I checked in to the Old Dominion Dorm last night around 11pm after a late flight in from Dallas. I arrived at my dorm room and found a group of people hanging out. Much to their surprise they had no idea I was coming. They had turned my room into a spare furniture and laundry room. They were so sweet and moved everything out in a hurry. I felt terrible for crashing their movie night but they were more than accommodating. Turns out they are from Texas too, figures!
This morning I was given the opportunity to shadow Dr. Ulall, an Endocrinologist working in the Strelitz Diabetes Center. I was able to observe all of his appointments in the clinic. We saw cases of hyper and hypothyroidism, genetic rickets, Iatrogenig Cushing’s disease, and multiple patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Dr. Ulall allowed me to ask the patients questions and even let me explain how to treat a low blood sugar to one patient. He also taught me how to read a bone density scan.
After a quick lunch with Jen, a research assistant at the Strelitz Diabetes Center, I was able to take a walk around the medical center and learn more about it. I then went to observe a Gestational Diabetes class taught by Phillis, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Once Phyllis found out I had been living with diabetes for 9 years, she insisted that I help instruct the class with tips on testing blood glucose levels and carb counting. It was great to give back to the medical community in a tiny way and help mothers going through a new and scary time.
After work, Jen took me to the grocery store to stock up on snacks for the week. It really amazed me how apprehensive I was when I learned that I wouldn’t have access to a kitchen or a fridge this week. I put a lot of effort into making the food choices for my body that help me to balance my blood sugar. So to go without these staples was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Luckily, my roommates were so generous and let me stash some things in their fridge. This way I was able to get some veggies and ToGo salads for lunches. I think this will be a good experience that will definitely push me a little out my box. I went for a short jog to the edge of campus and saw the James River that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. It was beautiful. Then I did some yoga in my room (check out the 30 Day Yoga Challenge at DoYouYoga.com, it rocks!).
My blood sugar today was pretty rocky, but understandable for a first day in a new state with new food and not enough sleep. I need to figure out what I ate that is making me spike so high right now. I really didn’t want to post my CGM stats today but I thought it may be helpful to see. It truly is indicative of life, stuff happens. I’m exhausted and looking forward to another adventurous day tomorrow.
That’s right I’m still smiling with a blood sugar of 241!