Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”. But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit. Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly! Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes. Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!
In the past couple years that I have come to known a lot of diabetics (online or face to face), I realized that I appeared that in many ways I have been awfully….even-keeled.
I was diagnosed in June 2003. Since being launched from the hospital into the big scary world of self-management, I have never:
- gone more 8 hours without insulin
- gone more than 24 hours without checking my blood sugar
- had anything more than trace ketones
- Been hospitalized overnight for something D-related
- Had an A1C in the double digits (over 9% is doubtful, but I’d have to check my records for that)
After hearing a lot of war stories of burnout, falling off the wagon, etc. etc., I realized that (despite the many other aspects of my diabetes life that were unusual, sucky, and/or otherwise totally effed up), I’ve kept up pretty darn well with the basics of self-management. I realize that a lot of those bullet points have elements of luck splashed in, and that they could change in the future. But for now, I’m patting myself on the back for consistency.
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