Made any good diabetes excuses lately?
Have you made a good diabetes excuse today?
One common excuse overheard in a diabetes clinic is that someone "forgot" to bring their blood sugar data in with them to the visit. This excuse is effective at least once. But then as BG data is "forgotten" visit after visit, and metabolic control deteriorates, the excuse evolves into something else. The increasing use of continuous glucose sensors is redefining the term of "patient involvement" with diabetes self care. New excuses are needed. Another good excuse is when a patient/parent says "I was afraid of that" when the A1C is found to be elevated. "Two weeks ago Billy was sick with the flu and his blood sugars were high all week". This excuse is a bit harder to pull off since one week of high blood sugars has minimal impact on the A1C, which measures over several months. Other common diabetes excuses? The holidays threw us off schedule, staying with the grandparents or other parent living in another state, the school nurse, and the list grows. We all make excuses. I've made plenty of whoppers in my diabetes life. Sometimes they are real and quite valid whereas at times they are elaborately concocted and used simply to save face or avoid scorn. Making excuses to others is part of human nature. Making excuses to oneself is an act of self deception. As outlined above, many of us may not know the difference between a real versus imagined excuse. Admitt