Focus: Diabetes Things I Like.
by Kerri Sparling on March 3, 2014
Even though I do not like the disease, there are some diabetes-related simple pleasures that make me smile:
- I like the feeling of satisfaction when I change the Dexcom sensor and the pump infusion set at the same time.
- I like having the tune of “Fur Elise” memorized.
- I also have a deeper appreciation for people who can code up some Top Gun.
- I finally like how glucose tabs taste. (This year’s fave flavor? Wildberry.)
- I like how the look of compassion gives way quickly to one of want when my daughter sees me bust out the glucose tabs. (“Can I have one tiny, tiny, tiny bite?”)
- Nothing makes me laugh more than watching Loopy rip by at 100 miles an hour on the hardwood floors with a confiscated bottle of test strips like a hockey puck at her paws.
- I like when my diabetes supplies are delivered.
- I like when I can stretch a CGM sensor past the seven day mark.
- I like changing my lancet because it makes me feel like a rebel.
- I still like not having to wear a watch.
- I like being mistaken for a droid.
- I like when my Dexcom doesn’t make a frigging peep for hours, meaning that I’m within the threshold lines.
- I also like when kids think I can communicate directly with the mothership.
- I like having an intimate understanding of the physiology (and chaos) taking place in my insulin “producing” cells.
- (I like how finger quotes pretty much sum up the function of my beta cells.)
- I like how my husband understands that feelings and actions can be summed up simply with one number. (“48,” as I take long pulls from the bottle of grape juice in the fridge.)
- I like how an in-range number on my glucose number reinforces decisions I’ve made.
- I have learned to like how out-of-range numbers teach me something about my diabetes and my body’s response to certain variables.
- I like watching my blood sugar average tighten up. (This is a rare one, but I still like it.)
- I like when my pump tubing ties itself into knots while I sleep because it makes me think that my pump is break dancing throughout the enight.
- I have also learned to like the hard-taught appreciation for the many parts of my body that work properly.
- I like comparing notes and brainstorming with my doctor about my diabetes, as though we’re working together against a common foe.
- I like the diabetes online community.
- Actually, I might full out love the diabetes online community, because it’s been the difference between feeling isolated and potentially overwhelmed by diabetes to feeling supported, empowered, and ready to keep trying despite those aforementioned lazy supposed-to-be-producing-insulin cells.
- And lastly, I like lists of things I like.
What’s on your list?