Today, November 14th, marks World Diabetes Day.
I love days like today. To see so many inspiring stories ranging from diagnosis to what diabetics all over the world are doing alongside their condition. Almost every Type 1 Diabetic’s initial story is similar, but yet so different. Everyone I see has overcome adversity and has stories that make me proud to be part of this community.
For me recently, it’s not been the big challenges and goals which have been achieved in my life that I live for as a diabetic now. Don’t get me wrong, they are and have been great and I’ve learnt more about myself than I ever have done completing them. But it’s the little wins that I’m beginning to enjoy more and more as I approach 6 years of diabetes with my diaversary on 19th November.
This condition is incredibly complicated and each week I’m learning more and more about my own body. The last few months have been particularly challenging with marathon training, a new diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and taking on a new role at work. That’s three new types of stress combined onto one body to deal with. From running mile after mile, additional food, recovery and adjusting insulin doses to match – to added life long medication and suffering from the symptoms of UC and dealing with that – to the pressure of new and added stresses in my professional life as well as higher physical activity day to day.
That isn’t meant to be a ‘woe is me’ sob story. It’s realistic and real life. Everyone has their stresses in life. Things to overcome and deal with.
All of this has added up and meant my control, whilst satisfactory in my and my health care professionals eyes, has required even more attention – and that brings added stress onto itself.
So to wake up with numbers in optimal 5-7 range represents a win to me to start my day. Being able to get through a workout or a run and not have a hypo. That’s a win. To eat a large meal and carb-count to the tee and get my insulin spot on with the additional calories required for training. That’s a win. To go a couple of days without a hypo or my numbers reaching double digits is a huge win. To feel….good in myself for a day is the biggest win.
Adding up those wins, although small and may be insignificant to many in the grand scheme of things, are making a big difference in my life right now.
There are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO factors which influence glucose levels that it’s really easy as diabetics to miss the wood through the trees. The fixation on a 6 monthly review with an HbA1c can make you not appreciate how well you’re doing day to day. That’s where I was for a while. Totally fixed on that HbA1c number. I found it put a lot of pressure on me.
Nowadays, I’m really fist pumping the air when I go to bed at night and my levels have been spot on for the day since I’ve woken up.
That’s more exciting for me.
That’s my win at the moment.
Until next time.