Fighting with Perfection, Continued
But, again, with all of those numbers, we expect the math to work everything through and come back with a target blood sugar. When we don't get that target blood sugar, we start to look for reasons why. In many cases I will even jump to the conclusion that I did something wrong, instead of considering some of the things that might have played a role in that result.
I am not a perfectionist. I could not be, with diabetes. My head would have popped a long time ago. Can you imagine the insanity trying to balance perfection and diabetes would cause? By the end of a couple of days, their diabetes would be the least of their worries. Their psychiatric care team at the local state hospital would professionally mismanage it. Do you think needles and syringes might be a problem with the straightjacket and padded walls?
We all try very hard to do the best we can with our diabetes. We also try very hard to maintain some sanity. It is hard to do both when diabetes management invades so much of our lives, and when we are so scared of what happens when we don't manage it well.
But perfectionism with diabetes is a trap. Perfectionism with diabetes will burn you out faster than I can burn a grilled cheese sandwich. Trust me, it happens quickly.
dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.
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