This week is Diabetes Blog Week (or D-blog week), and each day, I’ll be following a prompt from the lovely Karen over at Bitter-sweet Diabetes. Today’s prompt encouraged us to name one thing we need to improve in our diabetes management. Well, I’m not going to post today because I do everything perfectly, and I have nothing to improve on.
OK, OK… once you stop laughing, I’ll continue with actual post on what I need to improve on… it might be a long post.
In the past four years, I’ve taken control of my diabetes (oxymoron anyone?) I started caring about my numbers and about my A1c. I got over my selfish issues with the insulin pump and started wearing it again. I also added a Dexcom CGM to the mix. I started cycling, and most recently, I’ve made significant changes in my eating habits. All of this simply because I wanted to have tighter control.
But even with the changes, I still have so many areas in much need of improvement.
- I need to resist the temptations of food, learning how to eat only when I’m hungry and not when I’m bored.
- I need to quit getting mad at myself if I don’t have a no-hitter everyday.
- I need to recognize that my blood sugar has to be higher to ride my bike, and that it’s OK to be 200.
- I have to quit beating myself up when my A1c isn’t what I think it should be.
- I also need to lose the guilt.
- I need to quit judging others on their A1c readings and how they take care of their diabetes. I work really hard to recognize each person has different needs and wants. What works for one may not work for another.
- It’s OK if I slip up occasionally, as long as it’s not a regular thing.
- I need to actually program my carbs into my pump instead of doing a manual bolus.
- I need to reach out and help more teens in my area. I don’t want them to have tough years like I had in college — all of which were my own fault.
- I need to encourage others, especially within the DOC.
- I need to finally record a You Can Do This video. (I’m lucky Kim loves me and lets me keep slacking).
- I need to accept myself just as I am and recognize I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.