Taking the highs with the lows, and lows with the highs.

Now, this is a diabetic blog, so you probably assumed I meant the literal (blood sugar) highs and lows of a type 1, right? Wrong (well, this time..)!  I’m not going to get personal with details, but I had a roller-coaster of a week, both emotionally and physically. This is not for sympathy, or a “poor me” post, in fact, it’s just the opposite.

I’ll be the first one to admit, I haven’t always had a grip on my emotions or how to deal with them. One day I can be so happy, and the next, lethargic and “gloomy”. Obviously blood sugars and other things come into affect here too, because our blood sugar REALLY CAN affect our moods. We just can’t let it get the best of us. I used to swim in my sorrow on those sad/bad days, but I never tried to make myself feel better (after all, it’s only YOU who can ultimately choose to be happy, right?).  And that brings me to my favorite Andy Warhol quote:

“You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.”

All I’m trying to really say in this post is.. you have to take the highs with the lows. You have to know there will be great days, and not so great days. Just like there will be amazing days, and flat out horrible days (this applies to diabetes too). Don’t let those bad days get you down and keep you down.. (I’m talking from experience, because I let that happen to me for years). Everyday isn’t going to feel like a vacation to your favorite place, or visiting family, or doing whatever your favorite thing to do is..BUT, that does not make it a bad day. It’s just not the happiest one you’ve ever had. Find little things that you love, and find the things that make you happy, and surround yourself in them.  When you feel sad, get up and take a walk with your dog, write a poem, read  a book, cook something you’ve never made.. Don’t let one day get you down.  Just do something to distract your mind from the negativity- and remember this feeling is temporary. Which brings me to another quote my Dad told me my entire childhood:

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

I first heard that quote from my dad when my grandfather passed away when I was only 11, and couldn’t cope with his loss. And it stuck with me like glue.  I’ve also heard him say: “pain is inevitable, growth is optional” and I love both, though I think the first is the “correct” or “known” quote. I don’t feel I even really need to say more on those… The quote itself speaks volumes.

Find your balance! Find little things that  make you happy to help pull you out of your funk… (for me.. It’s writing. Before I started this blog I’d been writing poetry for years and years in a private journal). Not every day will feel like a movie, but it doesn’t have to feel like the worst day just because work was stressful, and you got a stain on your shirt, does it? If you have food in your stomach, and a place to sleep, (and of course  insulin in your system!) you’ve got it a lot better than a lot of people already, and I’d say you have a lot to be grateful for (even though I know, some days are truly just rotten).

This post may be irrelevant to many, but I’m hoping some can relate..because I’m just learning this at 24– to take the good with the bad, and the bad with the good.  It makes those good times extra special, and is a reminder in bad times that “this too shall pass”. NOTHING in life is permanent (hopefully not even our broken pancreases, my fellow diabuddies). Change is the only constant in life. Just remember that on those hard days, and most importantly.. stay hopeful

 

“Perhaps, without the lows, the highs could not be reached.”

 

 

-The Hopeful Diabetic

 

P.S- Have any of you guys heard of or been to the “Diabetes UnConference” in Vegas? There’s one in February, and one in October of 2017. I read about it last year and was unable to go.. but this year, I’ll officially be there and I’m so excited! If you want to read about it, click here. If you’ve ever been, I’d love to hear feedback and what you thought!

 

7 thoughts on “Taking the highs with the lows, and lows with the highs.

  1. I have never been tot he unconference but I know two facilitators and several people who will be at the Las Vegas unconference. Most people who attend love it and I am sure if you attend you will love it as well.

    i wish there are terrific ways for keeping balance. I do not know any but I to know that the more upset I get the higher my blood sugar goes. Best wishes.

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  2. Thank you for posting this. I needed to hear this. My emotions get so affected by my blood sugar levels that it’s hard to shake off the bad days when I sometimes feel “down about nothing”. It’s comforting to hear that I am not the only one that goes through this. Still working on finding ways to cope.

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    1. You’re NEVER the only one! My emotions get affected by mine as well, and I can totally relate to feeling “down about nothing” sometimes.. we just can’t let those days get the best of us! If you ever want to chat when you’re feeling down, I’d love to talk! 🙂

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      1. Thanks! Yeah, for sure, I would love to chat sometime. 🙂 By the way, I see that you have been using an Omnipod. How do you like it? Any tips for a newbie? 🙂 I’ll be starting on one soon and am trying to get as much insight as I can from people that have been using one.

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  3. Oh my goodness!!! How exciting!!! I absolutely LOVE mine. I got it back in april 2014, and have been on it ever since! It was the best decision I ever made. I think you’ll love it!! I feel like I should have a million tips by now for it.. haha. I LOVE wearing mine on my lower back, upper butt area.. its my favorite place for comfort and because it is out of the way. Although, when I wear it on my stomach, I can tell the insulin absorption is quicker there. Also, when I put mine on, I pinch the skin up, and push on top of at the pump where the needle/tube will go in and I seriously barely feel a thing, and feel like the tube gets in the best that way. I didn’t use to push on it, and I’ve noticed a difference doing that lately. I don’t want to overwhelm you with “advice” all at once, especially since I’m not sure exactly what you want to know (I’ll tell you anything and I could go on and on, haha!). There’s a lot more tips and tricks I’ve learned once you get the hang of things if you have any questions about extended bolus or temporary basal. etc… I’m here!! I can give you my e-mail or phone number sometime- texting or emailing may be easier than comments. But I love talking about omnipod so seriously feel free to ask me anything! 🙂

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