My life is currently in a state of mass chaos, so it’s time for a guest post! This one is written by my absolutely wonderful Certified Diabetes Educator (and good friend!) Michelle Chrisp! I hope you all enjoy what Michelle has to say! Thanks Michelle!
This is my first blog post and I am so honored and excited! Okay, so I’m going to start off with a preface: I’m a diabetes muggle (Harry Potter fans will get the muggle term). I’m referring to the fact that I’m an outsider- I don’t have diabetes. I’m also referring to the fact that I’m a diabetes nurse educator so I make my living trying to help people with diabetes get as close as possible to that golden A1C target of 7 or less. Less interested in reading now? I don’t blame you. I don’t live with diabetes and so it’s difficult to relate but after 10 years of working with a wide array of people, you’ve taught me some very important lessons. Here are just some of them:
- The insulins on the market are imperfect replacements for what a healthy functioning pancreas can do.
- The same insulin will work differently for different people. The same insulin will work differently for the same person on different days.
- The human gut plays a huge role in blood glucose. Everyone’s gut is different. Your gut can do different things on different days.
- Hormones coming from the brain play a huge role in blood glucose. Your brain hormones can do different things on different days.
- The human liver plays a huge role in blood glucose. Everyone’s liver is different. Your liver can do different things on different days.
- Living well with diabetes requires psychological resilience and external supports.
- Sometimes too much focus on your diabetes can lead to frustration versus improvement.
- Fear and guilt and guilt and fear- these are the emotions that plague my clients the most.
- Providing support to someone with diabetes means seeing them as the person they are first and as a diabetic second.
- Lessons 1-9 make diabetes management more of an art than a science.