Diabetes Blog Week – Diabetes and the Unexpected

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This week is Diabetes Blog Week, one of my favorite weeks of the year.   I love participating and reading other diabetes blogs, finding some new ones and catching up with some old favorites.  I’ll be attempting to write each day in answer to the day’s topic.

Today’s topic is Diabetes and the Unexpected:

Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random.  What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens?  Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved one’s, life that you never could have expected?  (Thank you, Heather, for inspiring this topic!)

If you are finding my blog for the first time through DBlog Week, I wanted to say a quick hi! I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 9, back in 1993. This December will mark my 24th diabetes anniversary and I can’t believe next year will be 25!  I’ve been married for 6 years, I work from home for my husband’s small business and live in Virgnia with my two boys (2.5 years old and 9 months) and a dog (she’ll be 11 this September!). This October will mark my 5th anniversary of my blog.  I’m a loyal Minimed fan (out of convenience), having had their insulin pumps since 1997 and their CGM for the past 5 years (I’ll share more about my life with Friday’s topic).

With my family

Because I have strong feelings about tomorrow’s blog post, I thought I’d keep todays short (well as short as it can be after my intro). I honestly don’t know how to prepare for the unexpected because I just take it one day at a time.  Every day with diabetes is so different because so many things can affect my blood sugars-hormones, activity, stress, etc.  Like last night’s random high blood sugar of 336.  I didn’t plan to be that high at 2AM.  I changed my infusion set, bolused for the high and tried to go back to sleep after my anger from being woken up by diabetes subsided. So instead, I’ll talk about something good diabetes has brought into my life that was unexpected.

Diabetes brought an interior decorator into my life.  Thanks to diabetes, I have test strips scattered throughout my house.  The interior decorator has mainly focused on my bedroom as middle of the night lows result in stumbling to test and often causing the strips to miss the trash can.  However, the designer has also managed to decorate my stairs, hallways, living rooms and kitchen.  I sometimes find some test strips in random places like the garage or bathroom.

My husband has been especially thankful that diabetes has played a hand in helping to decorate our house. He loves to find these surprises around the house and makes sure to point out how awesome it is that they aren’t in the trash can.  So thank you diabetes for being so “helpful” in making my house feel like a home.

For more information on Diabetes Blog Week, check out Karen’s blog: Bitter-Sweet Diabetes

21 thoughts on “Diabetes Blog Week – Diabetes and the Unexpected

  1. I literally laughed out loud when I read, “Diabetes brought an interior decorator into my life.” So true! My interior decorator likes to work on my car too.

  2. Hahaha, my interior decorator has recently left a small red speckle on my bedspread. Looks like a hint that it’s time to toss it in the wash. ?

  3. Ha! I love the interior decorator bit! How true… most places I look in my house have a little piece of diabetes in it… scale, calculator, pieces of paper with math on them, a used pod. Okay, lots of used pods. I think they escape their box and run around the house at night.

  4. Fun! Mine is red blobs – doors, light switches and my favorite – back of the fridge handle.
    Nice to meet you. We’re heading to Virginia later this month.

  5. I have had that decorator around! My strips had been accumulating in a pouch pocket and while visiting a friend, somehow hundreds of strips poured onto her couch. Bad moment! I hate the red disposal containers! Not only are they ugly, but they make me sad when I look at them. My solution is to cover a nut can with pretty paper and cut a slot in the top with a paring knife. Scrapbook paper or wrapping paper and tape work well. I change them out with the seasons or the location.. Snowmen, little birds or lovely designs sit where I usually test Anything to make me smile.

  6. lol at the interior decorator story. I’m glad tou can add a little humor to the diabetes blog because I know its tough to get through. Kudos to you!

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