Shots Shots Shots
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).
When I interned with a child life specialist in college, we brought oranges and fake needles filled with water to an elementary school for a health career fair. The kids were able to give the oranges a shot in order to become more comfortable around needles. At the end of the day I called my mother to find out why she never had me do that. Once she stopped laughing she explained that they tried, but I wanted nothing to do with it.
I remember giving myself shots long before I would measure my insulin. Holding the insulin bottle and the needle and making sure it all stayed straight was tough work with little hands. I remember there was some magnetic contraption at one point so I could do it on the fridge, but I remember that being more frustrating than not being able to do it at all. When I went to camp before fourth grade, dinner was our first meal with the medical staff. We were given our insulin, needles, and how much to take, told to find a counselor and off we went to draw up our insulin. I sat and did it as though I had been doing it for years. Of course I hadn’t, but no one knew that. When camp was over, I kept drawing up my shots, unless I was extra low, or tired, or sometimes I just didn’t want to, but for the most part, I did it. I realize that this accomplishment is almost 20 years old, but it is still the one that sticks out most in my mind.