Golf is a game of life. Diabetes is a game of life. For those who have held a club, struck the small white ball off the tee, and tallied shots, you will understand today’s analogy, just in time for the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. For those who have not, you too will appreciate the talk. Golf is merely the vehicle for a mightier conversation—diabetes happens to share the same fairways and greens.
Suffering seems to be an inherent aspect of both golf and diabetes. Again, for those who have swung an iron, seen the ball skyrocket off the clubface into knee high thicket out of bounds, after having just driven the ball dead down the middle of the fairway, this can be a tortuous place to reside within the mind. In my experience, this feels pretty much the same as waking up with a blood sugar of 105, eating your standard breakfast, taking your experience-driven insulin dosage, and two hours later, discovering blood sugar of 263. Both results do not meet expectations—expectations we feel we own. Continue reading
You know that place–the simple longing for normalcy after a long bout with high and low blood sugars. All you want is to feel like yourself again; balanced, centered, in control. In the midst of the roller coaster ride, it’s difficult to remember that you will eventually make it back. You always do.
Before making it back to that normal zone of self-awareness, we’re different–not ourselves but not entirely not ourselves. I think that was a triple negative but you get the point, ultimately the one understanding to sane with diabetes: Continue reading
I hope Medtronic doesn’t read this post. Why? I think I’m going to surf with my pump attached this summer.
The story starts back with a New Year’s Resolution. Upon waking on the first day of 2015, I knew I had to surf this year. Not sure why. Didn’t know how it was going to happen, but I could feel the ambition. It was a true one. Now 6 months later, I’m kicking it in Hawaii with no agenda… but to surf. That’s it.
The board and I got in the water for the first time yesterday. As I stood there ready on the beach, I looked down and saw my tubing. In less than 30 seconds, I knew that I had to take it into the water. Well, had probably isn’t the best description of the choice, but a choice was made. The car was a long walk back. I wanted to keep the sugar in a good range. The beach was pretty crowded with limited shrubs for hiding. I had no flip flops or shirt to disguise it under. I’m, after all, on an island pretty far away from backup resources, like a spare pump.
It’s been one of those weeks at the DDG in regards to blood sugar, with particularly persistent high blood sugars. A much enjoyed pastime of many with diabetes is the arduous, often pointless hunt for the high blood sugar cause. In our desperate search, we have determined it could be any of the following, not in order of likelihood: the full moon, stress at work, a new supplement, scar tissue, lack of exercise, hot weather, or menstruation (only applies to one DDG cofounder).
We also figured out, while on the phone yesterday, that it was indeed the official 1 year anniversary of launching DiabetesDailyGrind. Wild. What a year.
Now as a one year old website, with two members who still deal with the occasional round of unexplained high blood sugars, this is the perfect moment to remind ourselves, of our philosophy: the grind. Continue reading
As a member of the diabetes online community, it’s a privilege to connect and offer real diabetes management strategies with a selfless, courageous group of people. In honor of our own one year anniversary, we’d like to recognize those member websites or blogs that have inspired us to grow in our own diabetes journey with their own diabetes tips.
A huge thank you goes out to the following blogs and websites: Continue reading