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What Doesn't Make Diabetes Emotional?

© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

Some days it seems like everything about diabetes triggers something: frustration, anger, WTF, the despising of device alarms, the inability to not eat everything, cursing and a love/hate relationship with carbs.  You know, that list could go on for a while so it might be easier to ask what doesn’t make diabetes an emotional issue at times. Hmmm…

I know! My kids’ sporting events! Well, there was those times I went really low while coaching a game for my son’s baseball team.

Sleeping?  No, that’s my Dexcom’s favorite time to alarm.

Let’s see… how about taking a drive?  I enjoy driving, it’s relaxing. Which, it seems, is my Dexcom’s second favorite time to beep.

How about the shower? A nice long hot shower… ahhh… as long as I carefully wash around all the spots where diabetes related devices attach to my body.

A movie?  I love going to movies and all I have to remember is that a large popcorn is about 125 carbs. Oh and remember to dose before I go in.

Reading? Sounds safe enough as long as the words don’t start jumping around on the page because I am not only low but hypo-unaware.

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. Something simple, that’s what I need.

Getting up in the morning and get ready for work. Sounds easy enough. Get up, check numbers, suspend and disconnect devices, shower around all the places where devices were attached, re-attach devices while getting dressed to make sure tubing isn’t looped around belt and clothes is properly tucked, check my feet while putting shoes and socks on, make sure extra pumping and testing supplies are in backpack and go. Oh and restart my insulin pump once I get to the office because I forgot to when I re-attached it. Luckily it was only off for an hour, maybe two, but now I am ready to start my day!

As you can probably tell by now, diabetes is a very intrusive disease.


That single word is why it can become an emotional issue at times for us. It’s like a distant relative that has come to visit and complains about your cooking, guest room carpeting, selection of TV channels and how you fold your bathroom towels. And they just will not leave.

And my pump just alarmed that I need to change my infusion site…

It’s the 5th Annual Diabetes Blog Week and this entry is for the “What Brings Me Down” topic.  To learn more about Diabetes Blog Week, click on through

© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

  • Lesley Kimball

    “Intrusion” — well said! (And I had no idea a large popcorn at the movies was 125 carbs!)

  • Meri

    Can I just say an “AMEN” to the title of this post?

  • Mike Durbin

    Great post, Scott! Thank you for sharing!

  • Nips Bud

    Awesome post, thanks.