I am glad to say that I’ve found some work. It is not diabetes related, but it seems to be paying a couple of the bills and gives me a lot of flexibility.
This job involves a lot of driving. 4 hours into Wisconsin or Iowa (one way) a few times per month, minimum. I’ve got a lot of time just staring through my windshield and watching bugs bounce off (or not… SPLAT!). It gives me a lot of time to think about stuff, which is kind of nice.
One of the things I was thinking about is how the tools we have to manage our diabetes are a lot like headlights. Especially when you’re driving down a dark country road in the middle of the night. Your headlights are blazing beams of light ahead of you, but when you’re driving 65mph, it doesn’t seem like they reach quite far enough. You know that there is so much more ahead of you, but you can’t see any farther than what your headlights show. If something suddenly appears in your headlights you don’t have nearly enough time to react.
But you are also very thankful to have your headlights – can you imagine trying to drive without them? It would be nearly impossible!
Our blood sugar testing shows us a little bit of very necessary information, but we know it is just a glimpse of what our blood sugars are doing throughout the day. Even CGM data, which is a HUGE leap in the amount of information we have, is still just a portion of the information a non-diabetic body uses to regulate itself.
We are thankful to have our blood sugar testing and CGM technology, because we know we need the information, but there is so much more beyond our headlights.
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