YAY!!!

JSJB 2012-06-26 04:30:10 -0500 Report

This is my first summer since being pre diagnosed My wife and I like to travel and I enjoy eating. This will be a test on my resistance to eating foods I can't have or at least cutting down on some foods. As far as being active, nothing will change. I want to enjoy life now and refuse to crawl into a shell because of this condition. I will just have to monitor my activities and read up on the effects of summer on diabetes.

DeanaG 2012-05-29 23:57:01 -0500 Report

This is my first summer since being diagnosed.
I figure if I made it thru the holidays and lowered my A1C I shouldn't have a problem with the summer. I am usually much more active during the summer so that should help.

Caroltoo 2012-05-30 00:01:43 -0500 Report

You probably won't have any issues. Yes, you have been doing very well.

Be aware of two possibilities though: 1. be extra careful to remain hydrated despite the heat and 2. your exercise level may increase enough to change/reduce your insulin resistance and cause you/Dr to need to reduce medications.

KarynCandy29 2012-05-29 14:12:50 -0500 Report

I love summer for the BBQ..hubby loves to do it …This will be my first summer with diabetes so I'll get back to you on that..LOL
vacation??? whats that???..I think this summer is going to be a stressful much in the family going on..think I'll find a room to rent ,and not tell anyone where I am…LOL

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 14:47:06 -0500 Report

I've often had that feeling, Karyn, but once I got my chance to isolate this last 17 months, I've found I miss people, but not the problems.

If you know there are potentially stressful events coming, then this is a good time for thinking up some alternative responses that will help protect you from the stress.

So great when hubbies take over part of the cooking! I never really had that in my marriage. Wayne did what he called "Wayne burgers", but anything else was up to me even when it was on the BBQ. The man is a sweetheart, but he just doesn't cook. It's not a source of stress though, because he would be just as happy with a bowl of cereal for dinner as a prepared meal. Odd … may come from the times he had to "make do" while he was on the mission field.

KarynCandy29 2012-05-29 15:41:35 -0500 Report

Hi Carol,
Chris is a good cook,helps me a lot around the house and he cooks on the stove as well..but he hates to paint and wash walls..and cleans the bathroom..I think that is from when he was at home he's mom had him doing so much of that kind of thing..
I don't think I'm good at finding alternative responses…I have a lot to think about…I should do like my oldest son did..and get a Life Coach..LOL
Your hubby sounds easy going..I have a question you said in your post to me you got your chance to isolate the last 17 months..what did you mean by that?

Caroltoo 2012-06-18 20:34:41 -0500 Report

I've been out of work since 01/01/11 and have been filling out applications and caring for Wayne with minimal contact with the outside world. That's one of the reasons I've been so chatty on d.c. It has filled a real social need for me while I was pretty much stuck at home.

Sorry I missed this message, Karyn, I'm not getting any notifications right now and it makes it difficult to follow conversations.

I am starting back to work this week. Will be managing an adolescent girls treatment home.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 15:49:55 -0500 Report

That's a thought, Karyn. Give you some good opportunities to process safe options before the events happen. That takes a lot of the stress off you because you don't have to "think fast" in the stress of the moment.

Young1s 2012-05-29 11:25:27 -0500 Report

This will be my first summer so I can't really say. But given what I've been learning about D and my journey so far, I don't foresee too many issues. Will be sure to monitor myself and use self control.

On a side note, my husband didn't get to grill much last summer and he's getting antsy. Really looking forward to that. For one, he'd be doing the majority of the cooking on those days. And two, the house won't get overheated from the stove being on.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 12:19:12 -0500 Report

Good to hear from you! Sounds like some good things happen in your summers: grilling, hubby cooking, lower temperatures indoors! I think the biggest things to watch for are how changes in activities may effect your use of meds and to stay hydrated despite the heat.

