Sarah Knotts has been a good friend of mine ever since I started participating in the Diabetes Online Community. Not only do we share the same name, but we have the same pump! She recently switched to the Animas Ping insulin pump, and since that is the pump I use she and I had a fantastic phone conversation concerning aspects of the Ping. Since I am driving across the plains of Kansas today on my way to Utah to start my internship, I asked her to write a guest post for me today. She blogs at Sugabetic.Com, and her blog is fantastic. You should definitely check it out.
Her topic is appropriate since I will soon be living very near Rocky Mountain territory. Thanks, Sarah!
Everyone knows that getting to the top of the mountain is much harder the first time. There’a a lot of pain and frustration that comes with accomplishing your feat. But once you get there, you look back at all you went through, and you take a sigh of relief, knowing that you have overcome the mountain. It’s the same way with living with diabetes. Every day of your life, you are faced with a mountain to climb. Some aren’t so bad, some are the worst.
Some, you’ve climbed that mountain before and you know which paths to take that will take you to the top faster. It’s the ones that the simple trouble-shooting process fixes you and gets you back where you were. You’ve encountered this high after a meal and you know the reason for the high is because of a miscalculation of carbs. Or you find yourself low because you’ve forgotten to adjust your temporary basal rate in your insulin pump before your workout, so you have to stop and treat.
Others are new territory and you have to feel your way through, relying on every single piece of equipment you have to help you. From first pregnancy, to wildly off hormones due to a failing thyroid gland. Or maybe a strange meal that you’ve never eaten, so you go with a SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) bolus, say a prayer, hope for the best, and watch your BG like a hawk for the next several hours.
Then there are the ones that look to be just like one you’ve climbed before, only to be just different enough to throw you off course and force you to find another way through. Maybe it seems your BG is off because of what seems to be a partially missed bolus for a meal, but it’s really a messed up site and you happen to be on your last site, so you have to go back to injections for a while. Or maybe the insuliin you were taking was ranky so you had to throw it out only to find that was your last bottle and now you have to use your emergency back up insulin pens or pray to God that the doctors office will call in an emergceny script to the pharmacy to pick up more insulin.
The point is, nothing is constant with diabetes. Every day is a new challenge. All we can do as diabetics is do our best with the hiking gear we have to get to the top of that day’s mountain and hopefully learn the mountain. And, maybe along the way, we can help other diabetics with their first hike up one of their mountains.