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The Irony of Diabetes

 

Sometimes I like to look at diabetes with humorous shades on.  It kind of numbs the pain.

Did you ever think that diabetes was overly ironic?  I often do.

I can’t help but think about how many times I was prepared for a low blood sugar only to have a low during the one or two rare times I didn’t carry something. 

What about the time I got the insulin pump?  I was 16 years old.  I was so sure it would make diabetes easier and doctors assured me my blood sugars would be much easier to control.  Yet, two years after I got on the pump, I sat dumbfounded, wondering how I had managed to gain 20 pounds, have worse blood sugar management, and still feel that diabetes was impossible to control. 

When I was a teenager, I thought, “exercise is always good” and took that literally.  So when I had high blood sugars, I wouldn’t skip the soccer match or basketball game.  I’d play.  I later realized that might have caused me some nerve damage and who knows what else.  (Slowly shaking head)

I remember a few years ago, when I discovered the possible dangers of aspartame and splenda, how betrayed I felt.  When I was diagnosed, I was so happy to have diet coke, sugar free jello, and crystal light, any time I wanted.  So to find out that some damage to my health may have been caused by what had long been my sweet tooth savior-well, you can bet I threw my hands in the air and much like Tarzan, yelled “Whyyyyyyy?!”

Diabetes is ironic.  Your effort level can be at 100% and your health might simultaneously be at 80%.  Someone else’s effort level might be at 50% and their health be at 85%.  That’s right.  Diabetes can be a silly slap in the face.  What will we learn next that will be contrary to what we know now?  I mean, I try to keep my blood sugars around 100.  Will there soon be a news flash to kindly let me know that has been the wrong thing to do all along?  We’re sort of aiming in the dark, folks.  I think this is where our faith steps in.  Me personally…I try to have faith that I just do what seems to be right based on info I have today and when that changes, I change, and hopefully, my body will hold out and I’ll get some kind of reward in the end.  When I don’t see a reward right away, I’ll have to try to assume there is one on the way.

Here is something interesting:  Supposedly…my chances for developing PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) rose by A LOT when diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (then it rose more with my high blood sugars).  This led to my ovaries dropping more eggs at a time than the normal one per month.  According to doctors I have spoken with, this syndrome I have might have very well been the reason for my twin pregnancy.  So there is a good chance diabetes gave me my wonderful twin babies.  A crazy way to look at it?  Maybe…but I’ll take all the positive I can get out of diabetes. (Big cheesy smile)

Do you think diabetes is ironic?

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