It’s been a while. Life has been very busy and we have been away from home for over a month. Blogging has not been on the agenda. While I have been away from my familiar environment, my oldest son, my cats and my comforts of home, diabetes has been ever present. It comes with me, no matter where I am and what I am doing, it is there and it demands my attention.
Flying today? Diabetes will demand a pump change on the run and a series of BGL checks to bring a pesky high down to an acceptable level. Climbing a mountain? Diabetes will bite you with a hypo and make sure you feel like hell. Needing to get up early for a day out? Diabetes will keep you awake and leave you feeling like you have run a marathon while you slept.
No matter if you are going a few hours away or flying across the world, diabetes will follow. You know what I am talking about if you live with diabetes and you have ever been away from home. Nobody else really knows this. It is something most of us keep to ourselves. We just do it. What choice do we have? It can make for a tiring holiday! And for me, being a working holiday, it has been exhausting.
It does not take away from the magic of being on the road. Or from the special time you have when travelling with family and spending time with them on an adventure. Exploring new places and waking up to a view that is so magical it can take your breath away. Slowing down and seeing that there are other places, other people, other ways of life. It can however make your diabetes become even more present as you tackle its ups and downs, the way it gets its fingers into every aspect of your life and makes sure that you have to stop and attend to it, even when out of your comfort zone.
Will this stop me from travelling? Absolutely not. I love home yet I love to travel. I love the feeling of finding a new place and seeking new experiences. I don’t love diabetes. I do however feel comfortable with it. After 33 years you do get used to living with someone. At the end of the day whatever diabetes needs, diabetes gets. Even if it involves changing my pump site on the side of a mountain. After all life with diabetes is one big adventure and I for one am in it for life.