Busy Busy Busy

The lake right next to my dorm


By Ana Morales

I am so exhausted. Last Friday, I moved back to JMU for RA (resident advisor) training. Most days have lasted 10-12 hours so it’s been pretty intense. Today was fire safety day and I crawled through a hall filled with smoke, used a fire extinguisher for the first time, and attempted to find and drag a 170 pound dummy using drunk goggles. It was definitely a good experience and great practice.

Before moving back, I worried about what my numbers would be like because of the busy schedule, and so far they’ve been all over the place. At first I kept getting low because we were doing a lot of walking and moving around, so I lowered my doses, but I’ve also been feeling anxious and excited quite frequently, so that has probably made my levels rise a little. I’ve been checking whenever I get a chance (before eating, in between presentations, etc.) so that helps. I’ve also been drinking more water. I still have a few more days of training to go, and then the real work begins next week when my 26 freshmen residents arrive. I’m super nervous but I already feel so much more prepared than I did 5 days ago. I’m planning on continuing to check as frequently as I can so that I can maintain good glucose levels and just focus on all these new responsibilities. I know it’s going to be a tough year and good diabetes control definitely won’t hurt!

If you have any tips on how to maintain good, steady blood sugar levels during a busy schedule, please share! And thanks for reading :]

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Ana – I got your letter about the multicultural thing, but your letter didn’t give an address on where to send it to. My son is in your dorm. Please send me your address…nolechick91@gmail.com

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