Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Diabetes Moments of Zen

diabetes moments


diabetes: If your reading this blog, there's a good chance you know what diabetes is because you or some one close to you has diabetes. If you've stumbled upon this blog for some other reason other than diabetes then prepare to be schooled. Diabetes has many different types (type 1, Type 2, 1.5 , and gestational) under the same diabetes umbrella. Definitions of the various types of Diabetes can be found HERE.

zen A total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts. Complete and absolute peace. Urban Dictionary definition.

diabetes moment of zen: Moments of peace and total in sync moments of mind, body, diabetes, and diabetes technology that occasionally occur in a life lived with diabetes. Copious amounts of used test strips, carb counting, and trial and error are usually involved in order for one to achieve a moment of Diabetes Zen. I say usually because sometimes it happens and we are pleasantly surprised. Not to be confused with The Daily Show's Moment of Zen, which is entirely different, always funny, but no less zen-ish~

Guessing and correctly bolusing for a carb count your not really sure of and achieving “Blood Sugar Nirvana.

Finding a box of pump or testing supplies in the back of your closet or bottom of your “ everything that doesn’t have an official place” bureau drawer.

Having a new infusion set go in pain free.

An unexpected D-Meet-up.

D-Meet-ups in general.

Finding a cylinder of unused test strips at the bottom of your gym bag.

The feeling of tranquility that a freshly filled insulin reservoir brings.

Working out and not going low ½ way through because you’ve used your “temporary bolus” feature.

An Endo that believes in giving samples.

Sleeping in because you can.

Not having to eat because you don’t feel like it.

Eating a carb filled meal because you’ve become the master of the duel wave bolus.

Pickles = free foods.

Infusion Set Nirvana.

Finding an Endo and CDE who works and talks with you instead of at you.

Speaking the language of diabetes with someone who’s been there and done that without ever uttering the D word~

What are your diabetes moments zen?


Holly said...

Don't forget the Type 3s out there! =)

For me, it's a full reservoir of insulin in my pump with a full battery and a new day on my CGM sensor. I feel like I'm "diabetes packin'"! =P

George said...

Waking up in range. I love that!

Faye said...

A beautiful, flat line under 100 when I wake up (going off George's comment)...and staying that way when I get to work.

Anonymous said...

Not having a day filled with emotional roller coaster's. :) Nothing beats being in the range from waking up and every time I check my levels. ;)

SarahK said...

Having "free" showers, and we don't mean cost.

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

I echo the beautiful flat, in range line overnight.

Also, the day at school with no calls from the nurse.

Getting out of the pool with an in range BG.

Okay, I'm getting out of control...

JKHeverly said...

Being reminded I'm not the only one dealing with D...when a doctor compliments a recent A1C and/or says I'm healthy...being in range all day without lows...feeling like I'm managing my D and not that it's managing me...

Cara said...

A pain-free and blood-free sensor insertion. :)

Katie from SF said...

OH MY GOSH! I just blogged about D-zen too! Great minds think alike. I wish D-zen upon everyone. :)

Katie from SF said...

My zen: having my efforts work. If I mess up a bolus on a meal once, I learn and figure out what to do differently. The 2nd time I eat that meal, and try the updated bolus, and it WORKS... pure Zen.

Pam said...

When several weeks of crap numbers turn into unexpectedly in range numbers. Ah...the feeling of happiness!

Penny said...

8 pm - 110
10 pm - 105
2 am - 112
8 am - 122
Night nirvana for a parent

4 hours of swimming at the beach and rockin an 87

Waffle breakfast at a diner = 2 hours later - 135

Ok, now I'm gettin' crazy...

Sandra Miller said...

Hearing my son's endo say:

"Joseph's gained 10 pounds of lean muscle and grown almost two inches over the last three months."

Total Zen moment.

Unknown said...

I would have to agree with G-Money. Waking up in range. Although D-Meetups are pretty zenny too. :-)

Scott S said...

You are so right about "moments of d-zen" because even with all of this, they only occur momentarily!

Becca / SingleWhiteDiabetic said...

Reading a blog that makes you nod your head...may not know anyone in my day-to-day life that gets any of this, but I love that there are people that do out there!

Mitra said...

We're retweeting you as our fave blog post o' the day. Thanks for the great writing! -- Mitra (@kaysnaturals)

Sysy Morales said...

you could write a small and fun book titled "Diabetes Moments of Zen" :D Nice post.