Young1s 2012-06-29 02:35:09 -0500 Report

We had 3 days of 90. Truth be told, I was mad. Not because of the heat but because I couldn't bake. Had gotten used to baking, instead of frying. figured out that i can cook on stovetop first and finish in oven with less heat. going to be a good summer. different anyways. still saving up for the cheap hibatchi tho.

re1ndeer 2012-05-28 21:40:19 -0500 Report

During the summer months I seem to eat less, do to the heat. Where as during the winter I have my comfort foods to keep me warm.

During the summer months I have to re-adjust my medications because of less food consumed. I seem to drink more liquids during the summer (I normally drink alot of water, but, I consume lemonade (no-sugar), and alot of ice tea.
Exercise is done early in the morning hours before the day gets to warm. I also, have my air conditioner on when temperatures reach over 80 degrees and humid.
Otherwise, I would be unable to sleep during the night. The only thing about summer that I like is that I can grow my vegetable garden.

The best time of the year for me is the fall, it is not to hot, or to cold. I seem to be able to exercise more, and be outside. I can start canning all my vegetables for the winter season, plant some cold weather crops, lettuce, radishes, beets, carrots, etc. and enjoy the season.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 21:52:02 -0500 Report

I, too, am less hungry during the summer … less need to keep the body producing heat, perhaps. Sounds like you have made some good adaptations with your AC and exercise schedule! Love to hear more about your canning experiences. My mom did a lot; I grow the veggies but in small enough numbers so I just eat them. A couple mornings ago, I stood by my hanging strawberry planter and ate a handful fresh off the vines.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-28 15:12:27 -0500 Report

The weather doesn't change my diabetes. My ideal would be temp about 76 degree. I like my shorts and tanks and can put a sweater on if need be. When it gets too hot, I have a hard time breathing. I really love all the seasons and the different foods and activities:)

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 19:31:10 -0500 Report

Sounds like you enjoy your summer. No, it wouldn't change your diabetes, but it could change your activities or your level of hydration and those can affect how you cope with your D.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-29 22:43:01 -0500 Report

So true, but once you learn how to deal with your diabetes and know the different signs then you can enjoy any season. I do miss snow skiing though, back problems among others keep me from it.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 22:47:08 -0500 Report

I miss water skiing. I'm surrounded by water, but no where to ski … well, one man made area to ski in. Amazing. Glad we didn't bring our boat when we moved. I would be soooo frustrated by this.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-29 23:08:23 -0500 Report

Love to water ski as well, but don't like being in the water, too many things brushing up against me, so I'm always up on the first pull. Make that loved as that is out as well. I like boating! Ok, I hear the song from Jaws thinking about where you would have to ski, I'll pass!

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 23:16:29 -0500 Report

I think I'll tell you a story, Red Flower. Once, when I had just been skiing a little while, my husband and I borrowed a boat and went to Lake Havasu to ski. It hadn't been a lake/dam very long at that time, so much of the growth which had been covered with water was still there, just under the water and dying.

I was skiing along having a great time, when I head the outboard propeller hit something. Hubby immediately cut the engine and I, on the end of at least 40 feet of rope, started to slowly sink while still standing upright. About 2 INCHES in, I stopped and found myself standing on Lake Havasu…probably the closest I will ever come to walking on water! Slipped out of the ski onto a very slimey branch and realized I was actually in/on a tree in about 40 feet of water. Had to get off rather carefully so I didn't get hung up on any other branches on my way to the boat.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-29 23:41:01 -0500 Report

Been to that lake as well. That is too funny, but at least you can say you have been at the top of a tree, haha. I was skiing at a lake in Okla. as a kid that had houses and stuff under it but wasn't told before going in. Kept passing spots that had low levels and you could see the junk and all the water snakes swimming around it. This is where I got the fear of things brushing up against me, terrified of snakes.

jayabee52 2012-05-28 11:00:18 -0500 Report

Summer or winter has not been a problem for me when dealing with my Diabetes, historically.

