By KerryMcC Latest Reply 2014-05-16 08:38:54 -0500
Started 2014-05-15 09:59:42 -0500

New here. I was diagnosed D2 about 3 months ago and I'm managing pretty well. I also have hypertension and am on lisinopril which keeps it under control. However, I am very prone to white coat syndrome and I have surgery coming up, followed a month later by air travel which I hate/fear. I am worried (my specialty!) about my glucose and bp with all the stressful things ahead, and I was wondering if you all could tell me how you manage stress. Thanks-


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wraithmb 2014-05-16 08:38:54 -0500 Report

The only thing we gave to fear…is fear itself! When I find myself scared or stressed out, I try to remember logic. I ask myself "what can I prove is wrong / threatening me". The answer is normally nothing. I have white coat syndrome as well, and a number of years ago that my fear was hurting me more than anything the doctors could do, because I was panicking and not asking the questions I needed to. I still get nervous at the doctors office, but I always remember that my fear is what will hurt me the most.

The same is true for just about any situation. Almost a decade ago, a group of friends and I went on a hike and got turned around out in the bush. My friends panicked and started freaking out and worrying about animals and not getting home. I was scared and worried along with them, not getting my insulin could kill me if we were there long enough. You know the line from dune? "Fear is the mind killer…" I chose to "sit and settle" while my friends roamed about trying to figure out where they were. Then it hit me… 6 people in dense brush? Must have left a mark or two somewhere. Sure enough there were ample scuffle marks, broken sticks, lumps of mud scraped off of shoes on fallen trees. We just needed to calm down and look. I was 15 minutes late taking my next shot of insulin… What me worry? Lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-15 10:58:12 -0500 Report

My rule of thumb with stress is I don't stress over anything that I do not control. You can do something about stress by focusing on other things. Stress can be caused by numerous things. I choose not to live with stress because it will mess up blood pressure and blood sugar. I lowered my cholesterol to the point I don't need medication and I have never had high blood pressure. i have lived with stress and when I got tired of living that way, I got rid of it. I also don't live with fear.Scary is not in my vocabulary. I went to Alcatraz in a bad storm, walked across a dormant volcano and have been on a plane that had to make an emergency landing because it was almost out of fuel. We all think the plane landed on fumes. I choose not to have stress in my life which means my blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure are all in good shape.

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