“If Only”

So… maybe you’re active, very active on social media. Maybe you have a child with a popular Instagram account and YouTube channel.

As a result, you or your child (or both of you) are constantly checking your phone, looking at reactions and statistics related to your various social media endeavors.

Which often leads to statements such as, “If only I (or my child) would be as diligent with my/their diabetes, I/They would be doing great!”.

Well, I have a confession to make: I am that obsessive about my diabetes.

Thanks to the Dexcom app on my phone, I’m watching what my blood sugar numbers are doing all day long. And I’m making adjustments to diet, activity, and insulin dosage based on those numbers.

It’s only natural that when you first start wearing a continuous glucose monitor, you’re inclined to find out what your glucose is doing continuously. I mean, you’re checking your phone or your receiver every couple of minutes.

I’m not checking every couple of minutes anymore, but I have to admit that I’m checking my phone about every ten to fifteen minutes throughout the day. And I’m not always looking at Facebook. I want to see those BG numbers and take action if necessary.

I did it when traveling this week. It’s no secret that when encountered with a different location and restaurant food at nearly every meal, your trend line can go up and down like a Space-X rocket shooting another satellite into space, then landing to earth.

That’s exactly what happened on this last trip. And the only way I got through most of it was by obsessing over the numbers and the trends all day long.

I should mention, however, that I didn’t stress too much about what was happening at any given moment. I just wanted to know where I was and where I was headed so I could take appropriate action if I needed to.

In my case, knowing the number and the trend gives me power to manage my diabetes, even in the most unfamiliar of circumstances.

In the end, we all have to decide how much blood, sweat, and tears we want to commit to maintaining the healthiest version of ourselves. Even though it took me a long time to get comfortable with the idea of wearing a CGM, I’ve now found it to be an indispensable part of my diabetes life.

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  • Rick Phillips  On February 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I would give up my pump way before I would give up the CGM. The pump is a restated tool, the CGM is my bridge to life.

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