Do you take any kind of break from your diabetes routine?

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Topic Title: Do you take any kind of break from your diabetes routine?
Created On: 04/12/2009 03:38 PM

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 04/12/2009 04:19 PM

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FatCatAnna

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I guess I took a semi-vacation during my teen years - trying to act like I was "nOrMaL". That meant no testing of urine (we've come a long way since then with BG monitors) - and in those days - only one insulin was generally taken - NPH or Lente. I didn't give a care - I just took what had been prescribed which was probably the wrong amount for what I was eating and doing at the time. I did whatever I wanted to without a thought to the consequences. BIG MISTAKE. That of course meant after a year "semi-vacation" - being sick with "flu" (which it wasn't) - I went into a 3 day coma - losing childhood memories - having my head shaved (Sinead O'Connor look alike) due to too many knots in my hair - yuppers - as a diabetic to go on a "vacation" not really a good thing IMHO. I think for me it's different for perhaps folks that may acquire the disease later on in life - as it's a new thing for them - and can be scary - and can get abit overwhelming with learning a new way of living and coping. Diabetes is all I really know of in my life - having it since 6 - well - I think that pretty well explains in in a nut shell.


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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lilbabyrose

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A vacation of sorts. Anything. Maybe if you're a pumper you take a week off pump every so often and go back to MDIs. Or you might go from usually testing 15-20 times a day and once a month only test four times. Maybe you follow a strict diet but on your birthday you dig into the cake and ice cream with a shovel. Anything.I actually don't really have an answer for this at this point. Up until I started pumping in January I spent most of my diabetic life on vacation. I was diagnosed almost four years ago and a lot of that time I either was in some sort of denial or would get so frustrated that I'd just give up. I'll have to see how my time on the pump goes to see if I ever change up the routine.I will say that I never test the same number of times a day. It just all depends on how many times I eat, how I'm feeling, what I'm doing, etc.
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