It's hard to believe that I lived eighteen years without diabetes, much longer than I have had diabetes. The weirdest part about it is that I barely remember what it was like to not live with diabetes. I see old home videos of me, finding chocolate easter eggs at Easter, not even thinking twice about what that meant for my blood sugar or health. I see pictures of me at my birthday parties, pizza slices, orange pop and chocolate cake, and wonder, wow, I really could just eat all that and not even worry!
I started to think of the things that would be amazing if diabetes was ever to be cured (not holding my breath) and this is what I thought of:
1. I could eat without consequence
Okay, so any human who eats junk food has consequences, which would be weight gain etc. However, literally everything that I put in my mouth I have to think about how it's going to play a roll in my blood sugar, which ties into everything else, including mood, energy etc. I imagine what it would be like to go out for dinner with friends and order something without thinking, 'oh my gosh, I am going to need half my vial of insulin to cover this..."
2. I could sleep without fear or interruption
I am not scared to sleep, but I am often faced with so many obstacles when trying to get a good night of sleep. There is rarely a night that I am not up for....
a. a low blood sugar...
b. a high blood sugar (having to use the washroom...)
c. my pump vibrating for who knows what reason...
I imagine sleeping a full night without having to get up nor worry about diabetes.
3. I would have so much more brain space for other things
I literally think about diabetes so much. From checking, correcting, forgetting, calculating, eating, carb counting... you name it, it's on my mind.
I imagine that if I didn't have diabetes, I would have so much more concentration and energy to think of other things and get more things done.