Diabetes Self-Management Blog

This past weekend, I drove from New York City all the way to Alabama with my wife, stopping along the way in West Virginia and staying the weekend in Sewanee, Tennessee, for her 10-year college reunion. It was a gorgeous autumn drive and, after a fun weekend spent meeting my wife’s old friends, I drove down to my hometown in southeast Alabama to begin work on a movie we hope to shoot in the spring of 2007.

The movie is loosely based on a bail-bonding, Pee-Wee-football–coaching family from my hometown. It’s a dark comedy called Skiptracers, and I was involved in the writing of the movie and will also be involved as a producer and performer.

We are going to shoot on Thursday and Friday and have spent the past three days scouting locations and driving all over south Alabama and Georgia in search of some beautiful places to film. On Monday and Tuesday, we were up before the sun came up in an old Indian burial ground surrounded by huge oak trees. Then we were in cotton fields and peanut fields before 6 AM. From untouched, backwoods Alabama to small town squares that haven’t changed since the 40’s, I think we’ve found some wonderful locations.

The only tricky part for me has been adjusting my insulin doses. I normally take my Lantus (insulin glargine) shot in the morning when I wake up, between 8 AM and 9 AM (I made a commitment to myself a long time ago to not take a job that required being in an office before 9 AM). I’ve been lucky enough so far not to have to do that everyday “nine-to-fiver,” but with production jobs comes a crazy unpredictable schedule. This week, we’ve been leaving at 5 AM, so I’ve been taking my morning shot at 5 AM as opposed to 9 AM for the past couple of days.

I haven’t noticed a change in my blood glucose levels, but I do feel a little “off” at certain times of the day. Part of that is likely due to being tired. I’ve noticed that diabetes is a very easy thing to blame for not feeling well, when in fact it may have nothing to do with the actual problem. Whenever I have a headache or am not feeling up to par, I often think my blood glucose must be low. Then I check it and it’s normal and I realize that maybe diabetes isn’t always the cause for feeling bad…it’s just the usual suspect.

I’m guessing other people with diabetes sometimes feel this way as well. It’s one of those little voices in the back of your head again that always thinks it’s right. “You’re hot and sweating, you must be low.”

Well, sometimes it’s wrong. I’ve always kept a pretty tight schedule with my insulin doses and don’t like having to break the routine, but it certainly is a doable temporary task. Meanwhile, I’ll look forward to sleeping in again soon and getting back on the old schedule.

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