10 Gifs That Nail What It’s Like To Have Diabetes
1. Always being prepared.
I always carry along my snacks, juice boxes, glucose tabs, glucose meter, test strips, lancets, and sometimes if I have room — the most random things.
You just never know.
2. Serious math skills.
Doing math in my head has become second nature. I developed a knack for the simple diabetes arithmetic, thanks to the necessary carb counting and insulin mathematics.
I’m still not a fan of math though.
3. The expense.
Here’s to my insulin, insulin pump, test strips, lancets, CGM, sensor, doctor copays…
The cost to stay alive with diabetes isn’t cheap whatsoever.
4. The waiting game.
Having to stop what I’m doing at any given moment to treat a low or high blood sugar can be inconvenient at times. Diabetes forever interrupts the simplest daily tasks, and it always seems to be at the worst possible time.
Then it’s just the waiting game to get blood sugars back on track…
5. The cranky highs.
When my blood sugar is high, I feel pretty lousy and awfully cranky. Time to drink lots of fluids, check for ketones, and take it easy.
You might also want to keep a safe distance.
6. The tired lows.
When I’m low it’s hard to fight off the urge to take a nap.
I’m sleepy, sweaty, disorientated, and need sugar FAST!
7. The looks and stares.
When I bring out the insulin syringes or a family member asks if I’m “high” in public.
I’m sorry but I’m just keeping myself alive over here.
8. Seeing the Endocrinologist.
Nothing gives me more anxiety than trying to jot down and remember blood sugars for the past 3 months.
Then remembering what I ate 2 weeks ago at 3pm on a Tuesday.
No big deal.
9. The judgement.
Having a chronic illness, comes with a lot of stigma and misconceptions. But hearing that I caused it by eating too much sugar is the worst one.
And no, diabetes is not caused by eating sugar.
10. Just being awesome.
Not many people can say they work in place of a failed organ. It’s not easy but you have to give credit where credit is due.
I have diabetes, but diabetes doesn’t have me.