As I headed back to the office to head home I said to the coworker "I just want to be that precise with one thing in my life, I want to be that good at something and know it inside and out." He started to laugh and responded "You're kidding right?? You of all people, do you know what you do before you eat??" I was caught off guard and didn't understand what he meant. Before I could ask him to explain it he started to go off "You are like that with your diabetes. You know more about your body than anybody, before you eat anything you analyze everything about it. How it will effect your blood sugar, you figure out the carbs, and if you rode your bike it's even more detailed." I began to laugh and said "that doesn't count, I have to do that." Now this guy was getting upset and responded "Yes you do but you don't have to go to the extremes that you go to. You take it to another level and demand perfection from yourself and your blood sugars."
Anyone with diabetes is that professional athlete that can recall any moment in the game that they ever played. You ask Tom Brady about a play in Week 6 of last season and he will give you the play name and tell you in detail why that play worked or didn't work. We can all do that with our blood sugars, I can tell you why my blood sugar was at 231 at 9am this morning. I knew that I was low and not dehydrated at 3pm today even though my Dexcom read 188. It is crazy but as diabetics we are professionals and we are perfectionists. I didn't realize that but it is something that I will not forget. I'm in control of my diabetes and to be the best I can be I need to be a perfectionist. Below is an interview with Tiger Woods talking about a golf hole and how he played it, we can all talk the same way about our diabetes and that is amazing