So 2017 has arrived and my dad is breathing somewhat of a sigh of relief as although this means he turns the dreaded 60, it also means that he can semi-retire and put some energy and time in to things he actually wants to do (perfect his French, write a book, beautify the garden….you know!)
As his birthday falls in January which can be somewhat grim in the uk, we decided to take advantage of the fact that middle sis (the teacher) didn’t go back to school until a week later than usual and we booked an adventure to Iceland!
Our flight was early so we set the alarms for 4am and headed for the airport. My sugar was a steady 6.8 on departure so I was pretty happy 😊. After a ridiculous rigmarole at security, we didn’t have time to get any brekkie so got straight on the plane. My early energy burst which had initially been fuelled by excitement was wearing off and I was happy to settle down for a nice 3 hour nap. I checked my sugar again just before take off and I was sitting at 5.7.
Unsure of what my body would think about having got up in the middle of the night, I was pleasantly surprised that no signs of dawn phenomenon were present and everything seemed to be ticking along quite nicely.
We landed at 11am which was just as the sun was rising (there are only 4 hours of daylight per day at this time of year!) and headed straight for the Blue Lagoon. Probably iceland’s most fanous tourist attraction, we were aware that this would be more commercial than we would like however it was a must do on all the lists so we took the plunge.
I had been a bit worried about how the hot, salty water of the thermal baths would affect both my dexcom and my cellnovo pump. I therefore planned to secure the dexcom the best I could with additional sticking material, and I was going to suspend and remove the pump for an hour assuming my sugars were in range when we arrived.
As we arrived I checked again and I was at 4.8. I was pretty happy with this as I knew I would be without insulin for an hour or so therefore a rise was probably on the cards. I stopped the pump and unclipped it from the cannula and in we went to enjoy the hot waters and the mud and algae face masks which we were promised would make our skin feel ‘as soft as a baby’s bottom!’
The Blue Lagoon was super fun, there was a swim up bar and plenty of space so it didn’t feel too busy at all. We Lounged around in the waters with our drinks and made good use of the waterproof phone case I had purchased meaning we could document our visit in photos.
Soon it was time to get out of the baths and we headed in for a shower. I was aware that I was starting to feel a bit hypo and also that I had actually now been without insulin for closer to 90 minutes so I was keen for a quick shower and to reattach myself to my pump. I also knew that both the pump and the handset would be beeping away in my locker as they like to warn you when they have been disconnected for more than an hour and don’t shut up until you’ve rectified the situation! An excellent safety feature but sometimes a source of embarrassment in public places.
I re attached and checked my sugar which was now at 3.5 and heading south – I questioned why for a minute until I remembered someone on my DAFNE course telling me that heat, in particular jacuzzis and the like, can cause low blood sugars.
Anyway, I got changed quickly whilst inhaling jelly babies before we sat down to our first meal of the holiday. It did end up at LOW on my dexcom which was confirmed as 2.2 on the meter however, it quickly came back up and we headed off to our hotel – what a way to start a holiday, I can’t wait to see what else Iceland has in store!