Continuing the discussion from NYT on stem cell trials for islet restoration:
I happen to be really good at adjusting my insulin for normal bg’s (not as good as some others here who frequently boast about flatlining) but others are not so lucky.
As we all know, managing our glucose metabolism well is just plain hard. I suspect it is one of the reasons that a community forum like this one appeals to us.
With the advent of different styles of eating like low carb or plant-based high carb, low fat and the various technology advances like newer insulins, CGM, and automated insulin dosing systems, we can sometimes enjoy glucose control that was rare in former generations.
Even with these technical and dietary advances, using these new tactics well takes curiosity, experimentation and persistence. What worked yesterday may not work today.
When the planets align and all your tactics pay off in an almost too-hard-to-believe normal glucose trace, it seems normal to me that pride arises. Is pride misplaced in achieving a healthy goal that more often than not frustrates you?
When does the celebration go too far and become excessive or boastful? That’s a harder question to answer but I can only hope that community members will extend tolerance – the grease that makes any community work.
One of the benefits of community is that you can share your successes and failures with people who care about you and understand how things in life can impact you.
Sharing glucose management success here makes sense to me. It would be a rare gluco-normal person who can appreciate just what is involved in painting an in-range glucose trace over many hours with your CGM. People here get it; that’s why we participate.
Yet, I’m painfully aware that success can discourage others who are currently struggling even though they are giving it their all. Does this mean that success should not be shared? No, I don’t believe so, but I think doing so with an awareness of how others may see it can help. I also think tolerance can be exercised.
I have consciously held back many times when I view some particularly good-looking glucose trace and I do try to limit posting that line simply due to its beauty. I try to only post those traces when they fit the conversation. For several years the Flatliners Club provided a segregated thread to post CGM traces. For better or worse, the last active comment on that thread was almost two years ago.
We need an outlet for success as well as one for failure and problem-solving.