My decisions are based on numbers

On October 30, 2011 by Cherise Shockley

DSMA October Blog Carnival

What types of decisions and frequency of diabetes related decisions do you make in any given day?

When I was diagnosed with diabetes I didn’t have a clue on how often I would have to make decision based on a reading from a meter. My decisions are based on numbers (bg) 24/7, 365 days a year.   I’m low, I have to eat.  I’m  high, I try to figure out why?   I still don’t understand this complex condition. I honestly, gave up on trying to figure it out. I’ve learned a lot of things from living with diabetes but the one thing that stands out to me the most is that the data is the data and the facts are the facts. Even when I make the right decisions, diabetes still decides to do it’s own thing.


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Diabetes is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’ll get.

4 Responses to “My decisions are based on numbers”

  • I think Reyna at Beta Buddies put it best and I even used it in my speech to Parlaimant. (paraphrasing) My kids live in 2 to 3 hour increments. Every 2-3 hours they make a decision on the best step forward in managing their diabetes. Whether it’s testing, counting, planning, estimating, calculating, or just following orders….it’s every 2-3 hours…every day…for the rest of their lives.

  • So true that “diabetes still decides to do its own thing” now & again. It must have a creative spirit! I wonder sometimes what our respective D-Things (supposing they are pets or children) might say if we were to ask them, “Why did you do to make our BGs go where we didn’t want them to go?” But you know, maybe the “yelling at your meter thing” has a better effect in the end :)

    @Renata : That is true (from my perspective at least). And in cases where we perhaps can’t afford to check our BGs more than 2 or 3 times a day, we still need to stop the presses & do a mental check every few hours to know (as best we can) if all is well or if we need to take some corrective action.

  • I love the picture you have up. I’d love to see everyone post their numbers over a set period of time one day…just straight, honest, no sugar-coating (or is it always sugar coated with diabetes?). I bet our numbers would be a lot like what you see in your photo.
    My all-time favorite quote is from the book Hannah’s Gift. “You do the best that you can with the information that you have…AT THE TIME.” That’s how I try to live my life with diabetes…one decision at a time, using the information I have gathered up to that point.
    Thanks for all you do, Cherise.

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