Friday, March 23, 2012

Commitment

In the 1945-1988 years I had only one rule to follow. Don't eat foods containing sugar. My doctors never mentioned carbs. I was very committed to following that rule. I became so used to using artificial sweeteners, that a teensy taste of something containing a lot of sugar was too sweet, and I did not like it. Having only one rule to follow made it easier.

In 1988 I read an article ...in a magazine saying that diabetics should restrict the number of carbs they ate to help keep their BGs lower. That was my first exposure to carbs. Then I found that some carbs acted faster, and others more slowly. I started eating smaller portions of the foods with faster acting carbs. There were more rules to follow, and things became more complicated. Then there was using a meter, basal and bolus insulins with carb counting, and my insulin pump. Things were very complicated then. It was so much simpler in my early years to just avoid sugar. It was hard to be committed to having tight control with all these newer rules, and devices to follow. I sometimes wanted to just drop everything and go back to the old ways. I had no complications despite all the high blood sugar I must have had during my first 40+ years, so convincing mtself to follow all the new rules and use the new devices was difficult.

I did not know any other diabetics until I joined some diabetes websites, in 2006. That was 61 years after my diagnosis. That turned things around for me. I met so many diabetics like me, and saw they were struggling with the same problems I was having, or had previously experienced. There were so many not taking good care of themselves, and having diabetes related complications. I could feel myself becoming more and more committed to having really great control. I had always worked hard to have good control, but my online experience made me more committed than ever before.

My commitment has led to my having 66 years of type 1 with no complications except some minor nerve damage. I am very fortunate that having only the "no sugar" rule for so many years has not caused me major problems.

I am definitely committed to being committed. Perhaps diabetics who are not committed should be committed to a ......umm......to online diabetes support groups! ;)

What does committment mean to you?

8 comments:

  1. Richard, all that you have conquered and continue to conquer today is such an inspiration!

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  2. Hi Lesley, thanks for the comment!!

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  3. I agree Richard, some people that are not committed should be committed to online support groups! Finding the DOC has made a world of difference to me. My problem wasn't that I did not care or wasn't committed, I just didn't know how to fix the problem. I found that fix online. I am really glad to see you blogging!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! You have a wonderful blogsite!

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    2. Hi Richard..agree..having met you and many in the DOC has given me a lot of encouragement. I found about the Tour de Cure North SHore, started doing this cycling Event and I've met lot's of "committed" diabetics. Reading your book, and your chronicled history, inspires me and gives me courage to keep doing what I am doing...I've gotten involved with the ADA, volunteering, and fundraising, and met other people who have helped me to get into studies and have shared their struggles, excitement, and disappointments with diabetes..have any of them given up..NOPE....just think the Pump in 1978 was the size of a Backback, now it's the size of a pager..and we have sensors, that get us even closer to following our "trends"....You are an inspiration..I went to see "Sugar" at the Emerson Majestic Theater and met someone involved with the ADA...and they knew you..50 plus years is wonderful..thank you for your continued support/interest/feedback..I look forward to meeting you when you are in Boston!!!...
      If any one is local in Boston area..please ride in the Tour de Cure North Shore..today is Diabetes Alert Day and they are offering free registration
      diabetes.org/northshoretour..888-DIABETES x3487.....All the Best, Callie..my team is Team DiaBeat-it....

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    3. Thanks very much, Callie! I admire you very much for participating in the Tour de Cure North Shore event, and other diabetes fund raising events. We plan to be in Boston in 2013 when the Joslin medalists have their next meeting, probably in June. I am anxious to meet you then!

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  4. Commitment to me means keeping Clifford alive and healthy. I'm committed to doing what I have to do to do that. If that means I'll lose some sleep in the process then so be it.Commitment, Friendship and Hope is really all I have..

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    1. Hi Bridget, it is nice seeing you here! Thanks for the reply. I hope you and Clifford are well, and happy.

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