Baseball player Dave Hollins is shares his story of being diagnosed with Type 1 during his professional career. He shares his first experience with going on insulin and how the earlier versions of a pump where not right for him. Today, Dave is in great health and uses an insulin pump to manage his diabetes.
Many of my readers already know I live in Australia, and some may know that here the seasons are reversed, which means that instead of the middle of summer, we are about half way through our winter season.
A couple of weeks ago I spent a weekend skiing in the Australian alps, and decided to share some of the tips that others gave me and that made this incredible fun experience possible.
I’m on a pump, and that made a lot of difference. Skiing is quite a strenuous spot, so I initially set my basal at 50% of normal rate. I still ended up going lowish (not quite hypo but lower than I wanted) so I lowered to 20% and that worked better for me. (note, this is me so no guarantee it would work for anyone else).
Australian ski resorts are a bit warmer than those in Europe or the US, but still go subzero regularly. Skiing on these conditions means that extra measures have to be taken to prevent insulin from freezing. In my case, I decided to keep my pump on the inside of my jacket, in one of the pockets (mine has a ipod pocket, which is perfect). Having the pump in my jacket meant I could also feel the vibrations, which is easier than trying to listen to alarms while in a loud chairlift.
On one of the other pockets, I had a few muesli bars. I aslo carried my Freestyle lite meter, which behaved well in the cold. Also, beware you may test more than usual as sometimes being cold can be confused with the symptoms of hypo. I actually ran out of strips so beware.
Overall I had a great time in the snow, and will hopefully come back later in the season, hopefully better prepared.