After a full nights rest, we were physically and mentally prepared for upping our mileage back to an 18 mile day. Our early morning breakfast finally included eggs, the protein Jeanie has been looking for to start off our long days.
As we walked the sun rose, creating a white break in the dark clouds highlighted with a single orange streak. We passed through the patchwork fields and brilliant green vineyards in silence except for the crunch of gravel beneath our feet. We came to our first rest stop, which obviously meant coffee, and the selection of fruits and nuts for the day’s walking snacks.
Jeanie was scheduled to switch both the pod for her omnipod pump as well as the sensor for her Dexcom CGM. There was no bathroom available that we could find, so she opted for the coverage of a conveniently parked van and a crumbling stone wall, the true nature experience. She laid out her items on a step in the weeds, creating a one stop shop for pod and sensor changes.
I wish I had timed Jeanie on the double switch out, her makeshift diabetes pit station would have done nascar’s finest proud. Her movements were smooth and efficient as she inserted a new pod on her opposite leg and a new sensor on the cheek in no time, all the while explained to me each step of her process. Within a few minutes all was correctly completed, trash neatly in a pile, and a smile on her face.
As we continued throughout the day, Jeanie decided to buy a new backpack and ship home the one she has been using. It has been causing her a high degree of discomfort and we have had multiple people remind us before and during our trip the importance of listening to our bodies. This is a great general rule of thumb for anyone, but especially for someone with diabetes. We have been told that as soon as we feel a discomfort, whether a hot spot on our feet, or something that is pulling or off balance, we need to stop and make an adjustment right away. It may be a small discomfort, but over the course of dozens of miles, that small discomfort can quickly turn into a chronic pain or deeper issue.
It can be frustrating to stop when you feel in a good rhythm, good pace, or are “in the zone.” But if we don’t practice patience then we know we will soon be not only out of the zone but out of the game. A few hours later and we had made it to Logroño, a large and beautiful city. We look forward to taking in the evening and will report in tomorrow after another 18 mile day! As always, thanks for following along.