The final topic for Diabetes Blog Week is about Diabetes Tips & Tricks. The one I have to offer has to do with where I keep my medications and supplies now.
Since moving into my new apartment, I’ve taken to keeping all of the medications and supplies that I need every day in the kitchen, in the same large drawer where I keep the silverware. I know it may seem an odd place, I’ll grant you that, but in my world it makes sense. Here’s why.
The day starts in the kitchen with breakfast. I have to open the silverware drawer to get utensils for eating. But before I can eat, I need to check my fasting blood sugar, take a shot of Humalog to cover the meal I’m preparing, and take a shot of Victoza. I also need to take all of my oral meds for my heart and other issues. So, having all of that stuff right there in a place where I’ll see it at the start of each day serves as a reminder and helps me start the day off right. And since I usually have a small meal before bed, I also keep my Lantus pen there as well, so I see it and remember to take it. So far, it seems to be working for me.
For Our Families and Ourselves
As this week devoted to writing about life with diabetes comes to an end, I think it’s important to remember that there is so much more to our lives than just diabetes. We are so much more than the disease with which we live. I know all too well that when living with chronic health issues that require constant attention, it is easy to become so consumed by those thoughts that we lose sight of the fact that there’s more to life that just those health issues. Sure, they are always with us, but they should not be the center of attention all the time. And it’s also important to remember that we, the people diagnosed with the disease, are not the only ones affected by it. Our loved ones endure the struggles of the diagnosis as well. They need and deserve our appreciation and support, too. And so, I ask you to join me in pledging to remember these things going forward.
We, the undersigned, acknowledge and understand that we, as PWD’s, are not the only people affected by the disease with which we have been diagnosed. That our loved ones endure the struggles of this diagnosis along side us. We pledge to remember this, to show appreciation for their support, and to support them in return.
We, the undersigned acknowledge and understand that there is much more to life than diabetes and that it is important to take every opportunity to enjoy life in the moment. We pledge to stop and smell the roses and make memories, like the one above, as often as possible.
We, the undersigned, pledge to always remember the importance of making time for our families, and for ourselves.
Mike Durbin. (And hopefully everyone else reading this.)
Today is the final day of Diabetes Blog Week. Click for the Tips and Tricks Link List.
Let’s round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There’s always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.)