'Tis the season. The busy one. With the endless stream of places to be and people to see. The one with the cookies and cider. The one with distractions around every corner.
With the aforementioned cookies, cider and chaotic schedule, diabetes should really be getting more attention this time of year. In a sense it does, with increased blood sugar checks and carb count research.
What we lose track of is the big picture stuff. Does the basal rate or carb ratio need to be changed at dinner or has she been high after dinner every night because we spent the weekend eating leftover Thanksgiving pie for dessert? How could we possibly do any kind of basal testing to see which we should change when there's leftover pie to eat for dessert? If it seems something should be changed, can I manage to remember to do so when she and her pump are in the house with me or will I only think of it when she's at school or when we're together at a gathering at dinner time? That's the current dilemma here.
Last week brought a night when it was tough to squeeze in just 10 minutes to do a site change.
Next week I need to remember to order the test strips. It remains to be seen whether I can retain that in my memory bank (or even notice it among the items on the seasonally long to-do list) by then.
To a certain extent, I think letting the diabetes stuff sink a bit among the priorities is o.k. once in a while as long as it doesn't drop too far. A little change of focus can do wonders for the mental health.
The trick in this season, which lasts over a month, is to bring it to the forefront again on a regular basis to address the troublesome spots.
So tonight, no pie.