A day behind but here is my post for day four of Diabetes Blog Week.
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).
I’ve given this topic some thought over the past few days. So much has changed over the past 31 years, mostly for the better, with accomplishments along the way. I found it hard to pick just one thing. The first thing that came to mind was my more recent A1c track record of being under 7%. Then there is my retinopathy not progressing over the past 18 months. Or walking about 3 miles with excruciating pain in your legs and numbness in your feet from neuropathy seems like quite an accomplishment at the moment. Even exercising 4 times in one week can seem like something to be proud of for me. There are even the graphs of 24 hour no hitters on my Dexcom. I certainly celebrate all of those!
What I came to realize is that all of these things together is what my accomplishment truly is. Living with diabetes for 11,452 days and doing pretty well. Going through the motion of checking BG, dosing insulin, counting carbs multiple times a day, every single day. Forcing juice down my throat when I feel like I’m going to puke to keep myself alive. Moving along with my day when my blood sugar is high and all I want to do is drink, pee or sleep. Keeping up with routine endocrinologist appointments. CDE appointments. Eye doctor appointments. All the other diabetes health related appointments. Picking up prescriptions every few weeks or month. Keeping tabs on insurance coverage for said appointments and prescriptions. And doing all these things for so long without losing my mind. Even finding happiness between the lines. Not to mention making tons of great friends along the way. This is what I have accomplished and it feels pretty darn good.