Today's WEGO prompt: What’s a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 today.
Unfortunately, I sometimes need to learn things the hard way. Some are funny, like making sure I always carried an extra outfit for my newborn baby. Others are more life threatening, like becoming dehydrated while pregnant with my second child. Of course I've also had to learn some lessons about my diabetes management.
Like many PWD (people with diabetes), I've gone through periods of denial. Do I really have diabetes? I don't feel sick. I can eat this whole bag of candy without any problems. What do you mean my blood glucose is 256? Kids, take this candy from Mom. *sigh*
Maybe it's because I'm diet and exercise controlled (no oral or injected meds) that I sometimes "forget" about my diabetes. It isn't always staring me in the face like other PWDs. However that doesn't mean I should be less conscious of my disease. My glucose levels still go high like any other PWD. It also can go low very quickly.
The need for exercise is also a hard lesson to learn. When I was first diagnosed, hubby and I had already made a commitment to take care of our health and start exercising on a regular basis. We were going to the gym on a regular basis, feeling great about it. I was never athletic growing up, so this was something new for me. I was actually enjoying exercise. Then I started subbing. It now feels near impossible to find time to exercise. As a result, I've gained some weight and don't feel as energetic.
This blog post has helped me realize two things: I need to take more control over my diabetes, and I need to get exercise back into my life in order to get that control.