This post is my December entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you'd like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2012/december-dsma-blog-carnival-2/
Though there are a few people who probably think I had already come out of the closet as a diabetic.
I realized that I was not doing a good job controlling my diabetes. I used to do a good job. I used to rarely miss blood sugar checks and rarely missed boluses (oh, that reminds me, I'm drinking a mocha I haven't bloused for yet – just a sec)
So I decided to train my youngest beagle to be a diabetes alert dog. By the way – typical time at the gym after not doing a good job bolusing for lunch: dog is very agitated and won't relax for the first 10 minutes, then she settles – bet you money if I tested I'd be back in range.
But I used to try to hide my pump.
Now, I walk into the gym with the dog and she is agitated and I explain that yes, she is agitated because my blood sugar is up and she'll settle when it is better. I wear my pump outside my clothing and carry my meter where I can reach it easily. No more hiding.
My A1C has come down as a result. I'm not there yet, I still miss some boluses, I still miss some checks, but it's getting better.