At the TCOYD / diaTribe forum at ADA last week, Dr. Edelman showed a video that he and Dr. Pettus had put together about the doctor and patient relationship, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly. It kicked up some serious laughs from the audience because it’s uncomfortably true in many ways.
(My favorite line is at 2:38 – “By the next time you come back, I want you to have two new friends you can tell me about …”)
Self-tracking isn’t limited to the number of steps I take in a day or mapping out the data of my blood sugar trends. In my life, tracking emotional health is important, as it influences my physical health. Yeah, even if I try to pretend it doesn’t.
Gripper socks are those socks that have the little bits of plastic on the bottom, designed to keep you from slipping and falling on your face. They help you gain your footing when you need it most.
Playing that metaphor out from a diabetes perspective, there are some things I do to keep from doing a horrible faceplant into apathy (which leads to less-than-optimal diabetes management, for me). Kind of like gripper socks for self-management, giving me traction instead of sending me into a free-fall of slackadaisical not-giving-a-shit.
This video is about recognizing my own apathy signs and signals and making attempts to wrangle them back under control.
Do your blood sugars respond to food? Of course. How about to insulin? And exercise? A big “hell yes” to those, too. Food, insulin, and exercise have tangible influence on my blood sugar levels. But one influencer that I don’t often take into account is stress … which is a ridiculous variable for me to ignore because stress can make my blood sugars leap over tall basal rates in a single bound.
Oh look – a video!
How does stress change the mapping of your blood sugars?
This morning I wanted to share two videos that ventured their way into my inbox recently, from folks in the diabetes community who I support whole-heartedly.
The first is from Seb, who is STILL running across Canada. What’s your plan for today? Mine is to get some writing done while sitting on my ass on a flight to California. Sebastien Sasseville will be running through the Rocky Mountains on Day Eighty Billion of his solo run across Canada. Give Seb some love through Outrun Diabetes today and let him know you’re thinking about him and his journey to inspire.
The second video is from a group of parents and PWDs supporting the Bionic Pancreas.
I feel like when people are diagnosed with diabetes-related complications, all of a sudden they feel like they have to hide somewhere and they aren’t allowed to talk about it, so they’re not able to get the support that they need to deal with this new diagnosis.
My macular edema diagnosis didn’t mark the end of my life as a healthy person; it just marks the beginning of a new journey with a new health condition.
You owe it to yourself to live the best life possible. Even with whatever you’ve got.
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