Diabetes Blog Week: Maybe

I don’t think Ben Franklin or Albert Einstein had diabetes, but if they did, I don’t think they would be very good at it. Because at least one of them coined the famous phrase –

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

That’s the problem with diabetes. I can do the same thing every day. I can eat the same meals at the same time. I can use the same insulin in the same insulin pump. I can use the same infusion set on the same part of my body. I can follow every suggestion from every doctor. And some days? It still won’t matter.

One of my coworkers is headed back to college and yesterday I was helping him with a math review worksheet. (Most) Math is logical. There is a correct answer and if I follow the steps in the right order (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally), I will get to that answer.

Diabetes is all about the variables. Maybe the insulin in my pump is old. Maybe my infusion site for my pump is clogged. Maybe I’m getting a cold. Maybe I’ve gained or lost a few pounds and none of my insulin rates and ratios are correct anymore. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

The frustrating part about diabetes is the unpredictability. Maybe doing all the “right” things will prevent complications. Maybe they won’t. Maybe a new technology will make it through the FDA and get approved. Maybe it won’t. Maybe there will be a cure in five to ten years. Probably Maybe there won’t. Maybe I’ll hear my CGM low alarm in the middle of the night as I sleep. Maybe…

I know one thing for sure. I am not alone.

“May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope?”


  • Sara – this is exactly my life as well. I can have my basals all dialed in, my diet locked down ( I tend not to vary at all with my meals), hitting on all cylinders with my exercise routine and then something ridiculous like Daylight Savings or the pollen count rises and everything goes haywire. The worst times are when you can’t point to anything at all, I don’t know about you but I always need to find the cause. I always look at these times and wonder how we will ever find a cure for a very complicated disease.

  • EXACTLY! For some reason I have the hardest time explaining this to my endo. “I know, that makes sense, but it doesn’t always work out that way.” And she’ll reply, “Well, what else is going on? Why wouldn’t it work?” I have to just take a deep breath and attempt not to scream about all of these variables. I think it’s really hard to understand unless you’ve been there. Great post!

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