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How does it happen?
How does it happen that life gets in the way oftaking proper care of my diabetes?
How does it happen that I can log faithfully - bloodsugars, food, activity, dosing - for months - and then - poof! (or more like thud!) - I just fall off the wagon?
Well. I guess real life happens.
Last spring, I rededicated myself to my health and well-being. I got into an exercise routine, I altered my eating habits, I committed to testing AND logging so that I could control my diabetes more effectively. And, on a whole, these efforts paid off. I lost about 50 lbs in a little over a year. I improved my A1C. I found myself with more energy and more stamina. I actually started enjoying eating well, packing a lunch and taking in ample servings of fruits and vegetables.
And for awhile, I was great at testing and logging. I used Sugarstats faithfully. I downloaded and graphed and adjusted. Unfortunately, even when I first started doing it, itfelt like something that I could only maintain temporarily - unlike the other changes whichfrom the start felt like changes that had permanency.
Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy. After 8 months of faithful logging - I pretty much stopped.
And you know what? My A1C went up by .4%. I had more - and more stubborn - low bloodsugars. I had high bloodsugars that hung in for full days.
Yes, I know, it's my fault. Because I can't seem to commit to it.Because my life gets so busy that logging drops down, down, down the list of priorities, until it's just afaint blip on adistant horizon- something that I'm stillstriving toward.
Will thatever change? Will I ever be able to get this part of my disease management in focus?
I'm not sure. But I'd love to hear about your challenges with logging - and yourvictories around it. Is there something that works for you - that might work for me?
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)
Nicole Purcell lists having type 1 diabetes last when she's asked to provide information about herself - because that's where it belongs. (Read More)