Because I’m human, have something so ongoing as diabetes to take care of, and well, because I’m ME, naturally there will be plenty of mistakes. The key is to learn from them.
Here are my Top 5 Diabetes Blunders-so far! (In no particular order)
5. You may have already read this story. You can read it here. I once gave 20 units of Humalog in place of Lantus. I had been up very late the night before and was sleepy the next morning when I gave the injection. I realized I used the wrong bottle of insulin just after injecting all of the insulin in. I took matters into my own hands and had my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, rush me to the ER where I proceeded to inform them I’d need intravenous glucose immediately. They thought I was suicidal, I thought they were kinda ignorant. Fun times.
4. When I was 13 I rebelled against all things diabetes. I tried to manage my sugars about half of the time while the other half was spent pushing the boundaries. Somehow I managed to survive a year with an A1c of 11.6. I spent Christmas that year especially miserable because I had a gum grafting surgery in my mouth which was to stop my sliding gums from sliding all the way off of my teeth. My blood sugars have never been so high since feeling the fear of losing my teeth.
3. Not managing my blood sugars well during my wedding. Honestly, it was a huge disappointment for me to dance my first dance with my husband and focus on foot pain because my blood sugar was really high and I was in uncomfortable and sky high heels. My honeymoon was spent in pain as a result-not cool. If one could only go back :( Check out this guest post I did for LemonadeLife.com about Diabetes Wedding Day tips.
2. One of the best nights I ever had with my husband was when we were dating. We were at a party, had tequila, and danced the night away. You know that saying, “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!”? Part of what makes the story so memorable is the way I hit the floor a few times while dancing and how nice Alex was about it. For this diabetic, being drunk (something I have done a few times in my life) was a way to escape diabetes-if not for a moment. Truth is, it does not work. After being super happy that night I finally tested my sugar and found I was over 400. I vowed to never let it happen again. Alex vowed to never drink again because he was so upset at how high my blood sugar was.
1. I drank too much again despite that previous vow. This time, I didn’t feel my low until I went to test and came up 30 on the meter. I panicked as stupid drunk people can do when a grim reality sets in. I don’t remember much except scaring Alex to death, throwing up in the parking lot of a gas station, and screaming about my blood sugar. I try to promote and advocate for fabulous diabetic women taking care of themselves. This sort of story is one I remember from time to time and feel ashamed of. Sure it can be sort of funny, but, what if the worst had happened? How fabulous would I be then eh? I shudder to think. I have now gone years without this sort of thing happening again and intend on keeping the vow this time for good.
Believe it or not, the most alarming thing is I have hundreds of stories similar to the ones above…I just can’t think of them right now.
So If any of this relates to you-know you’re not alone. Also, know that sometimes you’ll be lucky and other times you may not be. If you are a diabetic, you can live a pretty “normal” life. But, managing blood sugars should be the top goal-and not taking wicked chances.
So, what are your diabetes blunders?