Yesterday was a day that I felt like a bottom-less pit.  I indulged in a few more snacks than usual (not all bad ones!) and most of the day my bg stayed in check.  That was until last night when I overdid it with the pretzel m&m’s.  Before I went to bed, my bg was 221 mg/dL.  Not completely horrible but not ideal either.  Darn those m&m’s!  I then thought to myself “ that’s what you get for cheating”.  I’m not sure where that thought even came from but it’s something I haven’t considered for quite some time.  And it got me thinking.  When I was a child with diabetes in the 80’s, there was no such thing as the bolus or carb counting we know today.  I took probably 2 injections a day, as set times, at least for my regimen.  There was no “covering” food with insulin.  So you had to be more careful about what food you consumed to prevent high bg.  And that’s probably where the concept of cheating came from.  If you consumed more food than what was “allowed”, your high bg was a result of cheating.  If you look up the definition of the word cheating, you will find: an act of lying, deception, fraud, trickery, imposture, or imposition.  And I think most would agree that the purpose of one’s cheating is usually to gain an advantage of some sort.  Eating that results in a high bg, not so much an advantage.  Those times when I was little and used to sneakily eat candy or cookies, then lie about it – that’s deceitful so yeah I’d say that’s cheating.  But I cannot for the life of me figure out how eating too many carbs is “cheating”.  So from this point on, despite the amount of carbs I may consume, I will take out my portable pancreas, calculate the insulin I should take and will *not* consider the word cheating ever again.

8 thoughts on “Cheating

  1. Never thought of that before, how using the word “cheating” in the instance of diabetes is not really advantageous. (I never liked it anyways – now I have more reason not to!)

  2. Oh so true. It always feels like “cheating” to me as well when I consume junk that I know is going to reek havoc on my blood sugars. Good observation!

  3. Congrats on your new blog, Stacey! Yea, I remember the whole “cheating” era way back when. Things are so different these days, worlds apart! Thank God for technology!:)

  4. I agree that this is not cheating at all! Not at all!

    But I started at this a lot later than you, when the mentality changed. Thank you for explaining the differences in care from today to when you were younger. It’s indeed much clearer why it might be considered cheating.

    Although I know how lucky we are to have today’s technology to manage diabetes, it’s these personal stories that make it much more tangible and even easier to appreciate.

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