My Diabetes takes milk, no sugar – by Daisy Shaw
I’ve been absent from the blogging world for quite some time now. The past six months have been hectic beyond belief leaving, with what has felt like little time to even think let alone write. A lot has changed – some things for the better and others… Well, here’s where a bit of faith in fate comes in handy.
Admittedly diabetes has occasionally been put on the back burner since starting university in September. Let me reassure you that when it comes to wanting to improve your lifestyle, neglecting the D is never a good tactic. It hates to be disregarded and it will make you pay for your ignorance.
On a happier note, I am now back on track and am trying to give diabetes a bit of TLC. It’s taking a bit of persuasion, as it isn’t always easy to reason with, but it’s nothing that a combination of carb counting, blood monitoring and dose adjustment can’t sort out. Another diabetic once said to me that by getting to know your diabetes and finding out what works for you, you can live a virtually D-Tantrum free life (he didn’t quite word it that way, but you catch my gist…).
Since being told this I have begun to realise, as you may have done also, that I tend to personify my diabetes. I think of it as a little creature, living alongside me, with needs and preferences. Thanks to my vivid imagination, it is this thought that motivates me to take care of the D.
I think of it when I haven’t been taking care of it and haven’t been carb counting or bolusing correctly…
Then I think of it when I have…
I think of it when I’m exercising…
I know what food it likes to keep its mood balanced and what it doesn’t. I know that my diabetes likes to take milk in its tea, but no sugar.
By doing this it stops me from feeling as though diabetes is my enemy. Alright, so the D requires attention and consideration, and some days it gets out of the wrong side of the bed. However when looked after properly, it’s really not that much trouble at all. Even when it’s feeling low, its mood can always be sweetened with a sugary treat (pun intended!).