In graduate school I get to have some very hands on experiences. I have been in 2 different family practice clinics, a pediatric clinic, and an oncology clinic for rotations. This past week I volunteered at the free clinic in Provo and saw patients under the supervision of one of my BYU instructors. Additionally, as a nurse I have the hands on experiences every single day. Chemotherapy, disgusting wounds, cardiac arrests, antibiotic drips, vomit and every other bodily fluid included in that "hands on" expereince I call my carreer.
This week school and hands on/real life crossed paths once again.
I changed the site yesterday on my stomach because it had been in place for 3 1/2 days. The site hurt for 3 1/2 days straight and the tape was starting to cause and allergic reaction on my skin.
Today it took me almost 2 hours at work to eat my lunch. I squeezed in bites of food between dressing changes, transferring patients, tranfusing blood and administering medications to my patients. Does that really work as a type 1 diabetic? At work I generally graze....I eat some crackers here, a granola bar there and snack through out the entire shift. There is no such thing as a 30 min lunch for nurses. When exactly should I be programming insulin into the pump or checking my blood sugars when i'm not really eating a full breakfast or lunch? Not to mention the fact that even though it takes literally 30 seconds to check my blood sugar at breakfast, lunch and dinner, I don't like having to interrupt my routine to stop and check it. Oh and running with it is a nuisance. And I haven't figured out a good way to discreetly wear the pump on me so I get asked frequently if I'm a diabetic. All you type 1's out there--do you get asked this every day?!?!
Dear diabetics--especially type 1's--I am impressed with your compliance to treatment (I cheated friday night and ate way too many carbs and cheated again Saturday when I took off the pump to go for a 4 mile run).
Dear Dad-thanks for taking your diagnosis in stride. I know you don't wear an insulin pump, but testing your blood sugar frequently and having to count carbs is a chore and takes some of the fun out of eating. Thanks for taking it seriously enough that you're still alive today with good vision, good kidneys, a great cardiovascular system and an extra 20 healthy years to spend with your kids and grandkids.
|Ouch. Yes, that really is a needle on that end of that blue plastic.|
|Sarah and all of the supplies that will be part of my life as a "diabetic"|