Diabetes... 30 Which Ways!

Sometimes, I hear people say that they’d like their loved one to live ‘as normal a life as possible’ with diabetes. But I don’t know if I remember much what that ‘normal’ was like – nor if I want a part in it. Why do we have to call that ‘normal,’ as if our current lives were ‘abnormal’ somehow? Maybe atypical, I guess… but if you’ve lived many years with diabetes, all of these things are, of course, normal… and typical.

How does life change with diabetes? What kinds of things are sometimes our new normals?

  1. Routines are your friend, and they are comforting. There is safety in routines
  2. You check the menu of any place ahead of time to see if they have the audacity of having -- *gasp* -- veggies on their menu
  3. You buy your purse according to how many diabetes supplies it will hold
  4. You buy your coat according to how many pockets it has – and may hide your meter, meds, insulin, pumps, etc., from the elements
  5. You scan your kids Halloween candy for bad items, and of course, items that may treat your potential low blood glucose episodes
  6. You don’t know what all the hype is about regular soda, and wonder why companies can’t make more sugar-free soda choices if there’s such a diabetes explosion
  7. You don’t understand why people are so preoccupied with the “health detriments” of bacon
  8. You don’t understand why people are so excited about the next vampire slaying episode on TV yet freak out about you testing your blood glucose in front of them
  9. November 14 is as important to you as November 10 is to a huge number of gamers out there – and those of you in the know, know what I mean
  10. The “Freshman 15" means something different to you…
    • 15 lbs I have to lose
    • 15 carbohydrate grams for a snack
    • 15 carbohydrate choice exchanges
    • 15 glucose points and 15 minutes to test
    • 15 grams a slice
    • 15 units of insulin
    • 15 minute walks…
  11. Turkey tastes better than stuffing… any day
  12. You’re the only person who takes drugs in order not to get high
  13. You learn to love eggs… and more eggs
  14. You learn to love cauliflower… and more cauliflower… Cauliflower mash and pizza crust, anybody?
  15. You learn that every party is the best party – because you brought your own food, and then people want your food, too
  16. You learn that NO ONE cares what you eat – NO ONE – until you tell them you have diabetes
  17. You learn that nothing is scarier to a non-diabetic, nothing – not even zombies, vampires, slayings, murder and mayhem) – than watching a person with diabetes eat a scoop of ice cream
  18. You learn the best routes which might include a pit stop to get a snack, test, or use a restroom. Thanks, Metformin!
  19. Your pharmacist is a part of your family now, and gets a Christmas card
  20. You wonder why Dr. Scholl’s can’t make fashionable shoes
  21. Everything’s doable to you – so long as you change these other twenty things to accommodate it
  22. If you’re on your period, you’re going to be high
  23. If you have the flu, you’re going to be high
  24. If you stay past your bedtime, you’re going to be high
  25. If go for that walk at 95°F, you’re going to be high
  26. If you decide to have sex, you’re going to be low, low, low, low… and don’t you forget it
  27. You wonder if that lunch box can accommodate your lunch, and your snacks, and your medicines, and your kit
  28. You don’t necessarily like anyone’s food, but you always want their recipes. Just how many carbs are in that thing??
  29. When you’re little, you’re afraid a monster is going to grab you by the leg from underneath your bed. When you’re an adult with diabetes, you’re afraid a “monster” is going to grab you by the leg… and you won’t be able to tell
  30. If you have coffee… you’re going to be high. *sigh*  

That’s it. We need to find a cure.

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