From Abby: Positive > Negative.
Abby (the person) queued up this blog post and it made me smile, not only because I agree with her points, but also because I wrote a very similar post back in 2009. (Right down to the bullet points. Ah, how I love a bullet point list. Abby is a girl after my own non-functioning pancreas.) Diabetes can suck at times, but there are moments that make you look on the bright side.
Take it away, my kindred editorial spirit!
There is a lot to be said about the down sides of diabetes. Like, a real lot. Possibly more than I can even write about in one day. And those downsides are shoved in our faces on a daily basis. That part sucks, too.
But I like to think about the up side, the sunny side, the silver lining, the greener pastures. It’s simply more fun. Here’s my list:
- Diabetes camp
- Putting dia- in front of any word and making it funny
- Knowing how my body responds to food
- Having an excuse to get regular pedicures
- Realizing how terrible Chinese food really is for you
- Diabetes camp (Editor's note: I love CBC. I'd list it twice, too.)
- More medical knowledge than your average bear
- Meeting other people with diabetes (see also: diabetes camp)
- Always having a backup topic to write papers about
- Not being grossed out by blood and needles
- Having a lot of technology to accessorize with stickers
- Constantly being aware of my health, body, and knowing when an illness is coming far before it actually comes
- Walking to cure my own disease and people think I’m being philanthropic
- Camps for kids with diabetes
- Meeting some amazing people who have changed my life that I wouldn’t know otherwise
- Justifying the purchase of new accessories to carry my test kit in
- Passing exams/quizzes about diabetes in nursing school without studying
- Having numerical (high blood sugar) motivation proving it’s time to work out again
- Hearing my 1st graders at work saying “that’s Abby’s insulation pump so she can eat snack”
I’m sure there are more. Some are funny, some sincere, some absolutely ridiculous. You may relate. Or you may not. I’m just not all that comfortable with focusing on the negatives, diabetes or otherwise.
Next time you see a completely unjustified 351 mg/dl on your meter, or feel a little weird and see a 32 mg/dl and wonder how you are still a functioning human being, make a happy list. It’ll help, I promise!
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A little happy goes a long way. What would you put on your list?