Hard to find time to deal with diabetes?

By jdenton360 Latest Reply 2013-12-18 18:05:54 -0600
Started 2013-12-11 22:09:15 -0600

I'm having trouble finding time to care for myself when I have a household member with Alzheimer's who needs round the clock care. I find myself not testing when I should and not eating properly. Any one have similar experiences? Any ideas on time savers that might help?

6 replies

Rebelove 2013-12-18 18:05:54 -0600 Report

Having read the previous replies here, I don't have much else to offer, except support. My dad had AZ, and was also diabetic, as is my mom. She struggled with these same issues. I feel deeply for you, and hope and pray you have some physical support, as well as emotional. God be with you!

dkellis 2013-12-14 17:13:30 -0600 Report

Yea,me too. I'm trying to deal with it with diet ,drugs from Doc. and exercise but after this and long days at work, the glucose #s are not going down I wonder what else can I do.

Glucerna 2013-12-12 18:40:51 -0600 Report

A couple of my friends are in a similar situation, and they both told me that getting help was one of the best things they ever did for themselves and their family member. You might look into services provided in your community to help with grocery shopping or respite. Quick meal ideas I find helpful are using the crockpot and always making double portions of recipes so you can freeze the extras for later use. ~Lynn @Glucerna

dagger1234 2013-12-12 18:11:33 -0600 Report

I always make time to test!!!!! when you do have the time, start prepping foods. like for instance, vegetables, steam em and freeze em and just microwave them. make a piece of chicken in the oven, set a timer, do some chores and by the time you know it, your meals are ready!! thats what i do. it works for me. also, anyone else living with you other than the one u mentioned? ask for a helping hand or if money flow is okay, hire someone to help u, or get on weight watchers, etc. good luck!!

mspiggy81 2013-12-12 11:27:05 -0600 Report

I have struggled with this as well. My husband was in a motorcycle accident 3 months ago and is still recuperating. I've struggled with finding time to care for him, myself and the household chores. It took time for me to come to the realization that, as Jayabee52 stated, you have to take care of yourself first otherwise you will get to a point where you will not be able to take of them. Get a wristwatch that has an alarm you can set, or set alarms on your cell phone if you keep it on you all the time. Set alarms for when to test and when to eat. Do not ignore the alarms, he/she can wait 5 minutes for you to test or eat. Try to coordinate your eating schedule with their meal times as much as possible.

jayabee52 2013-12-12 06:52:11 -0600 Report

Howdy Jdenton!
I am reminded of the instruction at the beginning of an airline flight. They say that when the oxygen mask drops down, put your own on first before you help someone else with theirs.

If you are not taking time to take care of yourself, you cannot give good care to others who need your care. You may be able to cheat yourself in the short term, but after a while your self-neglect may show up as some complication and it may even incapaciatate you. Then who will care for your family member with Alzheimers?

I say MAKE the time for your self care!

I pray you will start caring for yourself better!

James Baker

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