Outwardly, people with diabetes make living with diabetes seem like nothing. We totally got this. Many people who are unfamiliar with diabetes think that all we have to do is occasionally test our blood sugars and have our injections or tablets. These people don’t get it, nor will they ever come close to understanding what it’s like to live with diabetes; a chronic condition that we face with every day, 24 hours, seven days a week, for the rest of our lives. We may not always show or talk about it but diabetes does have a huge impact on our daily lives. Here’s just what one of my days is like when it comes to diabetes with a very brief insight into the emotional aspects of it.
A simple browse on any app store for health related apps will leave you overwhelmed. In 2013, there were over 31,000 health, medical and fitness apps available, according to mHealth Watch. I have to admit that I am a sucker for bright, fun and easy to use apps. However, I don’t just mindlessly use health and fitness apps, which brings me to another confession I should make – I’m such a nerd when it comes to logging data and seeing patterns. There’s something oddly satisfying about being to see what your body is doing day to day, how it varies and what factors cause things to change. However, with an incessant amount of things we are able to track, how much health monitoring is too much where it becomes almost obsessive?
At the recent Australian Diabetes Society / Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADS/ADEA) Annual Scientific Meeting, I ran into one of my first endocrinologists. He was my doctor back in the day before I knew much about healthcare and even before I met another person with diabetes. I wasn’t sure why I was so surprised to see him there. After all, it was a diabetes conference for health professionals and researchers working in the diabetes field. Initially, I didn’t think much of it. But I remembered everything that he had done for me and how he inspired me to really pursue a career in healthcare, even though I didn’t realise it at the time. So I approached him to say hi, but what came out from my mouth was totally not what I had planned. Continue reading “Giving Thanks”