I’m very rarely caught without my Dexcom, and I’ve been wearing a sensor for the better part of the last three years. But wearing a sensor doesn’t mean that every low is caught and every high is avoided. What it does mean is that I see every high and low in a big picture format, leaving me sometimes with more information than I know how to process. So when I finally (FINALLY) have a no-hitter, I want to share it. Because damn it, I was proud to have ‘colored within the lines’ for a full 24 hours … it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that. And it’s also been a long time since I’ve cared to try.
The Dexcom graphs don’t always look like this, though. I have more days than I’d like to admit where the graph looks like a giant letter M. Or a W. Or an M and a W with an ampersand or some other mess in between. I don’t have a lot of pictures of the crap graphs because they don’t inspire my inner photographer. 😉 Instead, they inspire me to hide the receiver in the bottom of my purse and not look at it for a few hours. But I like the no-hitters. I want to dress them in sassy hats and do Glamour Shots with them. And I want to post them because I feel like there are a lot of “OMG I can’t do this” posts on here, and it feels good to say that I had a good day, you know?
Last night on the weekly #dsma (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy) chats on Twitter, the question asked was “Do you believe the A1C results you see posted online?” Last night, I said that I am not sure, but after thinking about it for a bit, I do believe the results posted online. Almost exclusively. That’s part of what makes this community so notable and so impactive. This diabetes online community isn’t known for its jabbing remarks and cruel behavior. We treat one another as extended family, and respect for those who are struggling is just as high for those who are succeeding.
And I love that. I love that I’ve found support and camaraderie in both my well-managed numbers throughout pregnancy and in my recent crummy A1C/burnout cycle. I need that, as a person with diabetes, because it’s the emotional support that helps lift me out of a funk, and also helps me maintain a strong streak.
So yeah. A no-hitter. And the power and honesty of the diabetes online community. I’m celebrating both.