Today’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).
I didn’t have to think very hard about this one. I wrote about it last December! In 2005, I applied for disability because of neuropathy. I have no feeling in my feet and my balance is bad so I have to use a walker to walk. I have both peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. In 2006, I had a wound on my foot and the doctor decided to put stitches in it. Since I had no feeling, they did not need to numb my foot and I didn’t feel a thing.
Being on disability also gave me the time to get online and I found the DOC at the end of 2006. I was coming up on my 23rd diaversary and learned a ton of things that I did not know. One huge thing that I learned was that I did not need to take all my insulin for a meal at the same time. That “novel” idea is what really helped me manage the blood sugar swings from gastroparesis and get my blood sugar in control.
Last December, I had one of those filament tests done. I have one spot on each foot that I have feeling in – it has been years since I felt anything on either foot! I am currently going thru another wound and a couple times, I was not given the numbing stuff and it hurts! The hurt is a good thing because that means I have seen an improvement in the neuropathy. That to me is a huge accomplisment!