My First "Thanks" giving. No Pity Party Here.

By Amy143 Latest Reply 2013-11-29 21:31:59 -0600
Started 2013-11-20 18:51:58 -0600

If one more person asks me, "what on earth are you going to eat on Thanksgiving?", I am gonna flip. I don't care about Thanksgiving. Fifteen days into my new diagnosis, and, I don't care about Thanksgiving, I am living day to day right now, just trying to get acclimated to all the change. I get the feeling they are going to be pitying me all day that day. I am just thankful that I finally found out what was wrong with me. Years of Docs saying that I am "fine", just tired from raising 4 kids. Bah hah hah. I don't want to talk about it ALL the time to people. Pumpkin pie is not my main concern right now. ugh. Am I over reacting?

19 replies

Yerachmiel 2013-11-26 17:55:25 -0600 Report

I don't think you are over OR under reacting (which can also be a serious problem).

Right now you are perfectly correct. Fifteen days into a complete change of life, a complete change of outlook, etc.

1st of all look on the bright side. Not that diabetes is EVER easy, but imagine controlling it with only a urine test two or three times a day to tell you if you are throwing off glucose (and ketones).

I remember that not passing out from a low was a MAJOR achievement for most of my twenties (after the first twenty years (from age two to age twenty two) I lost almost all sensation of lows and highs (not uncommon experience).

Until the invention of the glucose sensor a few years ago (and until they got the kinks out of it, which is STILL happening) eight to ten blood tests a day, a test every fifteen to twenty minutes when i drove, teaching anyone who knew me how to use glucagon "just in case", etc.

Not that today is "easy" but take it easy, learn slowly, ask TONS of questions of anyone who seems to know what they're doing AND you can relate to and whatever you do, do NOT fall into pity, depression or otherwise.

Glucerna 2013-11-24 15:50:34 -0600 Report

The latest issue of Diabetes Forecast has an article on this topic, and I think it makes some excellent points. Has anyone else read it? ~Lynn @Glucerna

bradley13 2013-11-23 00:50:52 -0600 Report

I completely understand how you feel. I asked my close family to consider a few sugar free items. The reaction i got was are you nuts. Oh to top it off i'm allergic to chocolate. So over reacting is reasonable in this food centered holiday.

Amy143 2013-11-26 21:01:31 -0600 Report

Ugh, chocolate? That's a bummer. I am allergic to almonds, hazelnuts, shellfish, and now possibly lactose intolerant. WTH? Lol.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-11-22 21:45:27 -0600 Report

Hi Amy,

I can understand why you would get frustrated with that question. I guess in the absence of knowing what to say, people are latching onto what they assume their main concern would be. Clearly they haven't walked in your shoes.

Here's a link to an article I wrote awhile back that you might find helpful:

I think you have the right focus, learning what you have to do to take good care of yourself, day by day. That pumpkin pie will take care of itself.

Glad you are here!


Nuggles 2013-11-21 17:42:52 -0600 Report

I too, was just recently diagnosed - not with diabetes, but as being pre-diabetic. My approach to my diagnosis is to consider and take it as seriously as diabetes. I've done some reading and have a lot more learning to do. One suggestion that I came across that I plan to use during the Holidays is to exchange every day foods (ie: potatos/breads) for things that you only have at the holidays (ie: pie/cranberry sauce). I hope that works - like I said, I still have a lot to learn.

Glucerna 2013-11-22 15:06:32 -0600 Report

That's a great idea to focus on the special holiday foods and enjoy those, skipping the foods you have more often, ~Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2013-11-21 13:05:07 -0600 Report

I like the way you're moving beyond the food and focusing on the thankful part of Thanksgiving. In fact, I think everyone would be better off if we skipped the pie and instead spent time reflecting on what we have in our life to be thankful for - and then of couse spreading that gratitude around. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-11-21 05:46:06 -0600 Report

You're right on track, stand your ground, otherwise you set the tone for years to come. Family is a strange thing to deal with sometimes. Genuine concern can easily turn into a big, suffocating, smothering hug sometimes.

kimfing 2013-11-20 20:00:35 -0600 Report

Nope. You are trying to get into a routine w your diagnosis. Nothing wrong w that. Its my first holiday season too. Good luck!!:-):-):-):-)

Nick1962 2013-11-20 19:14:40 -0600 Report

Nope, not overreacting at all. I feel the same way about Christmas - too much focus on the wrong things.
We're doing a thanksgiving meal, but in the real traditional sense which doesn't include tons of carbs and sugar, which weren't around then anyway.

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