Scott tagged me and I am pretty sure he knows how I feel about memes, but never mind that.
Post five of the most helpful pieces of diabetes management advice on your blog.
Link to this Wikibetes entry where we will be tallying up all of the great advice. You are welcome to add your advice directly.
Tag five bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog. Not sure who is left so I am not doing this part – but if you haven’t done it – do it!
- Try new things. My first endo appointment after I got out of the hospital following diagnosis, he asked if I wanted to pump. I said no basically because it was new and scary. Turns out, it completely changed and improved my diabetes care (last A1C pre-pump was 10.8, last year in the high 5s). I didn’t want to change from the Quick-set infusion sets to the Sure-Ts because they were new and different, but they are so confortable and easy. It makes pump troubleshooting so much easier too, because you know it isn’t a kinked set (by design – they can’t kink). I thought it was too much trouble to try a new lancet device. But it turns out I love the MultiClix from Accu-Chek. This does not mean that everything I have tried has been a success, but you at least have to give it a shot – pardon the pun.
- Be your own best advocate. Doctors, nurses, insurance companies, pharmacies are all people or run by people. People who make mistakes and are usually willing to listen to you. Find a good endo who will help you stay on the leading edge of diabetes treatments. Mine has helped me try things like Symlin, Apidra, and DexCom but I had to ask. I recently had an issue with a error in delivery from the mail order pharmacy. I called them first and they were unable to help because it was not their problem. The nurse at the doctor’s office was able to help though and the situation is getting resolved. But you have to ask, and keep fighting to get what you know is best and what you deserve.
- Be an information junkie. I think I am probably preaching to the choir here. If you are struggling or need an answer about something, you may need to find it out for yourself. Join a support forum in your area or online if you can’t find one near you. I heard a quote once that was something like – don’t think yourself so special that someone else has not been where you are. Don’t continue to struggle, go find an answer. Similarly, keep track of all your information. Keep copies of your lab reports, log your blood sugars, etc. The more information you have, the easier you can spot patterns and trends and take action.
- Take a break. You can’t do it all – all the time. Don’t do something that is going to endanger your life and your health, but take a vacation! Turn the computer off, test less, do whatever you need to do.
- Meet as many diabetics as you can. Let’s face it, most of us do not really have a lot of diabetics wandering around our daily lives. I almost called this one “Friends are good – diabetic friends are better”. People can sympathize or try to understand our daily lives but until you have lived it you just don’t know. I travel a bit for work, and every time I do, I try to meet up with any blog or other diabetic friends I know in the area. I have never laughed so hard in my life than when meeting up with these friends.
Ok, that’s my five. I started this meme over a week ago – I am sooo not a meme person!! Whew!