D-Blog Week 2014 - What Brings Me Down

By RachelChavezCA Latest Reply 2014-05-15 07:56:55 -0500
Started 2014-05-14 12:27:20 -0500

Some of you may or may not know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Living with a chronic condition that impacts your life daily can be overwhelming. Our very own Dr. Gary has talked a lot about the emotional battle of diabetes in our community and how they can effect us and our loved ones. Now it's your turn. What do you feel is your biggest emotional challenge living with diabetes? And more importantly, how have you learned to cope with the negative emotions that can surface?

8 replies

nomad1600 2014-05-15 07:56:55 -0500 Report

Hi my name is Richard I am new to diabetes, I was just recently told I had type 2 im learning more about it every day , I get stress out when I think about the food im eating , is it the right food , everyone I talk to has a different opinion about what is right or what is wrong talking about getting stress , I want to do the right thing , thank god for this web site connecting me with people like you , I know I will learn a lot from everyone here.

GabbyPA 2014-05-14 18:21:23 -0500 Report

The constant attention it demands. Like a sick child, it cries for attention every waking moment. Just the other day, I had to go in the bathroom and just scream. When I get overwhelmed I have to do that...it kind of clears me up to go face the day.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2014-05-14 15:39:25 -0500 Report

My biggest emotional challenge with diabetes is dealing with the weird mood swings that come from unstable blood sugar levels. I become an emotional wreck every time my blood sugar spikes or drops. At least I have started to recognize it and am able to cope with it and not let it get me down.

teacherspet 2014-05-14 15:35:29 -0500 Report

What brings me down? I have a pretty good attitude about my diabetes, it's not in charge of my life, I am. So actually the disease doesn't get me down, although sometimes the thoughts of side effects does. I worry about them, especially blindness since I already have mac degeneration in my family history. But what drives me down a hill at high speeds is the reluctance of medical people in my area to consider different treatments, meds, ideas etc for treatment. 15 years ago when I was diagnosed, I said NEVER would I stick a needle in me, after those years and wanting better numbers, I know through using humalog for controlling numbers while I had to use cortison, that this was an easy, more direct approach to dealing with highs than taking a handful of pills and hoping I wasn't going to loose my stomach in the meantime. BUT if my numbers are in the 6's, they won't consider Lantus or any other injectable, although indications show that this might be a better method than oral meds for people like me. I hate having to deal with a system that doesn't consider patient needs and rights…and won't even listen to alternatives. That makes me want to go my own way, the the rest be damned.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-14 13:52:00 -0500 Report

I have diabetes, diabetes does not have me therefore, it does not control me. I do not spend my time focused on diabetes. It does not get me down. Keeping a positive out look on my life prevents this.

Everyone makes choices in life. Each choice that is made can have an effect on each persons life. If you have a low and you get upset instead of focusing on bring your blood glucose back up to normal that is a choice you made. If you eat things you know will raise your blood sugar, that is a choice you made. If you choose to live in denial, take care of your self then get frustrated and stop, you and only you made that choice. If you are needy and expect people to always support you, you made the choice to not learn how to be self supporting which also includes being self motivating.

I have not stopped enjoying life, I take road trips, hang out with friends, enjoy meals at restaurants and spend time with family. I choose to do that. I choose to keep moving forward and not looking back. As I always say, life is short. Each person has to choose how they want to live their lives. I choose to not have negative energy around me because that will bring you down and if you let it, it will keep you down.

robertoj 2014-05-14 12:53:22 -0500 Report

Not much really gets me down once i'm able to process the situation. Some things are senseless and the process takes longer.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-14 13:54:17 -0500 Report

I love your response. If you can't process the situation you find yourself in a rut. The thing is there are times the process takes longer because it can take time to realize how senseless some things really are. When that happens to me I just laugh because the first thought is that was just plain stupid. It is one of those you can't see the forest for the trees moments.

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2014-05-14 12:35:32 -0500 Report

Something that causes the biggest emotional challenges for me is shifting BG. High or low, the way it affects mood can mean an emotional roller-coaster at the same time as the BG roller-coaster. Coping is difficult to address in this case, because I feel it is beyond my control when the BG is causing the emotions.