One Lump or Two?
Like I wrote a few weeks ago, "Even though I do not like the disease, there are some diabetes-related simple pleasures that make me smile."
But on the flip side of that, there are some diabetes-related things that make me grimace. (Not Grimace, but grimace.) And when I'm feeling down about the hard parts of managing this disease, I often turn to humor to lift me back up. (For me, a little gallows humor goes a long way in keeping me from really falling into a depressive state. It seems like a counterproductive idea, but it really helps me.)
This is where Haidee Soule Merritt's book comes in: One Lump or Two? Her book more than resonated for a 20+ year diabetes veteran like myself. It's taken me a long time to build up this much amusement at a disease that's trying its hardest to take me out, but now I'm in the thick of the smirking-despite-the-chaos.
As I read through her book, I laughed. I laughed and nodded my head in agreement, thinking, "Oh hell yes, I hate those geyser fingerpricks."
Who hasn't this happened to? (Image credit: Haidee Soule Merritt)
I snicked despite trying to be classy when I saw the one about low blood sugars after sex. (Trust me, not fun. And also, awkward as hell.)
Been there. Done that. (Image credit: Haidee Soule Merritt)
Diabetes isn't easy. Neither is laughing at it. But laughter, finding something that alleviates some of the anxiety and fear that comes with a chronic illness, can make such a huge difference in health.
If you want to order your own copy of Haidee's book, visit her website (and enjoy the duck sounds on the buttons, because they quacked me up). As you thumb through your copy of One Lump or Two?, you'll find yourself smirking with understanding, too.