We spend plenty of time here on the blogs discussing the mental gymnastics of having diabetes, and how stressful having this disease can be in terms of the amount of brain space and worry it takes up.
But the past few days I’ve had some more physical issues. I had a sensor on that seemed to be digging a hole in my flesh on the outside of my thigh. I pulled it yesterday and found the skin around the area itchy and bumpy, and the actual insertion site was red and irritated. I put the new sensor on my stomach to give my legs a break and winced as I plunged the needle in to my sensitive skin. My pump pod was painful too. It was doing that annoying thing where it hurts when I run as it bounces a little, and changing the site yesterday was painful and a little bloody (ew).
I got reminded this week of one really obvious, but long since talked about thing: Diabetes really f*&%ing hurts!
I spend a lot of my time on the blog talking about how diabetes makes me feel – the literal highs and lows of living with this disease. I also talk about physical symptoms associated with fluctuating blood sugars, which are without a doubt uncomfortable.
But I’m just going to dedicate this post to the most obvious thing about this disease, and that is that it really hurts. No matter how you manage your diabetes, there’s lancing, pricking, piercing, inserting wires and needles, blood draws, and infusion sites that all really, really, fricking hurt!
We should have a day where we can all simultaneously scream OW! to the universe.