This is where the rubber meets the road, my T1 story, truths and life on January 6, 2015, a day of mani-pedi madness.
Being sweet sucks! A manicure, one of life’s simple routines, rituals and pleasures for many can wreak havoc for those living with diabetes. Who would have thought that I, with 47 years of type one, thousands of manis and pedis under my belt, would have a close encounter of the 10-kind? Never-the-less, that is just what happened after a little nick sent my T1 world into a tailspin – a trip to the hospital, IVs and antibiotics.
Whether you’re newly diagnosed or a long-timer, here are a few tips for managing your manicures, pedicures and diabetes, courtesy of Diabetes Forecast magazine.
Tell the technician that you have diabetes so that he or she is extra careful in removing and applying artificial nails to avoid excess trauma.
Go to a salon that is clean, uses sterile instruments, and has technicians who are not over-aggressive when it comes to manipulating cuticles and cleaning under the nails.
You want to see that the basins and tubs [used for soaks] are washed and disinfected between customers.
Ask to see the salon owner’s license and those of their technicians, too.
Make your appointment early in the day, …to ensure the cleanest possible experience.
If you notice any problems with your feet or hands afterwards, see your doctor immediately.
The risk of infection increases if your diabetes is not well-controlled or if you have foot or hand complications such as peripheral nerve damage, poor circulation, open sores, or existing infections of the skin or nail. If you have any of these symptoms, visit a podiatrist or dermatologist for nail care.
For the record, I’m all better now and my nails look fab, thanks to a new technician who understands my diabetes.
With type one diabetes, there are good days and bad, ups and downs, highs and lows, but I speak my truths, tell my story and live my life.
How was your day?