I can't believe it's Diabetes blog week again. Where did that year go?
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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!)
The way that I understand Morty (my diabetes), in the little personality that I have given him, is that his life motto is 'Expect the Unexpected'. Which is actually just a life motto, really. What does go according to plan in life?
I don't know if you can ever truly make diabetes bend to your will and become predictable. Even if I do the same thing everyday, there are still slight differences that can change the course of my day and diabetes. Some days there are only slight varients and my usual diabetes routine works for 90% of the day. Some days I have no idea which way is up and which way is down and diabetes comes along for the ride, and I take it as it comes.
I moved house last week. There were lots of unexpected things to come out of that. I didn't expect to be standing at my front door at 5pm in the afternoon, yelling obscenities and in a flood of tears because I couldn't figure out my new locks for a solid 10 minutes. I didn't think that shoulder barging the door would work to finally get in, but it did - and 20 points to Hufflepuff for not actually breaking the door at all when I did that. I wasn't really counting on inheriting 3 goldfish that the previous owners just kind of left for us to inherit (at least they left the fish food?!). I didn't account for how busy I was at work, and not being home until nearly 10pm each night for various reasons, and how that might affect my eating patterns. I didn't plan to lose all my diabetes supplies in the multitude of boxes in my garage, and not having any spare sets to change out to.
All part of the fun of moving on in life, and just going with the flow and dealing with things as they happen. The locks? We talked about which order we will lock them in so I can get into the house every day. The Goldfish? I'll keep feeding them until they die. Its not hurting me to keep them, so I guess I have Harry, Ron and Hermione now. In getting home late each night, to an unpacked house, I have just had to adapt to eating the best I can on the run. Diabetes supplies? Thankfully, I know other diabetics who have come to my rescue, then made it my mission to find and unpack that box first.
I don't really know if I can prepare for anything unexpected - I just make sure I know the processes for dealing with it. The unexpected high of 30 last week that came when my set stopped working after lifting boxes was dealt with quickly by injection until I could find a new set to change out to. Even if I dont have a spare set, I always have a pen and needle tips. I always have a juice, and I always have my glucometer and strips. Those 4 things mean I can deal with anything that comes my way.