It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, and with my family in town and a whole lotta eating that needs to be done, I’m going to take the next few days off. But before I peace out, I think it’s only fitting to give thanks…to diabetes.
Ok, so I’m not exactly jumping with gratitude in regards to having diabetes, but I do know that it’s part of what makes me who I am today. I have a career, a hobby, and a volunteer role that all center around my passion for diabetes. Diabetes has given me direction and focus, and even though it’s never easy to have this disease, I truly appreciate the little things that make this pain-in-the-ass condition livable. In tribute, here’s a short list of the ‘betes bits I’m grateful for – feel free to add your own!
- I love that my pump controller doubles as a Freestyle meter
- I appreciate that glucose tablets now come in more flavors than “cough medicine grape”
- I am thankful that I have a job with great diabetes insurance
- I am thankful for being able to set five different basal rates for one day so that my insulin levels automatically change on my pump when I need them to
- I am grateful that if I want to take a pump break, I have the option of going back to shots
- I am thankful for every low the DexCom has stopped at 70 instead of 35
- By the same token, I’m thankful for every high it’s helped me avoid
- I am thankful for my boyfriend’s never-ending quest to cook low carb for both of us
- I appreciate that my best friend made me a celebratory t-shirt when I got my last A1c back
- I am thankful for having a step mom who never judges me when I choose to order the pasta at her restaurant.
- I am thankful for Myabetic and their cute diabetic bags that make me feel less medical and more fashionable
Most of all, I am thankful that I have a manageable disease which never holds me back from doing anything I want to. I am healthy and alive, and for that I am thankful every single day.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! See ya Monday with more dia-bloggage