In my diabetes life, emotions are right up there with insulin and food as influencers of blood sugar management. And I wish it wasn’t so, because stress and excitement are hard to “plan.” (Replace those actual quotation marks with finger quotes, because they fit the bill a bit better.) And the emotions that come up as a result of diabetes crap? Holy shit, they are a circus all their own.
The emotions of diabetes are a thing for me, and one that I need to work to manage as fastidiously as I work on my numbers. Which is why my Animas column this month is about that exact thing:
“Diabetes is more than the lab work results and pricking fingers, taking insulin, counting carbs. That’s the to-do list we have to check every day, but it doesn’t even begin to touch the other side of life with a chronic illness, and that’s the headspace part. Some of my academic friends call it the psychosocial part; I think of it as the emotional portion of managing my diabetes, and in my life, managing my headspace is as important as managing my blood sugars.
There’s a whole range of emotions connected to diabetes that I run though on any given day.”