Unraveling and Reraveling

I was recently talking (well, tweeting) with my friend Karen about some of the tough days we all have.

Everyone has tough days, but we were specifically talking about how dealing with diabetes can swoop out of nowhere and turn a perfectly good day to crap.  The words that Karen used, which I just loved, were “I just wish non diabetics, understood and realized how strong we have to be to survive and how easy we can unravel(sp)“.

That got me thinking.  Living with diabetes pushes us to our limits, over and over again.  Often times we deal with enough crap, then there is that one last thing, and “BOING”!  Our springs are sprung, and we are officially unraveled.   This happens often, and we all have many little meltdowns, and sometimes some not so little meltdowns.

What makes this, and you, and us, so remarkable is our ability to “re-ravel” ourselves.  Our ability to constantly pull ourselves back together, and get on with living (diabetes and all).

You, my friends, are amazing.

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16 thoughts on “Unraveling and Reraveling

  1. I just discovered this one, Scott, and wanted to say, “Well put!” This is a great little post. You have certainly hit the nail on the head with this one.
    L.

  2. I feel I’m like a fault-line.. I have to keep having little earthquakes, to prevent ‘the big one”…..quite often, it’s like the Jaws music playing in my head…uh oh.. somethings about to happen and it’s nothing good….

  3. Yeah, I asked a friend of mine who had been hospitalized recently – and was not treated for a low bg of 63 because her doctor had instructed that a new standard indicated that she not low enough…
    “Don’t you wish that you could just once transfer the feeling you are having to that person who was not treating you, just for a couple of minutes?”
    Maybe it’s a selfish question to even ask, but if it could create empathy or better understanding – whether with a caregiver, a spouse, friend or family member – maybe that wouldn’t be so bad.
    Nobody but us really know what these everyday challenges “feel” like, nor the emotional and physical toll they produce over time.

  4. Whhhooooaaaaa. Perfectly said indeed. We really do “reraval” at a moments notice, and unravel just the same. Amazing people we are for sure!

  5. Scott,
    I am truly honered that you used my words and mentioned them on your blog. I am more honered that you call me your friend as your blogs truly lift me.
    Tonight I had another low, my right before dinner lows, that I can’t seem to fix, and totally, totally lost it and cried my eyes out, but now reading this, just gave me goosebumps.
    Thanks for being here for all of us.
    Your friend,
    Karen

  6. It’s so much easier to re-ravel when there’s this community to support me when I un-ravel. (I have strong real-life support, but not of the T1 variety.)
    Thanks for being here.

  7. Have been “unraveling” a lot as of late- and this morning was a MAJOR UNRAVEL that I’m having a difficult time recovering from. Thanks for reminding me (us) of our ability to “re-ravel.”
    Today I needed a reminder – There’s a reason I’m a day late in reading this post !
    YOU ROCK
    k2

  8. Thanks for the short and sweet post Scott.
    It’s so true about the unraveling and then the re-ravel.
    The hard part for non-Ds to grasp is that the unravel can happen in a moment. The re-ravel can take Much Longer then that sometimes. Too many lows or highs, a whole lot of stress, an infection amongst a number of other variables can cause the re-ravel to take awhile. We bounce back but not always quickly. We do the best we can while our bodies reek havoc with whatever aliment, variable or circumstance has come our way.
    Glad to see you posting. How is the job hunting going?
    I know so many are routing for you.
    Keep on keeping on.

  9. Perfectly said, my friend. Explains why I burst out crying the other day when Pete said he wished I had bought him a muffin at the grocery store. Or why I was convinced K.C. was going to drop dead last night while we slept. Stupid, irrational unravelings for no good reason. Thank goodness I have friends out there who understand.
    Today, K.C. is fine. And if Pete wants a darn muffin, he knows where the store is. Life is back on track. 🙂

  10. LOL been there done that!!! Just this week. You know, I think that we are all very strong but we also have an amazing support system here online. I for one am very thankful for the online diabetes community but also personally for you! You have been a great support for me and you have provided a lot of very needed and useful information. Keep up the great work!! 🙂

  11. Very well said, my friend! And I’ll add…it doesn’t just happen to the adults with diabetes…it happens to the parents caring for the children with diabetes too! I just hope Kacey and I never unravel at the same time LOL! Talk about a tangled mess…haha! Scott, you have an amazing way of putting feelings into words 🙂 Never stop writing!

  12. I have about eleventy-hundred draft posts on my blog about this exact subject!
    Usually I have unraveled and wanted to just VENT about it.
    at least we all keep re-raveling. But not too tight. haha.

  13. Wouldn’t that be a purpose of this and every other d-blog out there? Obviously explaining with words can never really do justice to what this feels like, but it’s certainly better than nothing.
    Keep fighting the good fight.

  14. Whether depression happened as a result of diabetes or whether diabetes was caused in part by depression, this is so true. Thank you for putting it all down like this 🙂