LOL! I don’t know why I decided to make this list, since I have nothing to hide I thought I would blog about My 7 “Bad” Habits as a Diabetic. I am not perfect and if anyone with diabetes say they are, you should play “knock, knock” on their head to make sure their brain is still there, lol.

Here I go…

1. Falling asleep before checking my bg’s!!! I have wake up at 5 am to make it to work by 7 am. I have to get Niya and myself ready before 6:30 am; I have to be out the door by 6:30. My Husband has a new duty, lol WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO TO BED DUTY! I am actually getting a little better at testing before I fall asleep.

2. Reese’s Peanut butter cups…OMG!!! just thinking about them makes me want to hop in the car and drive to the gas station…lol I guess if I walked I could “Walk it off”…haha

3. Doritos (nacho cheese), and BBQ chips…I can not keep these 2 items in my house. I have to keep them out of site, out of my mind because I can eat them all day long. Not good for my girlish figure.

4. Changing LANCETS! When I was first DX I changed my lancet all the time, lol everytime I tested. The last 6 months I haven’t been good at doing it. I am going to work on this also.

5. Walking Barefoot! Here is another thing I use to do when I was first DX. I always walked around with shoes or socks on, scared I would get an infection. Plus, my ENDO said I should always have something on my feet. I stopped doing this about a year ago. If I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I don’t want to pee my pants (we usually wait to the last minute to go pee). It’s either shoes, socks or pee my pants!!! What would you choose?

6. Washing hands before testing- Ok! I know I am not the only person who doesn’t wash their hands all the time before testing their bg’s. I learned a lesson, now I make sure I have something with me to clean my hands. If you touch something sweet it makes your bg’s higher than what they are; not good for someone who is insulin dependent.

7. Diabetic Preaching- I didn’t know if I mentioned this or not but I am Certified to Preach Diabetes to people…hahaha not! I do have a bad habit of trying to tell people who don’t take care of their Diabetes, how to do so! I am trying to work on it, if you don’t want to know the “Truth” don’t ask. I have toned down a lot ***patting myself on the back****

Here is my list, I came clean. I admit it’s not really at that bad! I know there are a few things I need to improve on. I think tomorrow I am going to blog about MY 7 “Good” habits as a Diabetic.

I shared mines, what are yours?

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lol 6 and 7 are funny! let us know how you eye appointment goes.
Good question, mmmm let me count the ways....
1. Love to go barefoot, however only do this around home
2. only change my lancets and needles when dull and hurt!!!
3. I love chips and dip, and can sometimes over indulge (I do try to be careful about this one)
4. Exercise doesn't happen as often as it should, though I consistently do one sit up a day (you got it, when I sit up out of bed in the morning!!) lol
5. Diabetic preaching, yep me too! Sometimes the ignorance in the community is amazing, so I do carry a soap box with me, and it makes me look taller when I stand on it
6. Love a drink every so often
7. the worst habit is.....smoking!!! I know, I know disgusting and in no way good for my health, however seems good for stress and we all know how that one can affect BSLs.

Thanks for sharing all of you, it is good to know I am not the only naughty one out there!!!
I definitely relate to 3 and 4 that Lee listed. Chips and salsa are one of my hugest weaknesses.
1. Eating something I shouldn't, telling myself I'll run it off ... and then, not running.

2. Testing obsessively / wasting strips. I'll have to scale down now that my insurance is going to a high deductible, but for a long time I was testing 8-10 times a day, just because I was so curious to see what was going on in my blood.

3. I only change the lancet when it starts to hurt – maybe once a month, if that.

4. I almost never use the control solution to test my meter.

5. "Lick-n-stick" – licking my fingers to clean them before testing, instead of washing with soap and water, alcohol, clorox, lysol or whatever else we're supposed to do.

6. "Stick-n-lick" – the reverse of the above – licking fingers after testing ... never had a problem yet, though.

