{D-Blog Week} One Great Thing

by Leighann on May 15, 2012

Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”.  But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit.  Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!

My Great Thing

I was going to say that I am a good multi tasker, but I just received an e-mail saying that I forgot to attach the document I said I was attaching. That’s what I get for attempting to send an important, time-sensitive e-mail while trying to quiz Q on her multiplication flashcards.

The one thing that I am usually great at is SWAGing. SWAG is an acronym for “scientific wild ass guess.” I’m really good at estimating carb counts on the fly.

As an example, on Sunday I made Q lunch and took it to her to eat on the patio. I forgot to look at the box for the carbs and I thought to myself that it was probably 26 carbs. When I returned to the kitchen and looked at the package, I saw that it was 27 carbs.

Yep, totally rocked that carb count!

But here’s the thing: If we are at a party or out to eat and I get it totally wrong, I don’t beat myself up about it. I just check her blood sugar and give more insulin if I underestimated. It’s not the end of the world.

Q’s Great Thing

I said to Q, “If someone were to ask you what aspect of diabetes care you totally rock, what would you say?” She answered “Checking my finger.”

Not only does she check her own blood sugar (except while she’s sleeping!), but she has starting giving herself insulin for her snacks using the OmniPod’s PDM. She is even becoming Quick Draw McGraw when it comes to the CGM* receiver. When I ask her to hand it to me to calibrate it, she says she can do it herself. Her fingers move with lightening speed touching this button and that, scrolling up and down.

I can’t imagine how good she’ll be at texting when she gets her own phone someday!

Quick Draw McGraw

iBGStar Blood Glucose MeterSugar Medical Diabetes Supply Bag

Read more “One Great Thing” posts from members of the DOC who are participating in D-Blog week.

Further Reading

Diabetes Blog Week 201o Posts

Diabetes Blog Week 2011 Posts

Diabetes Blog Week 2012 Posts

All images are copyright D-Mom Blog and D-Mom Media and may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission. The exception is the image of Quick Draw McGraw, which I got from Wikipedia.

*Medtronic Disclosure

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leslie May 15, 2012 at 7:34 am

Well said!! You both should be very proud of what you excel in…you sound like a fantastic team!!


2 Stacey D. May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

Those are both pretty good things to have a good handle on! BG would be all over the place without first knowing what it is and second taking the right amount of insulin for food 😉


3 Kelly Booth May 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I agree, those are both things to be great at. And yup, Q will be great at texting!


4 shannon May 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

yeah man, L never even lets me push the buttons on her pump anymore b/c she says i’m way too slow!

and isn’t that feeling of nailing a SWAG the best? it’s like, FIST PUMP CITY!


5 Lauren Nygard May 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Props to you on being a great SWAGger! I love it when I guess so accurately! And I agree–no reason to beat yourself up if you don’t. Adjust and move on! 🙂


6 Brian May 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I think she is a rockstar at checking her finger. Multitasking is an awesome thing to be great at!


7 Minnesota Nice May 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

It’s so affirming to take stock of the things we’re good at (when the other big D monsters try to push them away).
And BTW, I love that yellow meter. Very snappy.


8 Tina Shaye C May 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

While the two examples you gave were awesome, I think you should add that you roll with punches well. I was 21 when diagnosed. I can’t imagine being so young or watching it happen to my child. So I say take another bow Leighann and Q 😉


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: