Vanessa
The Diabetic Health Coach
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The Daily Thoughts of a Diabetic

As a lot of you living with Diabetes know, our daily thoughts are consumed by our Diabetes. In fact, I would say I think about my Diabetes every minute of the day. To put this into a perspective, I thought I would document EVERYTHING that goes through my head on a day to day basis, to provide an insight to others not living with Diabetes, as to what goes through our heads each and every day:

  • What is my blood sugar level?
  • How much insulin do I need now?
  • How many carbs in this?
  • What is my insulin ratio at this time of the day?
  • How long should I wait until I inject?
  • Have I injected enough?
  • I wonder what my blood sugar level is now?<
  • Do I need more insulin?
  • Have I given myself too much?
  • Am I low or just moody?
  • Am I hungry because I’m hungry or because I’m low? 
  • Why is my BG level going up!?
  • Why is my BG level dropping?!
  • WHY WHY WHYYYYYYY?
  • If I have this on top of my usual meal, how much more insulin would I need?
  • Should I have something to eat before the gym in case I drop?
  • WHY AM I HIGH???
  • Do I need insulin in this meal if it is just protein?
  • Why is my toe tingling???
  • How long ago did I last eat?
  • I wonder if my meter is correct? 
  • I wonder if my freestyle libre is correct?
  • What should I have for my tea?
  • Have I remembered my insulin?
  • Have I remembered to bring spare needles? 
  • Where is my meter??? 
  • What would happen to me if there was a Zombie apocalypse?
  • Why do people have all these fancy new diabetes gadgets and I’m stuck with my old school meter? 
  • Why does the pharmacy ALWAYS get my prescription wrong??? 
  • Surely one chocolate wont spike my BG level too much?
  • Am I thirsty because I am thirsty, or because I’m high? 
  • WHYYYY MEEEE???
  • I hate how people without Diabetes can just eat what they want 
  • I AM SO HUNGRY
  • I AM SO THIRSTY
  • Should I exercise to get my BG level down or just inject?
  • How much insulin should I inject to correct
  • I wonder what it’s like not having Diabetes?
  • Why has my vision gone blurry??? 
  • When was my next endo. Appointment again?
  • WHY DOES MY NURSE NEVER GET BACK TO ME??
  • Would I bet better on a pump?
  • Do I need to order my prescription yet?
  • I wish they would stop watching me inject 
  • OH NOOOO IV INJECTED IN A FUNNY PLACE AND NOW I HAVE A BIG LUMP
  • Why are my hands and feet so cold?
  • Am I low?
  • Am I high?
  • When was the last time I changed my lancet? 
  • Do I need to inject for coffee?
  • WHY HAS MY BG LEVEL GONE UP WHEN I HAVEN’T EATEN ANYTHING?
  • Is it time to take my background insulin yet? 
  • How did my mum and dad do all this for me when I was younger….
  • Should I check yet?
  • What should I have for tea that’s not going to spike me too much
  • Are these low of high GI carbs? 
  • Where are my fruit pastels? 
  • I hope my teeth don’t decay with all the sweets I need!
  • When will there be a cure??
  • Why me????
  • I need to rotate my sights
  • I wonder if this is absorbing properly 
  • WHY DOES THE MEDIA KEEP FAILING TO DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN T1 AND T2
  • Is it dangerous the amount of sweetener I consume? 
  • Is this drink diet? 
  • Did I even order diet? 
  • So if I have ___ units with ____grams of carbs, my BG level should go to _____
  • What’s my Hba1c?
  • I’m exhausted!
  • How many strips do I have left? 
  • What time do I need my background insulin?
  • What should I have as a correction dose?
  • Is this slow release carbs or fast acting carbs 
  • Is this cut going to heal any time soon?
  • I wonder what my BG level is?
  • Is my BG level dropping?
  • I wonder what would happen if I ate that donut and how high I would go?
  • I wonder what their BG level is at the minute?
  • I really don’t want to go to this appointment?
  • Did I order diet?
  • Will I get told off if I bring my own food into a restaurant? 
  • My CGM feels lose, it better now fall off!
  • What are they looking at, have they never seen a needle before?
  • I wonder what it was like having diabetes 50 years ago?
  • Just been to the gym and now I need sweets and biscuits to bring my BG levels up…sound
  • I wonder if anyone in this room is diabetic?
  • When does my insulin go off?
  • When am I due my eye check?
  • When am I due my foot check?
  • What can I have to snack on that isn’t going to spike me? 
  • I would usually give myself this much insulin for this meal, but my bloods are high so I may need more, but then I am also training soon, so WHAT THE HELL DO I DO??
  • I hope I don’t get any complications 
  • Another Diabetic stereotype highlighted on a TV show!
  • I wonder if they think I’m Diabetic because they think I ate too much sugar 
  • Why do I feel so down! Is it my BG level?? 
  • I wish I could just switch Diabetes off for a day….

…….and to be honest, there are sooooo many more thoughts that enter my head, this is just a handful. But, it just gives an example of what it is like living with Diabetes and the mental strain it can have. Shout out to all my amazing Diabetic followers who are fighting to control their BG levels every single day!

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