I had to go out early today because of a grooming appointment (dog not me), I was coming home and I noticed this car in front of me with no tail lights. I mean nothing. It turned and of course everyone slammed on their breaks and flipped around the corner. Well I and let’s conservatively say 4 others were “ahh “surprised. The 4 of us, well likely 4, had a big reaction. It seemed the driver went as close to the corner as possible before they even slowed down. While I want to write a diatribe about making sure everyone checks the operation of their tail lights, I will refrain. I promise, the status of the tail lights on your car can be your business. But in case your tail lights are not operating GET THEM FIXED! OK, ok enough of that.
What it did bring to mind however was something far more pertinent to the topic of this sight. Do you have diabetic turn lights and if so what are they? By this I mean do you signal to yourself, loved ones, doctors, or whomever your intention to make a big change, either good or bad in your diabetic life. I know I signaled my intent to change diabetic lanes twice. The first was in 1983 when I exited my doctor’s office after he told me I was being noncompliant and I did not make another appointment. I walked right out of that office and I did not see another doctor except for ER doctors for 22 years. I mean I was done. Had someone asked me right then and there I would have said nope, I am not coming back ever. I had enough, my diabetic life was turned off. I veered right as the rest of the world went left. I suspect anyone watching that interaction would have known, when he gets talked too like that, a doctor will never get another shot.
The second came when I went to a different medical community and went to another. I wasn’t a fool, I mean not much of one anyway, I knew I needed help managing my disease so I sought help for my doctor phobia and was directed to a doctor. That occurred 22 years later and it happened as much out of the blue as the first. No it wasn’t planned, but when I got help it was a matter of time before I was back visiting the doctor and being proactive about my health. Once again it was a turn signal.
Thinking back I bet almost everyone signals changes in their diabetic life before they make them. Maybe they are little signals, maybe larger. Maybe about little things we do maybe it concerns larger issues? We all must do this. Let’s say for instance we intend to change our meters? What turn signal do we show? Well first we stop buying our current test strips. Nothing surprising there, who wants to pay for 400 test strips we don’t want to use? Well no one.
How about a change in diet? Do you see a dietician? Read a book, look up stuff online? Do you talk to others, perhaps your partner, doctor, or other trusted source? I imagine at some point if diet is involved we signal our potential change to someone?
So when we make changes should we always turn our diabetic turn signals on? I doubt it. But we should at least think things over. The sudden turn I saw today, almost resulted in a tragic accident. There was no indication beforehand that they would make such an abrupt course change. Yet they did and just like that the morning drive was no longer routine. So if you are making big changes? Signal your intent, if to no one else at least yourself.
PS: Still no call from Indiana Basketball.