Blog week #4

It’s Diabetes Blog Week thanks to the very clever Karen Graffeo at Bitter~Sweet Diabetes. This week, over 130 diabetes bloggers from all over the world are taking part and sharing stories about their lives with diabetes. This is the second year I’ve participated and I can’t wait to read what everyone else is up to. I’m in for a lot of very late nights! So, here we go with the topic of Monday……

Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like. Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs. What do you wish they could see about your daily life with diabetes? On the other hand, what do you hope they don’t see?

I have frequently commented on how lucky I am to have a health care team that consists of some pretty amazing people. My endo actually does read my blog and recommends it to not only other people with diabetes, but also to endos-in-training. I completely understand how unusual this is, but it makes me realise just how fortunate I am to have a HCP who has some insight into my real-life with diabetes. Or at least, the things I’m prepared to share!

So, because of that, I’m going to concentrate on the second part of today’s topic – the things we don’t want them to see.

And the truth is, there’s nothing I don’t want them to see. I could say that I’d prefer they didn’t know about the days where my meter doesn’t see the light of day as it languishes around the bottom of my bag; or the days where my CGM graph looks like a mountain range; then there are the days where I know I should do a line change, but can’t be bothered and just deal with the higher BGLs and the angrier and redder cannula site; oh, and the culinary delightful days where my total nutritional intake consists of three coffees, a jam doughnut and a piece of toast with Nutella.

But I believe that this may be called life. And it’s important that they know these days are kind of typical! I am not perfect in any aspect of my life, so why should I pretend to be when it comes to my diabetes? And why should my HCPs be presented with only the stuff I do ‘right’?

I want my HCPs to see real-life with diabetes; which is basically real life. With diabetes sprinkled on top! We all have so much more going on. Diabetes? Of course it’s a part of me, but it needs to fit in with the rest of my life. And for me, that’s one of the most difficult things about life with diabetes. How do I manage to do the things I’d like to do to feel healthy, strong and well but keep things in perspective?

Actually, perhaps that’s one of things I’d like HCPs to see and know – I’m trying. Each and every day I’m trying. And that is more than enough!

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