Tuesday, May 21, 2013

#DSMA Blog Carnival: Diabetes Strengths and Weaknesses

This post is my May entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2013/may-dsma-blog-carnival-3/

This month's topic: What do you consider to be your Diabetes Strengths?  What do you think are your Diabetes Weaknesses?

My biggest diabetes strength is checking my blood sugar. I do it ten times a day.

When I get up. Before breakfast and after breakfast. Before lunch and after lunch. Before my daily walk and after. Before dinner and after. Before I go to bed.

If I am going to drive, or if I feel low, I'll test. I like the Accu-Chek Nano meter. For some reason I don't drop it as often as other meters. I also like the Fastclix lancing device.

I recognize how important it is to stay on top of my blood glucose. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don't have it. I'm a musician. Beethoven lost his hearing and it destroyed him emotionally.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony, The Ode To Joy... (If classical music isn't your thing, scroll to 6:40 and listen to 7:43. You have never heard a choir of 10,000 people sing together before. Worth it. I promise.)

The composer never heard it. Beethoven lost his hearing and never heard his own Ode to Joy. Tears fill my eyes when I think of this loss. Beethoven's fate was tragic. I don't want it to be mine. So I check, and check, and check my blood sugar and when my BG is high I correct it.

This I am good at.

What I am not good at is...

Looking after my feet.  I know what I am supposed to do:

1. Wash and dry feet.
2. Put on lotion
3. Inspect feet for cracks and injuries
4. Blah. Blah. Blah...

Wait. it's not blah, blah, blah. It's important to look after my feet. But, this is where I struggle. Cleaning and drying my feet is no problem. The problem is the lotion part.

I don't like how lotion feels on my hands. Gooey, slippery, slimy, yuck.

It took me quite a while to realize what the problem was. I just ignored my poor feet for months. Then it dawned on me the reason I wasn't putting lotion on my feet was because of the icky way lotion feels on my hands. Well, the drug store has a solution for that problem. Not a new lotion, not a cream, but latex-free gloves. Ever since I got the gloves I've had an easier time looking after my feet.  It's still a struggle, but at least I am making progress.


  1. I love that you figured out what was holding you back from those foot checks, and found a solution for it. I bet once you get into the habit, checking your feet will be another diabetes strength!

  2. Marie-

    I loved reading your post. I have issues checking my blood sugar before I eat breakfast, not fasting. I admire you for testing as often as you do.

    I am glad you are making progress with taking of your feet. When I was in basic training my Drill Sgt. was adamant about us checking our feet. I did not know the lessons I learned from the Army would help me with diabetes.

  3. It is good you stay on top with your blood sugar checks! But i feel for you about the slimy lotion feeling. I do not like that feeling at all either



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