My fifteen-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 two weeks ago. He has been dancing for ten years. He loves contact improv, takes ballet, modern tech, tap, zumba, hiphop, is a member of a community multi-generational dance company, and is the teaching assistant to a creative movement class for six year olds. The dance studio is his second home.
If you are a dancer with diabetes, I'd love to hear from you. What special issues have you found? Tips?
He's still recovering from being quite ill and we're working with the endocrinologists and nurses to find what works snackwise, carb ratio-wise, etc. for dance nights. He keeps going low and then running high during the night (we're doing midnight and 3 a.m. checks for now). The new thing for tonight was trying snacks with lower protein (not peanut butter and crackers) so maybe he won't go high during the night.
He's already wanting a pump. Who can blame him? But the more I read, I feel I should read more. What the best pump so far for dancers? What are considerations and issues? Are you a dancer who has gone OFF a pump because of dancing? This is months down the road for us, but I want to explore and learn.
This site is great. He may want to join later. Right now he is too busy going to school, doing make-up work, dancing, and being a newbie at managing his diabetes. Me, I'm just not getting enough sleep in order to do this. I won't let him do that. ;-)