It’s All About Learning As You Go

Life, it’s just like Diabetes— a hectic roller coaster full of ups and downs. There’s no determining what’s going to happen tomorrow and no controlling what happened yesterday. All you can do is make good of what you have going on today.

That’s a lesson I’ve had to learn the hard way within the last month. It started with my (ex)girlfriend giving up on me, cheating on me, and breaking up with me. Followed by almost losing what little possessions I have left. Proceeded by relocating to my parents house and starting over. In reality though, starting over isn’t all that bad. It gives me the chance to wipe the slate clean and fill it back up with better situations. I’ve learned who’s truly there for me— the ones who’d rather help me pick myself up at the worst times in my life rather than let me lay there. I’ve gained a nicer-newer car, some good friends, and one person that I had thought was gone for good. So for every bad thing that happened, even though all the bad happened at once, I had one good thing happen in return.

Aside from the roller coaster that is my life, I seem to be doing well managing my diabetes. During my last appointment with my endocrinologist, he tested my A1C and we were both pleased (as well as surprised) that it has dropped from an 11.7 in May to a 6.6! He explained to me how he’s normally not impressed with patients, but I impressed him completely. We had to back off of my Lantus at night— going from 25 units to 20. My numbers were “too tight” which was most likely the cause of my frequent lows. I could bank on a BG in the 60> in the mornings. I’ve gotten pretty good at finding foods to keep my BG up over night and avoiding those lows in the morning. Working screws with the BG as well. The harder I work the more lows I have through the day. Luckily though, i have a fantastic employer. After explaining to them about my diagnosis, not only did the staff become more interested in learning, they don’t question me when I take a seat for a few minutes. They’re actually very attentive about learning and how I’m feeling through out the day.

All in all though, through everything that’s happened within the last 6 months, I’ve really grown as a person. I’ve learned to think of myself and be assertive with my needs and wants. I’ve committed to counseling again to better assist me with my emotions and how to deal with them. And I’ve learned to surround myself with those who would rather walk by side through this journey of life, rather then two steps ahead of me.

— That’s it folks. That’s a day (well quite a few actually) in a nutshell of a Diabetic.


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