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Good diabetes days

In a recent post, I addressed bad diabetes days, but what about the other end of the spectrum? What about good diabetes days?

This is a strange, almost surreal thing to write about because good diabetes days are exactly what we expect every single day. When we follow all of the instructions we are taught, we expect the results to align with what expect.

When it all goes as planned, it can be hard to even notice, because that is what you expect.

Good diabetes days: Well, it's what we expect, right?

It is a lot like the dial tone on your phone. You never appreciate how much work and energy goes into supplying that dial tone until it isn't there. That is when you start troubleshooting. That is when you start wondering what went wrong and where. But as long as that dial tone is there, you don't even give it another thought.

I suppose this old saying doesn't work as well today as it did before we all had cell phones. Today's young folks may not even know what a dial tone is, but I hope you still get my point.

Throwing a no-hitter

But, we do find ways to celebrate our successes. One great friend in the diabetes online community, Holly (from Arnold and Me) wrote a post about a baseball term she felt appropriate to borrow for diabetes. A no-hitter.

A no-hitter is a 24-hour period (or longer) where the person living with diabetes does not hit their high or low threshold lines on their continuous glucose monitor graph. I've been wearing some sort of continuous glucose monitor device since 2008. In all of those years, I can count on one hand how many times I've seen a no-hitter. In fact, it's probably only happened once or twice.

That would mean I had a 24-hour period of time where I didn't go above 200 mg/dl or below 80 mg/dl. I don't know about your diabetes management, but for me, staying within those ranges for such a long time, and having visual proof in the form of a CGM graph, is pretty rare.

When it happens, you can bet your insulin that I celebrate!

About Scott Johnson

Scott K. Johnson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. He has been writing about his struggles and successes with diabetes since late 2004.

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