As the diabetes community always likes to point out to those not in the community, Type 1 Diabetes is more than test and inject. That’s the minimal goings-on needed to be done. It’s an illness that doesn’t stop.
We all know that it only takes a minute to do a line change or insert a sensor but how many minutes to order, purchase and pick up supplies, to get the all the supplies ready for the line change or sensor insertion. It only takes a minute to do a blood glucose test but may take over fifteen minutes to treat a low and get back to a healthy blood glucose range but, how long to recover from said low? It only takes a minute to weigh out and count carbs in every meal but then working out what activities will be next so you can adjust insulin if needed. It only takes a minute for a quick injection of insulin to help bring your blood glucose levels back down to a more healthy range, but how long to recover from the feeling of having high blood glucose levels?
It only takes a minute to do a midnight and or 3am blood glucose test but it may take an hour to get back to sleep, especially if you add in a hypo and the minimum of fifteen minutes to make sure you are safe enough to go back to sleep. Again, it only takes a minute to do a midnight and or 3am blood glucose test but it may take an hour to get back to sleep, especially if your blood glucose is too high and you need to do a line change or give yourself an injection of insulin.
It only takes a minute to disconnect and suspend the pump before diving into the pool for a swim, but there’s more minutes taken to make sure your blood glucose is in the safe range for the swim, to maybe have a snack to make sure you stay in the safe range. Then after the swim, to adjust insulin so you don’t have a delayed hypo or delayed high.
So put together all the ‘it only takes a minute’ throughout the day and it adds up. Add to it the constant thinking and weighing up actions, thoughts, feelings, illnesses, excitement, frustration and so much more. It’s not as simple as testing and injecting; it doesn’t only take a minute!