7. There's this person in my office who makes the most spectacular gooey chocolate layer cakes ....
1. Relying on my cgms more and more instead of finger pricks when I don't feel like checking.
2. NEVER and I do mean never changing my lancet unless someone else is going to use my lancet.
3. Changing my infusion set, if I have infusion set nirvana I will refill the reservoir instead of changing infusion set.
4. Licking finger after blood sugar check even if it is in public (habit now and don't realize it).
5. Eating stuff I shouldn't
6. Blind bolusing, I seem to do that more and more often.
7. Not keeping low supplies by bed and then have to walk downstairs to find juice in a diabetic stupor (yes I know stupid on my part).
1. Exercise. I despise it. It's the worst chore on the planet. I'm a klutz and don't like competitive sports. It's torture, and I don't know how to make it tolerable.

2. Record-keeping. Another chore. I did it briefly before I got my pump in '04 to prove to the insurance comapny and myself that I could stick with managing things better than I had been for years. Prior to that, I hadn't done it since I was maybe 14. I don't feel like my diabetes management is suffering because of not doing it, but I suppose it could be helpful.

3. Changing my cartridge and set when I run out of insulin. I hate doing it, so I tend to dilly-dally, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for up to an hour after the alarms have started alerting me to an empty cartridge. I'll take an extra bolus to make up for the missed basal once I finally change it, but I wouldn't have to do that or deal with possible wonky BG's if I would just take care of it by the time my cartridge is empty.

4. Leaving home without backups. Insulin, infusion set, syringe - whatever I could use if I get in a bind. I'm getting better, but this needs work.

5. Being more forgiving of myself. I screw up. I forget to bolus, I have inexplicably high BG's, I forget to do a temp basal when it's warranted so I end up high or low. I'm human, and I need to just fix it and move on instead of saying mean things to myself.

6. I can get easily aggravated. Mostly with people who say ignorant things about diabetes. I need to more objectively decide if they might be receptive to getting correct information, and move on if I don't think they will be. Getting myself in a huff isn't helping me... but when you hear the same inaccurate comments, criticisms and questions for 30 years, it's really difficult to not pop an occasional gasket.

7. Myself. I am my own worst enemy. I have diabetes-related career goals, and there are things I could be doing to further those, but I let things like fear and uncertainty stop me.
I relate to a lot of yours, too, Lee Ann.
Your last 3 would be some of those that I don't want to admit to. I am my own worst enemy. I also get easily aggravated but I usually blame it on my bipolar disorder. Though my bipolar tends to effect my diabetes management. With the five one I have never forgiven myself for anything that has happened in my life including when I went into DKA and it was my fault. Binge drinking will do that to you.

1) Not exercising. I started off well, but then I twisted my ankle, and then the weather was bad etc etc.

2) Lindt 70% chocolate. It barely affects by BSL, and I love them. I could eat 3 bars a day. I need to get this under control again.

3) Licking my finger after testing

4) I've developed a habit of sticking used test strips in my handbag. And forgetting to throw them out. When I want to find something in my bag it often comes with a few strips stuck on it.

5) Not logging my eating. Really, it's just too anal and scheduled for me. Doing it on a regular basis would drive me nuts.

6) Diabetic preaching - to my friends and family, because they don't know much about it and I have to explain everything. I preach about low GI all the time, and would convert the world to eating this way if I could.

7) Forgetting to test before I go to bed. My fasting BG has been higher lately, but I have no idea if it's been high all night because I haven't been testing. Am busy working on this one, pronto!
Re. your #4 – I do that too. Well, not in my handbag but in the little inside zipper pocket of my meter case. Right now there's probably over 100 of them in there ... When it gets too full I dump them into a junk mail envelope and tape it shut and throw it away.
I do this too. Though its in my meter/insulin case and then the strips fall out at me when I open it up. Kind of embarrassing when it happens in public.

I leave dozens of used strips in my meter case, but I figure it's not hurting anyone, and has no impact on my diabetes management or wellbeing so I'm not too concerned about it. It bothers my hubby way more than it will ever bother me. If I ever get kidnapped, I'll use them like breadcrumbs for my rescuers to find me since they even have my DNA on them.




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