For the first time in my life, I am living on my own. I moved out of my parents their house around 7 years ago. After that, I always lived together with other people. I lived with other students while I was still going to university and after that I never lived completely on my own. It has been six months since I moved into my own apartment. I must say, living on my own with type 1 diabetes can be challenging. Absolutely doable of course. In this blogpost I will share my experiences and tips.
The biggest challenge for me so far, has been the low blood sugars. It was a calming idea that I wasn’t often alone when a hypo would happen in the past. I would check my glucose level and ask someone to get me some carbs like apple juice if I was really dizzy or disoriented. Now, no matter how low I am, I have to keep myself alive without help from someone who is with me. I thought I would find it quite scary. However, I found out that I just go straight into survival mode! Go go go, Myrthe!
Yes, a hypo can be scary, especially if there is no one around. So long as I prepare, I trust that I will be ok. I have apple juice boxes in every room of my apartment, so I don’t have to walk far when I am low. I have my parents on speed dial in case I feel more comfortable having someone there to talk to. My diabetes nurse and I take a look at my basal rates on the Omnipod DASH System often, and adjust if necessary, to prevent hypos at night. All of this together helps me with dealing with lows when I am on my own.
Perks of living alone with diabetes
I don’t know about you, but when my glucose levels are high or low, I’m not in the best mood. I either get grumpy, annoyed or really upset about the smallest things. I guess I just don’t have my emotions under control. Living with someone else meant that I was extra aware of those emotions and I was trying to hide them because I didn’t want to be a burden.
Hiding it only makes it worse, I know. And it costs a lot of energy. As if a hyper or hypo didn’t take enough energy already. Living on my own makes it easier for me to just go through these emotions without feeling like I have to explain myself. I consider that a perk! And if I do want to talk about how I feel, I’ll just text or call family or friends.
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