Do You ever get Diabetes Overload or Burnout??

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-08-27 23:27:03 -0500
Started 2011-08-12 18:01:19 -0500

No doubt about it, living with diabetes is challenging and we can all become overwhelmed by everything that comes with it. Burnout means being totally exhausted by all the physical or emotional stresses. Many days we all get highly frusterated with testing several times a day the blood glucose or having to make all the right food choices to eat. Sometimes, this burnout or overload comes when you least expect it.
We need to reach out for support from family and friends…this is essential in my book. It helps me to put things into perspective and get back on track quickly, after all, diabetes never takes a day off from its march. If we try to bottle the stress up or even deny it, situations can get even worse.

Diabetes is something we all have to live with everyday, not once in a while and how we live with it and care for ourselves makes all the difference in the world. How do you handle the overload of this disease or do you keep the negative things bottled up?

23 replies

lorene1212 2011-08-27 23:27:03 -0500 Report

I have been overloaded for about 7 months now! Going through other things as well. MewElla, your amazing for me and have been very nice I appreciate you and all the other friends I have met here. I am still very very tired a lot. Going to the doctors last week and knowing I have all these appts. to go to have stirred me up a bit, I must admit. My BS however have been good for the first time in two years so very pleased about that. Overloaded because having issues that not only affect memory, as well as balance, bumping into things falling and ect… Now a whole bunch of tests are going to be done. Already have a couple appts made just waiting for the calls on all the other ones. MewElla I loved when you told me you go to department stores and walk around just to get exercise in an air conditioned environment. I see a counselor every week sometimes I do miss but have been seeing her for three or so years now and enjoy every session with her. Talk to her trust her and share so many things with her. She has been a very big help for me.
I do have problems eating at the times I should still like when I first wake up I should have something for breakfast, sometimes I do not. I put it off till 2pm so I am working on that. My sleeping a lot affects dinner time cause Usually I nap about 4-5pm which sets me back but I cant help it , when I get tired , I get dizzy, and out of it. I have no choice but to lie down sometimes because of stomach problems or diahrea.
I am really trying thou, and yes burnout was what I was for the last 7 months and now trying to pick myself up out of it.

Hugs MewElla!


flipmom 2011-08-25 12:35:29 -0500 Report

been overloaded for the fast weeks where work is hectic and not be able to eat on the schedule and not be able to test when im in the middle of working… sometimes i would just start to jitter so i would drop everything and says i gotto eat!!! they would just look at me cuz they dont understand it!! frustrating!!

smcowles 2011-08-25 11:32:20 -0500 Report

I am a newbie in this diabetic world and I agree 100%. I found myself seething in the grocery store. I ended up very upset that day but when my husband came home from work he told me of a dear friend of ours who just found out he has lung, liver, kidney & bone cancer. The doctors say they can do nothing for him due to the extent of damage and gave him 3 months to live. I found myself feeling quite foolish for being so upset about having to change my diet, seems trivial in comparrison to our friend.
The moral of this story is: No matter how bad things seem there is always someone out there in worse shape so be thankful you are not in their shoes and pray for those who are.

MrsCDogg 2011-08-15 05:40:35 -0500 Report

I definitely have my "moments". I have a family who loves me and some days they are the only reason I even get up in the morning. I don't get to see my grandkids as much as I would like to. I have to remind "me" that if I wasn't around they would never ever get to know their granny. There are times when I have to have a little talk with myself about how I am acting. Sort of "talking to myself man to man". I give myself a good talking to and snap out of it!!

Marytea 2011-08-14 09:28:03 -0500 Report

I definitely have my moments of mini crash and burn. I just focus on how great I feel now and try to stay positive. I run a food pantry for my church which keeps my focus off myself and on others. If you can, volunteer somewhere. You will find purpose and community.

CaliKo 2011-08-13 22:48:36 -0500 Report

Maybe a little burnout. Sometimes the other parts of my life take center stage and I don't have the time and energy to do what I should to take care of myself. I tell myself it's temporary, and get back to doing the things I should to keep my health in a good place. It's hard, this day after day after day…

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-13 21:50:42 -0500 Report

HI MewElla,

This is a great idea for a discusssion. It's really important to have a lot of emotional support when you are coping with a chronic illness. Support is power! And nobody understands better than people who are dealing with the same condition.

Other ways to avoid burnout include:

Having a spiritual connection, through religious groups or spiritual practices,.

Staying educated and compliant, knowing that you are doing the best that is possble to care for yourself.

Knowing how to relax, having activities that you enjoy, is a great stress release. Relaxation techniques like medication.

And of course, being a part of Diabetic Connect!

Take care,


1lady4 2011-08-13 06:38:57 -0500 Report

I have Type 1 Diabetes & checking my blood sugar & taking insulin & counting carbs drive me crazy I hate being on a diet

AuntieBear 2011-08-13 04:29:15 -0500 Report

I am trying to figure out why I even keep trying anymore. My numbers have been out of control since early February. While I am finally keeping them below 175, I CAN"T get them down to where they belong (less than 130). To make matters worse, I have another leg wound that has developed cellulitis. I keep trying to eat right and do everything my doctor says for me to do, but it is just not working very well. Sometimes I just get so tired of all this diabetes crap and here lately I am so tired I am exhausted.

