Tuesday, May 15, 2012

One Great Thing (#dblogweek)

Today's D-Blog prompt: Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well! 

This prompt is challenging. Honestly I'm not always the "good diabetic." Quite often I feel the opposite. I'm not on top of checking my blood sugar or exercising all the time like I should. I try to watch my carb intake, but every once in a while my plate looks like the diabetic denial meal. Thankfully I don't need to take meds. I try to carry a small snack with me at all times in case of a low, but sometimes I forget to replenish said snack.

However there is one diabetes-related thing that I am proud of - setting people straight! There are so many misconceptions about Type 2 diabetes. Sometimes it gets me so frustrated that I could scream or even cry. I have decided instead of just getting upset, it is now my mission to educate others. If I can dispel diabetes myths for just one person a week - Imagine how many people I could reach! Not just those 52 people I talk to, but others that they talk to as well. I can just imagine someone with whom I have spoken then sharing that information with others they come in contact. "I heard that eating too much candy causes diabetes," will then get a reply of, "Oh, that's not true. I've talked to someone with diabetes, and this is what she said..."

Imagine if we just educate one person a week what we could accomplish!

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