Good Mood Diabetes – the small moments of success

“Aw yea! A full night of sleep with optimal BG levels!”

Diabetes or no diabetes, the days of our lives are filled with small moments that can brighten our mood if we are perceptive enough to notice them. I call those rays of sunshine as something that brings me ”Good Mood Diabetes”. Living life as a type 1 diabetic, the positive rays can be scarce at times, but when you do finally find them, they can be rewarding. Here is what I often find to be my ”Good Mood Diabetes” signs.

Perfect after meal value

This one I get almost every day at at least one meal. My BG value isn’t necessarily top notch, but my estimation was correct and BG value was at least somewhat good!

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Carb estimation success! Yeah!

The cannula works like a dream

These occurrences tend to be a lot more rare than I would like. But boy, it is always a good 3 days when the cannula hits “the sweet spot”. Rotating the injection sites at at least 4 different locations seems to help a lot. Finding the sweet spot is actually a bit more than just a little ray of sunshine, it lifts my mood a lot.

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Look at that straight line, that’s 12 hours!

A1C has improved since last time

Oh this is a really Good Mood Diabetes factor. When it happens, I usually tell all my closest diabetic friends and family. Maybe I even do a little victory dance!

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Dottli has helped me and a lot of others improve our A1C.

Exercise without a hypoglycemia

My BG usually rises through the roof after exercise, but during it, the hypo risk is always there. Good preparation and having some carbs really helps avoiding hypos during exercise. When you nail it, it feels good. And if you manage to counter those post-exercise highs, even better!

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Next time you experience a moment like those above, try appreciating the moment. It might boost the positive effect of the little ray of sunshine! 🙂

– Miika

Four new year resolutions for a diabetic

Ah, the smell of a fresh new year! Another cycle full of moments waiting to be seized! Traditionally many of us make a resolution on how to better our lives. I, too, have made my share of resolutions over the years. I had solemnly sworn to never eat candy again, lose half of my excess weight and run a half-marathon. Needless to say, none of them happened. The thing about new year resolutions is that if you start reaching for the moon, you are bound to fall down. Trying to uphold a large life change is really hard. That’s why all the gyms are filled with people in the beginning of the year, but a month later things are back to normal.

But I can share you in on a secret to a successful resolution! Like all great things, it is a simple one: make it concrete, a tangible resolution. So instead of saying “I will start exercising”, say “I will move one additional hour each week”. Change “I will eat healthy” to “I will eat salad at lunch and dinner” or something similar. Start with a small decision and once you have made it work, take up another challenge.

But what about diabetes? Could our resolutions be linked to taking better care of our dear companion? Something small, tangible and easily doable? For sure! Here are a few suggestions for a new year’s diabetes resolution:

1. I will measure my BG always before and after a warm meal

You can log them on Dottli and analyse them later on with the trend reports!

2. I will check my injection sites and feet every two weeks

Mark the times to your calendar and thus increase your chances of succeeding!

3. I will switch my cannula after two days

Sticking with the thing even for 4 days is my bad habit. Your sites stay in better condition and recover more fast if you change the set more often.

4. I will attend a peer support meeting at least once

If you haven’t yet, you should give it a chance. You might be surprised of the effects it can have on your well-being. Just look up your local diabetes association and ask them for information on meetings.
That’s it! Whatever you end up deciding, just remember to be merciful. Your diabetes resolution doesn’t have to end when you fail for the first time. Just pick it right up again. All the best to your 2017, let’s make this year great!

– Miika