A Day in the Life of a Diabetic

What is it like-
Say the people we meet-
To live everyday,
With Diabetes?

"It sucks!", we say.
It really is true.
We are not trying to be vulgar,
Or sour, or rude.

The schedule's hard to get used to,
Especially when you first get it.
Let me explain, a day,
In the life of a Diabetic...

First you wake up,
It should be before ten.
Then, you do a finger-prick and shot,
And eat your breakfast.

After breakfast,
You may do what you please.
Maybe go get some ice-cream?
Not with this disease!!

See, with Diabetes,
You must measure your food.
You cannot eat extra.
It's sort of like a rule.

So, then you so something,
Or you get really bored.
And that could cause,
Your reading to soar!

Then, you'd have to drink water,
To lower it quick.
You want to stop,
But you have to drink it.

And if you lower it too much,
You better watch out!
You could have a seizure,
And then, pass out!

If you get the reading lowered,
As you had planned,
You wait until dinner,
Then do a shot again!

After all the trouble,
Another finger-prick, and shot!
Should I keep going,
Or should I stop?

I'll keep on going,
If that's what you want,
But this disease sucks!
It makes candy a taunt!

Then, after dinner,
Can you see a movie, with friends?
Yes, but no popcorn.
It never ends!

And when you get home,
You must have some more food.
A bed-time snack,
Which you must measure, too.

And this snack,
Requires another finger-prick and shot.
Man, two's enough!
-You probably thought.

Soon, you walk into your room,
You wonder if you'll be okay,
Until you wake up,
To start the next day.

So, finally you lay there,
Inside your bed.
Hoping tomorrow will be better,
Than this day has been.

And you can't help thinking,
That it's so pathetic,
That tomorrow you'll have to go through,
another day as a Diabetic.

By Rik Strayer
Diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes on March 14th, 1994

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Comment by latvianchick on July 28, 2011 at 10:48pm
Very good, and very accurate - you have just omitted other people's attitudes, which in my opinion are way off kilter! What are you eating that for? If you did more exercise you would be able to cure it. You ate too many sweets as a child. Blah blah bla! That is what I find the hardest - to explain, patiently ... yet again, that it is not so simple and why I am doing what I am doing .....!
Comment by momwith3 on July 28, 2011 at 11:45pm
I am so glad my three diabetics have the pump now so they do not have as many injections, but the other rigors are the same. I am surprised there are so many people who know so little about this disease, as it is becoming so common. Maybe its because there are the two kinds and people are always mixing them up. My last verse would be : Another day as a diabetic,
that's not for sure,
as one day in the near future
there will be a cure.
I know this is wishful thinking, but as a mother I have to have hope.
Comment by wassim on July 29, 2011 at 9:16am
love what u said......don't forget the feeling of guilt that goes when ur numbers get high for no specific reason.... and the energy it consumes from ur life...
Comment by Randy on July 29, 2011 at 9:21am
Really nice. Only I have to be up before 8 a.m. at the latest or I pay for it.

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