This is the day 1 post for Diabetes Blog week from me! You can get more information here.
Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like. Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs. What do you wish they could see about your and/or your loved one's daily life with diabetes? On the other hand, what do you hope they don't see?
I know you are all very busy and Very Important People (TM). And I understand. You have fancy degrees and spent years and blood and tears and sweat to get those fancy degrees. And I understand that there's a fundamental lack of doctors and funding in order to give me, and people like me, more than an hour of your time (if that) each year. And I appreciate that hour, I really do.
But, let's pretend for a few minutes that you have the time and energy and resources to get to know your customers better, because that's what we are: customers.
I don't want to be shamed by you for eating the fridge at 4AM when I drop down to 45.
I don't want to be shamed by you for eating food with carbs.
I don't want to be shamed by you for eating. Period.
So I eat the pint of Ben and Jerry's every once in a while when I've had a really bad depression day.
So I eat french fries and pizza and cereal.
So it messes with my blood sugars.
I check. I correct. I wear Bubbles (CGM) and Navi (pump). I listen to Bubbles. I use Navi. I troubleshoot. I balance. I work on things.
And sometimes life happens. Sometimes restaurants give me regular Coke instead of diet and I'm too excited about a movie to notice. Sometimes sites fail. Sometimes Bubbles lies. Sometimes my body just gives me the finger and decides to not cooperate.
So stop shaming me for being a human.