Diabetes is not an Excuse

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2008-10-06 05:11:53 -0500
Started 2008-10-05 01:57:16 -0500

Meeting other diabetics as I have been of late, I found it interesting that some use the diease as an excuse to NOT do things. I know we have to be cautious about things we do and know where our sugar levels are before, during and after we do them, but sometimes I feel like it is a ticket to get out of things. Or an opportunty to play the sympathy card.

I know I used to use my time schedule as an excuse to not exercise…never enough time I used to say. Not any more. I have not changed a thing in my work schedule, and I can get it in every day now.

I just was wondering if anyone had noticed that, or am I just being insensitive?

Diabetes has become my reason to do more. That excites me beyond words, because for years, I was the excuse maker.

8 replies

kdroberts 2008-10-06 03:31:08 -0500 Report

See, you're looking at it backwards. Diabetes is the best excuse. Don't want to eat somebodies cooking? I have diabetes. Want to take a nap? I have diabetes. Want to get served quickly anywhere? I have diabetes. Want to get the royal treatment going through security? I have diabetes. You might as well try to make the most out of it!

GabbyPA 2008-10-06 05:11:53 -0500 Report

You are too funny...my husband does that all the time. Being in a wheelchair, we get the VIP treatment at the theme parks and a lot of places. I guess you are right, I will have to try that.

2008-10-05 08:38:51 -0500 Report

Hi there Gabby,
I agree with you COMPLETELY. Some people like to play the sympathy card for whatever reason. Diabetes (Type 2) isn't a death sentence, it should be a wake up call. Now Type 1 and the kids and young adults, is a little different but I rarely see them sitting on the 'pitty pot'.. they are out there trying to live as normal a life as they can and the adults I know with Type 1 are still like that.

Hey kiddo I'm back!!! :)
Hope all is well.

GabbyPA 2008-10-05 09:46:27 -0500 Report

Yep, I know type 1 is a differnt ball game, but like you said, I think in some ways they are more into taking care because it is more life threatening. I know I don't want to sit around being a party pooper. There is so much we can do if we do it right.

Yes, I am soooo glad to have you back JP!!

momoftype1 2008-10-05 08:34:26 -0500 Report

My daughter wants to prove everyone wrong-she has the mindset that because she has diabetes she should do it-Ilove her motivation, and it has motivated me to try and be more active and eat healthier. I used to eat out at least 3 days a week, now I take a lunch daily. I also used to drink a lot of Pepsi, and now it is just a treat. Water is my drink of choice now.

Great topic Gabby, my uncle who has passed years back, bucked all of the direction given by dr and support from family as a T1. He passed from multiple complications due to him not compying.

It is wonderful for me to see my 10 year old treat diabetes like it is no big deal. It is not an excuse not to do things it is a reason to find the right way to do them!

ShortyD 2008-10-05 02:19:48 -0500 Report

Your right Gabby.i'd walk to get somewhere,now i do it for myself scent i have t2.

GabbyPA 2008-10-05 07:22:25 -0500 Report

Yep, I find that a trip to the grocery store by bike or on foot is not insurmountable anymore. I used to look at it in dread. Now it is more like a challenge. My husband puts me to shame because being in a wheelchair, he pushes to the store often, and though it is not a long trip. Pushing any distance takes great strength. Not to mention the busy highway he has to cross to get there. So now we can go together, and it has improved our relationship to do things like that.

ShortyD 2008-10-05 07:45:36 -0500 Report

my wife will get out and walk with me.it is great that when a better half dose thing with you.

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