Is managing diabetes a full time job?

Now hiring signIf only I had nothing else to do… Right? Wrong – but anyways.

I sometimes feel like there are so many things that we deal with that sometimes my diabetes takes a back seat and I don’t give it the attention I need to in order to achieve better control. I mean, 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 kind of weird. Managing diabetes is not a “task” that you can focus on and “get it done”, but rather requires multiple mental “visits” through the course of a day.

I think my biggest problem is maintaining a consistent level of diligence through the course of the day. I might be very motivated at one point of the day, but I have problems maintaining that level of motivation while navigating the course that unravels for the rest of the day.

So, if I didn’t work, or do anything else at all, 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 focus all day every day!

The puzzle is figuring out how to balance everything when taken together. I think that 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. Maybe diabetes is a bit like that? Some situations and circumstances requiring more focus and attention, but for the most part occupying a small amount of mental resources…??


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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Senior Communications Manager for Roche Diabetes Care (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…