I am a little bit incapacitated. Not very much, just a mild inconvenience but it seems most noticeable during diabetes related activities. I’ve hurt my thumb. I strained it whilst competing in the national hand stand water skiing championships last week (or maybe I twisted it somehow whilst doing the gardening – you decide). Anyway, it doesn’t cause me too much trouble, but has made me realise quite how integral thumbs are to the whole pancreas business.
- If I do a blood test on my right hand, I use my left thumb to squeeze out the blood. That hurts.
- I use my thumb to press the buttons on my pump. That hurts.
- If I need Fruit Pastilles my thumb is involved in opening the packet. That hurts.
- Pushing the straw into a juicebox requires thumb pressure. That hurts.
- Typing blog posts, essential to my diabetes wellbeing, requires thumb input. That hurts.
My conclusions? Firstly, I have severely underestimated the usefulness of thumbs in managing diabetes. And secondly, I’m simply too incapacitated to deal with diabetes at the moment. I’m off to the Drs to request a sick note for some time off from diabetes due to injury 😉