Does anyone think about their T1D self-care in a certain way that helps them visualize it?
I used to think of my T1D objectives as playing vertical Pong when on MDI. Everything was a nudge up or a nudge down. There was rarely any “level” to be found. And I did well with that thinking.
Going on the pump (starting in 2014), I got a lot of outside help, read a lot of books, and bought into the idea of finding the Ideal Basal Rate, and adding meal insulin was just a financial transaction: insulin in, great blood sugar out.
In my attempt to get back to near pregnancy control levels (just for great self-care and quality of life, no more babies for me), I’m finding that I’m going back to my vertical Pong thinking. And I’m seeing much better results now. Screw what my blood sugar SHOULD be doing with these carefully tested basal rates. Those basal rates are great 1.5 weeks per cycle for me, but even then under ideal circumstances I personally still need to treat each day as it has a certain rhythm. There’s a rhythm to breakfast, there’s a rhythm to how much coffee I can treat myself to without overly complicating the rest of the day, there’s a rhythm to lunch, afternoon snacks, etc etc etc.
Back to my question: Do you have a way you personally view your T1D realities that helps you in your approach?