Keeping track

Once upon a time, I spent a year as a bookkeeper, learning the job as I worked.  My employer was a grouchy but lovable man, for whom I had taught basic guitar lessons the year before.  His music store overflowed with Hammond organs and Baldwin pianos.  Rounding out the inventory was a large collection of sheet music, some guitars, and rentable band instruments.

I dusted a lot and kept the music inventory as neat as I could.  The job didn’t involve much skill, but it was a paycheck.  Then I was moved to the office and became the bookkeeper — the owner trusted me, and he knew that I was capable of more than dusting and sweeping.  (I would be embarrassed if he saw my apartment now — dusting and sweeping aren’t high on my list now, either!)

I enjoyed bookkeeping;

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I love a job that is important, but doesn’t require making life-or-death decisions.  I realize now that I was a very basic bookkeeper — much I didn’t learn.  But I enjoyed office work, and I used those skills many times in my life.  I am using them now.

I never kept blood sugar logs which satisfied my doctors; I thought for the last 38 years that tracking the foods I ate would be embarrassing, and would cause my doctor great disappointment, (.  I held that fear, up to a few years ago, when I hooked up with my current diabetes team.  Even two times since then, I’ve started a log, only to find myself many days behind, needing to fudge in remembering and logging meals.

This time feels quite different; I just finished my fourth week, (I thought it was three, but it’s better than that.)  I learned one little trick to stick with these logs:  I treat them as I did the books in the music store.  At the end of the day, I review my log, add any missing info, and save. Then, the next morning, I’m not scurrying to catch up.  In this way, I manage to keep my blood sugar reports as complete as possible.  Doing this helps my doctor make decisions on the amount of insulin I take.

So here I am, with a full month’s worth of records for the doctor. I am anticipating a good appointment.  If I change what I eat, or how much insulin I use, I can compare the two months’ info, and understand why change is required, and if it works.  For once, I look forward to sitting with Dr. Brodsky, unafraid of him, and hear him tell me what comes next.


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