So you think you got it bad with the Elf-on-the-Shelf? Try Spouse-in-the-House, Mom-at-the-Prom, Dad-at-the-Pad, or Teacher-on-the-Bleacher. It feels like there’s really no limit to the judgment passed on diabetics and their self-care. Just like that creepy Elf, we’re always looking over our shoulder to see who’s keeping watch on us. Be grateful if you only have to watch your P’s and Q’s for a single month!
This cartoon is a conundrum in many diabetic lives: what percentage of our mood and feelings are impacted by – or a result of – our blood sugars and self-care? Speaking for myself, I’m very irritable and short-tempered when the results of my glucose meter run in the high numbers. I feel sluggish and just want to be left alone. When my numbers run Low, I can get angry in the flick of an eye. I’m critical and impatient and looking for a reason to enter an argument. Believe me, it’s hard to be me much of the time! That said, there’s the other side of the argument: maybe my diabetes doesn’t affect my moods at all and I’m simply a complex and emotional person? Funny thing is, I’ll never really know!