Friday, May 20, 2016

Don't Forget to LIVE



Today's #DBlogWeek prompt: Let's round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There's always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.) 

For me it's easy to get caught up in the minutia of Diabetes - test strips, insulin, carbs, insurance, backup supples, needles, pens, CGMs, pumps, A1cs, basal rates, bolus equations, eye appointments, and bloodwork. Even for a person who loves numbers it can be overwhelming. Sometimes I just get so down in the weeds about stuff that really doesn't matter. My tip, in these scenarios, is to take a step back, to remember to LIVE. Five years ago I wrote a post about LIVING with Diabetes. To this day I still remind myself of this line:

"To LIVE in spite of Diabetes means forgetting about it enough to keep going, but thinking about it enough to stay alive."

Man, I just need to hear that every once in a while. I have talked about judgment a lot this week, but the truth is I am my biggest judge. I am constantly trading LIVING for judgment, "Oh my number is too high to do that or go there. I need to test 27 times a day to get my A1c down. I can't eat that - it doesn't have the exact carbohydrates listed." Geez April, give it up. Life isn't perfect and carbohydrates aren't always exact and blood sugar control isn't always science based. Give yourself a break.

I'm sorry this tip is not entirely concrete, I'm really not great at tips or tricks. Usually I am the one looking up and using other people's tips and tricks! So, thank you to all the PWD out there who provide them! And thank you for sticking with me through #DBlogWeek 2016!

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