Positive Advice

In that first year, my family and I were learning this new language of diabetes, including insulin-to-carb ratios, basal rates, carb factors and blood sugars.  I am able to share what I’ve learned with other newly diagnosed adults who are now where we were ten years ago.

Here is the diabetes “advice” I would give myself if I could go back in time:

  • Relax, you’ve got this.
  • There are going to be high blood sugars and low blood sugars, deal with them and move on.
  • Don’t be afraid of walking to the park that’s a half mile from your house for fear that you will have some major diabetes emergency.
  • Eat the sweet every now and again
  • Bake cookies at the holidays and make a good guess as to the carbs. The fun is in the baking.
  • The A1C is not a judgment of your management abilities or weaknesses, it take practice
  • Become an expert; knowledge is power.
  • Ask others for help even if you think you can do it all yourself.
  • You know your diabetes better than any medical professional could.
  • Don’t hesitate to do things.
  • Roll with the changes. Don’t be afraid to give something a try. Embrace technological advances.
  • It’s not going to be all sunshine and roses. But there is still quite a bit of sunshine.
  • There will be periods of time that you don’t even give diabetes a second thought. As time goes on, it fades into the background and doesn’t always seem so immediate.
  • You can be whole, even with diabetes.
  • Celebrate with a sweet treat.
  • Relax. I know I said that already, but it’s worth repeating.

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