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Hockey Season Recap
Our very long season of ice hockey is finally coming to an end. The ice rink has been like a second home since late September and now it's almost time for Charlie to replace his hockey stick with a lacrosse stick. And for me to thaw out.
The first half of the season was definitely a challenge as we battled the effect of adrenalin. We tinkered with increased basal levels during games in the second half of the season to counter the adrenalin and things got much better. A basal increase of 15% one hour prior to his game and lasting throughout the game seemed to keep Charlie fairly under control.
Remarkably, we only had one game throughout the whole season in which Charlie missed a shift due to diabetes; a game back in the fall when high blood sugar made him too sick to play. It was by and large a very successful season and Charlie did great. He led his team in scoring and represented his team in the all-star game.
Another success of the season was that pizza was reintroduced into Charlie's diet on weekends when he played hockey. Typically taboo in our world, pizza worked out really well on days when he played hockey and was burning fat for hours.
His coach quickly learned that Charlie's status was often unpredictable.
"How's he doing today?" he'd ask when we arrived in the locker room.
"Well," I'd usually say. "We'll see."
During games when Charlie wasn't at his best because of high blood sugars, it seems I was the only one who noticed.
"You'd never know it," his coach said on those occasions.
You’d never know that the kid leading the team in goals and representing his team in the all-star game had an extremely dangerous chronic autoimmune disease.
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