However recently if the temperature is below 80ºf I get "the shivers" for hours at a time. I am told that this is due to a hypothyroid condition. So summers in Las Vegas are ideal for me.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 12:59:41 -0500 Report

Sounds like your choice of activities must be pretty consistent. Like Gabby, I do more activities during the summer, but I think the choices are about the same. I do try to be more cautious about my water consumption … never really my favorite drink, but I'm learning to love it.

I, too, find that I get cool more easily than I used too. I've gone about in snow country in a sweater and been OK, so cooling was never really my issue … mine was more one of where do I find the weather cool enough so I'd still be comfortable … hence my move to WA from CA. Eventually, that has evened out and now in HI, I pull up the sheet or light blanked when it drops to 75 at night. Could be the moisture in the air here through.

Hey, have you done any more research w/r/t honeymooning in the island? No, I'm not rushing you … just looking toward the ultimate goal whenever.

jayabee52 2012-05-28 13:26:36 -0500 Report

been so focused on getting her out of hospital and rehab that's been on the back burner. We've talked of getting married but that is as far as it has gotten so far.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 19:33:17 -0500 Report

You've both had lots to deal with … that's why I said "no rush" … you reallly want to be eye-to-eye with someone for a while before you decide on marriage anyway. No, I was thinking in the more general sense of knowing that you want to remarry, not that you had decided who you would marry.

GabbyPA 2012-05-28 10:58:25 -0500 Report

Summer equals salads! I struggle to eat my leafy greens in the winter, as I crave those comfort foods that can really mess me up.

Summer is good for me because I eat ice ( I know, it's bad for my teeth) glasses of ice. I love it. I am out more and doing more in the heat really helps me feel better that the cold. However, it will get too hot to do much soon here in Florida, and I will soon be seeking indoor activities. I hear the pool at the gym calling my name.

Longer days also help me be more disciplined in getting up. I am a chicken, up with the sun and down at night. So my days can be more filled with things when the hours are bright. It's amazing how much I can do before 8:00 in the morning! LOL

So, while I hate the heat, I do like a lot about summer.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-26 15:46:29 -0500 Report

Gabby, The Cake Lady used to be an Ice Eater. Turns out she was low in either iron or zinc. Seems there is a connection to craving ice and being low in either of those two minerals.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 12:54:05 -0500 Report

Sounds like you are in your element, Gabby, and it will be a good time for you. How was the storm last night? You are obviously ok, guess I should ask how the garden is this morning? Hopefully not too much wind damage.

GabbyPA 2012-05-28 20:46:27 -0500 Report

Not much damage, except to my tomatoes, and very little rain. To be honest, we were all hoping for the rain. We are in a huge drought and really NEED the rain. It did sprits on us on and off all day, but we were still able to grill outside and enjoy a nice gathering with friends and family today. I harvested before the storm so we wouldn't loose any fruit that was near ready.

GabbyPA 2012-05-29 18:27:36 -0500 Report

It really was just a rain event, and we needed that. Today, actually, we got about 2" of rain in the tail of it. My garden is doing the happy dance. We had a cantaloup and some nice little yellow pear tomatoes out of it today. Yummy.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 22:37:27 -0500 Report

Sounds very good; glad for the rain. We were really hot and without rain over the weekend. Mine was struggling by this morning, but we've had rain today.

Gambling 2012-05-28 10:15:07 -0500 Report

It that ice cold ice cream i would have a few nites after dinner on those hot summer nites !

Time will tell as this will be my first summer ! I think i can get thru it

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 12:51:41 -0500 Report

Quite possibly, Paul. I've gotten to where I can have a bar of Hagan Dazs once in a while and not see a problem. I don't like the reduced fat, reduced sugar stuff cause of the chemicals, not the taste. So I just eat it less often and offset the fat somewhere else in the meal. The caution would be to have your ice cream right after a protein snack or with a protein snack like almonds, pistachios, or walnuts.

You CAN do it and you will. You're doing great.

