Diabetes Burnout

By dietcherry Latest Reply 2015-04-06 16:28:32 -0500
Started 2011-07-23 18:35:09 -0500

How do you cope with the inevitable burnout that accompanies our chronic condition?

64 replies

Young1s 2011-12-22 10:56:04 -0600 Report

I look at my burn outs as mini indicators of a bout of depression on the horizon. It's my mind reminding me to take a step back, assess and breathe for a moment. In otherwords the 3 R's; relax, relate, release. I sometimes get caught up in trying to be "Super Mom" when all I can be is me. If I have some super mom days then all the better, but I can't beat myself up about it if I don't. Especially with all that I have on my plate nowadays.

pixsidust 2011-12-22 14:21:09 -0600 Report

Good points, Being in touch with yourself will help you be successful for the bigger battles. So glad I know you!

SCLWKR 2011-12-22 12:14:45 -0600 Report

I like your analogy and your response to the signals of oncoming depression. I would like to incllude your "3 R's" in my "tool box."

SCLWKR 2011-12-21 13:11:23 -0600 Report

Hello Renee Dear,
Burnout is a bothersome issue to deal with. It happens in many aspects of our lives. I am a social worker and burnout is a common occupational hazard I have dealt with over the last 14 1/2 years. The symptoms of work burnout are similar to those of burnout experienced dealing with a chronic condition like diabetes. Depression, ambivilence, resentment, and fatigue are common feelings. We become disconnected from our condition and unable to complete the daily activities required to keep us healthy. We may feel isolated from friends and family and retreat from our natural support system. We feel overwhelmed and exhausted, finding it difficult to solve probelms once easily addressed. We feel resentful that our lives are impacted and we are burdened with daily reminders of our health challenge. Finally, we feel helpless in overcoming the challenges of our disease.

When I am feeling work burnout I seek help from my Employee Assistance therapist. I take several sessions and work through the frustration, feelings of resentment and develop a plan to become reengaged with my work and with my commitment to the clients I serve.

When I become burned out maintaining my health plan, I reconnect with my health care team. I meet with a nutritionist to revise and rejuvenate my meal plan, I reach out to my support network (Yea DC Pals!), and I focus on the positive progress I have made, no matter how minor. And even if my progress has slipped, I acknowledge that being aware of my situation is a positive step forward.

I develop rewards for desired behavior such as increasing exercise by scheduling walking dates with friends and having a healthy breakfast or lunch with them afterward. If I have had a week of good numbers, I'll have a "date night" with my husband, going to a favorite restaurant and eating reasonable portions of my favorite foods.

I look at diabetes as a condition that I can partner with, as the frequent testing allows me to monitor and evaluated my status and make adjustments as needed. As such, I allow myself to make mistakes, struggle and fall, and get back on a good path. I believe in moderation, not perfection.

I create opportunities for reflection. Journaling is just one tool that I have in my "tool box." I use journaling to express my frustrations, identify concerns, and put words to the many emotions related to my individual health condition. I write about my gained insight and about the mistakes I make repeatedly; exploring the underlying causes and solutions. Journaling allows me to express myself and release what I have expressed to The Universe, or Higher Power and lift my burden.

Renee, I have learned over the years that burnout comes and goes. It is a natural part of our emotional life and we can overcome it and continue along our path. I look at burnout as a "speed bump" along the road. Something that slows me down, gives me a chance to look around and then regain my speed once over it.

With hugs

Young1s 2011-12-22 10:54:15 -0600 Report

Very nice analysis Joyce. You hit on some very good points, some of which I will be incorporating in my routine.

meter readers of void
meter readers of void 2011-12-22 00:27:30 -0600 Report

that is good info.sherrie, me personaly I still haven't recovered from it.have a better shouldn't say understanding but greater respect for the forces that stress and adrinal glands can do to a person, it reminds me of a light that has to shine so bright till it burns out,needless to say the neuropathy and imflamation gets the best of one, I learned to call it noise pollution , perfectionist/ yea I've learned to hate that word and its great,my nerviuos system failed ——— best wishes to you in your challenges- I go to other rooms in here . tool box! it helps its not the right medicine but it helps

jnblair 2011-12-21 10:54:33 -0600 Report

Well I'm also at that point the day to day of pills and shots and can't eat this can't eat that. The how's this readindgs gonna be another stick. When will it end but i know that life is full of challenges and battles but when is enough.enough!!!

