Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Commitment

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 blood tests lower, and more stable. Why didn't my doctors tell me that? 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, and I stopped eating some foods. There were more rules to follow, and things became more complicated. Then there was using my first meter in the 1980s, basal and bolus insulins with carb counting in the 1990s, and my insulin pump in 2007. 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 myself 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 2006-2007. 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 71 years of type 1 with no complications except some neuropathy, and other minor nerve damage. I do not need any medication for that, and I am very fortunate that having only the "no sugar" rule for so many years has not caused me any major problems.
I am definitely committed to being committed. Perhaps diabetics who are not committed should be committed to online diabetes support groups! :wink:

What does commitment mean to you?

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