the blues

By mahjah Latest Reply 2014-07-07 21:38:20 -0500
Started 2014-07-06 22:54:00 -0500

I have been doing well …started the new way of eating June 1 and have lost 22 lbs and brought the sugars way down. But they are not exactly where I want them and this is all beginning to overwhelm me. I have an appt with the doc in two weeks. But I am feeling depressed about the diabetes. Any advice? Has anyone else felt this way?

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mahjah 2014-07-07 21:37:12 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much! Such great suggestions! Yes— I think part of it was I realized this is for the rest of my life. Have started praying to do just one day at a time. And I now have a new saying— I control diabetes, it does not control me. And you all are right— I need to share my number journey. So here goes. June 1 — a high of 395. Today(7/7) a high of 171 and a low of 131. Now that I see it in print it looks pretty good!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-07 11:00:48 -0500 Report

Nope I never feel that way. Your numbers will come down. You just started a new way of eating a little over a month ago. I think you are expecting too much too soon and because diabetes isn't doing what you want it to do, you are over whelmed and depressed. You are letting diabetes control you..

Blood glucose levels do not rapidly drop to very good control level in a month. This is going to take time. Your body has to adjust to the change. You said you started a new eating plan which is great. Did you add exercise. Depression, feeling overwhelmed, stress, and your mood will have an effect on your blood sugar. It can cause it to stay where it is or it will cause it to rise. Stop expecting your body to react the way you want it to react. So you are not exactly where you want your blood sugar to be where YOU want it to be. That is not the end of the world. It just means you have to be patient and focus on something else for a few days.

My doctor did my A1C a few weeks ago and it was up a few points. I was not disappointed because I had not had solid foods for a month at that point. I had a rather large stone in my saliva gland which was lying on the nerve of my tongue which made chewing impossible. Now after surgery my tongue is partially paralyzed which makes swallowing difficult. I can't eat a lot of solid foods. I am doing great with keeping my blood sugar under control. When he did the test, I knew it wasn't going to be great. I went from 6.5 to 6.9. I am not stressed because even after surgery, I still cannot eat properly because I have trouble swallowing food. Once the nerve in my tongue heals I can go back to eating all the veggies I was eating.

Getting depressed because of diabetes means you are letting it control you. I control my diabetes, it does not control me. I think you should focus on something else for a few days and stop putting too much expectations on your blood sugar numbers. Your doctor may be happy with your progress even if you aren't. Good luck to you.

LauraS 2014-07-07 10:49:44 -0500 Report

Congrats on the weight loss. That is great! You don't say where your number are now or how far they came down. I've been type 2 for about 5 years. I still get the blues at times. Unfortunately right now I'm in denial mode again. I still sugar cheat and don't check as often as I should. I put on stress weight and am having a hard time getting it off. But hey, it's summer, the sun is shinning, we joined the town pool and I'm enjoying myself. Sounds like you put a lot pressure on yourself. If you tell me where your numbers are I'll tell you mine. Sometimes seeing that you're at a better place than others can help perk you up a little.

jayabee52 2014-07-07 10:49:10 -0500 Report

Howdy mahjah
Yes, Many ppl seem to have such a reaction not long after Dx. . It kinda depends on how well they had been taught regarding Diabetes and personal expections. For some it seems that eventually it dawns on them that this is a lifetime disease and that we're going to be dealing with this for the rest of our lives. So, yes one may experience down times regarding one's diabetes. The advice here is to expect such times in your life and to not let it get to you.

Praying this has been helpful.

Glucerna 2014-07-07 16:39:33 -0500 Report

Wise words James. Sometimes we expect blood sugars to fall into a healthy range right away and when that doesn't happen we get discouraged. I also really like Joyce's suggestion about controlling diabetes instead of it controlling you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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