One Great Thing - Blog Week 2012 - day 2

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2012-05-18 07:37:49 -0500
Started 2012-05-15 07:23:16 -0500

Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”. But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit. What is one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly! Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes. Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!


11 replies

Godmommy
Godmommy 2012-05-17 15:02:06 -0500 Report

My husband lost 70 pounds on his own when he was Dx and he is helping me where I have helped him by cooking right and buying the right groceries for him now he is helping me to fine the path since they say I am preprediabetic and I have lost 50 pounds but it isn't enough.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-05-17 15:11:54 -0500 Report

Just keep at it! Over the past year I lost 65 lbs.

I did it mainly to get off diabetes meds of any kind, I ate a high protein low carbohydrate meal plan. I didn't even consider losing weight until my pants started to fit looser and then eventually would fall around my ankles if I didn't have a belt on. So the weight loss was a beneficial byproduct of my quest for managing my diabetes without the use of diabetes meds.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-05-18 07:37:49 -0500 Report

That is how I lost my weight as well. I find when I focus on loosing weight I can't, but when I focus on my numbers I do much better.

roshy
roshy 2012-05-16 10:58:36 -0500 Report

Ah yay!! we should bask in the glory of our great achievements more often i think. Why concentrate on the things that have held us back or got in our way? we live once and will have so much time to think about our regrets, mistakes but none of this is constructive.

The past two years for me have been a massive personal learning experience. I managed to recover after a dka which landed me in hospital for a week. This happened when i left home for college for the first time. After this i thought everything was going to get worse and there is no way to take control after 8 years of having diabetes id imagined if i couldnt control it by now then theres no hope but i soon proved my theory wrong.

I started watching my sugars, my food intake and taking my insulin and attending hospital appointments; that was step one. Then i started forgiving myself for the times i failed to take care of myself in the past. I was a teen, immature and wanted to live like the rest of my peers; a eventually accpeted diabetes is not easy at that age. step three was concentrating on my future. What kind of person did i want to be, responsable, healthy, independant and successful. So i worked hard in college and completed what i set off to do. I changed from needles to a pump and no longer used the "i have diabetes " excuse to hold myself back. A year later i was diagnosed with celiac disease and i handed that quite well, stuck to the diet and cooking healthy meals, ok not happy about the additional changes i had to make but i took control none the less.

And now im ready to sit my finial exams and go out to work in the community as a qualified social care practitioner so im ready to look further into the future and see what i can achieve. OOh crap just realised you were asking for one great thing to celebrate. . . . . . .well once you get me started i find it hard to stop!!

Well done to everyone for all the great achievements big or small they ve made over the years!!! Diabetes iand its callenges arent easy but its just another bump in the road which can be overcome !!

All the best

Roshy!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-16 00:20:48 -0500 Report

Always have my insulin meds on hand and glucose tabs as well as my glucagon kit in case of a low bg! No matter how well you think you have bg under control, with insulin a sudden low can pop up any time and one should always be prepared for it.

MoeGig
MoeGig 2012-05-15 19:31:15 -0500 Report

Great question/challenge. OK, contrary to popular opinion on this website, I think the easiest thing to do is to watch your diet, test, and take your meds. The hardest thing for me is to "go to the gym" and exercise. So, I "pat myself on the back" because I make it to the gym 4-5 times per week and "work up a sweat" running on the treadmill. I think this is the key to avoiding complications…(46 years as a Type 1). This 45 minute workout keeps the small arteries flowing in your eyes, kidneys, and feet…the major points of potential problems.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-05-15 13:04:18 -0500 Report

For me, one thing that I do like clock work is get my meds. I have those week strips that are filled for a day and a night time taking. I carry a dual pack in my purse, so if I'm out, I'm still able to take them.

One thing my mom does without fail is testing. She is a dynamo at that and its a good thing. She can have some low mornings and I'm glad she always tests before she does anything else. Gets her day started right.