Day 2 of Diabetes Blog Week is all about 1 great thing you do regarding your diabetes life.
I considered writing about how spot on I am when it comes to eye balling cupcake circumference to its carb count equivalent, or how I can talk to a wrong number regarding diabetes.
But I went with the following because there was a time in my diabetes youth that I wasn't so great at it - And damn if I haven't come a long way baby!
OK, this is as basic as life with diabetes gets, but one of the things I’m really good at re: living my diabetes life is testing my blood sugar, both on the down low and the in your face versions of blood sugar testing.
Seriously, I test like mother fuck*r and I don’t care where I am or who I’m with.
I’ve tested my blood sugar on the down low in work meetings, first date dinners, funerals and during plays and the people I was with were none the wiser for it.
And on the flip side, I’ve literally busted out my meter at the dinner table, at work and on the beach and didn’t care who was around.
I test and I test a lot. I fight for my insurance company to cover my 10 to 12 test strips a day because it’s my life and my life depends on me testing.
I don’t make excuses for having to test - EVER. I just do it. And if people have questions they can ask -and they do - And I’m OK with that, and answer them directly and with a smile.
Here’s the thing: Testing my blood sugar gives me comfort (It's like my security blanket,) and testing my blood sugar provides me with a map when I’m feeling lost regarding my diabetes.
And I try REALLY hard to not to get mad at the number on the screen.
Instead, I view it as my Diabetes GPS, my life’s garmin so to speak - Telling me where I am and which direction I need to go in.
If truth be told, I wasn’t always such a testing fiend. In college I could have done much better with my testing. I didn’t like to test - Quite frankly, I SUCKED AT TESTING.
I didn’t feel the need - I thought it was stupid and viewed it as an anchor around my neck. But I was wrong and I wised up. And I consider myself a very lucky duck, indeed.
I can’t change what I did or didn’t do then, I can only change my future.
And in order to have a great future and a pretty fantastical present, I have to test.
OF course unlike others that we know and love, I 'm not so great about changing my lancet.
And thanks to testing, I’ll never be a hand model - But after viewing this video, I’m sure you'll understand why I'm more than OK with that!