2020 has been a year that has brought a lot of uncertainty to our lives, especially those who live with a chronic condition. Paloma, our guest writer shares that having a plan is key to making it through uncertain times. Learn more about Paloma on her lifestyle blog Glitter Glucose.
As if living with diabetes wasn’t enough, throw in a pandemic! My name is Paloma and I’ve been living with diabetes for 7 years and am happy to share some tips on how to manage life with diabetes during this uncertain time.
Just in case! We have seen people run into stores for toilet paper and hand sanitizer for fear of running out. While those things are significant, what’s even more vital for someone living with diabetes is medical supplies. Make sure you have enough supplies to last during quarantine or at least access to refills. It is important to be ready for the worst but hopefully never have to experience it.
You may not be physically near your loved ones but the connection can be stronger than ever! It is important to check in with friends and family to get a laugh or update but also so they know you are okay. It is equally important to stay connected with your doctor during this time. Keep their number handy in case of any questions, concerns or symptoms!
We have all heard the 6ft apart rule, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, avoid crowds etc but these guidelines are even more important for someone with a compromised immune system. Better safe than sorry!
Keep a routine
Now more than ever it is important to keep a routine with all medications. It is possible that you may be out of your normal routine in the workplace and socially but it is important to stay as regimented as possible when it comes to managing your diabetes. Set alarms, reminders, whatever you need to stay on track.
Do something for yourself
Diabetes is a 24/7 condition. Often we think about how to manage our diabetes or what’s next on the list of to-do’s. With the surrounding pandemic it is especially important to take a step back and do something that brings you joy. It could be as simple as a new recipe, watching a new TV show, downloading a new album or going for a walk. Don’t forget to be good to yourself!