Taking Care of the Little Things
Each month we will be sharing a Blog Carnival post from a different member of our DSMA Advisory Board. Today I’m please to share a wonderful post from Sara, who blogs at Moments of Wonderful and can be found on Twitter as @saraknic.
There’s really no way around it, everything about winter is difficult with diabetes. The colder weather (yes, even in Florida) dries out my skin, makes pump and CGM sites extra itchy, and finger tips callused enough to require a few pokes sometimes. It gets darker earlier so by the time I get home from work there’s no sunshine, which severely limits exercise opportunities. When I’m cold I want to eat – specifically lots of warm carby goodness. For any or all of those reasons, my insulin needs always increase in the winter. It’s like my body is hibernating and storing all the extra insulin to make it through the season. Packing on the insulin and the pounds is really not the greatest for my self-image.
The other thing that I’ve noticed about winter is that there are quite a few diabetes anniversaries “diaversaries” this season including Grace, Ally, L, Cara, Katie, and myself. While part of me wants to celebrate, there is another part that sees it as another reminder of a year of constant attention and another year to come of the same control with no end in sight.
With all the difficult parts of winter, this month’s DSMA Blog Carnival – “What can we do to help stop depression from hitting our community during the winter months?” – is a very timely topic.
My thought – It’s all about the little things.
If I don’t do anything else on a lazy Saturday, I feel so much better if I just take a shower and even better if I can get outside for some time in the sun. I don’t have to officially exercise, but just a little time in the sunshine somehow makes everything feel better.
Tonight I was watching “Unforgettable” – one of my new favorite shows this season. One of the characters talked about finding support on an online blog. In describing it to the investigator she tells her, “It’s kinda everything to find someone who understands.” [now, spoiler alert, she turns out to be the criminal but that’s a different story]
That’s how I feel about the community we have built both online and offline. I know that if I am struggling with feelings of depression this winter season, or really any time of year, the rest of the diabetes community is there to support me.
If you are dealing with depression, the best advice I can give you is to reach out. Send an e-mail, a tweet, a text, a smoke signal – find a way to let people know how you are feeling. Trust that they understand and will do whatever they can to support you. Listen, I have a book of stamps and a box of cupcake and unicorn stickers and I’m not afraid to use them!
Thank you, Sara!
To find out more about this month’s blog carnival and how you can participate, check out the February Blog Carnival post!