National Health Blog Post Month, Day 17: Let It Be. What’s something that bothers you or weighs on you? Let it go. Talk out the letting go process and how you’re going to be better to yourself for it.
You want to know what weighs on me? Backpacks. Messenger bags. Man bags. (It’s called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.) Call them whatever you want, I don’t like having to carry so much junk around with me to stay alive. Especially when I’m trying to do something fun…which is like, all the time in my world.
Diabetes is a disease that should come with a complimentary burro. And I don’t mean one that says “Thank you” or “You look very nice today.” I’m talking about a burro to help haul around all of the supplies required for “optimal” diabetes control.
I carry around a messenger bag or backpack just about everywhere I go. This is what is in my messenger bag right now:
- Blood test kit (aka, BG kit)
- Glucose tabs
- Spare pump inset
- Spare vial of BG test strips
- Spare AAA insulin pump battery
- Sharpie pen
- Book: “How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life” by Pat Williams
- Digital camera
- Chewing gum
- Business cards
- Phone charger
- iPad charger
- USB flash drive
- Sugar Free Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red water bottle mix
- Peanut butter and cheese crackers
Okay, so maybe I don’t need ALL of that stuff to stay alive. Still, I could do without half of it if it weren’t for diabetes. When I travel, I like to lighten the load a bit; I put my working files in my Dropbox so I don’t have to carry the USB flash drive. I know, BIG difference. (That’s sarcasm.)
I can look at that list of stuff and justify every single bit of it. What can I say? I like to be prepared. They should tell you at diagnosis that a side effect of having diabetes is chronic overpacking.
I think I’m going to need a bigger bag.
This post was written as part of National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J