My workout today got me thinking. Of course, before we get too far into this, I should explain…according to the training plan, today’s workout was supposed to be an easy 3 mile run. However, for the sake of our neighbors’ property values, it instead consisted of mowing .27 acres of grass and edging waaay too much sidewalk (one of the pitfalls of having a corner lot).
Anyway, back to why I was thinking. As far as I can remember, every time I’ve mowed our lawn, my blood sugar has gone low. I’ve tried temporary basal rates, having a pre-mow snack, I’ve even taken the pump completely off and still gone low. The only logical entertaining explanation is that yard work is a cure for diabetes. Since I pretty much know nothing about chemistry and the biological sciences, I’ve compiled a list of possible “cures” that I’ve encountered over the years. Those include:
- Yard Work – I know. I already discussed it. But this is my list.
- Swimming – Always makes me go low. The pump is pretty much always off, but it still happens. I suppose it’s possible that I’m just so bad at swimming that I expend a ton of energy just trying not to die, but I like to think the water has magical powers. You know, like in Signs where the aliens didn’t like water because it made their skin sizzle? Something like that.
- Woodworking – It’s a hobby of mine. I’m not great at it, but I’ve managed to build a few pieces of decent-looking furniture. But I think every time I get a chance to work on a project in the workshop/garage, I end up going low. Low blood sugar and power tools? Not a good combination.
Okay, so it was a pretty short list, but I’m sure there are others. What did we learn? Apparently that I wasted 5 years of college. I could have become a landscaper or carpenter and potentially cured my disease. Instead, I paid thousands of dollars for an education, so I could get an air-conditioned office job and pay for health benefits to keep the diabetes train a-rollin’.
What potential cures have you guys discovered? Feel free to leave a comment and share. If you need me, I’ll be in the pool treading water and eating cupcakes.