Caroltoo 2011-12-21 11:37:38 -0600 Report

Joe, I know Renee will have some good responses for you, but I'd like to chime in here too as a fellow type 2.

At first it does seem totally overwhelming, but, it's like learning to walk. At first it takes all of your focus and you fall on your butt a lot, then you get back up, dust yourself off and keep walking. In a while, it becomes second nature, and you don't have to think as much about it and off you run.

You will learn how to do what you need to do and LIVE with the situation, not just exist like you probably are now from one new choice to the next. Be encouraged. It does get better.

AuntieBear 2011-12-21 02:00:31 -0600 Report

The problem with diabetes, is there are so many things to get burned out over. Meds, testing, nutrition, checking for wounds that can turn into ulcers, making sure you do not run out of the many different supplies a diabetic needs, these are just some of the things that become monotonous to deal with. When I start to feel burn out of fell overwhelmed, I try to dissect my chronic illness to figure out if the problem is with one part of it or the whole thing and then I look for a coping mechanism that hopefully won't be a bad one. With diabetes, my biggest burnout is having to test my bgs twice a day. I hate poking my fingers! So every now and then, I have to take 2 or 3 days where I refuse to test. I keep my other stuff like meds going like the doctor says, I just take a few days vacation from my glucometer. Probably not the brightest or best coping mechanism, but it is the best I can come up with right now.

Caliafiosgram62 2011-09-01 17:48:43 -0500 Report

I sometimes get bummed out. But it's what I have to do. It's kind of funny the things I get excited about these days. For example when the cost of my sensors gets covered by the insurance. That means i get to use them for another three months. And another thing - if I really really want something sweet, I have it. My endo says that is better than going without and eating everything else possible and then finally eating what I want. So I treat myself occasionally and that helps. I've been dealing with Type 1 for almost 20 years and I'm still going. Of course then my husband and sons and their families would tell you that I'm just a very stubborn German. Hang in there

Nellie Belle
Nellie Belle 2011-09-01 15:36:47 -0500 Report

I am glad to know I am not the only one who gets tired of all this! I haven't completely found my way yet but I am trying…Was in the hospital in July my A1C was over 14 and now my pre-meal is about 103…good job! Tough job! I live alone and would rather snack tahn eat a meal but I have been cooking alot and going to the farmers market 2 times a week.. Every little bit helps..

Gemm 2011-09-01 10:00:18 -0500 Report

I'm glad this was featured today as I had missed it when it was begun. Burnout can be as much of a pain as having any chronic condition at times. I've only been diagnosed diabetic a little over a year but before that was considered a critical hypoglycemic (as well as several other chronic conditions). It was actually harder for me before as I was allowed absolutely no added sugar and had to become an avid label reader. It really surprised me how many things we never would have thought about have added sugar. Well, for me that meant going back to what I used to do years ago before getting used to using so many prepackaged stuff - cooking from scratch again. I had forgotten how much I really loved cooking and creating my own recipes. We never have to put up with bland foods as there are a myriad of seasonings and herbs to make even salt-free (for high blood pressure) and fat-free or low fat (cholesterol and diabetes and all for severe osteoarthritis) taste wonderful and we don't even miss the salt or fat. That was also before companies came out with many sugar-free products using some sweetener other than either aspartame or saccharin (I am allergic to both) and few recipes available for home baking/cooking. So I set out to devise some no sugar added baked goods and found that with just minor tweeking most of my old recipes were able to be converted to use Splenda and I'm sure they would also work with other sweeteners that can stand the heat as well - such as stevia - (I do want to try it since I've been reading so much here about it).

