Managing diabetes tip: Check-in with yourself

Do you have any young children in your life that you only see every few months? Isn't it crazy how quickly they grow? They seem to shoot up inches at a time between visits! They grow out of their clothes before they've even had a chance to collect any grass stains on them. I notice it in my cousins and nephews almost every time I see them.

I have two kids at home too. They're big now, ages nine and twelve, and I'm sure they've grown just as fast as my nephews and cousins. But I didn't really notice because I see them almost every day. The only time it really hit me was when they couldn't get their giant foot into the shoe that was suddenly way too small for them, or their long shirt sleeve barely covered their elbow.

Managing diabetes: small changes add up to big ones

I think diabetes management can be like that in many ways, too. Each day something changes, either for better or for worse. But, it's such a small change. Relatively speaking in the grand scheme of things, we often don't notice these changes. As those little changes begin to add up, we have a noticeable difference -- only if we are paying attention.

That's why I think it's a good idea to check in with yourself periodically.

Use any system that works, a system that prompts you to see how you really are doing. You might download and review your meter or pump information, you might check your weight, you might even just glance at your average blood sugar numbers for the past month. Whatever works for you -- just find time to check in with yourself.

If your small changes are for the better, you have some good news to celebrate. If your small changes are not for the better, be glad you checked in with yourself before things got too far along that path.

Like paying attention to our children, we want to make sure we notice the little details before they are suddenly asking for the car keys.

And don't be afraid to leverage the power of little changes to make some positive differences in your life -- we can use this to our advantage!

Given enough patience, one little step at a time can bring us across great distances.

About Scott K 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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