There have been times when I’ve slacked when it comes to how often I check my blood sugars. Sometimes I get down to 4 times a day and I know that isn’t personally enough-not for my aggressive control of blood sugars. But, I rarely keep that up for long because being connected to the DOC, or Diabetes Online Community, means constant reminders of how important checking blood sugars is along with encouragement and people to really relate to.
In January I ran out of test strips because I had given half of my last shipment to my brother, who was just recently diagnosed with type 1 and then I ran out of money. I had to put money into paying rent and bills and focused on just getting by while not feeling pity for myself but instead, feeling happy and grateful that I normally am able to afford all that I need for my diabetes.
I made a comment on Facebook about having run out of strips and was shocked by how many fellow people with diabetes suddenly told me they would send me some extras they had. Several people knew I didn’t have a certain kind of meter and ended up sending me strips and the meter that corresponded.
It has been so heartwarming. Strips are a precious commodity for us people with diabetes-and they cost a lot So to me these acts of kindness are HUGE!
I was getting by decently by eating low carb, skipping meals, and trying to constantly guess my blood sugars. Thanks to certain members of the DOC, I was able to stop the stressful madness and check again.
I can’t thank you enough,. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I accepted the help on the condition that if these people ever needed anything they’d let me know. I hope they know I mean that ;)
Just another reason why being part of the DOC is awesome.