It’s been a while since the website update and relaunch of the site. I had expectations that were originally dreamt up. I would post once a week. Then life happened and the struggles have been very real.
My full time job ended sooner than expected. The hunt for a new one began and after 3 weeks, a new one was obtained. The sad thing is that it didn’t last long either. A week to be exact. I’m still on the search for a steady paycheck. I’ve had a few promising interviews but I’m not holding my breath until I get an offer and I’m there longer than a few weeks.
The struggles continue…
You would think this is the perfect time to knock out some writing right? However, on top of professional struggles there have been a few personal ones too. Putting out all these fires left me a little depleted and uninspired. I hadn’t reached very many people anyways. Who would miss it?
I made a commitment and I plan is to keep it. This blog is not only my way of helping others but it’s for myself as well. I need to keep myself accountable for maintaining my diabetes naturally. This is one of the most important things that I must do for myself.
So moving forward, I’m going to be sure to post something once a week. Whether it will be a personal post or anything else, I’m going to commit to writing something.
Thank you for hanging with me this far.
All the best!
What Items Fit Diabetic Needs?
Today I wanted to go over some things that every diabetic needs or could use on a day to day basis. Although this is catered to type 2 folks, a lot of these apply to type 1 as well! These are items that all of us should keep on your person. Most of them are no-brainers, but it doesn’t hurt to highlight them.
A lot of the meds that you take needs to be with food. If you’re like me, and breakfast ends up being at your desk, then you want to keep this on hand. Same for in the evenings. Sometimes I don’t always make it home for dinner but may end up grabbing something with friends or coworkers. You want to be sure that you can still take your meds on time.
2. Glucose Meter
Whether you’re a vet or a newbie, I suggest this for you as well. Why? Well, it helps to know where you are. You’d be surprised how much your blood sugar levels affect you. Ever been super cranky and you didn’t know why? Check your numbers. It very well could be a result of it. It also helps to keep track of where you are throughout the day especially before and after meals. Doing this is especially important if you’re just starting out.
A journal is a great way to keep track of your numbers. It helps you to see where you’re consistent. It’s also helpful for your doctor as well. I mainly use an app, but as a stationary nerd, it would be a lie to say I don’t write it down too. The current app I use is Sugar Sense by MedHelp. It’s available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can set reminders, document what meds you take, and it even exports your report so you can print them out and bring them to your doctor. It’s a great looking app too, and there’s a lot it can do.
4. Hard Candy and Juice
I’m sure the eyebrows are up right now. Why would a diabetic need these things? Having these items is more for emergencies. It’s like insurance if you will. Let’s face it, life happens. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t stop for that. Food is our fuel, our gas for our cars. What happens when a car runs out of gas? It’s the same for your body. Sugar is needed. It’s what helps to provide us energy. The juice and hard candy are to help get some sugar in your system to tie you over until you can eat. You suck on the hard candy when you feel hungry, but can’t get to food right away. The juice is for when you’re past that point and the shakes set in. Liquids get into your blood a lot faster than food. Try not to gulp it all down at once. Just keep sipping until you start to feel better. I usually get the small juice packs. I still check the label to make sure it doesn’t have all of the added junk it. If that’s not available soda is also a quick way but I caution you to get the travel cans (the small ones). You only need a little bit. Grabbing a 20oz is over doing it.
These are just the basics. There’s a lot of different ways to get yourself setup for success.
What are some things that you keep on hand? Share below!