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Real Talk With Dave: Appreciate the Ordinary Days

When living with Diabetes, there really aren’t any “ordinary” days. Every day, regardless of what goes on, has some type of situation. You could have perfect blood sugars all day, but you may have to change out your pump site. You could have a day where you are still within your weeklong range of wearing your Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) and don’t have to put in a new site, but be struggling with constant high blood sugars. My point is, no day goes by with T1D in which everything is just “perfect”. However, even though Diabetes doesn’t seem fair all the time, we can still experience several really good days.

When I sit down and think of what an ordinary Diabetes day looks like, I immediately think of how that consists of sticking to a relaxed daily routine. We all have them, but some days, those routines can change quite drastically and you may have to skip out on some tasks you always do. However, an ordinary day with T1D can simply be waking up every day feeling the same and knowing how your blood sugars typically will be in the morning, given that some mornings may be so off to the point where you really don’t know what went wrong, I mean after all, this is Diabetes we’re talking about, things happen, unexpectedly.

Another “ordinary” Diabetes day consists of having a stress-free day (weekends, holidays, etc.), pretty much any day that you have off from work and school, in all honesty. I have to admit, I almost enjoy having to go to school and work as it puts my Diabetes on a schedule (meals, snacks, basal rates, etc.), but I do appreciate a day off where I don’t have to constantly think of the fear of going low or high when I’m away from home.

For some reason, home is always a safe place in my mind in terms of Diabetes. When I go low or high, I would much rather experience it at home, just as a form of comfort and safety, some may disagree, but we all have our own individual preferences, and that’s okay! Any possible way to avoid stress on your mind and body will also help and benefit you and your Diabetes as stress plays a huge role on blood sugar management. Another way to feel like your Diabetes is going just great is when you have what you need and normally have with you on hand, such as your favorite low treatment solution or adhesive for your sites, allowing you to move forward with your Diabetes and own it, just the way you are used to. If some things are off and you don’t have the necessities you need, you can create a problem, which can put you in a difficult place with your Diabetes and could even cause an emergency.

To sum up, I appreciate a day where I am familiar with my Diabetes and its very unique patterns.  I like having days in which I am used to and know what is going on with my health. I can trust my Diabetes and feel confident in almost knowing what to expect and when to expect it. I think that goes for every Type 1 Diabetic. We like having days in which we have little to no worry in managing our Diabetes as we feel as though we’ve got it all under control. This doesn’t mean every now and then we have perfect days, no day is perfect, Diabetic or not. I stress the fact of appreciating ordinary days and we don’t get them always, but when we do, it’s a victory to celebrate. Non-Diabetics should understand this, as we go through so much with our Diabetes daily, that some days are just horrible. Highs, lows, fears, you name it! When we do have a successful day with our T1D, we’re going to show it!

Don’t stress, the more days in which you are comfortable with and the days that allow you to appreciate life and the blessings of Diabetes, the better!

Live well,

David

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