This spring I started playing for a new soccer club as I moved to far away from my old club, which by the way also ended last fall by totally closing their women’s department, so it was a good time to move! My new club, DSIO, is located just across the street where I live now, and I have had no problem settling down with my new team mates. Though we lost the two last games of the spring season, we stayed in the regional series of Funen (Fynsserien), bringing 2 points to our score in the fall tournament. This is actually quite an achievement, as I learned that the team just advanced to this series this year! Newly advanced teams usually have a hard time finding their feeds in the first season, but we managed to go through with only two lost games and three draws (out of 9 games in total), placing us in the top of the table until the last two games. We start the fall season as no. 4 of 6 teams, due to the transfer of points from the spring season, so we have to work to stay in the regional series. I should be possible though. We play each team twice, home and away, and the pool winner will advance to the national series (Danmarksserien), whereas no. 2 will go into two play-out games for possible promotion to this series as well. The number of teams that will advance to the national series depend on the number of teams from Funen that are relegated from this series, though. I don’t believe that our team is qualified to play in the national series anyway, so I think that that it would be fair for us to “just” aim for the 3rd or 4th place this fall.
Today practice starts for the soccer fall season. We have had the possibility to play a bit once a week during summer, but I haven’t gotten off to that, so I look forward to start again, although it was nice with the 1-month break :-)
In a previous post, I wrote about my discussion with my diabetes nurse about how to handle blood sugars during, and especially after, soccer games. We agreed that I should try wearing the pump during the games, mingling with the basals to see if that would solve the problems that I experienced in the spring season. Though I am still not that comfortable with wearing the pump during a game, I think that I ought to at least try it, and then if it doesn’t really work either, I will go back to shots at least on game days – that I know how to handle!
I am not all satisfied with the fact that I will have to figure out how to wear the pump and what the adjustments of the basals should be during games only. However, as I haven’t had the same issues during and after practice, I really have no choice but to try to figure the basal thing out during games. Where to wear the pump on the other hand I plan to experiment with during practices. This will probably also allow me to get an idea of the temporary basal level during at least the first part of a game (until adrenalin takes over and mess things up. My guess is that if I play a full game – 90 minutes – after approximately 30 minutes of warm-up, I will probably have to increase my basals slightly during the second half of the game, while the excitement and gearing up to hard work during warm-up and first part of the game will likely render a lower basal rate necessary). I plan on starting out with rather severe decreases of the basal rates (probably going down to at least 25-30 % of my normal rates) during the initial practices until I find the right level. In spring I went low several times during the last part of our 90-105 min. practices. This is quite annoying as the last half hour of our practices are usually devoted to games and shot practice, neither of which can be performed adequately when hypoglycaemic, but because I really want to be in those activities, I will usually end up just taking a 5 min break to swallow some glucose tabs before continuing. That is of course not ideal, I know, but I can’t help it, it is so hard to accept that diabetes should interrupt in this way and keep you out of the game for 15 minutes or more.
Finally, some question for those of you pumping and playing contact sports wearing the pump: 1) Where do you typically place your pump and tubing during games and practices? 2) How much to you decrease/increase your basals during and after games? 3) How long before and after a game or practice do you run on temp basals? I know that I will have to find my own answers for these questions myself, but it doesn’t hurt to listen to, and possibly learn from, other people’s experience :-)