70 Things Only Diabetics Recognize

Diabetes List

Happy Diabetes Awareness Month!

November is here and with that comes Diabetes Awareness Month mentioned above, as well as World Diabetes Day on the 14th. Don’t forget to put it in your calendar, and let’s raise money for research, party like it’s 1999 and, first and foremost, spread knowledge about diabetes!

To kick this month off, I made a list.

A list of 70 instances or thoughts that any diabetic can easily recognize. This list is by no means exhaustive, nor complete. But it might be a little funny at times.

Let’s go:

  • GOOD NEWS at the doctors office
  • Having a low blood sugar in public
  • The fear of passing out
  • Forgetting supplies
  • The feeling of a sinking blood sugar
  • The feeling of an unexpected blood sugar
  • New diabetes related gadgets (it can’t be just me?)
  • The feeling of an unexpected A1c level
  • The taste of gross glucose tablets
  • Over eating for a low blood sugar
  • Being a math genius – every day!
  • The smell of insulin
  • Realizing that your life depends on said supplies
  • “Did I bolus for that?”
  • Redefining the meaning of a roller coaster
  • A needle hitting a nerve
  • Being able to finally itch under an itchy site!
  • The fountain of blood that can appear after an injection
  • Insulin induced weight gain…
  • Carrying an arsenal of medical supplies
  • The soreness after sleeping on a medical device
  • Tasting food or drink and feeling just how loaded it is with sugar!
  • The feeling of having bolused EXACTLY the correct amount
  • How you feel after a night of wrestling with your diabetes
  • The feeling of a high blood sugar
  • Saying: “I’m high, I need to shoot up!”
  • Not being understood
  • 5.0 mmol/l / 100 mg/dl
  • Meeting a new doctor, trying to throw out a joke and get crickets back
  • The Numbers Game
  • Carbohydrate counting like a boss – instantly knowing how many that pumpkin has
  • The desert mouth you get from a high blood sugar
  • Dropping your test strip on the floor. Outside. In the rain.
  • Being proud of yourself
  • Balancing an umbrella while checking your blood sugar
  • “I’ll just finish this and THEN I’ll check my bg” “LOW”
  • Paying for medical supplies
  • Painful injections/pump site insertion/finger prick
  • “Does this dress hide my pump AND cgm?!”
  • Seeing another diabetic when you’re out and assuming you’re friends
  • Fear of judgment
  • Social stigma
  • Getting stupid comments and remarks
  • Seeing a diabetes meme and totally being able to relate
  • A smooth CGM curve
  • Going low during exercise
  • Diabetic Jetlag (travelling across multiple time zones with basal changes)
  • “Did I have too much wine for dinner or am I low?”
  • The Sweaty Shakes
  • Feeling strong
  • “Am I high or just thirsty?”
  • Not giving up, even when it would be darn nice to
  • Feeling like a Negative Nancy, although you really don’t mean to
  • Ugly meter cases
  • Treating a hypo just right
  • The Disappointment when you’ve done everything according to the “books” and nothing is like it should be
  • Feeling insufficient
  • Getting advice that would help, but you’re just not ready to hear them yet
  • Having to be a constant worry for the ones closest to you
  • “Is it hot in here or am I low?”
  • Assembling your care team
  • Developing a fighter mentality
  • The Diabetic Online Community
  • Keeping blood sugar logs
  • Not being like everybody else
  • Constantly making changes
  • Sleep, sleep, sleep
  • Theory vs Practice
  • Letting go of expectations
  • (+1) The hope of a cure, even if it is distant in the future



What did I miss? Is there anything you think should be added to my list? Please let me know in the comments below!

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