As the clich goes, time heals all wounds, but in this case, I mean it literally. Time has given me the chance to focus not only on the foot, but also on my type 2 diabetes in a way I haven't since my first bout with gestational diabetes 25 years ago.
With my glucose machine by my bed table, and my schedule clear, I don't have an excuse in the world not to record my blood sugars before and after every meal and even before bed, something my long-suffering endocrinologist and retina specialist have always urged me to do.
With all this time, I've become the perfect type 2 patient. And to make it more fun, my convalescence has coincided with the $1.99 purchase of a new toy – the dLife iPhone app for blood sugars (and no, I am not getting any extra kickbacks for mentioning this) – a nifty i-Phone addition that permits you to register your daily sugars and then charts them onto a graph to see how you're doing over time.
The results have been eye opening and satisfying. When I eat meals on time and don't skip lunch, when I don't cruise the fridge for a midnight munch or pop extra mouthfuls in as I cook, my readings have been lower than they've been in years.
Now I'm not suggesting that any of you go out and injure yourself or head to the hospital for a random operation to repeat my recent blood sugar success. But I am suggesting that if you have a tendency to let life get in the way –missed meals eaten at odd times, too many office jelly beans, ‘forgetting' to record your sugars – perhaps a little recuperation vacation might be in order. Not from your diabetes but for your diabetes.
How? Well, on a free afternoon, cancel your calls and meetings and snuggle up with a good book. Put your blood sugar machine by your side, arrange for lunch and dinner to be delivered, and take a type 2 holiday. It might be very revealing. Over time, it might even become a regular habit. At the very least, it will give you time to realign your priorities and to take a deep breath. You might be surprised what you learn about your health and how you can deal better with diabetes.
The crutches, naturally, are purely optional.
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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