Every little bit helps

At last week’s pump check up (that I drove to in the snow) the CDE advised changing my early morning basal rate. So we did. Then she asked me to do another 2 nights of basal testing as soon as possible, to see if more changes were needed. So we ate at 5 last night (egads!) and then I glued myself to the TV and watched recorded shows, skipping all food commercials. I’m stupid, as soon as I know I can’t have something, I want it, even when I really don’t care about it. Got the basal numbers and it shows again that my BG starts climbing, all by itself, after 3am and then starts going nuts (up!) as soon as I get up. I emailed last night’s numbers and she upped the 3am rate just a tad and said to skip night #2 of testing, just do a couple of 3am checks in the next few days. Yay!

Now that I’ve had diabetes for almost 5 whole years – I know, not a long time – I view many things very differently. This week it’s been the earthquake in Haiti. I immediately wondered about the people in Haiti who have diabetes. Manny at TuDiabetes has posted information on how to donate to Insulin for Life to help the Haitian people. I salute the efforts of everyone who is able to donate to any of the various organizations that are helping. I know that we have many extra expenses because of diabetes but small donations make a difference.

A favorite “story”
The Starfish Story   adapted from The Star Thrower   by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”
This story has appeared all over the web in various forms, usually with no credit given to Mr. Eiseley. Sometimes it is a little girl throwing the starfish into the ocean, sometimes a young man, once even an elderly Indian. In any form it is a beautiful story and one that makes you think.
Loren Eiseley was a anthropologist who wrote extensively. He was the ‘wise man’ in the story, and he was walking along a beach after a storm and encountered the fellow throwing the starfish back.

4 thoughts on “Every little bit helps

  1. Colleen,

    I remember the first months with my pump. I think that I spent MANY nights up testing to get my basals right. Ugh. Hang in there. Once it's figured out, it'll be great.
    I love that poem. I have a poster of it taped up in my classroom.
    Have a nice weekend!

    Molly and Dixie

  2. Sorry you're going through this and I hope it all settles soon.

    And I love the sentiment. If we all made a difference for one each day, the world wouldn't seem do cold.

  3. Good story, put things in better perspective for me as I've been thinking how can the little we seem able to do make a difference?!
    As for eating at 5 p.m., I'd be starved again by 10 I'm sure. All I can add is I'm not sure I'd be able to adapt to all the things you're doing. Guess I might surprise myself, huh? I'm sure you might've said the same thing if I'd asked you 6 years ago, huh?

  4. One of my very dear friends faces these issues..blessings and success.

    Dorothy from grammology

    saw you on Kay's blog..


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