How did relationships with other people help inspire you to take care of yourself?
That is a hard question to answer! I guess you can say that I am kind of a loner. I used to work long hours so the bulk of my time was spent at work. I have never had any kids (other than the critter kind). I lived alone and up until several years ago when I got sick, I lived several hours away from my family. I was not someone that went to the gym to exercise but enjoyed doing things alone like running and then my treadmill. I have always been someone that is very independent and likes to do things my way.
Although I come from a close family, before I moved back here, I mostly saw them on holidays or a few other special occasions. Although my family was concerned about me, I can’t say they were really any kind of influence over the things that I did.
I know that this is going to sound odd because the question was about “relationships with other people,” but it really wasn’t other people. My job was what inspired me to take care of myself. I needed to be able to go to work, put in a demanding day and be able to work late. I would not have been able to do that if I felt like crap. And yes, I was the kind of supervisor that got annoyed when people called off sick. I was a workaholic. When someone was depending on me to do something, I did not want to say no.
Now that I am not working, it is the DOC that inspires me. I have learned a lot from other people. Thanks to the DOC, I have learned how to manage my gastroparesis – that was a big deal for me because I never received any help from medical people. I learned how to do basal testing. I learned about Levemir and Apidra. Apidra is not insulin that doctors seem to willing to hand out to people with gastroparesis and I am sure it never would have been just offered to me if I had not asked to try it. I learned about the benefits of having a CGMS from the DOC. I read other people’s experiences with a pump and decided to give a stab at that, even if it did not work out. I learned how to use TAG and that has been a huge help. I joined Danny’s Flatliners Club on TuDiabetes and that has been very inspiring. I think the DOC helps keep raising the bar. I have tried to pay it forward by sharing what I have learned with my blog.
This post is my April entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/april-dsma-blog-carnival/