Dblogweek 2017 – Diabetes and the Unexpected

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?

 

I thought about this topic most of the day. What part of our life with diabetes should I share? For all the unexpected challenges – new restaurants, new foods, new activities, new basal rates, new I:C ratios – anything that comes up we do the best we can at the time. Then we watch and correct as necessary. Whether it’s with insulin or glucose. Over the past several years, the most important thing I’ve learned is that most errors can be fixed. I’ve also learned that patience is very important when waiting for blood sugars to come back up or down. Stacking insulin and overloading on carbohydrates because of not being patient leads to causing a rollercoaster of blood sugars. Staying calm is always a plus, but it’s easier said than done.

The best things that have happened to our family since my daughter was diagnosed is meeting so many amazing people. People that understand, that have been there, that are willing to help and listen and loan supplies when they are dealing with financial and insurance issues. We have met some of the best people because of my daughter’s diagnosis. People that I’m glad to call part of our big d family.

 

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