D-Blog Week Day 1: A day in my life with Diabetes
I’ve heard it said time and time again that there’s really no such thing as a “typical day” for diabetics; no two days are ever the same. And in the short year and a half that I’ve lived with the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, I found that sentiment to be quite true.
Some days, I feel great, my numbers are great, everything is just great. And the next day, well, not so much. Ah hell, who am I kidding, the next day? Some days I don’t make it hour to hour, or even minute to minute without things going crazy. I know I can speak for the majority of my diabetic friends, when I say that the only constant in our lives is uncertainly. We never know what’s coming next. And for me, as a diabetic with congestive heart failure, and other chronic medical conditions, that feeling is intensified exponentially.
My work schedule makes day to day management of my diabetes harder, simply because I work nights. I can guarantee that I’d win the vote for who has the worst schedule. I work 6pm to 3am Sunday and Monday, and 3pm to 12am Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Naturally, my sleeping and eating schedules are FUBAR! Which doesn’t help my blood glucose (BG) numbers are all. I must be doing something right, though, considering my last A1c was a 6.0.
For all of the uncertainty, though, I will say that there are some things that do happen every day. The most important of those things being that I wake up, get out of bed, and try to make the best of it. I test my blood sugar a minimum of 3 times a day, I take at least 12 medications every day to stay alive, and there’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t talk to someone in the diabetic online community (DOC). Those AWEsome folks make living with diabetes a lot easier.
I’m concluding this post with a glimpse of the here and now; my blood sugar is 97, it’s time to eat. Ciao!