Stand by Your Diabetes Care Plan
Raise your hand if you've ever felt overwhelmed by managing diabetes. I'm waving back at you!
While my pancreas continues to be a slacker and my liver churns out more than enough glucose, my brain is busy overseeing the parts of diabetes that are in my control. You know the drill: making decisions about what and how much to eat, finding 30 free minutes for exercise, doing the meter math. How ironic that I, a wordsmith by profession, live with one of the most numbers-intensive diseases on the planet.
Score Some Goals
|Jot down a simple goal for one or more of these important areas of diabetes management this month. I've noted mine; let's share progress next month.|
|Food (Cook at home instead of ordering takeout.)|
|Physical Activity (Sign up for a 5K.)|
|Medication (Make a list of needed prescription refills.)|
|Monitoring (Check more regularly at bedtime—put meter on nightstand.)|
|Problem Solving (See above!)|
|Coping (Attend monthly diabetes meet-up.)|
|Reducing Risks (Schedule dental exam.)|
And diabetes is only one facet of life. Like you, I juggle other tasks—driving my son to 7 a.m. show choir practice, noting "milk" and "broccoli" on my shopping list, mailing the card for my grandma's birthday. Control or chaos—some days it's a fine line indeed!
Is there a solution? There are some suggestions in this issue. Whether you're new to diabetes or an experienced A1C champ, see our Back to Basics stories. For starters, a diabetes management or treatment plan provides a blueprint for daily care decisions and a way to measure the success of our efforts.
Do you have one? Is it up to date and in tune with how you live?
An individual treatment plan is one way to take control. Of course, as members of the American Diabetes Association, we're also working toward big-picture solutions for all people affected by diabetes. We're busy raising funds for cure, treatment, and prevention research and programs; advocating for health care coverage and against discrimination; and working to keep one another safe at school, work, home, and anywhere else life takes us—whether by detour or according to plan.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes