Spring Cleaning

Time for some spring cleaning.  Today’s topic is:

Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)

A couple years ago, I wrote a post on Diabetic Hoarders – we do tend to have a lot of stuff.  At the time, I was pumping and using a Dexcom so had a lot of stuff.  After I quit using both of those, the d-stuff I do have doesn’t make me feel like a hoarder.  For me now, it is more emotional crap I need to clear out.

Diabetic Hoarders

I was officially diagnosed with gastroparesis in 2003.  Based on several stomach tests I had, I know I had it for about 8 years prior to diagnosis.  Up until I found the DOC in late 2007, my BS was on a wild ride.  No one knew how to help me.  Instead of help, I received a lot of criticism from medical people.  One time when being yelled at, I even said “tell me what to do and I will do it.”  I was met with blank stares because they didn’t have a clue.  For at least 12 years, I heard nothing but criticism about my blood sugar.

To this day, I cringe when someone starts asking about my blood sugar.  Thanks to the DOC, I now know how to manage gastroparesis but if someone asks, I go back to the days that all I heard was criticism.  I know I need to move past those days, but easier said than done!

You can read more posts of Clean it Out here.

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  1. gogogone says:

    I wish others could “have diabetes for a day”…to see what their patients(etc.) go through.Its so difficult (mentally and physically).

  2. Aww, hugs to you! I’m glad you found the DOC!

  3. ambers4given says:

    Thanks for your honesty throughout your blog!

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