Today’s Diabetes Blog Week posts encourage us to “share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes.”
I won’t lie, my biggest accomplishment with diabetes is still a work in progress. It’s taken a long time to get where I am with being comfortable with insulin, and I could be even more comfortable with seeing a bolus wizard suggestion and just saying, “Okay. I can handle that amount of insulin without worrying.” Nevertheless, where I am now is much better than where I was a year ago . . . or even six months ago.
The results of “doing what I’m supposed to do” are encouraging. My A1c is the lowest I’ve had in quite a while, and I’m seeing fewer big spikes than in the past. I’m snacking less at times when I really don’t want to. Cycling with “normal” BGs is happening more often. Even eating Indian food is easier.
I am, however, having more lows than in the past and needing more (legit) snacks to prevent them, so I have some fine-tuning left to do. However, unlike in the past, I’m not treating those lows as a frustrating justification to do whatever. The changes I need to make are all do-able (By the way, I wasn’t simply flailing in the past; I was actually trying to make things better, but it was just a little hard to do that when I was adding so many other variables into the mix.)
Basically, this accomplishment is all about gaining the confidence I had needed to empower myself to do “scary” things (like taking insulin) and to enable doing more exciting things (like getting CGM no-hitters and doing half-Ironman triathlons).