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[D-Blog Week] One Great Thing.

Today's D-Blog Week prompt:  "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!"

I'm reluctant to say I do anything related to diabetes with any kind of finesse, because as soon as I even think I have something figured out, my body rebels or the tides shift or carbs magically appear in the air and they absorb through my pores like a bioterrorism attack on my A1C and then the whole thing goes to shit ... hang on, that's a wicked digression.  Let me start over:

I don't have anything figured out, in full. 

Except that concept of "keep swimming."

"Sea monkey stole my money."Birdy's new favorite character is Nemo from Disney's Finding Nemo.  (Which is a favorite cartoon movie of mine, and I remember seeing it in the theater with a guy I was dating, the two of us sitting amongst a pile of parents and kids.  Slightly awkward.)  She hasn't seen the movie in full, but she's caught a few scenes here and there, and she thinks Nemo is "So cute, my Mama!"  (Calling me "my mama" is also a new thing, as of this morning.)

And in that movie, there's the bit with Dory - beloved blue fish devoid of short term memory, who should get a Polaroid camera like the guy from Memento - where she encourages her friends to "just keep swimming" when things get challenging.

That's the one thing I think I'm good at, when it comes to diabetes.  Regardless of how hard or easy it is on any given day, I'm good at pushing forward.  Moments of extreme blood sugar happiness?  Pockets of diabetes burnout?  Tired of devices?  Wishing for better math skills?  Celebrating that moment when you wake up in the morning and see the nice, flat line on your Dexcom and the shiny 100 mg/dL on your meter, but nervous that it's fleeting?  Trying to fine-tune insulin:carb ratios?  Negotiating insurance coverage issues?  Working to financially maintain an expensive and chronic condition?   Trying to keep emotions in check? 

Keep going, keep trying, don't give up.

Diabetes seems to be all about moving forward, in pursuit of good health, even when there are moments that trip us up a bit. 

Just.  Keep.  Swimming.   


I love this. I don't think there is a better D skill than stick-to-it-ivness.

Finding Nemo is in a close tie for my favorite movie with WALL-E. and yes, I'm 57 and yes I will watch either movie even if my grandsons aren't here. :)

I agree with keep on swimming. I call it putting one foot in front of the other but it amounts to the same thing. Thanks for your post.

omg i used the word finesse in my post today too whoo hoo!

also lol @ my mama, so adorbs.

Well said...I'm in the wading mode. Kind of at a stand still with my dia-awesomeness. Needed a little pick me up! As I sit at the endo right now I hope that I get motivated to just keep swimming! Thanks Kari! You always have the right things to say at the right time!

breast stroke, side stroke, backstroke,floating, fast, slow, whatever works....... so we can keep our heads above water.......... and Just Keep Swimming !! great post !

Hell yes, that's why I love you.

I never feel like I'm doing much right when it comes to this disease. It kicks my *ss as lot. But, one thing that helps me (and helps others) is to participate in studies at the International Diabetes Center. There's one about 40 miles from home and it allows me to at least feel like I am doing something right. It keeps me on track (accountable) and keeps me focused.

This is definitely what I have been telling myself lately. Wanting to remember this is what led me to start my own diabetes blog today.

Maybe the fish will become my diabetic spirit animal haha.


I think I'm gonna find a way to put "Just keep swimming" on my Dexcom somewhere.....

Before reading the rest of the post, I would have replied, "I am very good at having high blood sugars, and worrying!" thank you Kerri, you are amazing.

That was good, Kerri. I liked it.

Not only is that a great movie, that we happen to also see in the theater, but it's a great mantra to have in our D-Lives.

I love Nemo and I loved your post! Thanks for that. My son brought Nemo home for me to watch, and he always calls me Momma...and he is 38! I love it whenever he says it!!
I am new to your blog and fairly new to diabetes.
Thanks for all your efforts, you really make a difference in peoples lives!

One Great Thing - when I get through an entire night with a flat line on my Dexcom and not one single beep!

That's it!
My nephew used that phrase on me when trying to teach me to mountain bike (among the cacti). Since he was 9, I took it as deep wisdom.
Love applying that to T1!

Before being diagnosed with T1 diabetes, this was my motto. Perhaps I should revisit this...

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