DBlog Week – Day 1: “I Can”

Karen over at Bitter-Sweet has been doing DBlog week for an amazing 6 years. This is my first year (so let me know if things don’t work, like the fancy links and buttons!).

Today’s topic is “I Can”. You can check out other posts for this topic here.

This is the entirety of today’s prompt:

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? 

I am thankful that I was raised to believe I was always capable of anything I wanted to do. I’m not sure if I just ignored my parents a lot, or if they just never mentioned that diabetes would make life more difficult. I don’t remember a time before diabetes, so maybe that’s part of it as well.

Diabetes has never been the limiting factor in anything I do. Therefore, I’m not sure what I would say for this topic. If I wasn’t sure I could do something, it was more likely time, talent, money, etc. that was going to stop me from achieving it.

So perhaps for me, my most exciting “I can” moment was from this year, where I learned that not only can I do everything with diabetes, but I can do everything, and actually achieve good control of diabetes. I guess I had put diabetes in the back seat and always focused on everything else. This year I decided to put a tiny bit more effort into diabetes and I’ve been amazed at the outcome. This isn’t to say I’ve limited anything else I’ve been doing, I just check in on diabetes a little more often while living life.

I guess an interesting example of this is that I’ve been paying attention to what alcohol does to my blood sugar, and actually doing something about it. Before, as long as I wasn’t low, I was pretty happy and went on with my day/night (blood sugars of 400 were quite common). Now that I’ve been using my Enlite I can see a bit more detail about what alcohol does to my blood sugar and have learned to adjust my insulin accordingly (and therefore, not sit at super high numbers all night). That’s not to say I haven’t simply turned off my high alarms, because, hey, who wants to always be paying attention.

Similarly, and much, much healthier, has been paying attention to my blood sugar during work outs. Same deal as above, it used to be that as long as I wasn’t low, I was content. (There was nothing that drove me crazier than ending up low and having to eat a bazillion carbs to correct, thereby negating my exercise!) Now I’ve learned, unless I’m doing cardio, my blood sugar actually goes UP when I work out. Crazy.

So, while I’ve never let diabetes stop me from drinking or working out (kind of polar opposites, you’d think I’m still in college), now I pay some attention to what happens when I do. People recently probably think that I’ve always been as interested in how things affect my diabetes but that certainly isn’t true.


I am hopeful that I will be able to go around and read everyone else’s posts this week, but I seem to have agreed to do this while at the same time having a ton of other things going on, so it may be a while before I make it around!

5 thoughts on “DBlog Week – Day 1: “I Can”

  1. Alex, you are doing great. I know that while you’ve had what looks like a great year so far, even greater (and even more fun) things are in the future for you. Great post!

  2. Great post. I used to take the same approach to blood sugars and alcohol as well-as long as I wasn’t low, I was happy! Having a CGM has definitely improved my diabetes care 🙂

  3. I read in the Star Trib yesterday that Chaska is building curling rinks as part of its new community athletic center. So maybe see you some day on the ice. Actually not me, but my husband is fascinated by curling and when (if) he ever retires, I think that curling will be one of his hobbies.

    Keep up the good work. My experience with exercise is if it is something I am used to, my BG will go lower. If it is new or more strenuous than usual, my BG will go up. No wonder that all of us with T1 aren’t crazy!

    1. Yes they are! I am very excited that it’s continuing to expand. I’m right in Saint Paul, but I’m sure I’ll have to travel out there to check it out.

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