Diabetes Burnout

By Goddess Latest Reply 2009-02-05 11:00:08 -0600
Started 2008-11-11 05:15:23 -0600

I have it and can't come out of it no matter what I try. Hopefully ya can help me. I don't care about it anymore.

37 replies

Goddess 2009-02-05 09:20:18 -0600 Report

I think this hapens more in winter than any other time. hat do ya think?

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-05 10:50:53 -0600 Report

that is probably true for a lot of people. i myself have trouble staying away from sweets, espically when i am in a high stress situation, or have been in that situation for a long time!

roger 2009-02-05 10:55:58 -0600 Report

hit that spot in nov still trying to get out lots to stress abuot sence nov just get back on track . its hard think it is getting better but no start over with something new on top of the first .trying hard what gets you back on track help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-05 11:00:08 -0600 Report

i found out that i don't get to far down the wrong road, when i talk with my friends here and share each others burdens, friends here are quick to pray for you. also they give advice softly! which is a real gift!

Goddess 2008-12-16 09:05:25 -0600 Report

I have overcome my burnout. I'm back to being myself.

BeckyJ 2008-12-16 09:33:10 -0600 Report

Congrats on coming out of your funk. I hadn't seen this discussion when it first came up or I would have let you know that I was experiencing the same type of "burnout". I can't seem to get my bg's under control and I know that that is a major factor. I've also been having some problems with my bi-polar which I know you struggle with as well. After listening to the advice of friends, most on this website and some outside, I finally agreed to see my psychiatrist about a med change. Good luck on keeping positive and I hope you have a happy holiday season.

Goddess 2008-11-25 14:16:13 -0600 Report

After having it this long and never under control no matter what I do. I just say the hell with it and order a pizza.

caspersmama 2008-12-01 11:46:13 -0600 Report

There is no reason you cannot have pizza being a diabetic. I have 2 slices of veggie pizza and a large salad. Never have a problem. If I make it at home I use a whole wheat thin crust and lots of veggies. sundried tomotoes, mushrooms, green pepper, onions, squash, sometimes black olives. I have also used artichoke hearts and feta instead of the tomato sauce. Yoiu can have almost anything but limit your portions and make smart choices. I have baked potatoes but instead of all the crap on it, I put salsa or chili or broccoli and cheese. If you cut out all the things that you like and do not have them in moderation, you will eat the contents of the refrigerator one day and really have a problem. Hope some of that helped.
It is MOnday Dec 1 and I just had 5 buffalo wings and a salad for lunch. And I know I will be fine. Before lunch my b/s was 113 after I had a 1/2 peanut butter sandwich and milk for breakfast. So some my not be able to eat what I eat but I know what to have and what is bad. And most of the time I am in range and remember this is all without insulin now.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-19 06:37:57 -0600 Report

I truly am worried about you. How long have you been suffering from this burnout? Have you spoken with your doctor about it? Are you getting some type counseling? I know it's so very hard to continue the routine day after day, but when you give up on things just become that proverbial ld "vicious circle". Your body gets all out of whack, which only adds to your depression, which then causes more imbalance in the body. Once the cycle is broken, you should begin to look at things differently, but you seem to need professional help at this point, if you're not already getting it. Just remember how much better you can feel, physicallly and mentally, when you're doing the things you need to do. I will be "alone" during the holidays too. My family is spread out everywhere. But I have my faith and my friends and my church and volunteer involvement to help keep me going. Do you go to church? Have you considered volunteer work? Helping others is one of the greatest ways to get some perspective on your own life. Things can be worse, and we sometimes forget that and fail to see how blessed we are when it gets right down to it. Volunteering is a real blessing to me. I'm praying for you. I'm going to keep watching to see if you begin to do better. Hugs & prayers. Diane

BethP 2008-11-22 00:13:49 -0600 Report


You nailed it! I have been in a very sad place lately. Coming up on 6 months since my Mom passed away..and this will be the first Thanksgiving without her. I have set aside time to talk with a counselor and went to a group. I sat down and started crying before we even began! Part of that is one of the facilitators was a really good friend of my Mom's. Anyway, I am glad I went. I have been much more productive since the group. And am still making at least a call a day to someone. Getting out of my own head has done wonders! I am also planning to volunteer at a shelter. That is a sobering experience…and will give me the kick I need to get out of my sad mood. I have so much to be grateful for, and its ok to miss my Mom. But I know she wants me to take care of myself and make my life work!
Pardon the long response…just got on a roll.
Keep your chin up Misery…you are loved by so many here. Would it help to plan a phone call to someone, the next best thing to being in person..Just a thought..


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-22 06:43:44 -0600 Report

Beth, it's so good to know that you recognized the need and the value of seeking professional help. Especially because of the loss of your mom. My mom died just before Christmas a number of years ago, and my dad is gone too. My remaining family is spread out, so we rarely get together for the holidays. The holidays are particularly hard for most of us, I think. But, like you, I try to focus on the blessings in my life and just not allow myself to feel sorry for me. By encouraging and caring for others, I have managed to handle things much better than I otherwise would. I will be praying for you and all of us who find this time of year particularly difficult. Things could be worse, and we need to always remember that. Thanks for your comments, and best wishes for a beautiful Thanksgiving time of giving to others. That's what it's all about, isn't it?

Goddess 2008-11-17 18:40:52 -0600 Report

I'm still at that point of being burned out. It doesn't help with the holidays coming knowing I'm going to be spending them alone like the last 5 years.

