Tuesday, 17 May 2011
The 20 Year Anniversary Posts - 20 Essentials for a Diabetic - Part One
3. Patience - Diabetes is challenging to put it mildly - You don't always get it right and things don't always go the way you expect them to blood sugar wise so having patience is essential in order to keep you sane!!! Basal testing can seem tedious and frustrating, sitting in hospital and doctors waiting rooms is boring, waiting to hear about insulin pump funding, hearing the media report things that are incorrect or that don't give the full picture, being confronted with discrimination in the workplace/school/life in general, having people say things like "It could be worse" or "You can't eat that can you?" ......these are just a few other D-related situations where you may require plenty of patience!!!
4. Family and Friends - I guess this comes under the heading of 'support' but I truly believe that without fantastic family I wouldn't get through the 24/7 of it all. Family and friends certainly have to put up with a lot, especially close family who see you go through it all every single day and have to put up with the tears, tantrums, frustrations, attend appointments, see scary hypos and hypers etc. etc. but they are also there to share the good HbA1c results and the happiness when things are going right!!!
5. The Medical Profession - Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN), consultants, dieticians and all the other members of the medical profession that we come into contact with over the years are essential cogs in the machine!!! I have the support of a great team but I realise that this is not always the case so I know I am very lucky.
7. Blood Testing Kit - These little gadgets enable a Diabetic to see exactly whats going on with their blood sugar levels at any given time. There are numerous types of test meter and I'm sure most PWD's have tried lots of different ones and probably even have a few spares at the back of a cupboard!! It would be very difficult to guess at how many times a Diabetic has to prick their finger, squeeze out a drop of the red stuff and transfer it onto a test strip during their lifetime but its a hell of a lot. My blood testing meter (along with my pump) is now my best friend and is always with me. I went through a long period of time when I left my kit in a draw and only took it out occasionally to write a few fake results in my monitoring diary. That time in my life seems so long ago now and I cant believe I was so irresponsible. Now I do at least 4 tests every day and the information helps me to keep things on an even keel and provides data on what certain foods and activities do to my sugar levels.
10. Diabetic Online Community (DOC) - As most of you will know, I spent a long period of time throughout my teens in denial and trying to ignore my condition. Since I saw the light and decided to pull myself together I have discovered the DOC. I have already referred to family and friends and the strength we can draw from them when we are feeling down but the DOC is an invaluable source of support, advice and friendship. I have made lots of friends in the DOC since starting my blog and since deciding to pay attention to my Diabetes. No question is too silly, no moan is too much for people in the DOC and no matter how you feel you can always rely on someone to know exactly how you are feeling and there is always someone there to bring you back on track and put a smile on your face!!! I can honestly say I would be lost without the DOC and only wish I'd found it sooner!!!
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