There’s not much of an option for a day without diabetes, but sometimes the friends and acquaintances I’ve made through social media aren’t as acutely aware of the food math and thought process behind each insulin dose decision, so I’m jumping on the #dayofdiabetes bandwagon. Chris Snider at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia took up the challenge of “live-tweeting” a day with diabetes, and then Storify’d it, giving readers a 24hr glimpse into a full day with T1D. I loved reading his Tweets, and after following Cherise’s go a few days later, I wanted to join in the storytelling.
I took this concept for a spin back in 2007, when I tried on my first CGM (the Dexcom STS, which was only cleared to work for three days and wasn’t waterproof, so you had to slap this giant plastic bag-type shower patch over it so you could clean yourself). There have been some “all day diabetes” Twitterers – didn’t Bernard do it on World Diabetes Day one year? – but this new iteration will hopefully inspire other PWDs and people with different health conditions to share their story. (My first Tweet ever was about the Dexcom sensor – does participating in #dayofdiabetes mean my social media matrix may fold into itself today?)
I started my live-Tweeting journey this morning, and I’ll be working straight through to tomorrow morning. Hopefully it will be boring as can be, with numbers sorting themselves out all happily between 80 and 120 mg/dL, but even a day of in-range numbers comes as the result of a lot of work, and a lot of little, nit-picky diabetes management moments. I definitely don’t log every diabetes-related physical and mental task throughout the day, but for the sake of the experiment, today I will.
— Kerri / Diabetes (@sixuntilme) May 24, 2013
A day of diabetes, running live through Twitter for the day. If you want to follow along for the day, I’m at @sixuntilme. If you’re interested in telling your story for a day, adopt the #dayofdiabetes hashtag as though it were a sweet, adorable, lumbering puppy scampering towards you on impossibly uncoordinated legs. And if you want to take a look at Chris or Cherise’s live-Tweet sessions, pop over to the Day of Diabetes Tumblr account for a snapshot view.