I came across this yesterday. I thought it was pretty thought provoking. I’ve been pretty lucky so far with my experience of diabetes. My blood sugar has been amazingly well controlled and I haven’t had any bad hypos. I’m definitely doing some things right – like conscientiously counting carbs, taking frequent blood glucose readings and eating healthy food.

But I must remember that two months of being diabetic doesn’t make me an expert and that I mustn’t treat the prospect of a bad hypo lightly, or believe that I’m anywhere near mastering my condition. I’m sure I’ll also have to accept periods of high blood sugar whilst trying not to be hard on myself or worry about future complications.

Tomorrow I’m meeting a specialist nurse who is going to give me and teach me how to use a glucagon pen. (Glucagon is a hormone which stimulates the liver to release glucose into the blood.) I will then instruct my wife, friends and colleagues on how to use it: if I have a sufficiently bad hypo that I fall unconscious, the glucagon should be injected into me, which should bring me round. Hopefully it will never get used.

The article containing the picture above went on to say this:

“Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.”

It was talking about entrepreneurship, but I’ve taken some heart from it. I can’t claim to have never failed in the first way, but at least with diabetes I am pushing myself and my body to find out what’s possible, and I’ll have no regrets about not doing stuff.

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