One thing my husband and I do (he's diabetic too) is when his disability check comes in each month we go to a favorite restaurant in another town close by next to a grocery store we like. We make it a lunch/shopping day and that day we can eat whatever we want from the buffet (the only buffet we allow ourselves on a regular basis). I still shy away from the desserts cause I've found from hard experience that any with a lot of sugar actually make me ill now since I've been without it for so many years. Instead I go to my old stand-by when eating out - fresh fruit which I love anyway and many times even at home a serving or 2 of some fresh fruit will also satisfy that old sweet tooth of mine. I just wish we had a better variety of what many call exotics where we live without having to travel any distance. I guess I got spoiled on that when I lived in SoCal back in the early 80s LOL

Burn out - doing something like that restaurant helps. Also doing anything that I really love to do but can rarely manage helps tremendously. Having a hobby helps to even keep from getting burned out for me as I can escape from the daily grind of having several chronic conditions (even though I can never escape the pain of OA) and focus instead on something I love doing. I actually have several projects going at any one time to work on depending on what mood I'm in and how badly I am hurting on any particular day. Occasionally burn-out just gets the better of me and I have found that just 1 day of saying 'f…k it all' and just doing absolutely nothing but stay in bed and watch TV helps me. Then I can get back to living daily with several chronic conditions. No matter what else I do I do NOT forget about my many meds or checking both my BG or my BP (I check it at least daily and more if it is running high)

HUGS to all and keep positive :) We could all be pushing up daisies. :) or as my husband says - The dirt is under our feet not over our heads :)

rscarder 2011-09-01 09:19:23 -0500 Report

Every once in awhile I get like that. For me it's because I put so much effort into watching my weight, monitoring my blood sugar, taking daily meds, (I have type II), but the four mile walks I do every morning, four miles in 55 min., help with that depressed feeling. There's also the results I get from my lab work that boost my moral. Today, I saw my Dr. and the result of my A1c test was 5.5 and my fasting blood sugar level was 97mg/dl . that kind of makes all the effort worth it.

margokittycat 2011-08-31 22:56:19 -0500 Report

We all get burned out trust me. The more you do it the more it wears you down, but as sheriden said lean on your lord. He is there for you and to help you just talk to him and tell him what your feeling and ask him to help you. Finding something you love to do and can do when ever you feel like that is a good way to take your mind off of how you feel. And we are always here to lean on your friends in the DC. God Bless you

sheriden 2011-08-25 15:06:19 -0500 Report

I get way burned out also I cope by leaning on my Lord I do mess up to much and pay for it. When depressed it is way worse I just don't care at that time but try and keep my self in line any way. It is hard but find something to take your mind off of it a project you can return to when you start getting burned out. Reward your self when you do well and get through that spell. May God bless you and yours.

Jan8 2011-08-25 14:06:38 -0500 Report

I cannot cheat at all. If I do slip or even if I don't my glucose is all over the map and I suffer with peripheral neuropathy as well. It just is not even worth going out for 1/2 an hour. The docs are doing their best but i don't have a life. i use the computer,read,clean my house,i have 2 dogs and 2 cats and they are a blessing and a curse. My doc told me that's just the way my body is. I have many weird autoimmune diseases and I thank God for the good fortune to pay for my myriad of drugs. i do know when i am depressed i feel as though my life revolves around pills,every2 hour testing glucose,and giving myself multiple injections. however when I am not depressed, I just am able to take everything at stride. i am considering stem cell therapy but need to learn more about it and where I can get it. I would rather use my own stem cells.

nana156 2011-08-25 12:32:17 -0500 Report

I feel ya MadManBro. I have had type 2 since 1996 and still have issues with the corn on the cob, my favorite. As far as your bacon Cheeseburger without the bun use lettuce as your bun. It is not so bad. Another thing are wraps. I love Chicken Bacon Wraps, but I have them leave the Ranch Dressing off. It is bothersome but we are still breathing. I am still having to loose weight, but I do that like a yoyo, up and down lol. Hang in there you will get use to it.

