Have you ever made a really good move as a Diabetic by treating a low or a high in such a way that made you feel proud of the way you handled it and recovered from it? Well, it just so happens that us Diabetics are prone to feeling this way at some point or another. I get it, lows and highs can be very scary and hard to deal with, especially in public, such as in school, at work, or just about anywhere else. There’s good news though! After practicing how to handle these situations for a while, one will gain confidence in treating bad blood sugars just about anywhere!
The fear going low or high out in public comes with different scenarios that can add to the stress of doing just about anything in life, but life is life, we have things to accomplish and goals to achieve, so some may find it hard and frustrating to stop what they are doing or not go somewhere just because of the fears of a low or a high. We have to train ourselves to accept the fact that these moments come and go, but the way in which we handle them can be the breakthrough in our Diabetic journey that will help us gain confidence and empowerment in handling T1D like a boss.
When I was first diagnosed, I was terrified of having lows. Highs, I could deal with, but as I got older, highs bothered me just as much as my symptoms grew worse. Being a student, I had to figure out ways in which I was able to relax and treat my highs and lows no matter where I was, and though I am still not as confident about it as I would like to be, I feel as though I have had enough experiences and added practice in which I was able to handle these bad moments and walk away feeling like I owned that moment and handled it like never before.
There are numerous ways in which we can eliminate the stress and anxiety of dealing with these bad moments wherever life may take us.
- For example, if you are a student, make sure to talk to each of your teachers (as well as your classmates, perhaps) to inform them that you are a Type 1 Diabetic and that you may need to treat lows or highs in class or step outside for a little while until you feel better. They should be understanding and allow you to do what it is that you need to do in order to ensure wellbeing and safety with your blood sugars.
- If you work in a space with lots of people around, try and familiarize them of your Diabetes so that when you pull out your juice, blood sugar meter, or insulin injection, they can respect your space and know what it is you are doing, so that they can also watch out for you in case of an emergency.
- And lastly, when you are in an environment in which you are not required to sit in a place for several hours of the day, such as school or work, my best advice is to not care what others may think! Test, treat, eat, or inject! It’s your right and responsibility, so don’t worry about the stares or comments you may get, they’re just things that you may encounter from people who are uneducated about T1D, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking care of your Diabetes. I know it sounds easier said than done, but in reality, if you just bare with it for a little while, you will eventually become used to it and people will even begin to “judge” less and respect your space and privacy once they know why it is you are doing what you are doing. Once you go through that little awkward phase of people watching you inject or commenting on your pump site, many people begin to notice less of what you are truly doing, from my experience.
Once you have mastered gaining confidence in treating bad Diabetic moments out on-the-go, you then become so comfortable in treating your Diabetes wherever you are, that you can practically do whatever you need to, no matter where you are. It will become second nature to you and you will be able to do whatever it is you want to do in order to live your best life possible! Once you feel comfortable doing your little Diabetic tasks in public, you will feel as though you have just treated your Diabetes like a boss!
So go ahead and live your life! And prove those Diabetic stereotypes WRONG!