With Diabetes, you are always learning …

I believe that Diabetes is a team effort. It starts with me, but I also have a support system that includes friends, family, education centres and doctors. Having just moved from my hometown to a larger city, I am now seeing a new education centre. My main concern were my lows and hypoglycemia unawareness. My FIRST visit was an eye-opening experience to the level of education a Diabetic can be given by a Diabetes Education Centre.

After 25 years, going on 26 years of being a Type 1 Diabetic, I learned the following about why I may be having lows, and how to prevent them:

- Subtract the grams of fiber from the overall carbs before you bolus.

- If, two hours after eating, you are not 1 -2 mmols higher than your before-meal reading, using the amount of active insulin to determine a snack so you don’t drop low (i.e. what I like to call bottoming out, which happens to me often).

- Based on my height and weight, I am eating HALF of the total carbs that my body requires (i.e. I may be dropping low because my body is burning more than it has to function!).

My question is, after YEARS of me going low and dealing with hypoglycemia; after multiple ‘three-day meal charts’ and multiple nurses and dieticians, how did these ideas not come up sooner!? All this info was determined from one ‘three-day meal chart’ that I made before my FIRST appt with the new dietician.

My new endo is also looking at potential thyroid issues, as it can also cause low blood sugar.

I’ve been asking for help for years, and I think I’ve actually found some. The relief is palpable.

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daddyslittlepunker:

fahrlight:

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jimhines:

ursulavernon:

blood-stained-clouds:

ew—-society:

courageisthekeytohappiness:

i’m in love with peter pan. 

you forgot my favorite one

Ah, damnit Internet, you made me cry before breakfast.

Now I want to be Peter Pan when I grow up. Which is confusing on multiple levels…

I love him so.

CRYING

"that’ll take you somewhere weird" bless him 

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homicidalphone:

t1dom:

Does anyone else feel like diabetes makes you “play it safe” in too many situations?

Absolutely. And I’m not even doing it in a good way. I’ll say no to the gym because I don’t want to go low or I’ll under bolus if I know I won’t have a chance to get to food for a while.

This is so true. I currently live on my own and I have to say that it is scary. I’m running my sugars a little higher (between 8 and 9) in order to completely avoid the chance of lows. It’s hard to admit to oneself that in certain situations, you can’t take care of yourself or help yourself. I also avoid the gym because I have dropped severely low; I’ve had a seizure after rollerblading.

darkdaydreamer

Dear anyone out there with Type One Diabetes

smile-in-possibility:

If no one has told you this in a while:
You are amazing.
You are inspirational.
You have more strength than so many people around you realise.
That strength will help you in life.
This is not a life sentence.
You can be happy.
You are worthy.
You are a warrior.
I just wanted to tell you this because, in the words of one of my favourite characters “I don’t know if anyone else ever has” (Charlie, Perks of Being a Wallflower)