This is part of Diabetes Blog Week, where blog prompts help generate a series of posts by folks in the Diabetes Online Community. Here’s today’s prompt: “In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)”
(I will preface by saying that it’s been a while. Although there have been many thoughts that were post-worthy, or days that I just felt like venting, I never got around to it. A little while back I actually did write up a whole post, but it got deleted. It was that time of night that I just had no more energy to rewrite. And it’s taken this long to get back to it. So thanks for creating dblog week :))
I can. I can do a lot of things, almost anything. But obviously, there are those things that are blockages, obstacles, discouragements, and setbacks. I can have a CGM graph that looks like this:
And that can be discouraging. That looks like a day spent with zero self control. As a diabetic, self control is really important. When you’re playing with something that thrives off surprises, you want to have as much power as possible. So yeh, that chart had me feeling upset for a little. Until I realized I can.
I can take a trip to Trader Joes and buy healthy replacements. I can keep a strict watch on my insulin dosage. I can decide what I ingest, and I can decide to tweak my basal to avoid lows that lead to highs. I can create another competition to keep things in check.
I can have a graph of this type of day:
It’s important to encourage yourself and realize that inspiration can come from within. The satisfaction that this picture brought was incredible. And with only 3.05 units of novolog to make it happens, it urges me on to have another day like this tomorrow. I know it’s only numbers, but when you live with this disease every day, you realize that a day full of numbers adds up. And you realize how important it is to get back on track.
And you know what? I can.