Don't hide your diabetes…some patients try to handle this disease all on their own, diabetes affects all areas of our lives and we need the cooperation and understanding of our family members in dealing with this.
Bring home literature about diabetes management from the Dr's office-we may understand it like knowing that we may need to test 3-4 times ea day, watch calories and carbs, what we cope with, your family needs to know this.
If you need help from the family, ASK…Don't brood, others can not read our minds, perhaps it is a time you need daily for exercise and you need help with the kids while you are away from the house.
Train your family how to recognize and treat low blood sugar- rapid heartbeat, sweating, confusion, double vision,-and how to take emergency measures to help you. Family needs to know where you store emergency foods and how much to give to you. If you have a prescription for glucagon, train your family how to inject it.
Teach them about high blood sugar, too-usual symptoms, unusual thirst, urinate more frequently, blurry vision, reduced energy-be ready for emergency actions. Make sure they know how to check your blood sugar and if you are on insulin, how and when to administer it.
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