Gambling 2012-05-28 13:13:39 -0500 Report

I like that idea of adding some almonds with it .Kinda like when i had frozen yogurt with sliced starwberries and almond slivers for a "lunch"

old biker
old biker 2012-05-28 08:26:40 -0500 Report

I am one of those boys of summer..I have worked outdoors just about my entire life and deal with the heat better then I do with the cold. Waking up to sunshine makes my day..This is a stress free time of year for me. Anytime I start to stress I jump on my bike and go for a ride, No more stress. I plan on spending a lot of time at our town park taking advantage of the parks 1.3 mile walking/jogging track, I am out there every day and the plan is by summers end I will take my walking cane, bend it around a pole and hang it on my wall..My energy and mood level are at it's peak this time of year..Here's hoping everyone has a great summer and don't forget..DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!!!!!!

JSJB 2012-06-26 04:37:37 -0500 Report

I'm with you. First I have to get the RoadKing inspected for a nice long ride. Nothing like cruisiing down a country road enjoying the sights and smellling the Amish fertilize their fields LOL Enjoy the rides and keep the shiney side up

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 09:30:35 -0500 Report

You do sound like your energy and mood are up! Glad you are exercising regularly and see yourself making progress. Plans to "hang up" your cane sure sound like you know where you are going with this. Congratulations.

I've always found the wind in my hair gave me a sense of freedom and relaxation, too. You make a good point about being careful to stay hydrated. It is a real risk for everyone, but has especially serious consequences for those of us with diabetes in our lives.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-28 06:04:04 -0500 Report

This is my first summer going into this! I'm hoping I can walk every day on our mountain since winters are harsh here. I am looking forward to our garden hoping it yields plenty of veggies, also plan to grill healthy foods. I will miss eating very large portions of watermelon! I like solitude, it gives me peace!

JSJB 2012-06-26 04:42:03 -0500 Report

Your mountain? I always wanted to live on a mountain. Maybe in my next lifetime. I do grow vegies and they look pretty good. My wife's bush beans are realy taking off. Bought a new grill and will enjoy grilling new foods. Enjoy yor mountain and garden.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-26 05:29:38 -0500 Report

Lol, by my mountain I guess I mean almost 23 acres of beautiful ponderosa pine trees and our property that goes to the peak of the mountain! We have a new grill also, I tried a recipe I found tomatoes grilled. They were big beef sliced, placed them on a grilling pan sprayed with some Pam. The mixture on top was olive oil, thyme, bread crumbs, thyme and shredded asiago cheese. Grill until the bread crumbs become crispy and brownish, great eating! Enjoy!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-28 06:03:54 -0500 Report


Caroltoo 2012-05-28 09:26:24 -0500 Report

Yes, you do have very harsh winters. When I lived in Washington state, I also looked forward to the summer and the end of the cold, frozen winter. Each blossom I saw open on the trees brought a renewed joy in the beauty and peace of spring and summer. Guess you now know why I moved to Hawaii, don't you? It's the people's open attitude, the varieties of food, the constant flowering of bushes and trees, and the warmer weather. My garden is already growing and I've started taking evening walks along the lake for the peace and solitude I find there. Yes, summer is good. Do remember to stay really well hydrated though, in the altitude, you can really react to the dryness of summer.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-28 09:45:14 -0500 Report

Carol, I can see why you love the warm weather. With the harsh and cold winters we get, I have to admit I still find peace in waking up to snow covered pine trees and frequent visits from wildlife. The summers where we live bring cool evenings and warm days. I enjoy sleeping with open windows, as the soft breeze blows and sometimes coyotes howling at night. Our garden is starting off slow due to cool weather this year, but I am looking forward to fresh veggies. Speaking of altitude ours is about 7500 ft, so I do have to be careful with dehydration. This seems to be a downfall for me. I have to sometimes fill up my water jug and time myself to make sure I am drinking a certain portion within a certain time period-this helps. Your place sounds beautiful, and yes now I know why you moved to Hawaii. I love flowers, right now my pots are all full of flowers I have planted. I also enjoy evening walks - so looking forward to the summer. Our log home has wrap around porches, which are also stress relievers for me. I sit there sometimes and watch the sun set, peace and quiet are usually just a few steps away for me. Have a great summer!

