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Thank you for yet another wonderful post!

I got a lot from the part about trusting the decisions you make. I think that is very powerful. You make a decision based on the information you have at the time, and go with it. Maybe adjusting your course here and there based on new "navigational way points" of additional information as it comes in.

Being able to submerse yourself in your garden (which look beautiful by the way) was a thing of beauty in itself.

And you did your best to deal with that, by altering your supper a bit - but it's just so hard to know how much to alter! That activity is so hard to "quantify" - to put a number on it. It's nearly impossible. All my basketball is trial and error every time. And it's always different!

So, we enjoy what we enjoy, and do the best we can with our diabetes before, during and after. And try not to beat ourselves up when we don't nail it exactly. :-)

Thanks again, and take care!

Do not beat yourself up.

Not letting diabetes slow you down or deprive you of things you love in life is *the* goal of living with diabetes. To that end, you were marvelous.

You're on a learning curve. We're always on a learning curve, which is completely frustrating after 20+ years of doing this, but it is none-the-less true. You thought about the effects of gardening all day, you took action based on previous experiences, and well, unfortunately, it didn't work out as best as planned. That's okay. Not all was wasted. You (we) have tools in your (our) toolbox(es) to help live our lives more freely. You'll just have to try another tool (less insulin perhaps) next time around.

Happy gardening.

And, by the way, I really enjoy your writing. Some really great phrases and honest expressions. Thanks.

First off, congratulations on the beautiful garden and on being active. I think that when we consistently let diabetes stand in the way of being US, we lose something more important than a temporary high or low sugar. I see this as well in your insistence that our supplies not be ugly and medicalized. Aesthetics matter to you as an artist and a designer, and diabetes shouldn't change that.

That said, you're a pumper, right? Could you set a temporary reduced basal over night instead of, or in addition to, eating a more fatty dinner?

As always, your support and feedback helps so much. And thanks too for the smart suggestions. I need to be nudged on this stuff sometimes because I get caught in old habits and forget that I have "tools in my technical tool box" that I can use...like the temporary reduced basal overnight idea. That sounds great and I will try it next time. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to technical "experimentation" but in this case, I pretty much knew what the outcome would be, so to try something different, probably would have only helped. I see more dirty hands and aching muscles in my future, thanks to the collective wisdom of the OC.

Those sneaky lows, even when you've taken "the right steps" to prevent them, are just that: sneaky lows. They come right up and steal your sensibilities for a spell, trotting off with them and not returning until you've hit the cookies. (Or in my case, eaten almost an entire jar of peanut butter. The aftermath of that was intolerable.) Thank goodness for the "technical toolbox" that we have as a result of our meters, pumps, and varying insulin therapies.

And thank goodness for "the collective wisdom of the OC." I love that.

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