MadManBro 2011-08-25 10:37:02 -0500 Report

Falling off the wagon is a depressing development for me. I have several other issues to deal with so my Diabetes diagnosis almost gave me a hobby instead of a conditon. I must check my blood at least twice every day and I must be aware of the readings, and what I hope they will be is directly affected by the choices I make during the day.
So I should know better than to eat a glazed donut, french fries, corn on the cob etc. All the things that I used to be so carefree about. I am still so new to this as a lifestyle and I feel good about the way I responded to the news and my numbers since I was diagnosed have all been within the recommended limits. That's largely due to having places like this and a couple of friends who don't have diabetes but are incredibly supportive and who have also gone out of their way to become educated about my type 2 condition. As a result, when I do fall off the wagon and have that glazed donut or that ear of corn complete with all the salt and butter that makes it taste so damn good, I do something else to diminish the impact. I don't feel guilty that way because I am still in control. There are foods that are known to slow the absorption of sugars and converting sugars. It's a lot like taking the antidote with the poison.
Now I may not know what I am talking about so I don't encourage anyone to eat a hunk of german chocolate cake and then follow it with two tablespoons of peanut butter on whole grain toast and think that they can do this every day or anything.
But since I am not going to live forever, between now and the other side of 100 years old I still intend to enjoy whatever I can chew. I also intend to keep all of my toes and my eyesight. The thought of losing anything keeps the depression from getting the upper hand.
Good people around me, educated people and not the kind who think it's all about sugar and nothing else, these people who still treat me as they did before I got diagnosed are my best allies. I don't want anyone to change their menu just because I am joining them for dinner. I will will eat what I can and quite likely a lot of it is going to be the same as what everyone else is having just in different portions perhaps. I can have french fries, just far, far fewer than before and I am OK with that, I can have that bacon cheeseburger without the bun and the lettuce, tomato and onions on the side in double or even triple the amounts and call it a salad.
All this and a lot of laughter with my friends helps beat back the D.
As I learn more both here and on my own I will minimize the effects that Diabetes has on me physically. I have already beaten it back mentally for now.

calayx 2015-04-06 16:28:32 -0500 Report

I love your comment that Diabetes is turning out to be a hobby and not a condition. I needed to read something like that today.

dubyadd 2011-08-25 03:25:23 -0500 Report

well sometimes you just have to cross the Rubicon and do what you want. I like pizza. With lots of cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms WITH anchovies on the side ( these guys are actually good for you as they are high in Omega 3). Luckily for me I like the thin crust. I do this once every 4-6 weeks. I am D2 for 11 years and one thing I have learned from every doctor I have seen. No matter what you do, no matter how strict your diet and how much you exercise, or how healthy your life style, your diabetes will always get worse!
So once you accept this, you do what you can to keep things under control, without going to extremes. I am sure if I ate only veggies like celery and broccoli every day I could lower my blood sugar and reduce my meds, but how long can I just eat veggies? So to keep me for getting a pizza every week, I do some things that seem to at least in part satisfy me.
I also like sweets, there were always cookies, cakes, and donuts around when I was growing up. My grandmother made the best cherry pie, of course there were 4-5 cups of sugar in the cherries and lots of butter in the crust. So I offset my sweet tooth with sugar free candy, all different kinds, sugar free gum satisfies the chewing need as does turkey and beef jerky, this stuff is almost all protein and takes a long time to chew. And lastly I have fallen in love with Dr Adkins Advantage nutrition bars. They are high in fiber and protein, low in carbs , sugar and calories. They have a dozen different kinds and cost about a buck a bar. They are not like a snickers or milky way in being all sugar and gooey and chewy, but they are surprisingly good and very satisfying.
As for exercise, I have not found any that don't bore me in just a short time. Maybe I'm just not motivated enough. But I do enjoy having sex…soooo, I or should I say we have found a number of positions that are physically demanding and run the heart rate up for long enough to qualify for aerobic exercise, not the normal 5 minutes in bed then roll over and go to sleep. Having exercise sex 4-6 times a week is not like running a 10k but its certainly better too me! Give it a try, if you don't have a partner, find one, Ill leave it you to find the physically hard positions!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-08-25 02:54:35 -0500 Report

I sleep alot. I am always burnt out & I am just beginning to learn how to take care of myself.

nana156 2011-08-25 12:34:37 -0500 Report

have you checked with your doctor. You may be having spikes. When I was I would sleep even at work sitting up. check with your doctor.

