The reason I carry a purse

The reason I carry a purse

I’m jealous of the girls that don’t need purses. They stick everything in pockets and walk around hands free and without an aching shoulder. I, however, am stuck carring a purse. All the time. With very, very few exceptions.

In my purse you will find a glucose monitor, large or small (depending on the size of purse), and glucose tablets. Always. Without exception. Then of course they’re always the wallet and keys, phone and whatever other crap fits in the bag. But I carry a purse so that I can always carry my glucose monitor.

The other day I went to the pharmacy and when they asked about what kind of strips I use, I pulled out my little black pack and showed them what I had. Same old strips I’ve been using for years.

Many people are not surprised that I carry it around. Those who are, sometimes are diabetic. I’ve grown so attached to my machine that I go into panic mode when I don’t have it. 

A few years ago, I would wander around without it. I didn’t need it and I didn’t depend on it, which is why I wasn’t as well controlled as I am now.  When I met my former doctor, she said it to me in a way I would understand. Let’s see if this gets the point across.

Your blood sugar is like a 1000 piece puzzle and checking it only five times a day doesn’t really show you the whole picture. The more you check, the better control because you’ll be able to see what the whole looks like.

Now, she wasn’t telling me to check 1000 times a day, but the importance of checking became more evident to me. By checking once, twice or maybe three times a day if I was good, I only saw a three pieces of what could be a lake house with deer across the pond. How was I supposed to know that if all I had was a blue piece, green piece and brown piece?

Then she said, “It takes 20 days to make a habit.” Guess what that meant. I had to check my blood sugar on a regulatory schedule for 20 days. I’m sure you can figure out what happened.

By checking in between meal times, I can see how my body reacts to what I eat. That’s why I know caffeine makes my blood sugar go up, while eating a lot of veggies and taking insulin makes it drop. I’m also able to catch either extreme before it’s too late. So if I see myself dropping, I’ll know to eat or drink something with a bit of carbs in it.

It’s all about knowing your own body and what to do with it and how you feel. Now’s the time to get to checking, even if your fingers hurt and callouses begin to form. Note: use lotion on those callouses! You have to take that initiative and make this work for you. Know your body, learn about how to control your blood sugar. I can’t stress this enough.

I was reading an article today and found out that diabetes has surpassed HIV in causes of death. That is scary and is showing the reality of this epidemic. It’s time to start taking care of yourself. If you’re diabetic, check those blood sugars. You need to know what to do in order to improve your health! Carry around your glucose meter and don’t get scared or worried about fighting the good fight. If you do your best, you will overcome.


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    As a person with Type 1 diabetes for the last 20 years of her life, Christina or "Kiki" for short, decided to take it upon herself to write about her findings, experiences and struggles with her disease. Her inspiration to educate people about all types of diabetes can be found communicated in this blog.

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