As shared on My Diabetes Secret.
Add this to the list of things they don’t tell you at diagnosis. Proper diabetes management is so much more than counting carbs and regularly checking your blood glucose levels.
The fun part, however, is even if they told me all the extra stuff I’ve learned in the past twelve years, I wouldn’t have retained any of it. My biggest worry as I sat in that hospital bed was how will I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
So how do we respect the overwhelming information dump at diagnosis with the ongoing need for more meaningful diabetes education as routine and basic understanding become more reliable? How do we introduce concepts like understanding stress into early enough into diabetes management without adding unnecessary worry?