By nikkiburns Latest Reply 2013-01-02 20:48:18 -0600
Started 2012-12-29 11:03:35 -0600

I'm new here!!
My name is Nikki, type 1 diabetic.
Anyone having trouble staying positive? I've been "in the dumps" lately about my diabetes and have been slacking on everything.. I need to be a better diabetic!!

12 replies

wrmjw1 2013-01-02 20:48:18 -0600 Report

Dont feel bad, i feel the same way, I hated being a diabetic so much that at one point I stopped taking my insulin, that was a rough month. It does get easier as the time goes by though.

MAYS 2012-12-31 20:34:31 -0600 Report

Hello Nikki, "Welcome" to the family!

Don't feel bad, those feelings happen to every diabetic at some point and time, just work out a plan of action for managing your diabetes with your diabetes medical team and try to stick with it as best as you can, some days will be better than others, so you are entitled to a few bad ones here and there!
You will enjoy it here at "Diabetic Connect" just blend in with the rest of us…lol!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-31 19:02:32 -0600 Report

Hi Nikki, welcome to the DC family. I don't have a problem staying positive. I fought with depression for years and thanks to therapy, I don't have that problem any longer.

I am a self motivator and I am able to beat the feelings when I get low and don't want to do anything. I find something I like to do and do it. I also don't slack when it comes to my diabetes care. I fought to get under control and I don't want to have to fight that battle again.

I think many people get to a point where they want to quit or slack off. That is a normal feeling, however what does slacking off get you? If you are not in control when you start slacking off, you have to fight even harder to get back in control. My mantra is I control my diabetes, it does not control me. I don't focus on being diabetic and it is never my main topic of discussion.

Only you can do something about your depression and the slacking off. You have to be the one to make the decision as to living your life depressed with blood sugars out of control or being a more happy positive person in control of your diabetes. Nothing any of will say is going to change where you are. Change is something you have to do for yourself. When we wallow in depression we are unable to move forward and make the necessary changes. So on January 1, 2013 make it the day you wake up and start making changes. Good luck to you.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-12-31 17:42:17 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome! It can be hard to be positive all the time, but all we can do is take it one day at a time. As with anything, it can get overwhelming, so talking about it or making lifestyle changes can help. Try adding something new in the mix, hobbies, site seeing, sports, etc. It can get better:) Hugs and Happpy New Year

type1skillset 2012-12-31 12:38:32 -0600 Report

Hi Nikki, staying positive in life in general can be challenging, not just diabetes. It is not a matter of you being a better diabetic, but more a matter of setting goals and recognizing their will be challenges. I have a facebook page if you would like to be surrounded by positive people with diabetes. No pressure to join, just wanted to let you know, there is support out there for you…

restlessdiabetic 2012-12-30 22:28:37 -0600 Report

I been dealing with this for 2yrs now and still am not in control :(. Good luck with your situation. I got so down that they put me on anti depressants , you may wanna look into that. Either way welcome to the diabetic community and you're at the right place for advice and information. The people here are very helpful and knowledgable. Hope you have better luck than I do.

Type1Lou 2012-12-29 14:33:08 -0600 Report

Hi Nikki! Welcome to DC. On December 23, 2011 I was diagnosed with depression and it was found that my vitamin B12 levels were ridiculously low. (I have been a Type 1 for 36+ years.) This was the first time I was ever tested for B12 levels. Since then, I've been getting a B12 shot monthly and am taking a B12 sub-lingual supplement daily. I was under the care of a psychiatrist from December 23 until mid-June, 2012 but started feeling better, more interested and better able to cope, once the B12 levels were back up. I'm now back to my old, normal self. You may wish to have your B12 levels checked. Wishing you well in 2013!

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-12-29 13:04:31 -0600 Report

Hi Niki: Yes, I think we all have been or are on that roller coaster. Just don't judge yourself-be your own best friend and be kind to yourself. Every little step you can take is something to celebrate! Taking a 15 minute walk or taking all your meds for the day as an example. Focus on all the good things you do or have done. Coming to this site and reading the discussions helps too! Thinking of you!

jayabee52 2012-12-29 12:41:58 -0600 Report

I think depressiion may be not only part of our diabetes, but it may also be the season here in the north. Many more ppl are affected by a specific type of disorder which has been dubbed "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (or SAD). The best way to deal with this is to open your blinds in the daylight hours and get as much natural sunlight as you can. There are also "full spectrum" light boxes which mimics the rays of the sun and those affected by serious bouts of SAD say they work well for lifting the SAD symptoms. Generally speaking people need about 12 hrs in front of the light box per day to get relief from SAD.

IronOre 2012-12-30 00:01:18 -0600 Report

and another way to help SAD is to take extra vitamin D.
The body gets vitamin D two ways, one by the sun and the other by eating or drinking it, and since most people get less sun in the winter depression can set in.

flgrammy 2012-12-29 12:12:28 -0600 Report

Nikki, I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 23 years now and I still go through low periods occasionally. Please know that this is unfortunately just part of having a chronic illness and things will get better I promise. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are not alone and you already are on the way to coping with the realities of diabetes by reaching out in this wonderfully supportive community of diabetics who understand what you are going through. Hang in there!!

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