Thursday, May 16, 2013

DBW ~ Accomplishments Big and Small

Today's Topic:
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn't matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you've done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you've made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small - think about self-acceptance, something you've mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.). 

I'm sitting here, trying to think of some accomplishment that's worth typing about.  

Something monumental.  

Something BIG.

But, I'm coming up with nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.

Honest, everyday is an accomplishment on some level.

Were Bean's over night numbers steady and in a good, safe range?  Accomplishment!

Did I prebolus and temp basal at the right time and in the right amount so that her breakfast didn't send her BG through the roof and keep her there for the duration of the morning?  Accomplishment!

Did she go through her morning at school without crashing....or if I was a bit aggressive with the breakfast insulin did she feel her low and have an apple juice?  Accomplishment!

Did Bean remember to test her BG before recess and have her designated snack if she was below our set 'safe number' of 140?  Accomplishment!

Did Bean test and dose for lunch, even though it means she starts eating later than her classmates?  Accomplishment!

Was Bean's afternoon at school productive because her BGs were in range or if she spike for some strange reason from lunch, did she feel that high and correct?  Accomplishment!

Was I able to provide a dinner for my family that no one complained too much about, calculated or SWAGed carbs correctly, and didn't scream too much?  Accomplishment!

If it was pod change or CGM sensor change night, did we work as a team and get it done...either by one of us helping her or doing it all for her or Bean doing it all herself, depending on her mood?  Accomplishment!

Did I remember to bring up the PDM and CGM receiver on the first trip upstairs to bed so I didn't have to trudge down and up again once I finally drag myself to bed?  Accomplishment!

Once the alarms on my phone are set, did I wake up to at least one of the three so I could test Bean's BG in the middle of the night...or if I happened to sleep through them, woke up shortly there after....or woke up when the CGM alerted?  Accomplishment!

Everyday, there are things that we do (and Bean does) to help keep her safe, healthy, and alive.  Each one of those things is, in and of itself, an accomplishment because I've heard way too many stories of T1s who don't take care of themselves and I don't want those 'bad things' to happen to Bean.

I need to remember that even the routine things are truly accomplishments because no matter how normal they are to us, they AREN'T NORMAL!  And getting them done, day in and day out, is an accomplishment...each and every time!


  1. Nice! Amazing to list all the accomplishments from a day or week, no? Sleep deprivation makes them fade into the fog so quickly!

  2. Heck yeah! I'll ride the "everyday accomplishment" train with you guys! I totally agree!


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