Living in the real world and managing Type 2 Diabetes

Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2014-01-10 17:34:13 -0600
Started 2014-01-08 17:48:33 -0600

Wow, I am amazed how much I have learned in the three long/short years of living with diabetes. This site has been one of my best sources of knowledge. Thanks to fellow DCers for sharing their successes and not so successful moments.
The Rose Bowl Parade tour package was not nearly the challenge I thought it might turn out to be.
I used about half of my protein bars as emergency BG preventatives.
One time was during the Warner Brothers Tram tour. BG started falling and the bar kept my BG from dropping and stayed with me until supper 3 to 4 hours later. Earlier that day we stood in a very slow moving line for a bit over 2 hours to get into a float construction barn. One lady passed out about 20 people in front of us. Turns out she was Diabetic (don't know if 1, 1.5, or 2). My sisters and Mom became a little bit more concerned about what options were available for me after that at meal times.
Another bar and some leftover chicken from the night before's cobb salad supper helped stretch the protein of the yogurt only option for the grab and go breakfast on parade day. We boarded the bus at 5 and headed out to the parade. Their breakfast boxes where 2 choices. 1 was a muffin, cereal, milk and OJ. Choice 2 was yogurt, cereal, milk, and OJ. The yogurt was 20 some carbs and very little protein. It was all I had from the meal box. Lunch was about 7 hours later and my BG stayed good until then, just started to drop as we walked back to the buses and our Panera boxed lunches. So, I was able to eat the chips (still get to indulge in them once in awhile), with the meat and cheese from my ham sandwich. Then I even nibbled on the shortbread cookie. During the long ride back to the Hotel OOPS I ate the entire huge cookie…YIKES..but BG was 117 about an hour later.
Breakfasts were buffet style. On the last morning I took a bite of one of the pastries (not as good tasting as it looked, so had no regrets tossing out the whole piece). Usually I had some bacon with a made to order omelet.
Did pretty good on limiting my grain consumption (please ignore the shortbread cookie incident). New Year's Day supper found us at Tony Roma's where we enjoyed their onion blossom thingy along with our meals - it was not the same as the outback's onion blossom, but was very good. My BG was below 120 about two hours later.
Our last fancy supper was at The Melting Pot. We enjoyed a cheese fondue with lots of veggies. Then I had the chicken, steak, and shrimp fondue. Last course was chocolate fondue. For it I mainly stuck with the strawberries, but did try a piece of the pound cake and cheesecake. Luckily we had walked from the hotel to the restaurant, so I got in some exercise . Plus I was Mom's wheelchair engine and had a little extra exercise due to that. When we got back to our rooms my BG was 117.
Now, remembering the delicious chocolate fondue, I am wondering about the wisdom of being within walking distance tomorrow of the Denver Melting Pot while at the National Western Stock Show Parade…

3 replies

jayabee52 2014-01-10 17:31:53 -0600 Report

The rose parade: You call that "real world" management of T2? (J/K)

sounds like you did pretty well, actually



Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-01-10 17:34:13 -0600 Report

Real World because I was with The Cake Lady and two of my sisters. Now if I was there all on my own it would have been the unreal world.

Glucerna 2014-01-08 18:08:24 -0600 Report

I love your story and how you are able to manage diabetes while doing a whole bunch of really fun activities. ~Lynn @Glucerna