Baltimore County has been busy on my street in the past week.
The county is in the process of replacing water mains in our area, and they’ve been at work for about a week on our block.
Naturally, this made me think about my diabetes (because, why not?).
Occasionally, we need to step back from the everyday grind and consider what about our diabetes needs an upgrade. Or a change. Or a budget adjustment. I’ve got to admit… it’s time for me to do some diabetes maintenance.
I’ve been putting off doctor visits. Not because I hate going to doctors, but because I’ve been busy, and the daily grind of my life these days has made it easy to forget about scheduling an appointment once I get to work or to the gym or out in the yard. Funny how, even at my age, I can still let everything else be an excuse for not getting to the things that I know I need to do for me.
I missed the last appointment with my endocrinologist because I was traveling. I haven’t been to an ophthalmologist in about a year and a half. Finding a good one locally is really tough. And I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve seen a podiatrist. Same reason. To make matters worse, I need to get in to see a gastroenterologist because… well, you know. I’ve been putting that off for a few years.
I also have to consider replacing my wonderful Accu-Chek Nano meter that I’ve been using for something near four years. But I like it so much, and I have four of them, and I just don’t want to get another one. But what am I missing by not finding a newer model?
Last Friday, the county workers must have done some real damage underground, because at the stroke of midnight, I heard pounding outside. It was Baltimore Gas and Electric performing emergency repairs on the natural gas line that runs right where the county was digging. They were working all night and all day Saturday.
I don’t want to get to where my casual attitude toward regular maintenance of my health results in missing something important that I need to address. Besides, the appointments I need to make are piling up.
This isn’t about burnout or anything like that. I’ve just let things go for far too long. It’s time for me to ignore ignoring my well-being and focus on getting the regular maintenance of my health addressed.