Saturday presented one of the biggest challenges to blood sugar control I have faced. On June 23rd, my best friend got married - I had to brave the heat of an outdoor wedding in a tux (pictures coming soon), get buzzed enough to deliver a speech and have enough energy to dance the night away. 5 months ago none of those things would have given me a worry; however my life now is all about being prepared.
I arrived at the venue at about 3 pm with a full supply of cliff bars, power gels, glucose tabs, insulin and glucagon - I needed to be prepared for whatever I might face. Sitting in a cramped attic in a beautiful old mansion the groomsmen dressed, in the room we were treated to a few beers, some champagne and small sandwiches. I cut back on the bolus for the chicken salad wrap I had and checked my blood sugar right before we went downstairs for the big moment - holding steady at 120 and ready to go.
On a side note the bride's dressing room was WAY BETTER than the groom's room. However, when I delivered the bride her gift from the groom the intensity in her room was over the top - I felt like those girls were more amped up than I was for any of my college football games. I half expected to see them giving each other head butts and putting on eye black.
Thankfully there were no blood sugar lows when I delivered the rings and amazingly I didn't drop them or fumble them! After the ceremony I ate a bit of my cliff bar as I waited for the assistant manager to bring my man purse outside (my man purse is my diabetes survival bag). I wasn't sure if I was showing signs of going low or if it was just the heat. The rest of the night went amazingly well - I delivered my speech without a problem, continued to have bites of my cliff bar throughout the night and was able to drink and dance like everyone else. Throughout the evening I did the finger pricks and was never about 170 or below 110, which I'm more than happy with. I even remembered to check my blood sugar when I woke up with a pounding headache at 5 am! On Sunday I went for an hour and 1/2 bike ride to try and beat the hangover.
Congratulations again Steve and Merry!