Wednesday, May 16, 2012

#DBlogWeek: One Thing To Improve.

Today's prompt: Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

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I've been sitting, staring at a blank screen (okay, who are we kidding - I checked Facebook a few times) for several minutes now, and this prompt is leaving me wondering:

How do I pick just one thing?

I mean, staying in range for more than a few hours? That's something to celebrate when it happens.

Food choices? Not always great.

Do I always remember to keep a coin with me for insulin battery changes? Nope.

And does that insulin pump work perfectly every time? 

Hmm... well what about pump site placement? I must be able to avoid veins by now, right?

Okay, well SURELY after 26 years, I'd having the sense to check my CGM before I brush my...


When it comes to diabetes and "areas to improve", most areas overlap. The whole experience is one big experiment; a never-ending cycle of try and try again - then, hey, what about trying again? Which, when I put it like that, sounds very Debbie Downer.

Apparently, my area to improve is "focusing on just one thing at a time".


  1. Love your honesty. Really. I think focusing on one thing at a time is a brilliant path to take. In fact, how else are we supposed to do it? Good for you, just take one step, one day at a time. keep us posted :)

  2. The Debbie Downer at Disney (with Lindsay Lohan) might just be my favorite sketch ever. I think it might also set the record for the most people who broke character by laughing in one sketch.

  3. The best piece of advice I received when my son was diagnosed. "If you are a perfectionist, then you better let it go, because you cannot be perfect when it comes to controlling diabetes". Love your post...I think it reflects the advice I was given and that we just do our very best one day, one moment at a time.

  4. It was very hard to pick just one thing to improve on!

  5. Seriously wicked awesome post. LOVE the pictures!

  6. diabetes debbie downer in photo format! you're awesome.

    fun fact: whenever i'm near mickey waffles, i reenact that sketch. the way horatio dabs his tears with them? comedy gold.

  7. I love the photo work here, especially the bloodbath on your counter! Okay, I know that sounds weird, but people just don't believe our tales of horror, and now you have visual evidence. Love your blog!

  8. Great post. (the visual evidence speaks for itself, with diabetes, there's no shortage of things that can be improved upon)

  9. I think using the medical ID on the battery cap is a brilliant demonstration of both irony and resourcefulness!

  10. Ah, SO true that we all need to focus on one thing at a time!

  11. Raw, honest and so true-to-the-heart photos, Kim. Thanks for sharing these real life images of what D-Life looks like, and some of the areas to improve on. I've had a wave of those mountain-like arcs in my CGM recently, and it's definitely an area I need to refocus on more. Thanks for posting this, my friend. Oh, and those treats... Totally making me hungry. :))


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