Why Diabetes Can Be a Downer

By MewElla Latest Reply 2012-05-07 18:42:03 -0500
Started 2012-05-01 15:42:30 -0500

You know the daily grind of dealing with diabetes doesn't faze most of us; like the testing/ and/or taking drugs and insulin as much as the emotional, psychological and social issues. This seems to take a toll on us.
It never goes away, it is for life…makes one tired and discouraged.
It's often hidden, meaning it progresses and you don't feel the symptoms. This makes it easy to take time off from our diets, exercise or treatment plans and it is not obvious to most people…This makes us feel nervous in social settings where food is usually served.
It's inconsistent…All of us are different and what bothers one, will be o.k. for the other. Makes it hard for us to figure out what works the best so bottom line we have to stay alert ea day by testing, journaling as so many things can influence diabetes, stress, sickness and simply different foods. Guess we all have to fight it the best way we know how. Anybody have any suggestions?

19 replies

Young1s 2012-05-07 18:42:03 -0500 Report

Truth be told, the testing gets to me sometimes. It's weird too because I am comfortable with testing, and the more the merrier. But I do have days when I feel a bit neurotic about it. I feel antsy when I can't test around my scheduled time of day. I feel frustrated and disappointed when I test higher than expected. I feel anxious when it's time to refill my strips…as my container starts dwindling down. I feel obligated to test, or else I'm not being a good/proactive diabetic. I feel bad that I still rely on my alarm to remind me to test. The list goes on and on…But still I test because it's my first defense in dealing and living with this lifelong annoyance.

MoeGig 2012-05-05 13:37:39 -0500 Report

Great topic MewElla. After 47 years with T1, my major motivator today is the same as it was at the beginning: Fear. Fear of getting complications and this fear makes me control my diet, go to the gym almost every day and run, when no one else in their right mind would be as determined. I have kept my A1c below 7 at all cost and have managed to avoid problems all this time. Like I mentioned on an earlier post, diabetes is the only disease I can think of that your health is 95% up to you. All the other diseases I can think of, you have little control.

Nick1962 2012-05-02 08:07:38 -0500 Report

I try to remove emotion from it. It’s something I have no choice but live with. Life in general is about control. If I follow a speed limit on the highway, I’m at less risk of an accident. If I avoid drinking too much, I’m at less risk of getting drunk. So following suit, if I avoid eating certain foods, or too much of them, I’m at less risk of diabetic complications. It’s just simply another one of the controls in life that keep me alive, and unfortunately, if I chose to ignore it (like I do the speed limit), it won’t result in just a speeding ticket.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-02 06:08:49 -0500 Report

As my life continues and I count every month into this, (8 months now), most days I am a fighter, but there are this days when I feel so out of control. What works one day sometimes doesn't on on other days, when I think I've got it together it, D takes me on a roller coaster with highs and lows reminding me of how much havoc it has brought into my life. I have stopped keeping a journal because I tend to eat the same things a lot. I do like your idea of writing down about stress and so forth, so may pick it up again! Although there are days when I still am very emotional about all of this and will still let out a good cry, my goal is to live life to the fullest, I love my life and I want to be healthy. Should I fear this disease, no, but I do take it very seriously, so am diligent towards taking care of myself! I keep busy work full-time, like to work around the house, love to read, and above all I keep my Faith in place! Best wishes to all!

Nana_anna 2012-05-01 22:59:31 -0500 Report

So true. I for one can contest to that. When ever we have luncheons at church I tend to let down my guard, because of all the delicious foods they serve. It makes you want to try everything. Now I am aware of what I can eat and don't eat. Eventually it all will effect you. Not only in pounds, but everything else.

jigsaw 2012-05-01 19:19:31 -0500 Report

I accept that diabetes is a part of my life! By developing healthy routines such as a good eating plan, an exercise plan, and routine medical checks etc, I simply live and enjoy life. I don't consider complications as part of diabetes. They can happen from not taking care of yourself when diabetes is present, or in some cases, not knowing you 've had it before damage is done. As it progresses, as it has in my case over an 18 year period, I make the necessary modifications with medications, diet, and exercise. I have experienced frustration at times, but it's short term, and it passes. It's just a way of life or lifestyle, and I'm very thankful for not having something worse!

MrAldo77 2012-05-01 18:13:13 -0500 Report

Im 21 I have type 1 and its hard for me cuz I jus found out I had it last year. I was dyin almost

roshy 2012-05-02 08:07:02 -0500 Report

i can imagine being 21 and trying to adjust wil come with some major difficulties. are you using needles or a pump??

jayabee52 2012-05-01 16:21:10 -0500 Report

That is why while I do take my Diabetes seriously, I don't take life that way. I try to kid around and joke and be light hearted. I can be very serious when I need be, but I also like to unwind and enjoy life a bit too.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-01 17:42:52 -0500 Report

James I agree with you. I think people who can find fun in many things even with a disease are the happier people. Sure you can get down at times but you can't let the down times weigh you down. I have fun and I try hard to enjoy life.

JSJB 2012-05-01 15:55:50 -0500 Report

Yes, enjoy life the best as you can. It does get tiresome but you can't crawl into a corner and hope this condition will go away. When asked how I feel, I reply "Great, I woke up and opened my eyes." Even with the problems we face we have to make the best of it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-01 17:51:22 -0500 Report

JS I tell my coworkers and friends one of two things when they ask how am I feeling. One is "Everyday above ground is a good day" or "As long as there is no grass growing on my chest, I must be feeling good".

If you can't make the best of something, especially bad situations, then I think a person needs to look deep within themselves. Life can throw roadblocks at you at anytime, the sooner you get over, under or around the roadblocks that makes life interesting and in the end you may have found something to laugh about.