SkipT 2008-11-17 18:49:35 -0600 Report

To you and everyone else in our group who thinks they will be alone for the holidays; you are not. You will be in all of out thoughts for we are a united community where no one has to face diabetes alone. I wish only the best for you and everyone in our community.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-18 22:50:16 -0600 Report

I saw this topic (I'm new here) and had to read it. I've just gone through a spell of just being so tired of fooling with tests and worrying about what I eat, and it has played havoc with my blood sugar numbers. Now I'm back on track and hopefully won't have another case of "burnout" anytime soon. I've been dealing with this for years and know that these times will come. We all know that this just is not easy. But as someone mentioned earlier, I'd rather do what is needed than to experience the possible outcome of not doing so. God bless each of you. It helps to know that others face this too. And the upcoming holidays certainly will not be easy, will they? We can do it! Yes, we can.

kyladee 2008-11-12 10:43:45 -0600 Report

I find myself tired of pricking my finger and feeling more pain some days than other days. Last night when I took my night time insulin shot, it hurt more than usual. I mean it really hurt. And I found myself really sad that it hurt so much more than it normally does. Most times it really doesn't hurt much. When it does, I get really down about how tired I am of the pain. My feet seem to be falling apart at the seams. They constantly peel. I've never seen anything like it. It's like they aren't my feet anymore. No matter how well I clean them and treat them with lotions, they still are getting harder to cope with. I am thankful for my insulins being taken care of for free by a program I'm on. That has taken a heavy load off. I guess I'm not real depressed about having diabetes, so much as I get tired of the pain. Plus there's days I want to eat everything. But I know what happens when I do that. Then I'm really down in the dumps. Each day I feel good about the fact that I'm not worse off than I am. I'm thankful it's the holidays, I'm starting to get in the holiday spirit slowly. I look forward to spending Thanksgiving with my boyfriend and my grandchildren.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-11-12 10:03:52 -0600 Report

I can only imagine what you are going through, my son goes through times like this and I know that I have got to encourge him all the time…I will keep you in my prayers…


thomas kosky
thomas kosky 2008-11-12 01:36:28 -0600 Report

i sympathize with you.i feel the same way.i forget to take meds at the proper time and find dieting very hard.i'm a fussy eater so it's extra hard.i even forget to test sometimes.as frustrating as it is i will not give up.look around you on this website.you'll find similar stories.some may be worse then yours.don't give up !! in the end you will survive.in 2005 i was in the hospital for 8 days with a heart problem.there's basically nothing they can do for me except meds and diet and exercise.i thought it was the end of the world.but i learned to cope and i live with it.diabetes is even tougher to live with but i will learn to cope.i was diagnosed with type 2 back in june 2008.i will learn to live with it too.GOD bless you and good luck.you'll make it.we all will.tom.

butterflygirl 2008-11-12 00:54:13 -0600 Report

It's hard to live in a world where temptation are everywhere. I currently live in a house where I am the only diabetic. My family does not have to live under the same constraints as I do. I get depressed sometimes. I too reach a point where I don';t want to do it any more too. I have to remind myself if I don't take care of my health, no one else is going to do it for me. I am an adult. Diabetes is one of the few diseases where we can control the outcome! Prevention hold off negative effects.

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-11 11:40:15 -0600 Report

my friend, i don,t know about you,but my emotions have taken such a beating,that it is very hard not to get down on myself.i often tell myself that everything will be alright,even when i have a hard time beliving it. still i keep telling myself that, until i get to the other side of the feeling. so i messed up today ,tommorow will be better! you are a good person and you are loved

BethP 2008-11-12 00:28:58 -0600 Report

You are so on to something here…so much of how we "feel" is what we are telling ourselves. If I say, this is going to be so hard…then all I get is hard. If I tell myself I am capable, I can do it, etc., then somehow I have new energy. Misery…just by reaching out and starting a great discussion, you are getting yourself out of your burnout. I made a call to a friend yesterday, because all I could do at the time was cry about missing my Mom, feeling overwhelmed with work, kids, etc. Just talking with her made such a difference in how the rest of my day went. So, sometimes the shift comes from within, and other times we get a shift from outside. Either way…we shift!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-11-11 10:32:58 -0600 Report

I know I'm not in your situation. But for me, beating burnout usually comes from finding something new to get excited about.

Try to find some new healthy recipes that you want to try. Plan a reward for yourself when you reach a blood sugar/weight loss/etc. goal. Make a challenge or a bet with a friend (I am super competitive so this one usually can really get me going :-).

Also, I think about when I was young and moving out of my parent's home. My mom gave me a copy of a poem called Desiderata. There is one line from that poem that really stuck with me. It is, "Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself." Diabetes does require a lot of self discipline. But we need to remember to be gentle on ourselves. It's easy to get down and discouraged and feel terrible about ourselves. Remember the good things you are doing and have done. Keep your head up.

caspersmama 2008-11-11 10:13:27 -0600 Report

I just remember what the complications would be with out of control blood sugars. Do you really want to lose a leg? Do you really want to go blind? Just think of that? Get back on track and do the best you can. Diabetes is a trial and error disease. You have to find what works for you. Experiment a little with new foods to make it interesting. I found out I love spaghetti squash better than pasta. I found I love acorn squash. I found I would rather have a salad or veggies instead of a heavy fat laden meal. It is tough but I would much rather do it than face the alternatives.

SkipT 2008-11-11 06:23:03 -0600 Report

I have felt that way on several occasions, but then I remember I have to deal with it for my family and my friends. It would be selfish of me to give up and put them thru them troubles that the complications of diabetes would cause.
I fight the disease not only for myself, but for everyone that cares form me.

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