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 09:58:08 -0500 Report

Yes, there is a still, serene, beauty in the cold, pristine air of winter. One of my favorite memories is coming home one evening in Washington and finding a small herd of deer standing in my crossroads just off the highway. I was driving slowly having to make several abrupt turns, so didn't even scare them. I stopped the car and just watched them there in the moonlight. It was a magical experience.

I just didn't like having freeze my behind to be able to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature! I've often thought if I returned to the mainland, I'd go into a mountainous area with lots of trees.

Growing up, I heard the coyotes in the distance almost every night. One night, they were too close and I found only bits of hair left by my lilac point Siamese cat, Sassy. Other times, I've camped in the mountains and listened to them calling each other across the valley. It is a haunting and errie sound. Life is drawn more harshly, but you know the choices are clearly life and death ones.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-28 10:10:06 -0500 Report

Carol I am so sorry about your Siamese cat, and you're so right, I know that although those coyotes are within their own environment I have made my home within their domain. I appreciate the beauty and wild around me, but I am also very cautious with our own cats, and my walks through the mountains since our area is known to have bears constantly moving. We have a large hound dog who constantly warns us and those coming too close to stay away!

If you ever come to the mainlands, you'd see I live in that mountainous area with lots of trees, mostly pine, but I am now working on getting a nice patch of aspen trees going. If only the elk would stop chewing on them! Lol - lovin life in the mountains!

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 12:47:08 -0500 Report

Those beasties do have voracious appetites especially when its just after a hungry, cold winter and all those young leaves are available for meals.

As for the coyotes, I did have one encounter where I was frightened enough to leave. I used to camp counsel summers in the San Gorgonio Wilderness area high in the San Bernardino Mountains of So. Cal. One winter, I decided to drive up and walk into the Meadow of 10,000 Springs where I had taken all the units of campers for a week at a time during the previous summer — I was leading the camp craft unit. On my way in, carefully walking across the icy snow, I encountered a coyote standing on the path about 20 feet in front of me just looking at me. I stopped. Neither of us moved. I backed up around the corner and scurried quietly away. I had always felt protected by my size, but I realized he was starving that winter and I looked like a risk that might have been worth trying.

angry diabetic
angry diabetic 2012-05-28 05:34:48 -0500 Report

i live in South Africa, so we are just going into winter now… i actually love winter because i hate getting hot! and i love soup! i always lose weight in the winter because i have to wear trousers and jerseys, etc. and in summer i can just hide all the flab under a big maxi dress lol… so when winter comes i go on a diet.. and it works well… x

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 09:19:54 -0500 Report

Yummy, a hot cup of soup on a cool winter day! Do you make your own? Any favorite recipes you might share with us. I love soup too, and, like you, live in a warm place (Hawaii) so only use it during the winter months.

Interesting that, for tototally different reasons, we are all headed into the time of year (our summer and your winter) when we feel better. Hope this is a good one for you.

angry diabetic
angry diabetic 2012-05-29 01:36:05 -0500 Report

My husband does all the cooking - he is an absolute star in the kitchen (except for the mess!!! ;) ) I will have to steal some of his recipes to post! all his dishes are extremely healthy and delicious.. my favorite soup is of course, butternut, and he adds plenty cinnamon, and instead of cream, uses plain yogurt.. yummy! xx

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 01:47:48 -0500 Report

That does sound really good; hope you do post it … soon even, since I have one in my refrigerator right now and have been trying to decide what to do with it. Great to have a husband who is a star in the kitchen! Where/how did he develop the interest in healthy cooking? My son is the cook in his family also.