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2011-08-24 19:51:45 -0500 Report

Burnout is hard, but you have to keep the faith girlfriend. When I'm exhausted I try to get a few moments by myself a quick pryer really helps me asking for strength , and endurance a short brisk walk helps me not to feel sooo very worn out if only for a few min, not giving into my feelings, to feel blaugh,dishearted, to know their are friends old new willing to listen help

stilllearning 2011-08-25 07:45:36 -0500 Report

Was in the hospital last week for one of my other conditions but when bg#s were consistently too high had a dietician give me 2 one-on-one sessions and taught me a lot about the mistakes I was making in controlling my sugar. Had burnout for years and didn't take care of myslef at all correctly. It always seemed like my other health problems took precedence and sugar was last on the list. But when A1C came back at 9.3 late last year it scared me back into action. A1C is now at 7.4. but have to start insulin anyway as oral meds are not enough anymore. They say it comes with the territory of getting older. (I'm only 49 by the way.) I know I have a long way to go and must learn to manage all my conditions with the concern they deserve without letting one take over the other.

nana156 2011-08-25 12:38:27 -0500 Report

I have the same issues. I do believe that I have gotten thru the burn out though. I do take a power nap during my afternoon break at work, even if I do just rest and not fully sleep. I also use a fruit as my afternoon snack because of the carbs they contain. Extra engery is very needed. You hang in there stillearning, I will add you to my prayer list.

RAINDANCER1950 2011-08-24 18:53:55 -0500 Report


Paula Higgins
Paula Higgins 2011-08-24 21:30:16 -0500 Report

I love this idea for everyone. Life is too short and this disease is a beast to live with so you gotta treat yourself once in a while. I would like to make you my friend to.

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-07 06:49:01 -0500 Report

Im in counseling. It helps to have someone to listen with no judgements if I whine for a few minutes or even cry and scream. I also pray alot and try to remember there are others who have worse things to deal with that are more than just inconvenient. My kids help me through those moments when I feel like giving up by just loving me and making sure I know that they want me around for a while longer.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2011-07-27 15:50:50 -0500 Report

well I have learned that you can't really avoid it, so you might as well expect it every once in a while. And something that I had to learn was that we aren't going to be perfect all of the time. So we fall off the band wagon every once in a while… it happens. We will all realize that we feel so much better if we are taking care of our diabetes so at that point we jump back on the wagon and keep moving along, doing the best we can.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-07-26 22:15:20 -0500 Report

HI dietcherry,

How you doing? It has been awhile.

This is a great idea for a discussion. I think one of the keys is to be a part of a supportive community, where other people understand what you're going through and can share the burden with you.

I hope you are having a good week,


roshy 2011-12-20 21:56:36 -0600 Report

My question is who do you approach when you feel youve reached burn out?? family members and friends are sometimes a no no when you feel they have too much on their plate or theres the aspect you dont want them to worry about you.
A gp might prescribe you anti depressants which dont really takle the cause of the problem.

is a nurse really equipped to deal with burnout? or an endo? or are you better of speaking to a counsellor ?

any takers??

Caroltoo 2011-12-21 00:31:36 -0600 Report

Burnout is a psychological condition caused, in this case, by a stressor that is medical in nature. If you are looking for a specificially diabetes related solution to the D, I'd do an endo. If you really want to deal with the psycological condition of burnout, I'd go to a therapist who could teach you relaxation, additional/different coping skills, give you a safe place to vent your frustration, and some cues to how to prioriitize and plan for the future.

