10.27.14

Surviving A Conference

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Last week was a busy one with tours of the new gallery and the Oklahoma Arts Conference in town.  Blood sugars and stress levels were all over the map, making my attention span and ability to rally each day rather tough.  For the first time, I actually took a mental health day midweek, but more so to get my diabetes under control by focusing on my mind and my body.

Final day of the conference kicks off at 8am and the first session is an important one so I’m sure to be up extra early, eat a hearty breakfast and pack plenty of snacks so I don’t crash while engaging in conversation.  Two sessions later and my stomach is growling, I’ve consumed as much coffee as humanly possible and head into lunch.  I scarf down the spinach salad and eagerly await the main course before a fellow arts friend warns me of the vegetarian options.  She is a fan of the DDG and knows that I constantly bitch about the lack of low carb options in a buffet or conference setting.  Word on the street, the lunch option for vegetarians was pasta and grilled potatoes.  NO THANK YOU! I snagged a vegan card in hopes of better options, but quickly left because the meal and the entertainment were too much to handle for this over worked T1D.  En route to the gallery, I picked up my local favorite take-out, sautéed veggies of the day with a grilled chicken breast from SCRATCH Kitchen & Cocktails.  YUM.

As a busy working individual who happens to attend more conferences, box luncheons and buffet dinners than I would like, I’m often left hungry or overloaded with too many carbs.  I would love to hear from fellow diabetics that might have tips on back up items to bring and/or how to handle the situation without sounding like a high maintenance, whiny bitch.

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Amber Clour was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. 21 days after her eighth birthday, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital where she spent two weeks learning how to live life with Type 1 diabetes. She has embraced the thought of being a #walkingscienceproject and hopes to score an A+ for her efforts to maintain a stable BG while living life to the fullest - whatever that means.

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