What is my diabetes mantra? Good question. I think it changes often.

After experiencing a couple of DKAs, and stubborn insertion sites that have tried my patience, I have often resorted to the What goes up, must come down mantra.

The song Spinning Wheels plays in my head often.

I don’t sing this out loud for my son, nor do I even say it, but it is in my head. A gentle reminder to my impatient, frustrated internal mind.

I just take a deep breath, and know that eventually, the number on the blood sugar meter will come down to something acceptable. And if it doesn’t come down, I pop the analogous blood sugar balloon with an injection to ensure it does.

Another thing I always remind myself is that it could be much, much worse. I have three friends facing different kinds of cancers right now. We have Type 1 Diabetes – we’ve won the lottery.

I experienced this observation of how fortunate we are early on in my son’s diagnosis and it was a life-changing day for me. I wrote about it in the post Perspective: Lessons from My Son’s Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis.

Then of course, a mantra often comes to mind when I am talking with others about diabetes: GET PROPER MEDICAL ADVICE. It’s the only time I will ever give you medical advice! I wrote about that here.

At the end of the day, I don’t always have one go-to mantra. I try to take it one day at a time and reach for whatever mantra will get me through that day.


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