If, as diet cherry suggested, you could find someone trained to deal with psychological conditions and in dealing with chronic medical conditions, that would be ideal. That person is most likely in one of your major hospitals in a fairly large city.

roshy 2011-12-21 10:45:56 -0600 Report

To be honest, from past experiences, the last person i would go to deal with the psychological aspects of idabetes would be an endo. from my understanding, all he wasnts to deal with is numbers, numbers a1cs and more numbers and any pain meds i may need to help with neuropathy etc. im only 23 and i find dealing with these aspects fairly hard sometimes!!! i wich there was more specialised counsellors and you could see one like you could see a dietition and not have to go privatly and pas a fortune!!

Caroltoo 2011-12-21 11:06:56 -0600 Report

Most therapists are trained to deal with burnout, Roshy. That is my training, so I really am speaking from experience. What they would look at is your total stress load, what you are dealing with well and where you need some help. Then they would look at some new coping techniques to see if that would improve your coping in the areas where you need help. Also, as you talk about this with them, you will find your stress decreases.

Part of the process will probably be to step back from your focus on how frustrating diabetes is and look to ways of helping you cope better with ALL stress and finding the parallels between the areas. It's a perspective taught by Watzlawick which is called Second Generation change. I'd guess there are really lots of stressors in your life as you are a young woman in college, planning for a career, planning you life (where ever you want it to go), trying to figure out your finances, trying to deal with your endo, having relationships, getting your degree, and having diabetes. It's no wonder you are stressed out; that is a lot to deal with!

To use an analogy, Diabetes may have been the one to make the teapot of stress boil, but the teapot was pretty full to begin with!

If this is the kind of stuff you want to work on, your endo is definitely NOT the person to go to. Does your college have a medical center which might refer you to a counselor or counseling psychologist?

roshy 2011-12-22 14:40:49 -0600 Report

there is a counsellor in the college in which i had to go to 2 years ago!! this was the mother of all burnouts!! i came out of hospital with a dka and could not cope!!!at all!! im happy to say now im a bit more mature and can deal with diabetes alot easier. i feel like i can cope and have the majority of all aspects of my life under control!! but at the time i really didnt know who to turn to or what step to take !
in the future i will make sure i turn to a professional before the shit hits the fan!!! ( sorry for the term but thats the best way i can explain it) thanks for your reply! can i ask wha ttraining did you undertake to become a therapist? is it a psychologist or a counsellor degree you have?

Caroltoo 2011-12-22 15:49:12 -0600 Report

Roshy: I did a two year masters program at Azusa Pacific University that led to an MFCC degree (Masters in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling). That's a degree that was available in California in the 1980s. Now it has become an MFT (Marriage, Family Therapist) degree. My bachelors is in mathematics and history at the University of California, followed by a one year degree leading to a California Lifetime Teaching Certificate for Jr. High through Jr. College. My husband is the Counseling Psychologist in the family.

roshy 2011-12-23 06:11:26 -0600 Report

i see! very nice!!! you achieved all that whilst having diabetes?? thats fantastic!!!

Caroltoo 2011-12-23 13:13:17 -0600 Report

Oh, diabetes is only part of the issue. I grew up in a loving but financially impoverished home, went to university on scholarships and grants, married, had a child, found I was in a domestic violence situation so I arranged for him to move out, went back to school for my masters, remarried, spent 10 years doing a private sex abuse practice, then 20 years working with non-profit organizations (lots of parenting programs, high risk adolescents, then as administrator in Hawaii's largest human services n-p), and am now caring for my husband of 30 years who is dying of Alzheimer's.

Diabetes was identified almost 10 years ago while I was in Canada doing a peer review on a large non-profit in Edmonton for COA, an organization which monitors and standardizes the rules and regs in our larger mental health organizations here in the U.S. and around the world. Once I got over my initial anger at having the disease, I've never accepted that it has to stop me from doing anything that I want to do, except maybe eating a pastry every morning for breakfast. But that's the kind of loss I can live better for losing! The important things haven't been derailed. My husband just laughs when I say something like this and comments that I'm too determined (read: stubborn) to let something like a disease get between me and what I want to accomplish.

