Ten (10) things I have learned about being diabetic in the past 40 years!!
I was reflecting in chat the other day about the little things I have learned over the past 40 years. This is not an exhaustive list or even a great list, just little things I have learned along the way that might be helpful to others, well or not,
10. Being diabetic can be fun, especially if you take pleasure in freaking people out in restaurants. I do love watching people freak out when I am in control. So pop the top on the syringe draw it proudly and inject with enthusiasm. Do it in a way that calls attention to yourself. If you are not getting enough attention scream when you insert it. For a great finish announce it is performance art and you were only using saline. Talk about a fun night on the old town.
9. Fireman can make your day. Those of us who take insulin usually have or will have the experience of waking up naked with 15 firemen standing around. Play it up. Say things like wow when I went to sleep there were only 5 men in my bedroom now look there are 15. I must be doing something right. The look on their face is priceless.
8. When you sweat a lot you may not really be hot. I know this seems counter intuitive but when you start to sweat like a fountain do not think I am hot, instead think low. Thinking I am just hot can lead to inappropriate disrobing. Yeah like at the zoo, not a good look for anyone.
7. Bananas can be instruments of total destruction. They are so appealing (yes pun intended) yet they can absolutely kill your blood sugar. Use them wisely like on 50K marathons.
6. Being low near a jar of peanut butter can be a bad thing. Enough said.
5. Wallowing in self-pity can be fun, well until it is not. Wow that is one heck of a statement. Wallowing in anything for a long time is probably a bad idea. Like in addition to self-pity, I suggest you stay out of the butterscotch candy isle of Walgreen, if you are in the mood for wallowing. Wow the manager there sure can get upset about little things.
4. Sugar free, isn’t. Frankly no one understands that the Christmas Fruit Cake soaked in Peach Schnapps and infused with sugar free jelly is not sugar free. Since no one except diabetics understand this when someone tells you a food is sugar free just assume it is not. In fact the more they say sugar free the less it likely is.
Oh if your mother in law says the peaches are sugar free and you see a peach can that says heavy syrup do not point it out. Trust me pointing it out is a bad thing all around.
3. TUDiabetes.org is the best diabetic social media site in existence. We have the best people, most fun and best bloggers, discussions and most fun.
2. If you tell a dietician you really like a food, then expect it will be on the never eat list of foods. Sure you think I will outwit that, I will tell the dietician I love tomatoes and surely tomatoes are ok, right? Well ahh sure in moderation. In the case of tomatoes as with watermelon, moderation does not mean what you currently eat. Turns out watermelon in moderation does not mean three large ones a day. Obviously my moderation and the hospital dietician’s moderation are not the same.
While on the subject of moderation tell someone no and wow that is all we can think of. Case in point, the 1972 Chevelle SS with a big block 440 engine, an awesome 8 track system and nitro pack installed for flat out off the line acceleration or Sheryl McCreary in first period Government class. Just knowing they even exist has held my attention for over 40 years.
1. Eating 17 pancakes is a bad idea. I know that may seem obvious but 17 is to many. Someone asked if 16 were ok? I can’t say that I just learned that 17 are too many. So the pancake limit for diabetics is somewhere between none and 17. I invite you to experiment and let us know the outcome. Bonus tip on this point? I doubt 16 is much better, but hey maybe, I mean it is possible, right?
So there is my 10 things I have learned list yours may vary.