The Road From Acceptance to Joy (continued)
Indeed getting insulin shots involved a change in lifestyle: let there be no doubt about it. But the alternative was even worse - having to test myself and get insulin shots a few times a day didnt seem too bad compared to the prospects of losing my eyesight, a limb, or my life at an early age, resulting from a mismanaged diabetes.
I am not perfect
I have been a perfectionist through most of my life and I like things done a certain way. (Dont we all?) So the other challenge I faced was coming to terms with the implicit imperfections of life with diabetes.
Here I was faced with a case, where circumstances like stress, an infection, or hidden carbs in foods could send my blood sugars for a ride, and there was nothing I could do to change that. I could only try to not stress myself or get sick and make sure to get absolutely every carb count perfect. See how this can be tricky?
I had to admit to myself that I have diabetes. And today, when my sugars do not respond to my best efforts to keep them down, it still drives me nuts. Accepting that I would be faced with moments when circumstances beyond my control could affect my diabetes was a huge hurdle, but overcoming it could help me lead a healthier life. Id rather take care of my diabetes and be able to laugh at myself in the mirror than pretend nothing is happening and fear the consequences.
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