We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).
To be honest, I’m usually pretty pessimistic when it comes to my diabetes. It’s frustrating that I still don’t have good basal rates, although I am getting closer. It’s frustrating that despite eating the same food basically everyday, my blood sugar is still all over the place. It’s frustrating having to change my CGM and worry about bleeding a lot and getting a bruise. It’s frustrating to have to take my test kit and sugar with me on a run. It’s frustrating having to pay for supplies or deal with my insurance company. It’s frustrating having to think about diabetes every single day of my life. But despite all my frustrations, I have come a long way. I’m not sure I can share the greatest accomplishment I have ever had with T1D since I haven’t yet gotten my A1C below seven (can’t wait to celebrate if I ever get there) so I’m going to share some accomplishments that I am proud of to help kick the pessimism to the curb.
- Starting a couch to 5k program back in November and stopped being my lazy, couch potato self. Not only did this prepare me for 10k training but it started a new routine for me where I made an effort to include exercise into my daily routine which has helped control my blood sugars. I have even recently joined a gym and started to lift weights, do yoga, and attempt to not die in a cycle class.
- Running a 10k. I was so nervous the day of the race and how my blood sugar would handle the adrenaline and exercise. I managed to have my numbers in control during the entire race.
- Spending 19 days basal testing to get my rates correct, although not quite perfect but I’m working on it. I ended up reducing my basal rates by half! No wonder I would get nervous using my bolus wizard-I was basically eating to not get too low
- Not crying when the endocrinologist yells at me for not having good enough numbers or not using my bolus wizard (although I have shed some tears but not recently!)
- Surviving college as a T1D. I drank; I had basal rates way too high; I ate really poorly-ciniminis from Burger King were my fav-only 80+ carbs; I barely tested my blood sugar; I didn’t tell anyone about my diabetes or how to help me if I got too low
- Getting over the fear and struggles with my CGM to get to a point where I’m using it regularly and have allowed it to do it’s job and help with my blood sugar control
- Finding such a great man to share my life with who understands my diabetes and helps out where he can, whether it’s providing emotional support or grabbing me fruit snacks in the middle of the night to treat a low
- Getting my A1C results last year and it was 7.1! Almost to my goal of Below Seven and the lowest I have ever been
- Starting this blog. I have never been very open about my diabetes. I’m pretty sure the majority of my friends have no idea what I go through or what a struggle this disease is on an everyday basis. This blog has allowed me to be open about my disease and how it affects me. It has provided my husband some sanity as I use it to vent instead of venting to him. As crazy as it sounds, this blog has helped me to have better control of my diabetes. It has also provided me support as others in the DOC provide encouraging comments.
- Seeking out the DOC. I have always felt so alone with this disease and it has been so comforting to read others’ blogs about their struggles and successes in dealing with everyday life as a T1D.
It’s funny to read over my list and see that most of my “accomplishments” have come in the past year. Hopefully the next year will be just as great for me diabetes-wise and by Diabetes Blog week next year, I will have gotten my A1C below seven which will be my greatest accomplishment. But until then, I am happy to reflect back and celebrate some smaller accomplishments I have had.