I often feel like there are so many things happening that my diabetes takes a back seat and I don’t give it the attention necessary to achieve better control. Life gets busy sometimes!
I often think that managing diabetes can be a full-time job, and at times it can be. But looking at how typical management is done, it’s weird. Managing diabetes is not a “task” that you can focus on and “get done,” but rather requires multiple mental “visits” throughout the course of a day.
I think my biggest problem is maintaining a consistent level of diligence throughout the day. I might be very motivated at one point, but I have problems maintaining that level while the rest of the day unravels.
So, if I didn’t work or do anything else, would I be able to manage my diabetes better? I don’t think so – just because I don’t think any of us can maintain that level of focus all day, every day!
The puzzle is figuring out how to balance everything when taken together. Diabetes can be just a small mental part of our normal thought process during the day. Similar to driving – I’m still very careful when driving, but for the most part, it is somewhat unconscious. Something I’ve been doing for so long that it does not require 100% focus like it did when I first drove. Will diabetes ever become like that? Where some situations require more focus and attention, but for the most part, it occupies a small amount of mental resources.