I missed last month’s blog carnival mainly because I had already written on the topic here and also because I was a little burnout from diabetes. Well I’m back at it this month for December’s DSMA Blog Carnival.
This month’s topic:
Happy December. As we get ready to say good-bye to 2013 and welcome in 2014 it seems fitting to reflect on what we did this year and what we hope to do next year. Let’s put a diabetes spin on things and talk about . . . . .
Out with the Old, In with the New – Diabetes Style.
I’m actually at a pretty good place right now with my diabetes. After 20 years, I finally got my A1C Below Seven! I’ve been exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting sleep (when my CGM alert doesn’t wake me up 5 times/night). However, being so good with my diabetes comes at a cost. I often think about diabetes way too much. I put a lot of pressure on myself to have good numbers which can also have a negative effect (such as burnout). While I still want to be a “good diabetic” I would love to get rid of some of the over-thinking I do with diabetes. I’m still hoping to try for a baby this upcoming year so I do need to maintain the good numbers, but if I can find some kind of balance where I am not thinking too much about diabetes, that would be great.
In 2014, I would like to try a new infusion set or CGM site. I’ve been using my stomach for FOURTEEN years (since I got my first pump in 1997, although my mom thinks I got my first pump in 1995). Fourteen years of putting needles in my tummy isn’t pretty. My stomach could use a break. I’m incredibly nervous about trying a new spot but hopefully one day in 2014 I will get some courage to try.
I would also like to start a new habit of changing my lancet every day. I am so bad about changing it (as I know a lot of diabetics are) and while I don’t notice too many adverse effects from using an old lancet, that doesn’t mean I should still stick with the habit. So I’m going to task myself with using a new lancet everyday.
This post is my December entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2013/12/december-dsma-blog-carnival-3/