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Declare, Share and Move Forward....A Little Late
Better late than never, right? In honor of dLifes Declare, Share and Move Forward campaign last month, Im going to force myself to look inward and declare my personal diabetes challenge in the hopes that I can use it to start some good habits in the New Year. Im not usually one to share these sorts of things, since I tend to be a keep it all in and fester kind of person, but Ill give it a shot. For me, a mother to two kids under 5, one in kindergarten and one in nursery school, my life has become extremely busy and chaotic. I am still struggling to find ways to get on top of the craziness which has become our life since the school year started. Because of this, I find myself getting lax with my sugar control, letting my Dex receiver sit on the dresser instead of making sure it is with me at all times, ignoring those alarms which are usually screaming at me about highs lately, and playing the catch up game after letting the highs go and snacking (usually in the van on the way to/from school, or extracurricular activities) on top of it. So, my declaration is that I need to stop using my busy life as an excuse to give minimal attention to my diabetes. As a late onset Type 1, I am still in that stage where I feel I have mastered the technicalities of management, but am still trekking upward where the emotional and coping aspects of this disease are concerned.
Whew, declaring that wasnt as bad as a thought, and I feel pretty good about sharing my diabetes obstacle, now what? I think the best way I can face this challenge is to force myself to schedule my diabetes into our new crazy life. Instead of skipping testing when I first get up because Im usually running late and trying to get myself and the kids ready to leave in the morning, Ill set my alarm 5 minutes earlier to give myself time for testing. Ill more of a conscious effort to make sure I have my Dex on after I get dressed in the morning, maybe even put a sticky note on the door to the garage as an extra reminder to have it with me. Instead of knowingly neglecting highs, I need to make more of an effort to stop what Im doing and take a few minutes to address the issue, even if it means the kids have to wait a couple of minutes longer to get their lunch or dinner. I am very guilty of tending to everyone elses needs before mine and that needs to change. After all, they need me to be healthy too!
Finally, I need to get over this public diabetic shyness I have. Whenever we are out with friends, I often ignore my CGM and run off to the bathroom when the time comes to take my insulin. On very rare occasions, in a corner booth when my husband and I have gone on a date night, I have managed to do my testing and injecting under the table. My husband often works as my look out so that I can inject while no one is looking, such a sweet guy he is! Being sneaky in public has become my cloak of comfort, and Im not totally convinced that is really the way I want to conduct myself during these occasions. That being said, I so dislike the attention that comes along with the daily maintenance of this disease, when out in public. But Im not about to stay home for every meal, I enjoy going out, so Im going to have to find a way to be comfortable, but also not so paranoid. This may just be my biggest challenge!
Lots to think about and lots to work on.now its time for me to move forward.
Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life. (Read More)
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)