Dawnsie 2011-08-17 11:21:55 -0500 Report

I can TOTALLY relate. I am just completely fed up with this!! I have had T1 diabetes for 34 yrs and just turned 40. In the past 5 years I got married, got divorced (due to being sick and "not being able to handle a family") had pancreatitis and ended up in the hospital 6 x in 8 months and when they wanted to send me to a university hospital out of state( lived in KY) my "loving" husband chose to stay home. so I got divorced and came back to Boston. I ended up gettin my gall bladder taken out and that seems to have solved that problem. I broke all three bones in my ankle in November and due to nueropathy, walked on it for a week before realizing it was broken and not twisted or sprained, and now 4 surgeries later and a fused ankle to add to my Rheumatiod arthris and Diabetes, have been put on disabilty. I just started on a CBGM and am hoping to get on the pump to eliminate alot of the gruelling work that comes with this disease. I have been wheelchair bound and non weight bearing status forever and hopefully on Tuesday they will tell me if I can ever walk again!!

So ya… I can relate. Hang in there though… It does get better and "whatever doesn't kill ya will make ya stronger" and "God never puts it to you unless he can pull you through it" All great sayings that have been preached to me for years! I certainly hope they are true!!

Thanks for sharing…I know I am not the only one else out there feeling that this is all not worth it!!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-27 20:11:13 -0500 Report

Hi Dawnsie,

I read the first paragraph of your reply wth sadness. I am so sorry you have faced so many physical and emotional challenges in your young life. You have reallly been through a lot. But in the second paragraph, I also read the words of an empowered, strong woman.

You said that you came back to Boston. Do you have the support of family and/or friends? I hope so!

I was also wondering if you were receiving any kind of counseling, or if you had considered i. You are dealing with so much, and talking to someone who can help you to sort out the emotional issues that arise could be a big help. Just an idea.

I hope that you will stay in touch with your friends here on Diabetic Connect.

Take care!


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-08-13 21:54:54 -0500 Report

Hi AuntieBear, so sorry that you are dealing with all of this. I can see why you would be feeling frustrated. I hope you will hang in there. Have you let your doctor know what's going on? Keep us posted!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-08-13 19:31:15 -0500 Report

So sorry you re having to deal with cellulites. Been there last year. Like James said, Keep trying, if you don't it could get worse. Your numbers could be being affected by the cellulites. It took awhile for me to get things under control when I had open wounds. I will join James and others in praying for you.

jayabee52 2011-08-13 04:46:07 -0500 Report

But if you don't keep trying Kara, it will only get worse. If you keep trying you may be frustrated for a while but then something will "click" for you and all of a sudden everything will be going the way you would like it to. It still won't necessarily be easy, but it won't be such a soul-sucking struggle.

At least that was the way it happened with me.

Keep trying Kara!

Praying God's richest blessings be showered on you and yours.


robertoj 2011-08-13 03:21:34 -0500 Report

I really have not had a burnout issue. I have accepted my diabetes right from the start. I track my BG numbers, my meds and my walking. I also have a pain log. I have developed a rigorous routine that has become second nature. My BG seldom spikes and when it doesit does not bother me. I have had good numbers the few times that I have been bad. I just breathe a sigh of relief (lol) and get back on track. Besides I finally found a good doctor and it only took 40 years lol:)

AuntieM234 2011-08-13 02:49:35 -0500 Report

I'm pleased you posted this discussion, Mary, as it is IMO extremely important to have a good support system in this and other parts of our struggle with DM.

I'm sure all of us have both good days and bad, but I don't think what I feel from time to time is burnout. I have two daughters: one just turned 40 and the other will turn 50 on Jan 1. They have always made my health their business. We are all best friends and know each other extremely well. There is no way I would ever be able to bottle anything up inside and keep it from them. They read me like a book. I receive excellent support from them. We are proud of the fact that we always have each others' backs. I am THAT fortunate. That being said …

Still I am grateful for DC and I treasure my friendships here. I have learned and grown from my associations here. You all provide a great peer support group to assist in our efforts to battle our various ailments. It is great to be able to bounce things off others who know exactly what we're talking about, as they've walked in the same shoes. I cherish my friendships here and on other Connect sites. ;-) Mara

camerashy 2011-08-12 22:15:37 -0500 Report

Burn-out? Sure. Don't want to get out of bed, because that means another check, and another shot. A few weeks ago I wanted to jump in a hole and pull it in after me. I get depressed, and that makes my diabetes uncontrollable. Then because it's out of control, I get depressed. I'm on a merry-go-round and can't get off!

nanaellen 2011-08-13 15:17:22 -0500 Report

I'm so on that merry-go-round with you!! Forcing myself to get out of bed or worse get out of the house!! I totally feel ya on that one!!!!

George1947 2011-08-12 20:16:57 -0500 Report

I did a bit of that early in my diagnosis, but I'm sticking to my routine these days… I'm dealing with too many other things to let any of them to get out of control.

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