Sunday, June 26, 2011

D Fail...excuses, I think not


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Saturday I woke up to a blood sugar of 369. Normal glucose levels range between 80 and 120. I felt like crap. No matter how much insulin I took It was not coming down, this told me that my Omnipod (insulin pump) was bad and needed changing. Simple enough, right…wrong. I went through 4 pod’s in in less than 24 hours. The first one was clearly bad, the second one wouldn’t prime, the third one gave me an error after only a few hours and finally the last one due to weird positioning and sweat from putting together my daughter’s swing set was coming off. While extremely annoying this is not normal. Needless to say I spent the majority of the day with my blood sugar between 2 and 400.

Any time I am this high I feel extremely sleepy and somewhat dizzy. My vision is blurry and my heart sometimes races. Let me tell you it is not fun. Sometimes I get so tired of dealing with diabetes and then on top of that you add all the other things I am on. Five of those eight bottles down there I take daily, three are as needed. I hate remembering to take them every night and remembering to change my pod every three days. These things are what keep me healthy, sane and alive though so I take them.

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Having a chronic health conditions like type 1 diabetes has such a profound effect on my life. Some days diabetes just sits in the background, some days it flashes like a neon sign. It’s there when I wake up, go to sleep, eat, workout, go on vacation. Diabetes never takes a vacation. I cant just decide to go for a run or hit the gym, I have to plan ahead and pregame. It’s not just as simple as turning off my insulin pump. This can be so annoying sometimes. When I first started working out I had such a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that some times I needed to eat something just so I could workout. It felt counterproductive. Let me go eat so that I can burn calories just made no sense. I had to change my thinking. This meant I needed to time my workouts so that it was around a time where I might normally have a snack or meal.

Wall have obstacles to overcome, we all have something that could be used as an excuse not to do things. Diabetes, while some days quite annoying, will not be an excuse for me…ever! Yes, I will have to plan more but it does not mean I can not do things. Don’t let anyone tell you you cant do something because you can. It may take some planning and caution but there are ways. Find what works for you. Amazing things will happen! Work hard. Keep going.

Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
M

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