angry diabetic
angry diabetic 2012-05-30 01:27:12 -0500 Report

ok here we go: 1 butternut diced, 1 sweet potatoe diced, 1 onion finely chopped, 1 tablespoon olive oil, cinnamon to taste, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, salt to taste, 3 tablespoons plain low fat yogurt, 2 vegtable or chicken stock cubes: In a large pot, add the olive oil and onion, stir until soft. Then add the butternut and sweet potatoe and cover with boiled water half an inch over. Add the stock cubes, nutmeg and salt. Cook until veggies are soft. Turn down heat, stick blend until smooth, and add yogurt and cinnamon… yummy! He only started his interest in healthy cooking once we got together and he tried to make me a healthy diabetic.. not a easy job for him coz i am so negative about my diabetes unfortunately.. hope u enjoy your soup!! xx

jayabee52 2012-05-30 01:52:34 -0500 Report

That sounds delightful! Pease add that recipe to the recipe link at the left, so it will be available to all, and not buried here in a discussion. It would be much appreciated!

Caroltoo 2012-05-30 01:38:14 -0500 Report

Thanks so much. I'll share this with a friend who also is very fond of squash. It sounds like it would be really good on a cold, blustery day. My thanks to your husband also.

Are you having a difficult time with your diabetes? Are you type 1 or 2? I'm type 2 and, while I don't like having it cause I feel like a statistic, I can't honestly say it's been hard to deal with. Possibly because I'm one of the lucky ones who caught it fairly early, doesn't have neuropathy, and has been able to manage it with changes in diet, sleep, exercise, and stress. I took pills for a while but was able to stop about 3 years ago.

angry diabetic
angry diabetic 2012-05-30 02:14:05 -0500 Report

Carol i am Type 1 for 8 years now, i have a very difficult time with it, i have depression, anxiety, irrational fears, my head is a complete mess! My sugar control is not good nor has it ever been, i try to be positive and accept it, but i realize i am just lying to myself.. Hopefully 1 day i will be able to come to peace before it kills me. xx

wholegrains 2012-07-04 16:36:31 -0500 Report

I have all those symptoms too! and I can never make anyone (who is not diabetic) understand what I''m going through. it can be very frustrating sometimes.

Caroltoo 2012-05-30 03:57:29 -0500 Report

I think having Type 1 would really be hard; much harder than Type 2. Where I can look forward to no or little medication if I eat well, exercise, and take care of myself, you can never get away from your need for insulin, at least until there are some really major medical breakthroughs. Yes, that would be difficult to deal with. Your husband is correct though in thinking that a good diet and daily exercise can make it better for you. He sounds like he really cares about you.

Are you working with a therapist to help remediate the mental health symptoms? Somewhere I saw you mention you had a 2.5 year old daughter. They are so precious at that age. It would be sad for your depression and fears to interfere with your ability to feel the joy of parenting her. I wonder if, as you watch her grow and interact with you, you could use that as a way to reconnect with joy in your own life. Sometimes a little child really can lead us back to our heart's home.

We have a number of people on the site who are type 1 and have been for many years: diet cherry is one, red flower lady is another. Perhaps talking with them would be helpful to you. I'm sure that they would be open to private messaging you, if you were to "friend" them to gain access to the p.m. process. Diet Cherry is very upbeat and a great encouragement to all of us one site.

You do need to make peace with it. The stress of the battle can make the disease even worse. Be glad to talk more in a p.m., if you would like. That's up to you.

JSJB 2012-05-28 04:46:30 -0500 Report

This will be the 1st summer. Winter wasn't too bad.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 09:14:49 -0500 Report

You have done very well through this winter with all the changes you have made. Summer will probably be good for you too. In general we are more relaxed in the warmth of summer and that is a plus for BG control unless we allow ourselves to become dehydrated. Dehydration can cause serious issues including BG spikes. I used to be much less conscious of this, but am learning to prepare in advance now.

JSJB 2012-06-26 04:47:31 -0500 Report

I think there is much more to do in the summer and the weather is much more pleasant even if it is hot. The winter months are drab and boariing. No vacation this year just relaxing with the grand children, next year back to touring the good ole USA.