Having had diabetes for over 21 years, I’ve picked up some unique habits along the way. For instance, one weird habit came from when I was growing up. When I was younger, I had a cat named Winston. Winston liked to chew my insulin pump cording. He would mainly do this overnight when I was sleeping or when I would disconnect my pump and hop in the shower. Because of him, I started a weird habit of hiding my pump in my bed covers. Even to this day, when I go to hop in the shower, I will place a blanket or bed covers over my pump. Winston passed away about 15 years ago and to this day, I still do it.
Another habit I have is cutting holes in my tape to put over my infusion set. I’m not sure if there is better tape out on the market now or if other people do this, but I’ve been cutting holes in my tape for as long as I can remember. I’m a loyal Tegaderm tape user so I never thought to try a different brand of tape and because the Tegaderm tape I buy is just one solid sheet, there is no way to put it on my infusion set without taping down the connecting part (which needs to be able to be disconnected, like when I get in the shower).
Because of my diabetes, I’ve also become quite the hoarder. I have a decent supply of pump supplies because I am so afraid that I will lose my good insurance and then won’t be able to afford new supplies. Stockpiling has its pros and cons but I’ve noticed I might be too good of a stock piler because some of my supplies have expired. I learned a hard lesson when I stockpiled CGM sensors only to find out they either expired too quickly or I had to throw them out when I upgraded my sensor from the sof-sensor to the enlite (Medtronic).
I can thank my pregnancy with diabetes for another habit. I now count or weigh all my food that I eat at home. This is a great habit to have for blood sugar control but it has also led me to be really anxious when I go out to eat and I can’t measure anything. I would truly be lost without my food scale. I also buy pre-packaged food a lot because it makes carb counting a lot easier and this is not a cheap way nor a healthy way to go but I figure it balances out with my food weighing.
I’m sure I have even more weird habits that I’ve acquired over the years. What weird habits do you have because of your diabetes?