type 1 diabetic

Diabetic Spirituality

I have to carry a syringe around with me all the time. It is a medication called 'Glucagon'. It is an enormous syringe in a giant red carrying case of its own. It is for emergencies. As a Type 1 diabetic, I am dependant on insulin to keep my blood sugar in balance. There are moments, though, when my blood sugar gets very low. In those moments, my body reacts and can be a bit scary. I am to have something in those moments to boost my sugars to the correct level.

Should my levels drop extremely is when the Glucagon comes in. It is for the moments my levels plummet to points when I my body can barely even operate. It is for those times of emergency low. Glucagon is outrageous sugar-water (to put it tersely).

The one syringe runs me nearly $200. So I resist buying it each year after it has expired.

The doctor explains it is like a fire extinguisher. Hopefully, you never need to use it, but having it available can save your life IF you need it.

I was going to make a connection to prayer here; in that prayer is a practice we should develop instead of only waiting for the moments of crisis. Prayer is the type of thing utilized best in crisis when it has been repeatedly practiced. Prayer is something that will save your life in crisis but only if you have put the practice in outside of the crisis when it seems routine and strange or even dull at times.

I am afraid the connection to Glucagon is a bit lost since I do not exactly 'practice' my glucagon regularly.

On the other hand, I do have to have it with me at all times. I have to make sure others are aware of how to use it should anything happen and I am unable. It can cost me, but it can save my life...

like prayer.