How do I use this?

Since my diagnosis a little over 3 years ago, I’ve been pretty open about having diabetes. I work in a church office in a small town. This week one of our older parishioners came to my office. She told me she didn’t want to bother me but, she’d recently been told by her doctor that she has Type 2 Diabetes. After telling me several more times that she didn’t want to bother me, it turns out she was not sure how to use her meter. She’s done everything right; she’s walking two times a day (a mile each time), she’s changed her diet, she’s reading labels (more on that), she’s lost some weight. Her doctor didn’t scare her, just told her to check her morning BG about every 3 days.

The doctor’s office had given her a meter and some sample strips. The nurse at the office had demonstrated how to use the meter. I am far from an expert but I think just talking to someone else and practicing herself with some help made a big difference. Her sample strips were wrapped individually in foil. They were difficult for her to unwrap. The interesting part was that she was unsure which end went into the meter and which end got the blood. We got that figured out and then talked about how to get your finger to bleed easily when sticking it. Then she tried to get some blood on the strip while holding her hand up, with the other hand trying to get the strip to the blood. She’s 86, a little shaky and was having a terrible time. I got her to place her hands on the table and she was awed at how much simpler that was.

Next, I went to our staff fridge and pulled out some food. We checked out the labels and I learned that she was looking for the sugar info only. So, we talked about carbs and fiber.

She also just completed surgery and treatment for breast cancer. She’s a smart woman, I think she’s going be just fine and I told her that.

While there are times that it’s annoying that others know I have diabetes (can you eat that?), this was certainly a moment that I was happy that she felt comfortable asking for some help.

Meanwhile, our eldest son participated in a Step Out to Fight Diabetes walk this weekend. He’s never, ever done something like that. While the ADA would not be my first choice, at least he did something and so I’m proud of him.

And, it is absolutely beautiful in New Hampshire right now! Our town is overrun with tourists for the weekend, traffic is at a standstill in some spots.

The acorns falling on our roof and deck bounce all over the place. I keep waiting for a window to crack.
Our driveway is almost paved with pine cones from the tree below.
Our view is very beautiful – I won’t be as happy once the snow starts but for now, I enjoy looking out the window!

4 thoughts on “How do I use this?

  1. Beautiful pictures!Sounds like you were able to really help someone in need. I’m shocked that she left her clinic without more information. sigh.Good for your son for walking. It’s nice to have family to support you.🙂

  2. Really beautiful country! (I forgot til now I haven’t thanked you for the email with photo attachments of fall foliage from a couple of weeks back! thanks.) People who know (not everyone we know does) ask hubby sometimes “can you eat that?” usually when he’s having dessert. Too many people think of diabetes as having something to do with too much sugar. A vegetarian, my husband is forced to eat more carbohydrate than most people may consume, but it really isn’t difficult to figure out what carbs and “good” to eat (fiber loaded, etc.) and which are not so good (simple like refined sugar in desserts) but we’re gratified he can still treat himself to dessert (in moderation). It’s great you were in a position to help the 86 year old. My mother, at 84, depended totally on my sisterinlaw to assist her in insulin shots and testing. Too bad nobody figured out that she could have done it herself if she’d been trusted enough to believe in herself. Bless you.

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