One thing that I find most challenging about living with diabetes is that it's ever changing. The morning insulin-to-carb ratio that used to work so well with my breakfast waffle and peanut butter seems less effective. Did I eat more super chunky than usual? Did I get no exercise yesterday? Or, as my loving 14-year-old son, Grant, likes to remind me, am I just getting older?
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I'll admit there have been spans in my life when I navigated diabetes pretty much on autopilot. Yes, Grant, such as those first months after you arrived and your father and I thought we'd never rest again. Funny that one of your most cherished things now is to sleep in.
It's OK to get comfortable in diabetes management habits that work. And different approaches work for different people. Such as the fact that I always wear my pump hanging from the left side of my waistband. Or my personalized eating plan mash-up of exchanges, carb counting, plate method, and guesstimates. Sometimes tried-and-true methods are fine. When Marijane Gray, a mom of a 5-year-old daughter with type 1, consulted on "The Parent's Guide to Diabetes", she and I chatted about her satisfaction with multiple daily injections rather than a pump, for now.
Someone to Know
The Association welcomed new Chief Scientific and Medical Officer Robert E. Ratner, MD, FACP, FACE, in May. "After 30 years as a volunteer for the ADA, it is a great honor and privilege to serve as the chief scientific and medical officer," he says. "Together we can push forward on our joint mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by the disease. Providing information to aid in self-management to those with diabetes is very powerful medicine."
Still, it can be invigorating to reach for something new, something different. Real breakthroughs come from taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies, treatments, best practices, and suggestions and support from people who care.
In the spirit of change, please help us celebrate the new design of Diabetes Forecast magazine, brought to you by the American Diabetes Association and my awesome colleagues, including the members of our first Reader Panel. I trust that you'll find in these pages all the news, research, and care that you've come to value, presented with fresh appeal.
And in case you're wondering about my age and my ability to learn new health tricks, I've lived for 266 dog's years with diabetes.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes