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.