Even though I do not like the disease, there are some diabetes-related simple pleasures that make me smile:
- I like when I change the battery and the insulin reservoir at the same time. Having my Medtronic 522 “full” on both sides makes me happy.
- I like when the carb count on something is exactly 10 grams of carbs because it matches my insulin to carb ration precisely. One snack, one unit, one oddly happy Kerri.
- I like the sound of the pump counting up a bolus. Boop boop beep!
- I like when the sound of the bolus is caught by Chris and he ends up whistling it back to me, almost without thinking. It’s a little soundtrack snippet of our life.
- I like when the cats wait patiently for me to remove the pump tubing from my body before they lunge for it.
- I like when new boxes of diabetes supplies show up and I can organize them in my little OCD supply closet.
- I like when the number on my meter is two digits, but higher than 89 mg/dl. It’s a tight range, I’m not usually in it, but it brings me weird joy.
- I like when the Dexcom beeps and my coworker (who works a wall away from me) IMs me quietly to check, “Low?” because she’s ready to get juice if necessary.
- I like not having to wear a watch.
- I like when I get to dump all the used test strips that have piled up throughout the day. Knowing I’ve tested a bunch makes me feel like I really stayed tuned in.
- I like the smell of white glucose tabs.
- I like when the new infusion set doesn’t sting at all.
- I like having someone in my life who is willing to get their hands covered in SkinTac in an attempt to stick a Dexcom sensor to random places on my body.
- I like that the hope of the parents of kids with diabetes rubs off on me, and makes me feel good for even just a few minutes.
- I like that diabetes gives two people, who wouldn’t otherwise have a thing to say to one another, a whole dinner’s worth of conversation.
- I like having coworkers who understand but don’t push.
- I like when my best friend clinks her beer to mine and says, “Bolus, baby.”
- I like when the cat licks my hand after I test.
- I like “free shower:” a shower without a pump site or a CGM sensor attached.
- I like having a whole network of people who understand – and do not judge – my diabetes life.
I like when I can focus on the silly, simple things when I feel a little overwhelmed by the tough stuff.
*This blog post was originally published at Six Until Me.*