Keeping the diabetes monster in check.

Hello everyone! I know I haven’t really talked about my diabetes much in the past couple of weeks. That’s because I haven’t really had any crazy highs or scary lows to talk about. Or anything else diabetes-wacky-that’s-me-specific.

During last week’s DSMA Live/Twitter Chat event, someone (I wish I could remember who) made a great point by saying that we all tend to post when bad things happen. As a result, sometimes it may look like we’re not doing well, when in fact we are. I would like to change that perception with this post.

In other words, the diabetes is playing nice for a change. Everything seems to be going well in Stephen’s D-world.

The infusion sites for my insulin pump have been really good and insulin-absorbent. When they’re in, they’re in, and they’ve been lasting for five and six days at a time.

While I’m at it, with cooler than normal weather during July and August, I haven’t had to contend so much with keeping the insulin from spoiling in the heat.

Despite the fact that I’ve traveled a bit in the past week, I never notched a number above 257 mg/dL on my meter, and that was way above what my BG was usually running. That was when I was on the road from Ohio to Maryland at the end of the trip. I have a bad habit of grazing on crap during these rides, and even though I did some of that, I was able to come down from the 257 with minimal effort and without crashing later.

Lows have been minimal lately, and not too low. Handled with a simple 15-20 grams of carbohydrates and a little patience. My basal rates, updated at my last visit with my endocrinologist, seem to be doing the trick.

This isn’t totally diabetes related, but my new glasses (both pair) have been helping me see better than I have in years. Not that my eyesight was really poor, but I love that I can read the fine print on things without getting a headache.

I haven’t had test strips lately that didn’t want to work because they didn’t have enough blood on them, even though you know you put enough blood on them, and you’re tired of lancing the end of your finger and dripping and smearing blood everywhere just so your meter can give you an error because it thinks you’re not bleeding enough for it today. None of that is occurring right now.

I do have to order a new belt clip for my pump. But hey… when things are going so well that this is the only thing I have to complain about, I can’t really complain. Don’t you just love it when things work the way they’re supposed to? Take that, diabetes!

I hope I didn’t jinx the whole thing by writing about it, but I don’t believe in superstitions anyway. Just in case, I think I’ll bookmark this post so I can refer back to it during those times that things aren’t quite going as well as they have been of late. How are things with you right now? Here’s wishing your diabetes is as gentle as a summer breeze.

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  • kelly2k  On August 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    YOU. ROCK. Also, this post makes me 🙂


  • Vicki  On August 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I like that you’ve written about the good: it puts a big smile on my face! I hope it continues 🙂


  • Karen  On August 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Yay for things going great!!!! I know I’m always afraid that if I post how wonderful my d is going, the blog-curse will hit and it will immediately go all crappy. But I’m superstitious like that, so I’m glad to see you aren’t as paranoid as I am. LOL


  • Katie  On August 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I think a lot of us don’t write about the good days because we are afraid of jinxing ourselves!! I was just starting to say to my fiance, “My blood sugars have been so goo…” and I literally stopped and said, “nope, I’m not saying it out loud.”


  • Laddie  On August 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    You have totally jinxed yourself! Ever since I posted how good my Dex G4 is, it’s been a bit unreliable. Ever since I posted how things were easier recently, my numbers have gotten worse and I’m taking more insulin.

    But enjoy the good times!


  • xxlovelylizxx  On August 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I think you’re right. Sometimes only frustrations/anger with diabetes get center stage and often times the “good” days get pushed back. Funny how that happens actually. I love that you wrote about the good stuff. That encourages me to try to do the same more often. 🙂


  • scully  On August 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

    So true. Like with anything in life it always seems easier to complain about the bad things than gloat about the good things.
    Kudos to you. 🙂


  • Type 2 Diabetes  On August 21, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I appreciate your point of view. Thanks for this informative post.


  • Kelley  On August 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Great to hear you’ve been doing well lately! Keep up the good work 🙂


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