Diabetes & College

College = hard

Diabetes = hard

College+Diabetes = a tricky situation

I have come to the understanding that college is a stressful and chaotic time. There are so many things to do, so many places to experience, so many people to meet! It is easy to let diabetes fall on the back-burner.

To help explain how I let it fall to the back-burner, I will give you an example of my schedule.

On Mondays, I wake up at 7:30 get ready and drive to my internship. I usually arrive around 9:30 and my work starts at 10am. After 6pm, I drive back to campus, usually get back by 7, 7:15pm. After that, I might grab a quick bite to eat. Then, I teach yoga from 8-9pm. Depending on homework, I try to get in bed by 10:30-11pm the latest.

On Tuesdays, I have class from 7-9:30, 11-1:30, 2-3:15, 3:30-4:45, TV studio from 4:45-5:30, and then I have class from 6:30-9:30.

  • My point is, meals are all over the place. Meals are no longer nice, relaxing periods of time where I actually chew my food and digest it. Usually, I am on the go and don’t have the time to spare. What I have learned from this is that I need to make the most out of the food that I am eating.I may not have the time to eat mindfully, but I can be mindful of WHAT I am eating.┬áThe goal is to eat healthy as often as possible, and to make good decisions when I am eating.

I have started to wear my sensor again. I use the Dexcom. I usually don’t wear it week to week because I end up getting tired of constantly being reminded of my blood sugars and it makes me kind of paranoid. There was a time where I was taking additional insulin after meals because I saw that my blood sugar would rise. This is obvious! Of course my numbers will rise when I eat. In turn, the additional insulin caused me to drop a few hours later. Drops, drops are no fun. They can be scary too.

  • What I’ve learned: wear the Dexcom, let it help me. But, don’t take all of the information to heart and certainly don’t try to pay attention to all of it.

Drink lots of water!

  • I have always been a big water-drinker. But in college I have learned that drinking water makes you feel that much better. It makes you feel more awake and it keeps you energized. Also, it makes working out feel a lot better too. When your body is fueled with water, there’s no stopping you!

Sleep is important!

  • Everyone always preaches about how important sleep is. It really is true. Although my body is now used to this wacky schedule, it still could use more rest. Also, when you are tired and groggy it is so much easier to reach for crappy food. Like a doughnut instead of a whole-wheat piece of toast, or a bowl of fries instead of a salad.

Support

  • Living with diabetes can be good and fun. But it can also be scary and threatening. There have been a few instances where I am afraid I will not wake up and test my blood sugar. It always snaps me back into the present moment. Nonetheless, diabetes is a complicated and life-threatening disease so I take it very seriously. Having support from roommates, friends, and classmates is only going to make living at college with T1D that much less stressful.

Of course there are lots of other things to talk about as well, but these are just a few for now.

Just some thoughts, hope this all helps.

Onward,

Erika