Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On A Break . . . .

OnABreakI’m starting to notice a pattern developing over the last couple of years.  While I wouldn’t change a single thing about Diabetes Blog Week because it is probably my  favorite week of the year, I come away from it needing a bit of a break.  I find I’m ready to put the focus on other areas of my life that get neglected while I’m working on DBlogWeek.  I take a bit of a social media hiatus and instead give some attention to my house, my cat, my husband, the beautiful weather  . . . . .

I guess I’m okay with that.  We all need a little break once in a while.  What I’m not okay with is the fact that this year, the break has seeped into diabetes management a bit.  I haven’t worn a sensor in over a week.  Every day I have great intentions of inserting a fresh one and every night I go to bed sensorless - and happy about it.  There was the evening I realized I hadn’t tested my blood sugar since my fasting finger stick, and had just guessed at any carbs I ate and randomly bolused.  If I feel low, I treat - without confirming first on my meter.

The one thing I’m happy about is that when I do test and I’m high, I don’t get upset - I just correct and move on.  I guess it’s easier for me to take the emotion out when my focus is on things other than diabetes.  But I think it’s time to come back from my break.  I’ve written this post, so I’ve ended the social media hiatus.  Maybe this afternoon I’ll finally put a sensor in.  I’ll definitely test before I eat my lunch.  But the emotions when diabetes doesn’t exactly go as planned?  Maybe I’ll try to keep them on their break indefinitely . . . .


  1. I'm still recovering from DBW and am on a blogging hiatus. Fortunately it hasn't affect my D-care. Hope you get back on track soon.

  2. Sounds like a perfect plan to me.

  3. First of all, welcome back from your semi-hiatus! Second, it's great to see you're not upset when your BG is high -- preferably in a "look forward, not backward" perspective and not a "don't give a crap" perspective, but either way, it's still progress. Third, (maybe it helps, maybe it doesn't) I find the most frustrating thing about managing blood sugars to be the surprises; nothing's worse than seeing a 280 pop up on the meter when I expected a 120. To that end, I find that frequent testing and CGM-glancing gives me MORE piece-of-mind, not less. No surprises, no looking back and trying to figure out what the heck just happened. Just a thought...

  4. What's that thing Bill Polonsky says, about needing a vacation and scheduling your diabetes breaks? Yeah, that's where my mind goes. We totally need these times, and I think they're just as important as how we focus on staying in range and going for better eating and exercise habits. Have to preserve our sanity and mental capacity, and it's certainly the case when we're focusing so much on diabetes in the online space. It doesn't deserve that much attention in our brains and lives, even if it's fun stuff like reading and writing for D-Blog Week. So, hope the hiatus did some good and welcome back!


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