One Great Thing About Diabetes

Ann Bartlett Health Guide May 21, 2012
  • It’s day two of dblog week and the topic is “One Great Thing."  Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”.  But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit. Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!


    One great thing? One great thing that I do well is caring for my body. I’ve taken such a keen interest that I have inadvertently built my entire career around health. I have been a practicing massage therapist for 25 years and I have personally used integrated health for longer than 25 years. I love to look at the systems that make up our bodies and how they might be connected. I have such a quizzical mind when it comes to the body that over the years I’ve talked my way into many med school classes in order to understand more then what I feel with my hands. Many clients have asked if I felt like I should have become a doctor and part of me says yes, but, personally, I have loved being in healthcare from a different perspective. I see and feel things that a doctor or patient may not, which adds to the depth of the conversation a patient can have with their physician. It was not because of diabetes that I developed such a thirst for knowledge of the body, but that health seeker influence has offered me insights to understanding more about disease and employing complementary medicine.

     

    When I was attending a seminar on food 25 years ago the speaker said, “You have one body you can live in, if you don’t take care of it, it will not last.”  What I recognized was that I couldn’t change living diabetes, but I could work to keep everything not affected by diabetes as healthy as possible.  Examples include drinking enough water daily, regular exercise, when I am getting a cold I reach for natural remedies first, then wait and see.  I eat foods according to season and what is good for my health. I have massages and acupuncture as a regular part of my healthcare routine.  Since buying a Dexcom, the most amazing thing is watching my blood glucose change, and 95% of the time I get a significant drop, so I know these things help my body AND diabetes, and no one can tell me it’s a placebo effect.