Guest Post: When to Laugh
George Simmons is a blogger I respect highly, and having met him in person several times now, I can say with certainty that he is a good man with a good laugh. The guy is funny, even when things seem at their darkest and most uncertain. He's faced some tough times recently, yet through it all, he finds the laughter. I am appreciative of his post here on SUM, and most of all for his friendship.
Take it away, SuperG!
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When to Laugh
I've had type 1 diabetes for almost 19 years now. A majority of that time I spent angry. Angry at this disease that I did not chose to have but that had chose me. I felt so different from my friends and family that I chose to ignore it instead of take control of it. I was a angry teen. Those two words go together a lot and especially for a teen who is diagnosed with a chronic illness.
So now I pay attention. I check my blood glucose levels about 8 times a day and I no longer angry. Now, you must understand that I do get angry. I am not tossing confetti around or clicking my heels together all the time but I can tell you, and I know my family would agree, I do not let diabetes anger me like I used to.
What is the secret? How do I not let things get to me? How do I get through every single finger stick, infusion set change, and bad number?
If you've every been around me at all you will know my very loud, very infectious, very real laugh and I let it rip all the time. I laugh when my blood sugar is 123 because I shout, "I'm Sesame Street!" Or when I'm really high at 323 I'll start singing happy birthday to myself (March 23rd? Get it? Plenty of shopping time). If I squeeze my finger for blood and I notice several previous spots start to bleed I'll make a vampire joke or hope for a couple of "eyes" and draw in a mouth with a pen. Seriously. I'm crazy.
I just love to laugh. I seem to find humor wherever I go. Even when nothing should be funny, something can make you laugh and feel better.
As of late, I've used Twitter to help me find stuff to laugh at or have fun with. Every time something has been going wrong I blame diabetes. I'll tweet things like "I #blamediabetes for my burnt toast!" or "I #blamediabetes for this awful traffic this morning!" So often we blame ourselves for a high number on our machine so it's fun to blame diabetes every once and while for other stuff.
The other thing I love to do it play "Test Strip Bingo." Whenever I open up a new vial of strips and I have a new code number, I will post it on twitter and see who else has the same code! Whoever does wins a "prize" which is just a funny/weird video I have found on You Tube.
Both of those things, heck my whole take on this stuff may seem ridiculous to you but they bring some fun and laughter into something that is really not fun and quite serious.
And honestly, I am tired of being angry all the time. If working a little harder to find fun with diabetes makes me want to pay attention to it more then so be it.
It's worth the effort.
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SuperG, I totally agree. Laughter is the best, best medicine. Thank you so much for the great post!!