Today’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:
Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?
Honestly, I would rather deal with diabetes than some of the other chronic diseases. I know diabetes isn’t fun – I have complications so I know how much it sucks. I have woken up in the middle of the night soaking wet from sweating because of a low and had to change sheets because I was sweating so much. I have woken up to EMTs over me. Made trips to the ER because of lows. I have passed out and woke up with no one around. I have gone high for no reason and I have gone low for no reason. I have been in DKA when I was sick. I hate carrying all the extra
garbage stuff with me when I go anywhere. Been there, done all that plus more!
That being said, I am able to adjust my insulin without my doctor’s permission. People with other chronic diseases are reliant on their doctors to give them a script for any drugs they need to take. If they feel they need more and their doctor doesn’t want to give them more, they are screwed. I can adjust my own. I don’t need to beg for more insulin.
Diabetes might not be a walk in the park, but we have more control over our disease than people dealing with other chronic diseases. I will keep diabetes thank you!
I can’t say that my participation in the DOC has changed how I treat people with other chronic diseases. It has made me more aware of the things that they need to go thru though. There are a lot of people in the DOC dealing with other things besides diabetes so I have learned about other diseases by participating in the DOC. There are diseases I have heard about but didn’t really know about and have learned new things.