Shades all diabridechilla, diabetes be like girl you way more ‘zilla & my face is just RBF (resting bride face). So, I decided to take a mini vacay from the dexcom in an attempt to relax before my wedding this weekend (eee!) Ignorance *in moderation* is bliss?
Pro-tip: As T1Ds, we are inundated by technology literally all day & night (sorry @dlamp417). Beeps, alarms, numbers, arrows, graphs... Although I am extremely grateful for these life-saving devices, sometimes it feels like a Tiger Mama breathing down my neck. So I needed a break. Now, I’m not advocating going all diabetes burnout, but rather more of a “staycation” from diabetes. Still be vigilant, but step away from the tech stuff. Simply listen to your body instead. For me, those unassuming dexcom arrows can invoke a great deal of stress, anxiety & blame. “Why did I eat that?” Not worth the spike. “Why didn’t I pre-bolus?” My fault. I can also become too reliant on technology & forget to tune into my own body. “Hungry?” Nvm. Got the dreaded double up arrow. I’ve even made the mistake believing “I’m fine” merely because I see a flat line on my graph, (while meter is lol’ing at 31 & I’m not really speaking coherently).
Anyway, dexcom is incredible, & truly life-changing, but it’s not perfect. It is SO important to know your body’s own signals not only for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, but also for hunger. Ultimately, your intuition & self-awareness are the best technology you have - & it won’t give you a “signal loss” unless you ignore yourself for too long (of course, those with hypoglycemic unawareness have a serious condition, & that is not because you “didn’t listen to your body.”) But, if you’re anything like me, try giving yourself a healthy break from diabetes technology every once in awhile (while you’re at it, plain old technology too). Get to know your body, pay attention to what it needs. Treat it well. Eat if you’re hungry, not because dex gives you permission. Test often, but at least try not to obsess. Now I’ll see you in a few days dex- I officially have less than one week to even out that tan line you left me. Real cute.