At the end of our longest days on the trail, Jeanie has been craving a solid burger. Our body’s often crave what we need, and Jeanie’s body has clearly been asking for some hearty protein. She isn’t looking for a saucy burger amidst a heaping pile of fries, but is simply looking for the energy from a good clean piece of beef.
This is all good and fine, but so far on the trip the nights she has had burgers have had her up throughout the night giving bolus insulin to correct for high blood glucose levels. The first time it happened, she figured she probably didn’t give enough bolus insulin for the burger to start. It can be really hard to estimate the correct dose when you aren’t sure how your levels are going to be responding after a full day of physical exertion.
The second time Jeanie opted for the burger dinner, she increased her bolus insulin and left a large portion of the bun to the side . . . levels still went high. Considering the 15+ mile days she has been putting in, we both were surprised the levels didn’t even out as anticipated.
Today, attempt 3, Jeanie mixed it up again and tried a mid-day burger for lunch, when we still had a few hours of hiking ahead. She thought the further hiking might help offset the effects of the burger. And if her levels still went high, at least it wouldn’t be waking her up through the night. The results were slightly improved, but still higher than Jeanie hoped.
All said and done, the mystery of the burger continues. Sometimes with diabetes you wish you could wrap things up with a bow in a nice box titled “lesson learned.” But even if you did have that box, the “lesson learned” might not be the needed answer the next day. Jeanie has shown that patience is key as she continually makes adjustments and tries things different ways. Diabetes is a constant adjusting and re-adjusting, learning and re-learning your body.
Jeanie is determined to figure out the best possible adjustments to complement her burger craving, but as our friend commented on the last post, perhaps the best goal is excellence and not perfection. Jeanie is going to keep experimenting and we are proud of her for being persistent on this new journey! And we will let you know when she finds just the right combination of timing, insulin, and tasty carbs to nail the burger challenge!
Note: On the trail we were excited to cover a little more than our guidebook route, completing over 17 miles before little rain droplets stopped us in the city of Grañon!