Get control of your diabetes, Roshy, and the your potential is the only limit you have to deal with. Good luck to you!

Copperchef 2011-07-26 08:10:35 -0500 Report

Ok, this may seem a bit over the top, but I track my daily progress by using an excel spread sheet and then graphing the results in color and using a column type graph. When I get the burnout feeling, I take time to upload the spreadsheet and graph to look at my constant activity. It helps me to refocus by visibly showing me my overall results of my efforts. I find this reaffirming for my efforts and it helps me to stay focused.
It also has an added benefit of being able to show my doctor. He has even commented that he found more beneficial than just reviewing what is on my meter.

pattroyka58 2011-08-24 16:40:01 -0500 Report

Really sounds like an excellent idea. I recently was complaining about getting tired of taking meds, and 2 weeks ago my doctor prescribed yet another pill…but when I saw what it did to my BG, I was GLAD they gave me another pill!

digitaldoorbell 2011-07-24 20:41:32 -0500 Report

I have only been diagnosed one year and fortunately, by eating carefully, I don't take meds and I try to walk and exercise several times a week. I have to admit, burnout has hit me. Bland food all the time; feeling uncomfortable at company birthday parties when people insist that you eat something (I don't) and making the necessary changes to control this disease.

I understand perfectly others who have to deal with a lot more than I do. There are other conditions that aren't treatable, so I guess we do have to be grateful that if we take care of ourselves we can (hopefully) control diabetes.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-07-24 17:56:14 -0500 Report

When I get really down in the dumps about diabetes, I know it's time to plan something fun, reach out to some one or go shopping! Takes my mind off things for awhile. Like some of the others said, I also remind myself that counting carbs isn't as bad as having to go to chemo or something. Hope you are feeling better about things soon.

dietcherry 2011-07-25 09:01:04 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding! I started this Discussion for a new member to DC Ive become friends with whos had D for a couple of years and has hit burnout! Any hepful tips would benefit him!!!

MoeGig 2011-07-24 09:13:08 -0500 Report

I just look around to see what's happening to other people. My wife and I have lost a number of close friends to cancer—breast cancer, pancreatic, liver, lymphoma, prostate, etc. And some of these people are our age and younger. (We're in our 60's—that's an old picture)…6months. But seriously, Diabetes is easier to have and manage than almost anything else. Think of facing the prospect of going in for Chemo for the umpteenth time knowing this is definitely not going to end well. After all this time, I'm almost glad I have this disease…it has forced me to live a life more on the straight and narrow then where I was headed in my teens when I got it…(when I was pretty stupid).

jeffrey9127 2011-07-24 08:05:57 -0500 Report

I feel bad for myself for about a hour, and then I realize all the benefits of taking care of my Diabetes, and get on with life. We have no choice but to take care of ourselves. Feeling down or not, no one else will take care of us.

camerashy 2011-07-23 20:34:35 -0500 Report

I quit my meds for a while and ate what I wanted. When Mom found out, she got really upset, because that's what her father had done, and what killed him. So I'm back on meds, and had to add insulin, and I just go and do it. I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired . . .

alanbossman 2011-07-23 19:43:33 -0500 Report

I my get bummed out like Ray but my grandchildren keep me going.

ostler.dee 2011-08-25 16:21:52 -0500 Report

I had my grandkids now they are in texas And my heart is broken. I have a grandson here but I don't get see him because of my and kyler's mom and my son doesn't fight with her. I love my grandkids and with my health problem . I have lots of health problems but,I should be able to see them. It so wrong.

alanbossman 2011-08-25 22:30:52 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear that you don't get to see your grandkids. i would be heartbroken if could not see my grandkids. And yes you should be able to see your grandkids. i will pray for you so that one day you will see your grandkids.

RAYT721 2011-07-23 19:33:31 -0500 Report

I get bummed out but never (yet) burned out. I do what I have to do. I smile a lot and realize that I could have a chronic condition far worse than diabetes.