For people who don’t have diabetes, the idea that someone has to test is very difficult to relate to. Needles, for most people, are pretty frightening… something they dread. And while people with diabetes don’t necessarily enjoy pricking their fingers, most would agree that it’s something you get used to. An unfortunate, but necessary part of disease management.
And while getting used to testing should make it one of the easier elements of diabetes management, that’s not always the case. In reality, it can actually be one of the more difficult parts of management.
For type 1, Kerri Spalding of the diabetic blog, “Six Until Me,” it’s a pain– for obvious reasons. But one she’s become pretty accustomed to. Even the part where testing has given her, as he calls them, “E.T. fingers!” However, what does make testing difficult is seeing that number pop on her meter. It’s seeing a number she doesn’t like– even if it’s one she expects. Wanting to always see a 104, but sometimes seeing a 300.
It’s intimidating, and sometimes even defeating to know that your number just isn’t where it should be.
However, Kerri has some great advice for anyone who has ever felt similarly.
Check out the video below to hear Kerri’s take on testing! When you’re done, head over to the comments, and let us know what you think! Do you have your own testing mantra? How do you approach a number you’re unhappy with? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.