Fill in the Blank Friday: The one thing I wish my family understood ...

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2014-06-06 12:43:59 -0500
Started 2013-11-01 10:19:23 -0500

Hey, it's time for Fill in the Blank Friday again. (Boy, where did the week go? Was it just me or did this week fly by?)

Thanks so much for sharing your insights around what makes diabetes harder and easier. Now let's tackle a topic that has come up over and over again. Our families can be sources of great support and help. They can also be sources of frustration and pain at times.

So how would you complete this thought:

The one thing I wish my family understood about diabetes …

32 replies

Whitney47 2014-06-06 12:43:59 -0500 Report

I wish my family was more understanding of the disease that I have they kind of blow it off and don't really take it seriously. My friends are more understanding and concerned about me than my family. I think they don't want to face the fact that I have diabetes and I'll have it for the rest of my life and it is a progressive disease. I wish they were more understanding and would try to educate themselves on what's going on with me

CatMomMarie 2013-11-21 17:03:35 -0600 Report

Don't criticize! When they say "Should you be eating that?, it hurts my feelings. I am an adult & don't need this criticism. It doesn't help!

Mrs.C.L.Moore 2013-11-15 20:55:40 -0600 Report

Is what the highs and lows do to my emotions. When my sugar is out of whack it feels like my whole being is affected. The holidays are the worst for me. I love the special foods of the season. Sometimes I am real careful about my diet then other times I give in and then I overindulge. I have been diabetic type 2 for almost 15 years and it is still a constant battle. I need to stay busy and active but I also need to stop and rest. So it is like walking a tightrope.

CherryNinja2 2013-11-08 07:51:07 -0600 Report

That I don't need to see a doctor every time I have a high/low. They love me but can get way over dramatic and worry too much… Knowledge is the best solution

DollySweetHeart 2013-11-07 16:06:45 -0600 Report

Is how they may have to watch me suffer through it and think its hard on them for having to watch but it's harder on me having to go through it and having the strength mentally and physically fight diabetes

pumper62 2013-11-06 19:09:11 -0600 Report

I wish they knew just how difficult and time consuming dealing with type 1 really makes my life.

Bun10 2013-11-05 22:25:09 -0600 Report

Is that I have diabetes, my sister had diabetes, my father had diabetes. They need to make changes in their own lives now. Two are hypoglycemic as I was. Another struggles with his weight and has sleep apnea. The 4th? Tall, slim and eats lots of fruit and veggies.

Stuart1966 2013-11-04 18:54:28 -0600 Report

In no particular order:

The past is gone, do not emprison me there, events now ghosts, are neither yours to resurrect nor keep alive. That is my perogative solely. Do not try…

Its a living thing, which does not care how carefully we watch, or wait. When able it will breathe fire regardless…

Your beliefs are unimportant. If your desire is to help, then teach me to laugh at events. Share laughter when we loose hope…

Confidant I could find others without much effort…

MommaLibby 2013-11-04 14:45:23 -0600 Report

That it's not a game to play; there can be severe or fatal consequences if a diabetic regularly consumes sweets.

dietcherry 2013-11-04 03:26:23 -0600 Report

…is that it IS a "big deal" having T1 even though I make it look like it isnt! I work my butt off managing it, downplaying any high/low issues, and dont confide in them the occasional bouts of fear of my future and the blue moods it brings so that they wont be burdened with worry over me. This is my way of protecting them. Their ignorance is my bliss!

commorat_55 2013-11-03 20:32:50 -0600 Report

I Start this on monday morning should i let my daughter use my car till i see how the medication works on me ?

commorat_55 2013-11-03 20:31:20 -0600 Report

I got a question im starting a hep c treat ment through the VA hospital and im gonna b taking meds that can either lower or raise my blood sugar what should i do or what can i do ???

Catherine Robare
Catherine Robare 2013-11-02 11:03:35 -0500 Report

Shit happens. You can do the same thing every day & won't get the same results. Eat the same carbs, take the same meds, exercise same amount, & still have "surprises"
I've actually been asked : how long has your diabetes been out of control ! When you are manually responsible for your blood sugar 24/7,
it's going to go up & down out of range! We are manually in control, even when sleeping. YOU try it!

eristar 2013-11-02 06:05:42 -0500 Report

That buying me a dozen of my favorite candy bars as a gift is not something I appreciate any more!

Carla48 2013-11-02 04:47:33 -0500 Report

I wish my family understood that avoiding food I should not eat isn't just about 'willpower' or 'my choice'. It is about my quality of life, and constantly having food around that I can't eat, or putting extra pasta into everything DOES NOT HELP ME.

JSJB 2013-11-02 03:55:05 -0500 Report

What it takes not to overindulge in the foods that you enjoy eating. I have low will power and it is a constant battle to avoid foods that can affect this condition. I start eating in moderation then out the window it goes.

GabbyPA 2013-11-01 19:13:37 -0500 Report

.....Is that it is 24/7 and not just when we have a meal. I am learning to put my health first and that takes some dedication away from the family right now...sometimes they don't really understand that.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-11-01 18:53:30 -0500 Report

What low bg feels like. Much as I love Mom, I hate when she gives me the look and says "There you are eating again and we just ate". Can't really explain I ate a smaller amount than the others and now need a little something to keep from crashing.

Leslieluv21 2013-11-01 18:11:45 -0500 Report

I wish they understood that at this stage of my diabetes it is NOT okay for me to have whatever I want to eat, even if it's just a piece. My mom constantly tells me it's okay to have a little but of sweets and things that will make my blood sugar rise. She just doesn't understand yet completely.

kimfing 2013-11-01 17:47:54 -0500 Report

Them being afraid of offending when they eat something in front of me that i cannot have. Want tehm to understand what a high/low bs feels like

kejo 2013-11-01 12:53:45 -0500 Report

I wish my family understood that I can't completely control my diabetes… Anything can cause your glucose to go high or low. It's nothing I can fix entirely. It's a day by day kind of thing.

mike1967D2 2013-11-01 11:40:27 -0500 Report

I wish my family understood I can eat anything "but" in moderation. They often tell me "are you sure you should be eating that?" I'm sure it'll get better…I'm newly diagnosed and it's all new to them also. With knowledge come understanding.