Pete sometimes teases me about how far in advance I plan things. For example, by Sunday evening I not only know what we’re having for dinner all week but I also know exactly what I need to pick up at the grocery store. Spontaneity and winging it are not exactly my strong suit.
I can’t help but wonder how much of my tendency to over-plan can be attributed to having diabetes. I’m leaving on a short trip tomorrow, and I found myself strategically planning my sensor insertion so the lifespan of my CGM would last until I got back home. That way I can feel safer, especially while sleeping alone, but I also won’t have to lug any more supplies than necessary.
But my advanced planning runs so much deeper than being well prepared for travel. In day to day life, even a mundane thing like feeling hungry requires a bunch of planning. What is my blood sugar, how many carbs will I consume, what is my insulin to carb ratio at this time of day, what activity have I done recently, what activity do I plan to do in the next few hours, how early should I pre-bolus in order to match my insulin to my carb absorption, and when should I start prepping my food so it will be ready when my bolus kicks in.
Yeah, it’s no wonder I feel a need to have things well planned. But hey, there are worse character flaws to have. Right?