A Day in the Life with Type 1Diabetes
Posted in Cost , Diabetes , Exercise , Food , Medical Supplies , Type 1 by Tracy Gnadinger
Halloween is a surreal holiday. Its my favorite holiday, but it is also a reminder of how much life with an incurable chronic condition affects my perception of positive childhood memories. Im lucky that I could grow up with trick or treating without Type 1 diabetes, but I am also cursed in that I will never relish in the same devilish appetite now that I have a disease that negates sugar.
So, it seems appropriate on this almost All Hallows Eve and in preparation for November National Diabetes Awareness Month that I should write about what its truly like to live a day in the life of someone with Type 1 diabetes. A few weeks ago, I took an ordinary Monday (well, as ordinary as a Monday can be) and tracked every time I thought about my diabetes every time I checked my blood sugar, every time I calculated carbohydrates for a meal, every time I felt something was off, and every time I administered insulin to keep my body alive.
Even I was amazed at how much managing diabetes has become a part of my everyday life. With advancements in technology, Im able to do more, and Im able to have more variety in the foods I eat. But that doesnt mean I dont think about it any less. That doesnt mean I can take a break from being there for my body.
So, heres one example of one day (because no day is the same) with Type 1 diabetes (there are no days off). Its a long one, so bear with (just keep in mind that this is really how much I think about diabetes on a daily basis believe me, it sucks).