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