Exercise is usually good.  It can boost our strength, our self-confidence, and, as a result, our spirits.

For the T1D, it’s not immediately rewarded, but it can be immediately punished.  For the race, the mile, or the set of reps, we can feel normal and back in control.

But our bodies are anomalies.  Exercise is often punished.  I found this out shortly after being diagnosed with T1D and working out as I had before.  Big mistake that resulted in a trip to the Emergency Room.  I had to realize what my body wanted to do and adapt, and what my artificial insulin wanted to do.  And adapt.  Insulin is a high-alert medicine.  Not the only one, but a big one.  High-alert medications are drugs that bear a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when they are used in error. Although mistakes may or may not be more common with these drugs, the consequences of an error are clearly more devastating to patients.  The crazy thing is that usually inactivity is more immediately rewarded than activity.

Nevertheless, many of us play it, run it, and risk it, because we know it makes us feel better.

And that may be more than half the battle.  Alot more.

Just check, check, and check, and then risk it.

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