Today is my birthday!!!!!!!!!

By Rhondahue Latest Reply 2011-12-09 11:49:39 -0600
Started 2011-12-05 15:57:55 -0600

I should be joyous at living (surviving) another year, right?
Well, I am (sort of) but this is the BIG 65?
I just moved into a senior housing complex where I'm one of the youngest residents. And it's the holiday season.
Plus, we just had a snowfall over the weekend that was a bit bigger than expected. All reasons for depression and snacking on peanut butter M&M's.
I know in my head that I will make it through this time ok, but my intestines are arguing with me (that might be the M&M's talking) and I'm feeling shaky (too much sugar?) and scared. What to do? How do I combat this without my numbers rising too high?

20 replies

lifedriver 2011-12-08 13:34:04 -0600 Report

Happy Birthday to you…65 no old unless you want to feel that way. Try eating more fruit like prunes full of fiber that may help with your intestinal problem.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-06 18:09:47 -0600 Report

Happy Birthday to You!!!!. Would sing it as Marilyn Monroe but I don't want you to have to put in ear plugs. Ok enough of the M&M's. Switch to some protein. However, today is your day you deserve your treat. Don't fret about being in senior housing. You will meet and make new friends, probably learn a new craft, take trips and have a ball. I worked in a senior building and they were out of control. They always had something fun going on. Go back to eating right tomorrow ((((((hugs)))))))

dietcherry 2011-12-06 15:01:58 -0600 Report


Please dont eat anymore M&Ms! Im sorry you are feeling depressed—this time of year just brings it on for lots of people. I decorated my house yesterday and it really helped get me in the holiday spirit! Just come and hang out with us when you get down—we'll snap you out of it in no time! Lots of Love to you!!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-12-06 14:44:20 -0600 Report

Rhonda: Today is today, forget the numbers today, start fresh tomorrow. Now I don't mean keep eating peanutbutter M&M, but don't beat yourself up. Next and most important 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU" HAPPY 65!!! I know you just moved into a senior housing complex, but I've been in
Assisted Living for 4 years and a nursing home before that for 3 and I was only 52. So I know exactly how you feel. You will make friends, don't under-estamate the elderly, they can be a kick. And you do have "us" when you just need to talk or vent. Speaking of which, WELCOME TO DC (diabetic connect). I've spent many birthdays alone and other Holidays too. They combine my birthday with Valentine Party because that's my birthday. I'm quite happy in Assisited Living. I couldn't live alone. Anytime you want to vent or just talk about it, post me, I'm always here…(((((HUGS))))) Valentine Lady

flipmom 2011-12-06 13:46:43 -0600 Report

just wanted to say HAPPY BDAY!!! and u are not alone.. i too have m&m's cravings but i learned that the m&m'n peanut is a better choice when its safe to indulge a little…

Poppop1961 2011-12-05 18:05:47 -0600 Report

Happy Birthday Rhonda and Welcome to DC. There are some good idea's from others to make friends while you are there. Maybe you can help with activeties there.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-05 17:40:09 -0600 Report

Hello, welcome to DC!! Happy Birthday!
I'm sorry you are bummed out. But can it be a new adventure? I don't presume to know your whole situation, but can you make some new friends? If it were me (but I'm crazy like this) I would be running around hollering, It's My Birthday!!! Let's Party!! Or something crazy like that. Just to get people talking to you and having some laughs. Acting out always makes me feel good. I do it every chance I get at work! It makes me and my patients laugh and just gets that good vibe going!

What ever you decide, I hope it gets better for you. Please don't be sad, make this an adventure for you. Good Luck! Let us know how you do.
God Bless, Mickey

jayabee52 2011-12-05 17:21:51 -0600 Report

Howdy Rhonda!

WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! (sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little" family)

(to the tune of The Beach boys "Help me Rhonda") "Hap-py birthday Hap, Happy birthday Hap-py birthday Hap, Happy birthday! Happy birthday to YOU! Many more returns!" (or do you hate that song? — if so. sorry)

I would commend Carol's suggestion to you as it would be a win/win for everyone involved. And please also listen to PC's suggestion too and enjoy yourself today. You got a little down and messed up a bit. But enjoy yourself anyway. Tomorrow is a new day. Just don't wallow in it and allow it to pull you into denial or burnout. You CAN manage your diabetes and manage it well when you put your mind to it. Even in the senior housing complex.

As far as your numbers rising, it is probably already too late for today, just don't add to it by telling yourself "Well I've blown it today — there's no use trying to control my Blood Glucose (BG) numbers today." Try to stay where your numbers are now, and take your meds, and start over from fresh tomorrow.

Birthday Blessings to you and yours!


Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-07 06:03:20 -0600 Report

Nice job James and you're right no reason to dwell on today's mistakes we should plan for tomorrow! I am so happy I found this website it truly is a godsend. You are all so awesome!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-05 17:40:29 -0600 Report

You sing so good!! LOL :)

Set apart
Set apart 2011-12-07 06:01:17 -0600 Report

I don't sing but Happy Birthday! So you had a treat you deserve it tomorrow will be a new day stay low with carbs and have some lean protein. Cold days with snow I love quinoa with low sodium chicken broth, add some chicken a few spices and onions if you like them. Ta dum you've got some great chicken soup! stay warm and celebrate life with your new friends. I am 48 and work with A PT that is 72 I swear she puts me to shame high energy and so full of life. So enjoy life and your new friends. Celebrate, I love candles and native American flute music. Find your passion other than food! Hugs to you!

Young1s 2011-12-05 16:14:10 -0600 Report

Happy Birthday to you, Rhondahue. I want you to try not to stress out about all of that stuff too much. These things may seem big right now but I'm sure things will work themselves out in the end. IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY! Go out and have some fun, or stay in and relax, but do something. Today is Your day, so make it all about you and what you want to do.

Caroltoo 2011-12-05 16:04:23 -0600 Report

Happy Birthday, Rhonda!
As one of the youngest in the Senior Housing, maybe you could team up with the housing unit's social worker or some other younger residents and do something special for the older members. It would keep you busy (less snacking) and help you make friends (probably helping to relieve your depression) while making someone else happier.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-05 17:36:21 -0600 Report

This is exactly what I was thinking. I would be running around telling everyone it's my birthday and getting everyone riled up!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!