Fill in the Blank Friday: The best way for me to bounce back from a diabetes setback is ...

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2014-03-17 16:18:57 -0500
Started 2014-03-14 10:16:03 -0500

Good Friday morning to all my Diabetic Connect friends. It's time for another Fill in the Blank Friday discussion. Last week's discussion about dumb things people say to people with diabetes was fun/hilarious/sad/head-scratching. I have to say my favorite one came from LindainJapan who shared that a stranger who found out that she takes insulin every day said, "So you're addicted then." Bhahahaha! Yes, addicted to life!

If you missed last week's discussion, you can check it out here:

For this week, I was thinking about how diabetes has a way of always changing. It seems just when you feel like you're in a steady rhythm of diabetes control, something happens to set you back. So it would be great to hear what you do to bounce back from a setback. Please fill in the blank to this statement:

The best way for me to bounce back from a diabetes setback is …

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valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-17 16:18:57 -0500 Report

I don't have set backs to often anymore. I finally got on the right track and try to stay there. But, like the others when I do experience a set back I don't go all the way back to basics as I always keep track of my BS and carbs, but rather take stock of all I've eaten and regroup there. Maybe add more vegies and lower my carbs for a day or so. But first and for most, I never let it get me down or depressed. That just makes it worse…like "mzbehaven" said "I just put my big girl pants on and take control." Love that quote…

GabbyPA 2014-03-16 11:01:11 -0500 Report remember what worked in the past. When I get lost or muddled in my diabetic treatments, I go back to what worked. Logging my foods, testing more, being more careful to count accurately my carbs and things like that.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-03-15 14:14:03 -0500 Report

My setback was 3 vitrectomies that left me with one very attractive, yet nonfunctional eye. Never thought I'd say this, but losing an eye may just have been the kick in the ass I needed to keep me alive. I got back to basics, carb counting, IC ratio, the whole bit, working out, eating right, got a pump. I guess I wasn't ready to die one body part at a time, who knew I had that kind of fight in me?

mzbehaven 2014-03-14 19:43:44 -0500 Report

Well. As you guys probably know I had a huge set back two weeks ago, about…admitted to the ICU with DKA! Just was taking my diabetes serious! Well, now I have put it at the top of my list, finally feeling better! Never knew that I felt crappy for about one year now! Anyways, I'm bouncing back by putting on my big girl pants on and taking control! Getting mad and telling my diabetes that it won't win! It won't take me down! I won't let it do it AGAIN!


kimfing 2014-03-14 17:23:30 -0500 Report

To chalk it up on a bad day and try not to dwell. For example got my a1c on Tuesday and was shocked to see it was unchanged from three months ago of 5.9 which i tell myself is a great number then move on. Look toward to try beating it in the next three months.

camerashy 2014-03-14 16:22:15 -0500 Report

I have setbacks on a regular basis. My doctor is about to have a coronary over my bouncing A1c. The thing I do most regularly to try to get back on track is cook two meals - one for my roommate, and one for me. I eat a lot of vegetables, and my roommate eats none of them. Then I'll suddenly get tired of being a short-order cook and eat what I cook for my roommate for a while.

robertoj 2014-03-15 12:55:24 -0500 Report

I understand how that can happen. That is why I read inspirational quotes every day. It has helped me go from negative to positive. Every time you cook for yourself you have achieved a victory. What you cook for your roommate is at least perfunctory and generous at the bes.t

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2014-03-14 16:20:57 -0500 Report

that is one thing I really do not like about diabetes. Once I get good control and get into a routine it seems like it changes and I have to readjust to get back on track. So... the best way for me to bounce back from a diabetes setback is to go back to basics. The first thing I do analyze my settings and ratios to make sure I am giving the correct amount of insulin for the food I am eating. then everything seems to fall into place from the habits I have set.

msann 2014-03-14 14:38:49 -0500 Report


Richard157 2014-03-14 14:25:51 -0500 Report

If anyone needs to bounce back, after getting off track, they should join online communities like this one. Discussing their problems with many others can be inspiring and and educational. I have found many solutions to my diabetes problems by communicating with online friends. Finding that there are many others with the same problems can be very comforting.

robertoj 2014-03-14 13:37:35 -0500 Report

Accept that I'm not perfect. Evaluate where i went wrong (consulting with my medical team) and go back to the basics. A setback could be a minor pause on the road to success if it is used as part of our tool kit.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-03-14 12:56:34 -0500 Report

I haven't had a diabetes setback, but then I was diagnosed with DM II only 3 years ago. My A1C is 5.5 and I watch what I eat. If it's a food that has a high caloric value, I weigh it. I also favor fresh produce that has a low GI. For example, you can't eat too much baby spinach leaves, you'll get tired of eating it before its caloric content is of consequence. I am currently reducing my cholesterol by eating a mix of nuts and legumes as one of my daily snacks. My doctor would rather that I alter my diet than take statins. She thinks that one should use the minimum amount of drugs and prefer diet and exercise for control.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-14 13:35:36 -0500 Report

Chuck, I think I like your doctor. I wish I didn't have to take statins. My levels are getting better. I hope that soon I won't have to take them anymore. I love spinach, I admit it, I LOVE VEGGIES!

