Is anyone feeling burned out dealing with their Diabetes?

By SCLWKR Latest Reply 2012-08-18 22:59:43 -0500
Started 2012-08-13 23:39:14 -0500

Precious DC Pals;
I am reposting this as I am feeling weary of dealing with my Diabetes on a daily basis. Re-reading this helps me remember that I can take control of my Diabetes and do so in a positive, life affirming way. Hope it helps some of you if you find yourselves struggling with this process. {{Hugs}} Sherrie

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, ambivalence, 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 problems 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 to my work and to 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.

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 down 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.

16 replies

jason milburn
jason milburn 2012-08-17 16:20:22 -0500 Report

My leg is already messed up had something called compartment syndrome so I've been living life slow just lately we all got to die one day and I wast living b4 that now I've got 2nd chance I'm going to live life like ev one else but sorry to hear u have been in pain

SCLWKR 2012-08-18 12:05:10 -0500 Report

It is tempting to say "screw it" and live your life ignoring your diabetes. And yes, we all will die one day; however, the way one dies with untreated diabetes is bit by bit. You lose you ability to see, you suffer with terrible pain from neuropathy, you lose toes, feet, and legs to amputation due to lack of circulation, you will be at the mercy of others for your care, and this goes on for many years of misery. So, my friend, choose the quality of life you want. Choose what I described or choose health in the face of this disease. If choosing to have an apple rather than a cupcake for a snack, and if walking for an hour instead of sitting on the couch, and if taking medication instead of avoiding the thought, then I will choose those things. For I will not say "screw it" and give up to a disease that I can manage with some very simple things: healthy choices, dedication to myself and the knowledge that I CAN make a difference. By saying "screw it" you end up "screwing yourself.". Hang tough, use the support you have here and fight, my friend, fight. Hugs! Sherrie

JSJB 2012-08-18 17:52:50 -0500 Report

Sometimes I want to screw it but I have tooopooo much to live for and I choose to take care of myself no matter what the changes are in my life style.

jason milburn
jason milburn 2012-08-17 16:02:28 -0500 Report

I've got fed up with trying I'm just going to live life to full

jayabee52 2012-08-17 16:16:46 -0500 Report

Jason, with all due respect, I tried that and now my life is filled with sickness and pain. Please take care of yourself and your health. Not taking care of yourself does not mean that you will just drop dead all of a sudden. You could end up like me, living life in failing health (kidneys mostly now) and in pain (burning neuropathy in my legs & feet)

MAYS 2012-08-15 11:28:19 -0500 Report

Sure I do, but it is what must be done and I don't have much of a choice do I?
So I take care of myself, I try to remain stress free and focused on my health and well being but I do have my moments of feeling a bit burned out.

jayabee52 2012-08-14 01:18:29 -0500 Report

Thanks Sherrie, for sharing that again!

SCLWKR 2012-08-14 23:26:55 -0500 Report

How are things with you?

jayabee52 2012-08-15 01:02:30 -0500 Report

outside of my kidney function numbers being in the toilet and being about 3 wks away from dialysis I am doing surprising well (at least emotionally). I look forward to flying to meet my G/F Suzy in Milwaukee tomorrow (Wed) while she is flying back from Orlando coming from a National Scrabble Championship. Looking forward to that!

SCLWKR 2012-08-18 22:55:12 -0500 Report

Your uplilting attitude is an inspiration to me and to many others, I would guess. Love you!!