Happy Independence Day, All! Well now, this seems like a good day to talk a little about our “closet diabetes rebels,” aka the small — or not so small — things we all do to assert our independence over this stupid disease.
For my part:
1) It’s summer, for God’s sake, and I love sandals and flip-flops as much as anyone. Like Kerri, I universally ignore my doctor’s advice to “never wear open-toed shoes.” Are you kidding me? My feet are one of my favorite features. And they do love fresh air.
2) Not logging. Here we are having this big debate about the relative merits of keeping detailed blood sugar and dosing records, and I’m gonna be honest: I don’t do too much of that myself these days. For the first three years, I was a logging fiend. Then I just got burnt out. If I’m not entirely lazy, I try to print out the records off my meter the night before I see my endo. But since I’m stuck with Pathfinder for the OmniPod, that’s not much use anyway. I do think some new tools might kick me into gear again. (Or not.)
3) Irregular eating. It’s very clear that I’d be better off with roughly the same menu choices at the same times of day on a regular basis. I know that. But on any given day, you still might find me munching just a Z-Bar in the car for lunch, or eating cottage cheese sprinkled with potato chips for dinner. Or, you might find me in a fine San Francisco restaurant feasting on exotic dishes made with papaya and peanut sauce. Is this variability diabetes-friendly? Heck no. But Life Takes Flexibility. Only trouble is, as Bernard notes, “You work hard to control your diabetes so that you can have great control and some flexibility in your life. But don’t dare take advantage of the flexibility because sometimes it will come back to bite you.” Ugh.
4) My favorite food groups are coffee, wine, cheese, and chocolate — all of questionable value for anyone’s health. But I do so love them! And with the exception of chocolate, they do not spike your blood sugar. The chocolate is tricky, but I’ve been playing with a variety of extended bolus strategies to cover up that “sin.” Yet again, as the sage Bernard says, “Sometimes you just have to live a little.”
All right, be honest now: What do you do to assert your own mojo over the frustrations of striving for diabetic perfection?