Some of my bads are due to poor standard of care!
I am bad, because I refuse to keep my a1c at 7.0 as per ADA guidelines.
I am bad, because I eat low carb, instead of the recommended 55 - 65% of calories from carbs, and low fat.
Some of my bads are to save money, and/or laziness / reluctance to generate medical waste:-
- I am on MDI because I can’t afford a pump
- I reuse needles
- I never change my lancet (that’s laziness)
- I use every drop of insulin in every vial, regardless how long ago it was opened. Fortunately I’ve never had a bad vial so far (in nearly 10 years).
- I tried the libre but it doesnt’ work for me. After the first few units, it consistently reads low. Like very low. My blood sugar can be 120 and it says it’s 2.9 (52)… that happened continually… makes it useless… I suspect some sort of immune response preventing proper readings… the alternative is several really bad batches, of which I caught every single bad one. Spent to much money to get no information. I can’t afford any of the other CGMs on the market.
Some of my bads are altruistic:
- Spending far too much time in social media support groups trying to help others with diabetes learn what I’ve learnt.
Some of my bads just are me failing to achieve what I know I should do in my life and yet not doing it. And I guess that is not the fault of diabetes or even being a bad diabetic. Though diabetes does sometimes take more energy and attention that I would desire, and I guess that does take attention and energy from other things that should also be prioritized.