I think one of the "easiest" ways of dealing with diabetes is keeping a consistent schedule. Meals with the same carb values, routines with the same amount of activity, sleep and stress at consistent levels. And honestly this is the best way to figure out basal rates and if you wanted the best possible levels then keeping everything around you "consistent" would be the way to go. However, I don't know about you, but having consistent schedules and meals will eventually drive me, Stark. Raving. Mad.
You see, mentally, I thrive in high stress work environments. I quite frequently "forget" to eat. If its a choice to swing with my boys or check my blood for a low, I'd rather pop a few glucose tablets and keep swinging. I guess you can call me a C.D.D., a Carpe Diem Diabetic. That's right, I'm a seize the day kinda chick. I think sometimes, we as diabetics, get so caught up in what could happen as far as complications that we forget to enjoy our lives, today.
The truth is, we don't know how long we have on this planet. I don't want to worry every single moment about my glucose levels or how a certain food will affect my night. I don't want to feel guilty, because I chose to walk on a beautiful day and have a strawberry milkshake. Or have regrets about eating an apple walnut salad , because now my blood sugars are crashing at an alarming rate. Don't get me wrong, I know there are tricks to prevent these, cut my bolus, increase my bolus, switch my basals for increased activity or dual wave bolus for those problem foods. I've used them all but sometimes, when your head is so full of numbers all day long, the last thing you want to do is jump through hoops for lunch. I guess what it all comes down to is this, I may have 30 years or 30 minutes left in this life and when I walk up to those pearly gates, I don't want to have a single regret and that includes how I handled my diabetes.
So I'm not going to worry about it. I'm going to live my life and check my blood, but I am going to have a blast!