Attending the second Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit in Orlando, I bring you a guest-blog from my loving wife Susanne, who's been a life-changing force in how I've changed my overall life and D-Management for the better during the past decade. Nothing written can do justice to how wonderful she is, and I'll let her say what she wants here without interfering much - only to say that I wouldn't be where I am and have what I consider to be a blessed existence without her special love, support, and partnership.
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Through the years, I've witnessed my Michael change his ways for the better in how he manages his diabetes. He started on the insulin pump a little more than a year into our dating during our last year of college, and that helped him lower his A1C so much. There's been slacking, but in the five years that we've been married he has also gotten much better in doing what's necessary - in large part thanks to our own personal talks and planning but also his more recent involvement with the Diabetes Online Community.
My life as a D-Wife is not very exciting… Sorry, but I find it very boring.
- If Mike is not already awake, I usually get him up about 15 minutes before I leave. He does his pre-breakfast test and then I can go along my way knowing that he isn’t going Low.
- Again, we text or call when we leave work to go home for the day; try and figure out what to make/eat for dinner. Whoever gets home first usually starts dinner, I normally finish either way, and usually calculate the carb counts for our particular meal.
Basically, I don’t know any different way of life. This is our routine, and it works just fine for us – as I’m sure all of those other diabetic couples out there have their own routines and rituals that aren’t anything odd in their own worlds, but might seem strange to the outsiders looking in.
Regardless of the Highs and Lows of the D-Life, this is all just "normal" for us and something we look forward to each day together (five years in September - YAY!).