My head just wants to explode with all there is to do sometimes. Yes, I started off Little Miss Efficient; I did the steps I needed to do. I checked my blood sugar. I took my insulin. I inputted that data into my paper log and then in my digital one. I calculated the carbohydrates for breakfast and put that in my pump and my paper and digital logs. I kept being little Miss Productive getting things done, fielding and handling phone calls that came in and checking things off my list. I was zipping right along. I Am Not The Sharpest Tack Then I realized, wait a minute Im no longer the sharpest tack in the box. I hadnt eaten. Man I hate that. But it makes sense. You take the meds to bring your sugar down relative to the food youre going eat, thatll bring it up. But you need to EAT IT. Yes, its perfect to take those meds first. They take longer to get rolling. But I didnt set an alarm, oh man! I need to actually eat the very food I took the medicine for. So Easy To It Screw Up! Barf, with diabetes you need to plan, and then work the plan. I really hate that part. You cant miss a beat. Its so easy to screw it up: If you dont take the meds and eat first, then your sugars high. Youll have to take more insulin to chase and bring a higher sugar level down, especially if its been that way for a while. That can happen often at dinner. Youre trying to get everything done and you may forget about your diabetes. Bad idea. Or you can take the meds and dont eat, like now. I usually pull that stupid mistake at breakfast. Or skip both medicine and eating, thats lunch. I just work thru it. AHHHHH!!!!! My Brain Wont Work When the dust settles, thats when I see that when I dont do what I need to do for my diabetes, nothing else moves forward. It cant because my brain doesn't work very well. Im sitting here trying to type and express myself and Im in a stupor. Im not the sharpest tack in the box because I let the insulin in without the food to match it, so of course my blood sugar went too low. With diabetes, you manually do what your body used to do automatically. You HAVE to keep your formulas balanced. I may hate that fact but its true. I never wanted to be a mad scientist but I know I am more like Dr Frankenstein than I want to admit, especially when my body's off. I Blow It! There is no suffering here, I LIKE the taste of my morning protein shake, I just need to eat it on time and balance my levels. Yes, I hate that part but its true. You ARE a walking chemistry set, we all are! And it works when it works and I when I ignore it, I blow it. And thats when there are delays because my brain doesn't work and my results arent very good. But DO IT!!!! How do you prevent the imbalances in your medicine to food ratios? I know to eat protein for sustenance in your body all day long. I teach others that and still blow it. We are human and I know I need that last step of setting an alarm to eat 20 minutes after I take the insulin. I have that so easy, the pump gives it to me. All I have to do is push the buttons. But if I want to eat 30 minutes later, than I set an alarm at 20 minutes, which reminds me and then I have 10 minutes to actually do it. BUT DO IT MAGGIE!!! If not, I get a helpful reminder what happens. My chemistry set bubbles over and all the life sustaining brain-fueling hormones are off balance and Im off. OK, thanks diabetes, I got it. What do you do to help you remember to eat or take your meds, so your levels are good and you dont blow it? Resent Diabetes All You Want I can resent diabetes all I want but that doesn't change anything. I get to remember that I am lucky I don't need to be hooked up to a medical device in a hospital somewhere. I have tools I can take with me in my life. I just need to use them and not forget how to have it all run smoothly. Test, then take insulin, then eat. Not hard. Then life works and I dont loose time having to lower or raise my sugar. If it gets way out of whack in a major way in either direction, I loose time and feel lousy. So not letting these small details throw me is the key to a brain, body and life that work and helps me bring my best self forward in the world. Oh. Youre NOT Doing Anyone Any Favors Just ask your family, friends, co-workers, anyone whos around you enough to see what happens when your sugars off. We think we cant take the time to take care of ourselves and yet, we are actually making harder on those we are trying to take care of. If Im a raving lunatic because my sugars high and its been that way for a while, then Im an inconsolable wreck. Thats not helping those around me. Or if my sugars low and I cant place two words together in a sentence or I'm a weepy mess; thats not helping anyone else either. I promise if you are somewhere in that continuum, its not easy to be around you. We want to put our diabetes first, so our health is in good shape because then we are our best selves and much easier to talk with and get along with. Dont trust me; ask them. Youll see. Putting your diabetes care first is a win/win for everyone!! Reason Enough I guess thats reason enough to handle the details and be grateful its small stuff you need to deal with. Other people deal with much larger life saving issues. Lets take this and do what we know to do to keep ourselves a happy and healthy walking chemistry set. Thanks for letting me share that with you, so I can hear it loud and clear.
Written by Maggie Hunts.
Posted on June 07, 2016 by SpeakerMatch Speakers Bureau