Hmm, I realized I haven’t been saying much about myself these days: Me, My Diabetes, How’s It Going? And that’s what it’s all about for each of us, isn’t it? Staying focused on ourselves — our BG control, our exercise and diet, our well-being.
No more diving into that big work project and forgetting yourself. Just ask Gilbert on that one; he writes, “Don’t be an idiot, it only takes a few hours for diabetes to turn you into a dumbass (if you don’t watch your sugar levels).” Right. And no more dropping everything for baby, the quintessential parenting thing.
Actually, I covered the latter this month in my newest dLife column (posted now!): the counterintuitive need to become the “Anti-Parent” by putting yourself first. Lots of parents end up “dropping their diabetes care” while busy caring for their small children. A natural consequence, perhaps, but NO! The worst thing you can do to your family is forget to take care of yourself. The resultant Roller Coaster of lows and highs and frustration and stress helps no one.
For example, at our house, I find mealtimes become a disaster if I try to make everyone else happy before sitting down to get a bite in my own mouth. Consequently, my kids have learned the cardinal rule: let mommy eat! (or test! or inject!)
- My last A1c was 6.9%, but all my other numbers (blood pressure, HDL, LDL, etc.) are excellent
- I’m working on bringing the A1c down, but still struggling with those late afternoon highs
- My own fault, ’cause I’m paranoid of lows at a time when I’m driving children around town — so I’m too conservative with the lunch dose, and still end up snacking a bit before dinner
- “Long Tuesdays” are especially hard, ’cause my nanny has the whole day off and in truth, I rarely actually sit down to eat
- Trying new breakfast foods (sick to death of the old ones!), which led to some wacky days like the 68 – 344 – 84 Bounce Fest last week, aacck!
- So now I’m testing more often, and thinking about it a lot.
I call this “Forced Self-Absorption,” which, with diabetes, is a good thing, I think. Or at least a necessary thing.