We have established that my son's body has an aversion to snow. He loves snow. He loves to snowmobile and enjoy the cold crisp air. Diabetes on the other hand does not like snow...or perhaps its just allergic to the physical work that snow brings.
For years, whenever it has been snowing and I made my son go outside to shovel he would be low. No, not after the activity but long before it has started! Before he can put on his boots, he will feel shaky, test and be low! It has always drove me insane.
This winter, the snow was piling up. Larry was outside clearing the driveway. I could hear my son head into the kitchen, open and close the fridge door, and then head back to his room. Five minutes later Larry came in and asked him to go outside and clear the steps. He couldn't. He was low--in the two's (low 40s). He did come back up, had a cereal bar for good measure and got the job done but Diabetes made sure he was low first.
A few days later, he was again asked to go outside. Yep, he was low before he put on his mitts!
"Why does your body hate snow?"
"I think it just feels that I really shouldn't be doing this kind of work. It thinks that snow should be reserved for skidooing and not manual labor."
Funny boy! Diabetes or not, he does his share of work around the house and that includes shoveling snow when needed. Diabetes will just have to get used to it!