High sugars and stressful life

By AmberZak Latest Reply 2014-04-17 10:08:21 -0500
Started 2014-04-12 13:06:41 -0500


I've been insulin dependent diabetic for a while and I've not always had the best control, recently it's been really bad.

I live a very busy and hectic life. It's stressful but in a way that I thrive off. I'm a private tutor, travelling from one student's house to another. I'm also a company director. My business partner and I have just formed it so it's new and there is a lot of work to be done.

As you can imagine my life is stressful, and it's never going to not be stressful. I have read that people with stressful lives tend to have worse control.

I'm so sick of the judgement people put on you when you are a bad diabetic that I stopped caring. I wasn't able to control my sugars, and people kept saying 'but you must.' But I am a workaholic and so I won't ever be in a not hectic job. So I gave up. Diabetes burnout I think they call it.
Now my husband and I want to try for a baby. (As if I'm not busy enough ha ha ha). So I have to get the sugars under control. And I'm still struggling.

Before I gave up I was testing 8 to 10 times a day and still not able to control them.

And people think is so easy to control :(

Anyway, just looking for moral support and genuine advice that doesn't consist of me quitting my job that I love doing, locking myself in a dark room and staying away from all things stress.

5 replies

jaydoubleyou23 2014-04-17 10:08:21 -0500 Report

Well, having a baby consists of even more hard work. I just went to my endocrinologist yesterday and we had the talk about diabetic pregnancy. She said that sugars always have to stay between 60-90 even after eating. And absolutely under any circumstances that your sugars can be over 140 because if that happens your baby makes insulin for you. This causes heart problems and tons of other problems for your growing child. In addition, they want your A1C to be at a 6.0 or lower, and you have to visit your endo every month for blood work. Insulin needs usually increase about 3X more than before your pregnancy as well.
I think you need to find a happy balance. Especially if you're wanting to try for a child. A child is one of the greatest things in life, but you definitely have to focus on your health before anything to commit to something like that.
It's very awesome that you are so committed to your job and I praise you for that! There's no way I could do anything like that on a daily bases. Best wishes to you!

Type1Lou 2014-04-14 17:56:04 -0500 Report

Until I retired, I worked in a pretty stressful job. At that time I was on multiple daily injections of Novolog and Lantus. I didn't start pumping insulin until 2011 but I feel that a pump would have made my working life easier to manage. Have you considered a pump? I've also curtailed my carb intake to 120 grams per day which generally helps me keep my BG's in control. Do you have any idea why you do not have the control you should have? What steps can you take to gain that control? Wishing you well!

jayabee52 2014-04-14 17:40:15 -0500 Report

Howdy Amber
Joyce did not ask you to quit your job. But she did encorurage you to take a step back from the maddening pace your life is on right now. Perhaps you can continue your tutoring job but ease off a bit for the sake of your health.

God's best to you and yours


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-12 19:01:08 -0500 Report

In my opinion, I think that you have to find a balance in your life. Diabetes will cause other medical problems and eventually will kill you.

I lead a very busy life. I am a Vice President of a community association, I am a President of a Police Community Council. I am also a Commissioner on a board that reviews Police misbehavior which requires a lot of case reading. I attend meetings all the time. My sister and I also have a small business.

I do not have stress in my life because I do not allow myself to get stressed over anything I do not control. In all that I do, I am very good control of my diabetes because I value my health more than anything.

I think you have some decisions to make that involves restructuring your lifestyle that will allow you to take care of your health. People are judging you because as a diabetic, you should know better.

If you are already busy and stressed out, a baby is going to add to it and if you don't take care of yourself, you might not be around to see your child grow up. I am pass the age of working hard. I choose to work smart and If I don't want to do something in the community, I say no. From June to August I will be monitoring a lunch program for kids because the person doing it is moving out of state. Currently, no one wants to do it. I am stuck with it for now. I don't want to do it because I cannot stand children however, I don't want to see the kids not have at least one healthy meal a day. I will deal with it when the time comes.

I will still eat healthy get in some exercise and do what I need to do to stay in complete control of my diabetes. If I were you, I would sit down and make a list of all the things you are doing, eliminate things you really do not have to do and prioritize everything else. Set a time schedule for you to stop and eat a meal, take your insulin and test. This will help you get back on track and no matter what you are doing stop and take care of your health needs. You can't run a business, have a baby, tutor kids and take care of your home if your health causes you to end up in a hospital or you start losing vision, limbs or you have other medical problems. Good luck to you.

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