Insulin: An Update
Laddie: Last September I wrote a blogpost titled “Food”
Kate: To continue our discussions between people with type 2 and type 1 diabetes, I thought I’d talk with Laddie about dealing with diabetes while enjoying the great outdoors. Living in the middle of a pine forest makes it easy to enjoy the peace and loveliness of “the outdoors”. I love camping and hiking in the woods that are a stone’s throw from my home. Ray and I enjoy fly fishing, which we have to travel away from home to do. I’ve blogged before about my adventures when camping with diabetes but I’ve never given a lot of thought to what it would be like to camp with type 1. Well, my last statement isn’t exactly true. I have thought about the fact that insulin must be kept cold but I never really thought about how that would work or what level of stress that would add to the camping experience.
Laddie: Kate is correct in stating that preparing for a Great Outdoors adventure is very different for someone with Type 1 diabetes compared to most people with Type 2. Although we can argue about which type of diabetes in worse in the long run (they’re both the “bad” kind!), in most cases there is little doubt that Type 1 is more dangerous in the short run. Going on an outdoor expedition ill-prepared can quickly become a life-or-death crisis for someone with Type 1.
Kate: One last thought: I think it’s important to point out that neither Laddie nor I hesitate to get out there and do the things we love to do, despite our diabetes. Don’t let diabetes keep you from living your life. It can be difficult and frustrating but it’s worth the effort. I think it’s so cool that both of us love the outdoors, that we have fishing pictures that are nearly identical and that we do the things we love despite our diabetes. We are different but we are the same.