I Am Sweet · NABE

Make friends with your sugar

I Am Sweet

Hey sweets,

A quick introduction, my name is Abhishek. Although I am not a diabetic but my girlfriend is a Type 1. I feel all the more a part of journey as she discovered the same right in front of me and we share each and every moment of our lives together. So yeah I really can relate to the same.

Over the course of 4 years since the time she got diagnosed with the same I have realised some important things.

1. The sooner you come to terms with your condition the better it is.

2. Diabetes isn’t just about eating sweet things.

3. You may want to be in touch with your sugar levels as much as possible. To be true your glucometer is your first best friend in your initial days. Once you know better about your daily intake and accordingly the dosage you might be a…

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I Am Sweet · NABE

Letter from the Desk

I Am Sweet

A cheery welcome to all!

This is I Am Sweet’s first official post to all friends out there. I would like to introduce myself and I Am Sweet first.
I am 28 years old. I work for a marketing agency as a writer in India where I live. Here, I have my beautiful family and lovely friends.
On the flipside, I am a diabetic. I have been a diabetic since 2011 or I may put it precisely that I was diagnosed as a diabetic in that year. I am a type 1 and since then there were some more things added to my life that I had to take care of meticulously.
I was 24 when suddenly out of nowhere I got myself introduced to diabetes, which all the while sounded like a rumour. While warming up to my treatment and lifestyle changes, the need to reach out to other…

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Do they really know what you need?

It is 4:40 am and I just woke up from hypoglycemia, i.e. low sugar. Needless to say, my mind and my body wasn’t in coordination. I have kept a jar of sweets near my bedside, which I keep it filled with chocolates. But this time my jar was left with nothing else except dark chocolates, which have low sugar content. The rest of the chocolates were eaten by someone else.

So unfortunately and against all odds I had to get up and make myself some sweet drink, which is normally not possible as your body gives up and cannot function or perform tasks in such a condition. But I had to. And then after all the bitterness and anger, which is ironical in my situation as” I am sweet all the time”  a thought just crossed my mind while everyone was asleep and I was fighting my own battle. Do they really know what I need at all times? Are they really being my support or just a hindrance in disguise? By they I mean the ones around you, taking care of you, in whom you confide, on whom you lean back on, in whose hand you have entrusted yourself.

And the answer was a sure no. They know I struggle, but they don’t know how I struggle. I don’t want to sound discouraging but diabetes is a long, long, very long fever that one gets. A fever that has to be taken care of every single day, meticulously and with an eye of precision. And people get tired. Yes, that is the truth. They get tired of taking care of you. Moreover, the human nature is such that the quality decreases with quantity. Each day they start being oblivious and casual, taking things a little more for granted than the previous day. So do you.

This is not to be taken to heart and personally. Nobody can take care of you more than you can, and there are two reasons behind that.

1. You know how you feel, where you are, what you are doing at all times, others don’t–not even your loved ones.

2. You definitely and relentlessly love yourself more than others.

So, who can be a better a caretaker of you than you? I am not asking you to go on a lonely journey with your diabetes but yes, let your guardians, your loved ones be the “friends of diabetes” that catch up for a while for fun and support but you be the “parent of diabetes”– responsible at all times, there at all times cause you are the only one who really knows what you need at all times.

As for what I will do to avoid such a situation again–I will my buy and keep my goodies in a place that no one finds and make sure I refill it and won’t wait for someone else to do it for me.Image