[D-Blog Week] One Great Thing.
Today's D-Blog Week prompt: "Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”. But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit. Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly! Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes. Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!"
I'm reluctant to say I do anything related to diabetes with any kind of finesse, because as soon as I even think I have something figured out, my body rebels or the tides shift or carbs magically appear in the air and they absorb through my pores like a bioterrorism attack on my A1C and then the whole thing goes to shit ... hang on, that's a wicked digression. Let me start over:
I don't have anything figured out, in full.
Except that concept of "keep swimming."
Birdy's new favorite character is Nemo from Disney's Finding Nemo. (Which is a favorite cartoon movie of mine, and I remember seeing it in the theater with a guy I was dating, the two of us sitting amongst a pile of parents and kids. Slightly awkward.) She hasn't seen the movie in full, but she's caught a few scenes here and there, and she thinks Nemo is "So cute, my Mama!" (Calling me "my mama" is also a new thing, as of this morning.)
And in that movie, there's the bit with Dory - beloved blue fish devoid of short term memory, who should get a Polaroid camera like the guy from Memento - where she encourages her friends to "just keep swimming" when things get challenging.
That's the one thing I think I'm good at, when it comes to diabetes. Regardless of how hard or easy it is on any given day, I'm good at pushing forward. Moments of extreme blood sugar happiness? Pockets of diabetes burnout? Tired of devices? Wishing for better math skills? Celebrating that moment when you wake up in the morning and see the nice, flat line on your Dexcom and the shiny 100 mg/dL on your meter, but nervous that it's fleeting? Trying to fine-tune insulin:carb ratios? Negotiating insurance coverage issues? Working to financially maintain an expensive and chronic condition? Trying to keep emotions in check?
Keep going, keep trying, don't give up.
Diabetes seems to be all about moving forward, in pursuit of good health, even when there are moments that trip us up a bit.
Just. Keep. Swimming.