Winnie the Pooh Wisdom
For Type-1 Diabetics

Winnie the Pooh once said something to the effect of:

If you have many things on your to-do lists, and one of those things is to take a nap… take the nap first.

Naps makes life easier to deal with. When this type-1 diabetic gets too busy and doesn’t have a nap she becomes an impatient bear. I can’t deal with my six-year old son. I complain more and nag my poor husband. I feel life is harder to manage and I can be very gloomy about it.

Not to mention, pushing myself beyond my limits seems to result in unpredictable swings in blood sugars. Sometimes I’ll rise 3.0 mmol/L when fatigued. It’s as if my body goes into stress mode and starts dumping sugar into the bloodstream to keep me going.

But when I have a nap it heals my emotional state and helps balance my blood sugars.

There is essentially no time lost as I can carry on a little faster than when I was dragging a tired body around.

So when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders have a nap.

After all, despite his high consumption of honey, Winnie the Pooh never developed diabetes. So there must be something to this napping.

About the Author: John C. A. Manley researches and writes about alternative treatments for type-1 diabetes and its many complications. His wife, Nicole, of 15 years has had type-1 diabetes for four decades. Together they have lowered her HgbA1c below 5.5%, regained thyroid function, increased kidney function and reversed gastroparesis. Read more about their journey out of the T1D matrix or subscribe to their Diabetic Dharma blog..