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TexasProgresive

(12,155 posts)
Wed Jun 24, 2015, 10:40 AM Jun 2015

Scorpion nights and low blood sugar

I think that I was in danger of over work, not injury at least, but I was awfully tired before, during and after my last ride Monday. The grass was in need of mowing again so the bikes stayed under cover. For supper I ate an omelet with one plain pancake for a few carbs. My sugar was at 105, I took me reduced dose of insulin and was in bed by 9PM.

11 I woke up knowing I needed to get some sugar. It was 55. I sat at the table watching Craig Ferguson's quiz show and ate a banana and a half with peanut butter. Just as I was going back to bed I felt a sting on my thigh. It was a small scorpion. I brushed it off and ground it into the rug with my slipper. My wife made up her sting cure all, a paste of baking soda. I think most venoms must be acid and the alkaline of baking soda, ammonia and even bleach (don't use!) help to neutralize the venom. In any case it works. This wasn't a severe sting as I brushed it off quickly.

Some info about Texas stangin' lizzardds, their reputation is more dangerous than their sting. Few ever have allergic reactions other than localized swelling and pain when stung by the stripped bark scorpion.

So with the miracle cure on my leg I went back to bed. Took awhile to fall back to sleep as I keep feeling them crawling on me. Morning sugar was at 105. I ate, did morning chores and was on the bike at 8AM. I made a commitment to pay attention to cadence and not speed. The ride was good and I stayed on the big chain wheel except during warm up and cool down. I even did a short uphill sprint that felt really good.

Maybe lawn work lowers blood sugar more than bike riding. Last week I rode in the morning and then cut grass in the afternoon and had the low blood sugar blues in the night. Since then I reduced my dose by five minutes. I thought I was safe by limiting the day to just lawn mowing.

Thanks for any who are reading this tripe.

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Scorpion nights and low blood sugar (Original Post) TexasProgresive Jun 2015 OP
Piece of advice happyslug Jun 2015 #1
Yeah I suppose so. TexasProgresive Jun 2015 #2
Busy day 6/25 so no ride- short one this morning TexasProgresive Jun 2015 #3
06/29/2015 Longest ride yet. TexasProgresive Jun 2015 #4
 

happyslug

(14,779 posts)
1. Piece of advice
Wed Jun 24, 2015, 11:10 AM
Jun 2015

I like reading your comments, but may I suggest that you change how you are making them. Right now, you start a new thread and that forces down your other threads. The better option would be just to continue writing on the new thread. Use the reply option and each new reply will force the whole thread to the top, thus we will NOT have to go to another thread to see your previous updates. At the same time, we will NOT end up with thread and thread of your comments, pushing down other comments that people may want to read (Or missing another's comment among a long list of your comments).

Just a comment on how to use this group.

TexasProgresive

(12,155 posts)
2. Yeah I suppose so.
Wed Jun 24, 2015, 12:02 PM
Jun 2015

It just seems that this group is so inactive that I guess I thought it would be OK to just do OPs. OK I will take your advice. Really the whole reason I started posting in the group was so that I could save these to my journal. If I could've posted directly into the journal that's what I would've done.

TexasProgresive

(12,155 posts)
3. Busy day 6/25 so no ride- short one this morning
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:32 AM
Jun 2015

Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment at 7:40AM. Everything is good HA1C dropped .2 from 6.3 to 6.1, Cholesterol unchanged at 143 with HDL still a little low, Triglycerides dropped 47 pins to 91(they have been as high as 550!!!). The only thing that is worrisome to me the doc didn't go over, Hematocrit .3 below normal and Hemoglobin .6 below normal. Since my wife became severely anemic and required emergency transfusion.

While in town I bought feed, groceries etc.. When I got home I was tired out.

Wednesday I did some bike maintenance on all 3 bikes. I'm getting the Raleigh ready to put on Craigslist. I hope to recover the new tires and tubes. It had Ritchey SPD type pedals on it. I changed them out for platform pedals and put the Ritcheys on the mountain bike. By the time I got through I was boiling so I didn't get to test ride til this morning. All was OK but I had to readjust the left cleat again. I need to be slightly toe out or I get knee pain pretty quick.


TexasProgresive

(12,155 posts)
4. 06/29/2015 Longest ride yet.
Mon Jun 29, 2015, 02:24 PM
Jun 2015

At the end of May beginning of June it was all I could do to bike the 1/2 mile to the highway and back home. It is amazing how fast my legs have come back. I am avoiding 2 lane, no paved shoulder state rodes because the carry too much traffic. I scouted out a nice county road that runs close to 7 miles. At its biginning is the county run dumpster site where I bring our garbage. So I loaded up the bike and our household refuse. The attendant showed me a good place to park and I was off.

The route runs southerly and the wind generally comes from that direction. Headed south is more uphill than down. So it was pretty tough going that direction. At the turn around place I got off the bike and ate a protein bar with some of my water. After a short break I was headed north and down hill. According to my bike computer I hit a max speed of 25.8 MPH. This was a stretch where the pavement was 1st class, really smooth. Overall this was a really good ride on a really good day.

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