Started a new exercise regime and scared to death

By vgarrison Latest Reply 2009-06-13 23:36:37 -0500
Started 2009-06-11 23:52:02 -0500

So I have started playing softball again to try and help get this awful weight back off. Tonight was my first game and I at least held my own. The only problem is that this is the first time I have done any kind of team sport since being diagnosed and I was scared to death. I was soooo worried about going low during the game that I actually tested between each inning. It ended up being fine, but has anyone else had this happen? I was actually afraid I was going to go into a full blown panic attack. Does it get easier??


6 replies

lipsie 2009-06-13 23:36:37 -0500 Report

I am with what everyone else is saying! Go have some fun, check if you are feeling funny…and just a couple times maybe at first until you get use to things. As time goes on and you see you are doing fine, you will see how much easier it gets. And win one for me k? Tell your hubby kudos! Sheila

GabbyPA 2009-06-12 12:12:20 -0500 Report

I don't do team sports, but in a way those would be safer. I would make sure that your captain or someone you trust KNOWS what to do if you do have a low. That will be your best defense. If for some reason you do drop, you want people there who can actually help you and not freak out.
Besides that....go out and have some fun. That's why you play. Enjoy and hit a couple of home runs!

vgarrison 2009-06-12 19:05:52 -0500 Report


I forgot to mention in my post that my hubby is on the team too, so that is a really big help/hinderence. I think he was more focused on me than he was the game, but he did hit the winnin run…sooooooo hehe…sorry had to toot his horn.

I am playing again next week so maybe it will get easier for me.


kdroberts 2009-06-12 11:46:23 -0500 Report

It does. I still test before, during and after games, not all times every game though. If I feel a little weird or start to get tired quicker than normal I generally test to see where I am. I also take my meter and food with me when I go to the pool and lay it close enough to grab since swimming is pretty much the only sport that immediately lowers my blood sugar. I'll test after a number of laps to see what's up.

Chances are that with softball you will have higher blood sugar rather than low since it's generally not steady, extended activity but more short bursts of intense activity. This does funny stuff to your hormones and will often lead to a glucose release by the liver.

Sarguillo 2009-06-12 11:33:03 -0500 Report

It does get easier. you will learn to listen to your body. Also, your attitude will adjust. After the newness wares off, and you relax alittle (not to mean to relax to the point on not taking care of yourself) you will learn that you too can have a life and not let diabetes control your life. Yes, we must be vigilant and watch what we intake, make sure we take our meds, but that does not mean that all we do is think about what we eat and what/when we have to do our next rounds of meds. We can live our lives inbetween. Even playing softball. Enjoy it. Dont let the diabetes scare you out of doing anything you enjoy. The better relaxed control you have, the easier it will get. WHen you get to the point of eating healthier without thinking about it, your control will naturally improve. When you get to the point of taking your meds, be it pills, insulin, view and working your pump, without thinking alot about it, your control will imporve which will allow you to relax even more about your control. Enjoy and live your life. There are some that will disagree with me and say you have to be vigilant every second of every day. Guess its a half empty/half full glass view of diabetes.

Lanore 2009-06-12 06:01:52 -0500 Report

I think so, i was scared when i first started the insulin…so scared I hardly ate anything at all. Now after relaxing a little it is better. I think we just need to relax a little and once you know how your B/S will react you will relax a little more each time. Just enjoy and be careful. Keep checking your B/S until you know how it will react. Good luck. Lanore