Today we made the rare decision to stick to our guide from start to finish! We began in Sarria and ended in Portomarin.

Today we made the rare decision to stick to our guide from start to finish! We began in Sarria and ended in Portomarin.

Sarria bade us a stunning sunrise farewell!

Sarria bade us a stunning sunrise farewell!

Sometimes we get to walk part of the day with cows! Something a little different than hiking in our hometown Santa Barbara hills!

Sometimes we walk part of the day with cows, something a little different than hiking in our hometown Santa Barbara hills!

Today we passed a marker indicating we are only 100 kilometers from Santiago!

Today we passed a marker indicating we are only 100 kilometers from Santiago!

A majestic bridge welcomed us into the hillside city of Portomarin

A majestic bridge welcomed us into the hillside city of Portomarin

Today was a shorter day, and we were so ready for it! We are usually able to alternate our long and short days to some degree, but sometimes we run into unanticipated situations (such as the last few days) that make for a challenging back-to-back scenario. This being so, we took the pace a step back today and tried to listen to our bodies well.

This was especially challenging for Jeanie as her body seemed to be telling her many different things! In terms of blood glucose levels, today felt a bit like a cat and mouse game with Jeanie’s ideal range perpetually dodging around the corner. Her levels would be low, she would eat something, and her blood glucose wouldn’t change. Then she would eat something else and then skyrocket with Dexcom arrows indicating that her levels were not only high, but still on the rise.

She would give bolus insulin, and her levels wouldn’t move. She would give a little more and still no change. She would be as patient as possible, waiting for it kick in, sometimes having to give a little more, and then boom, she would be low with Dexcom arrows pointed straight down. Jeanie was not enjoying the game, but kept a great attitude and did her best to keep a clear mind so that she could properly address her body’s needs.

After we found a place and got cleaned up, Jeanie’s levels were stubbornly high. And so, after a full day of walking, we took to the streets to “walk her levels lower.” As soon as it was low enough for her to feel comfortable, we rushed to get some food in our systems while in a good zone. It is amazing the extra obstacles Jeanie has worked through to make this hike a reality. It isn’t always easy, but it is part of her journey here that she is generously sharing with others to raise both awareness and understanding of what is possible with diabetes. Hopefully a good nights sleep will do the trick to get us through whatever the trails brings tomorrow!

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