Here’s just a list of hard things.
In terms of blood glucose control:
- Stress on average is much higher than what I experienced in high school
- Sleep patterns were impossible for me to maintain. Each night was different.
- Caffeine. I had a ton of it.
- Exercise became hard to find time to do, and motivation to stay in shape plummeted.
- It’s hard resisting the good food if it’s served buffet style and you have a meal plan.
- I was in college already when I was diagnosed. Suddenly, felt significantly more alone and facing my own battles.
- People looked at me funny whenever I checked my blood sugars or adjusted my pump. To be expected as it is a deviant behavior, but still…
- I had a hard time because sweets were my comfort foods when I felt down, and I was feeling down because of my body’s non-digestion of sweets. Tough cycle to be locked into. Don’t feel guilty about the high numbers if things are tough to control. Diabetes + college = extra hard mode.
- Needing to pick up supplies at the pharmacy every so often was very annoying.
- Annoying taking 10 minutes of precious, precious time each day to change pump site when I could have been sleeping or something.
- Tougher to recognize hypoglycemia because sometimes you’re simply tired and hungry, though blood sugar levels are fine.
Hope that helps.