We talked about a broad range of topics, from diabetes diagnosis to growing up, from intimacy and diabetes to my sloppy swipe at tips for people living with diabetes. And it was fun. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and I’m really happy she asked me to visit her video series.
For more from Daniele, you can check out her website. Thanks for watching (and thanks to Daniele for not yelling at me for talking too fast).
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?
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