I went to get a checkup the other day and as usual everyone in the doctors office gave me their advice on how to live as a diabetic.
“Don’t be in contact with people who are sick, you’re more likely to get a bacterial infection”
“When you go to the beach, make sure you always wear your sandals”
“Watch your blood sugar during the holidays”
“Airplane travel is when people pass their colds to others”
“Don’t touch your eyes”
So a couple of nights ago, I was looking for something to do at 11pm. I went to my friend Terri’s house to bounce on her trampoline. I took my shoes off and started bouncing. After working up a sweat, I look my shirt off.
“Careful of mosquito bites, they carry encephalitis”
As I got more comfortable on the trampoline, I started thinking about 2007.
In 2007 I turned 35, I had a heart attack, 3 stents and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. All in all, I had a pretty terrible year. My blood sugar was probably on the low side, I am barefoot, wearing a pair of shorts, encephalitis mosquitoes attacking me, and there’s about 5 foot of air between me and the trampoline. But I’m happy. I feel normal.
So I made my New Years Resolution. There is only one and it will be the same one I make every year.
Quit dying and start living.
It’s a balance between life and living. My life depends on insulin injection, testing, proper diet, exercise and an assortment of pills. But living is all about bouncing on trampolines at midnight.
If you have stories about living and photos to share, please post them. It would be an inspiration to me and I’m sure to others as well. I’m tired of all the warnings about what diabetics cannot do. This year I plan to sky dive, learn to scuba, go surfing and travel.
Happy 2008 and don’t forget to live!