Diabetes Blog Week: Diabetes and the Unexpected.

Welcome to Diabetes Blog Week 2017! Diabetes Blog Week is just like it sounds… diabetes bloggers all over the world, blogging on daily topics for an entire week. Or, in this year’s case, for five days. To find out all about Diabetes Blog Week and to sign up, CLICK HERE.

This is my 6th year participating in Diabetes Blog Week, and I’m probably the least prepared this year that I have ever been. Chalk it up to a crazy work schedule and even crazier things happening at home. But, hey, everyone deals with that kind of stuff. No excuses… I love Diabetes Blog Week! Let’s get this party started with our first topic:

Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random.  What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens?  Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved one’s, life that you never could have expected? (Thank you, Heather, for inspiring this topic!)

I have to confess that I’m not really very good when it comes to the unexpected. Oh, I think I’m really good at handling diabetes curveballs (an American baseball reference) in the long run, but when those unexpected happenings happen? I freak out. I overreact.

I’ll just pause for a moment while you get over your shock…

I know, I don’t usually seem to be the kind of person who gets upset over something. And it’s true, I try to be Mr. Even Keel most of the time, and let’s face it, this blog is named Happy Medium for a reason. But when something unexpected happens diabetes-wise, I’ve been known to react in a less than rational manner.

I’m no psychologist, but I think that’s kind of a coping mechanism. Because once I get over the shock, and scream about it (and even pout a little), I get down to the business of solving my problem.

And how do I do that? I usually start by thinking about what is absolutely necessary. Do I have insulin? Do I have a way to get it into my body so I can survive? As long as the answer to those two questions is yes, I know I’ll be all right for a while.

Then I move on to the specific problem at hand. Dexcom receiver not working? A few months ago, I was perfectly okay with that. I am still here, and I’ll likely be here until a new one arrives. Let’s call the company and get the new receiver here as soon as possible.Side note: this actually happened a few weeks back.

Unexpected lows two nights in a row? Very frustrating, but guess what? I survived. Now I know to be careful before I go to bed, and make sure I set the Dexcom alerts to the loudest setting possible, just in case I need to be woken in the middle of a deep slumber. Side note: this happened a couple of times in the past year.

There’s also something else I do. The Great Spousal Unit has made a point of discussing these scenarios after they occur, and discussing either possible solutions or possible ways to handle them to make them less stressful. This helps keep these situations in perspective for me, and helps us both work through these situations so we both know what to expect, and we both know how to handle them the best way possible.

Let’s face it… if you live with diabetes, expect the unexpected. But just like living with diabetes, everyone has a different way to handle the unexpected. And that’s okay. Find what works best for you. Talk to others to find out if they have found successful ways to deal with the same scenarios. And most of all, don’t blame yourself. If you have trouble with that, it’s understandable. That’s the time when friends and family can help.

The unexpected will happen. You are not alone. Make sure the most critical things are accounted for. And you will figure out the rest.

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  • Kelley  On May 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Aww that’s so nice your spouse discusses what happened with you! I’m with you, I sometimes freak out too when something unexpected happens (like I had a blood sugar of 336 last night at 2AM and I freaked out and got angry).

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  • Tina  On May 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. I’m full of cliches today. So glad you have your spouse to discuss what worked and what didn’t work. I hope my kids have partners when they are adults that help them figure stuff out and support them.

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  • Karen  On May 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Great Spousal Unit is awesome, and I hope you two don’t mind if I borrow that tip for me and #blamePete to do. We never made a point of discussion scenarios, but I think it’s a really smart thing to do.


  • Meri  On May 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Wait! I can’t imagine you not being “Mr. Even Keel!” I’m glad we all manage to find a way to survive through these stressful situations. Great spouses help! ❤


  • Helen Edwards (@Helen_Creates)  On May 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    this is exactly what I have been telling people for many years in my work counselling people with diabetes – it is totally cool and ok to have a freak out moment when you get an unexpected level etc and then go on and work out what happened and how to manage it – love your blog name!


  • Kerri.  On May 15, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I would love to watch you throw dishes. Do you ever throw dishes?


    • StephenS  On May 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      I’m afraid to break anything in my new kitchen… but there have certainly been times when I’ve wanted to throw dishes.


  • n1iwr  On May 16, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Love the term Great Spousal Unit!! Mr Sandy and I will often do the same thing discussing how things went and what could be done differently. But I still can’t imagine u freaking out!!! Ha ha!!!! Good tips to have in r tool boxes!! HUGS!!!!

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  • Blood Sugar Trampoline  On May 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Always enjoy your posts, Stephen. And yes, a good freak out is sometimes needed 😉


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