If I would have written this post before I learned that cursing wasn’t necessary it would have had a different last word (I’m just sayin’). Clearly I’m not over feeling the need to use curse words since I had to mention that and be very descriptive in other ways to get my point across.
Moving on to why and how I’ve made diabetes my job. Now, if you are a homemaker you will totally feel me on this one. No matter the hurdle since I became a homemaker I seem to get into these phases of obsession over fixing whatever we have going on. As of lately that hurdle is Austin’s new diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. It was no more than a couple of minutes after that first call did I end up on the internet searching tirelessly. I searched what causes it, who gets it, how to deal with it, what happens if you don’t take it seriously, life expectancy (cause I need his ass to be around for awhile), diet, exercise, everyday life, and travel. I needed to know everything. I’ve always loved learning and find myself always learning something. I’m that person who has a bunch of random ass knowledge because I’ll read an article and become obsessed of the topic for a day and read everything I can get my fast searching fingers on. I was searching the web like a mad women.
I’ve learned a lot in the two months. I love having the opportunity to make our struggles my job. It can be stressful, but it is the best job I’ve ever had. The way I see it is if I can educate myself then I can be a tool for Austin. He has a question, he knows who to call. He can focus on checking his blood sugar, working and living while I help ease the shock of a new lifeventure. The main focus for controlling diabetes is food. There are other things that can affect your levels like exercise, sickness, stress, etc. but the main ingredient is food. We eat food every day and the choices we make can have a drastic affect to our blood sugar either up or down. The key is finding a good balance at every meal. Balance is something we have been told about before, but until it is life threatening it is easy to cheat the balance scale. We were cheating. Life is fast and it is just easier to go about living not worrying to0 much about things that aren’t a problem.
Now that we have a problem things will be different. Living life with diabetes isn’t THAT hard, but it does come with different awareness and hurdles. Needles are now normal. All the sweets have left the building, I mean kitchen. Carb counting is my middle name. You feel me. Unlike what some people have told me, “it is not THAT big of a deal.” It is. We think about it all the time. We need to make sure he has his glucose meter. We need to make sure he has protein packed foods at every meal and low carb snacks in-between. We need to have high carb treats just in case. The minutes we don’t take this seriously is the minute it becomes a big deal. If we plan ahead, monitor, and act Austin can live just like anyone else (on the outside).
I’m thankful for the opportunity to stay home. It has proven more times than not to be “worth” it. My days still look about the same. It takes me a little longer to meal plan and grocery shop, but I’m sure it will become second nature before too long. Austin doesn’t feel any better, but he feels good. Luckily, it was caught so early that he didn’t have to deal with any of the symptoms. He feels just as much like himself today as he did last year, just with a few more holes on his outer layer of skin. Nobody told me there would be so many holes. The book Holes shouldn’t have been about Stanley digging holes in the desert, it should have been about diabetics fingertips. So. Many. Holes.
PS – You haven’t heard from me in awhile because my computer was at the Dr. in Oklahoma and we moved to North Dakota. I got my computer back today and we are camper living. Life is good. Expect a ton of content starting next week. We have been vlogging!