I’m a hack.
And by that, I mean I have no “hacks” to share with you.
There’s no shortcut to being healthy with diabetes and living well. The tips and tricks that others share (and I happily use) are meant to help with the moments that need to be hacked. I’m all for that.
I’ve tried the shortcuts. The not eating. The eating too much and not taking insulin. The keeping it all in and not sharing anything with anyone around me about my illness. The trying to be normal. The ignoring symptoms and hoping they’ll go away on their own.
They don’t work.
So, I’m a hack. I plod along, some days with lighter steps than others, adjusting and tweaking and learning… and some days, this hack gets to have a flatline CGM sort of day.
But if the lows and highs get to be too much and the roller coaster is too fast, there is no shortcut. It’s back to basics:
- Take the right amount of insulin.
- Eat in moderation and count the carbs.
- Follow the protocols set out by you and your medical team.
- If you feel frustrated, talk with someone who will listen and not judge.
- Check your blood sugars.
- Have treatments for lows available.
- Have ketone strips for highs available.
- Ask questions.
- Love yourself. Hate the game, but love the player.
We’re all hacks when it comes down to it. Each of us have a unique body (including a less than stupendous pancreas). I’ve yet to meet someone who has the same medication/carb/exercise (laugh as you might) regimen. None of us are the same.
Which is why we have to stick together.
Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes. Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only!