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2014-03-14 12:01:49 -0500 Report

Return to plant based eating and carefully chart my foods and carbs. What normally hurts me is emotions. I have physical symptoms of confusion, clumsiness, short temper bursts over the inconsequential, for about half a day. Then I think I get into eating or not eating emotionally. My best bet is to only look for what I have that is plant based. In the long run, those foods won't hurt me physically and cause me to feel ashamed long after.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-14 13:30:51 -0500 Report

I understand the feelings of confusion and clumsiness, I have had those also plus forgetfulness. It used to make me feel ashamed also. My husband tells me to never be ashamed because it also happens to people who don't even have diabetes. I have found that for me, my cholesterol meds. causes me some of these problems so my doctor changed them to the generic Lipitor and now it is not as bad. I am glad to hear that you have also found your answer and no longer feel ashamed too.

1997GmaKat 2014-03-14 11:50:04 -0500 Report

Hello! I usually don't join in on discussions but this one I feel that I should because I do have experience with this kind of problem. The way I go about getting back on track is that I take a look at what I've been eating and then look at what I need to do to get back on track. It is when I got in to too much sugar that I get out of control with I have to stop eating it and look at what's going on.

margokittycat 2014-03-14 11:32:51 -0500 Report

To get back on track with te things that I am supose to do and take it one day at a time. It may mean drinking lots of water lthough I do that daily anyway with a cup of coffee and that is the only thing besides water I drink, but water helps flushout th extra sugar being spilled, it may mean having to take extra units of insulin every shot for a few days nd maybe even adding a shot or two per day. Nothing that I don't do when I am sik.

lanykins 2014-03-15 12:56:07 -0500 Report

I also drink a lot of water. I keep bottles I fill and put them in the fridge. Love my water cold. Anyway, not only do I like it, it helps keep my stomach full. I don't get hungry so often. When I get off track, I do go back to basics. I watch my carb intake carefully and eat a piece of fruit when I'm craving sweets. I get very strict with myself, knowing that once I am on balance, I can ease my stickiness a bit to make life a bit easier.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-14 11:04:38 -0500 Report

For me, yes I do have set backs from time to time. Sometimes it's from another illness causing problems, sometimes stress, and lately it seems like my body just changes after being on a med. after a while. What I mean by that is after I have been on a med. for a while my system seems to start reacting different. The best way for me to bounce back is a few different things. I check with my doctor when I am ill, I try to relax when I am stressed about something and get my husband to give me a big hug, and last but not least as in a previous discussion I keep the faith. Thank you for this post John, it has helped me to give thanks and to think about and remember these things that help me to bounce back.

PRINCESS KIMBERLY 2014-03-14 10:39:49 -0500 Report

I really do not have set backs now that I am on the V GO PUMP. I am always the star patient of the month on it when I go see Dr. Stakelin. ( every 3 months) My A1C from Nov. 2013~ Mar. 2014 has gone from 8.0 ~ 6.1. When I have a low BG I just tell myself I am the BOSS OF IT! It does not control me. I love your fill in the blank Fridays.

Sandland71 2014-03-14 10:37:11 -0500 Report

Just start again from square one. Every other day there seems to be minor set backs but so long as you get the basics right the rest will eventually follow.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-14 11:10:34 -0500 Report

You are absolutely correct, you start over. You don't always have to go back to square one unless it is necessary. I have been diabetic for 6 years. I had my first setback when the nutritionist failed to read my doctors notes and screwed up my diet. I changed what she started and never went back. That was 3 months after diagnosis. The last set back was two weeks ago. I just changed what I was doing and didn't go back to square one.

You are correct as long as you get the basics right the rest will eventually follow. That makes for a very positive outlook.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-14 10:33:17 -0500 Report

The best way for me to bounce back from a diabetes setback is to continue to move forward in a positive manner and not dwell on the setback. That will only slow down my forward motion.

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