Back on track

L.Chancellor
By L.Chancellor Latest Reply 2014-10-17 11:18:42 -0500
Started 2014-10-15 07:33:04 -0500

Hey guys, I'm new to the whole scene here but I must say it is a bit comforting to be able to relate to so many people. I am 27 and have had type 1 diabetes since I was 18. Thankfully there have been no complications yet, but I'll be honest I can bit a stubborn and not stay on track like I should. I'm married but on either side of the family I am the only one with type 1. My dad, father in law, and aunt all have type 2 but I don't think they or others in m family really understand what it's like being type 1. My question is how do you prevent yourself from getting burnt out and if you fall off track what are some good ways to get back on and stay on track?


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Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-10-16 18:13:12 -0500 Report

I developed diabetes at age 27 and am now 65. My motivation for managing my diabetes as best I can is to spare my husband from having to deal with the frequent hypo episodes I had before I started pumping insulin in 2011. I'm also motivated by the increased risk of losing my eyesight or developing kidney problems. My goal is to keep my A1c's in the 6's. My last one was 6.6. If you have children, a motivator might be wanting to see them grow older and be in good enough health to enjoy grandchildren when they come.

L.Chancellor
L.Chancellor 2014-10-17 11:18:42 -0500 Report

No kids yet but I just got a puppy and my new motivation my be trying to keep up with him! We named him Rocket so you can only imagine his energy level!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-15 12:03:50 -0500 Report

Howdy LC
WELCOME to DC!

" I don't think they or others in m family really understand what it's like being type 1". ". . . how do you prevent yourself from getting burnt out and if you fall off track what are some good ways to get back on and stay on track?"

If you think that Type 1s are the only ones to get burnout, or falling off the track, you are sadly mistaken, True, many T2s don't have to inject themselves with insulin X times a day (I used to but no more), However T2s still have to follow a meal plan, remember to take their meds, and other things a PWD (person with diabetes) needs to do. What unites us is more IMO than what separates us.

Regarding burnout here is something from Lifescript on beating burnout ~
http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/diab...

As to how to get motivated to get back on track is undoubtedly very unique to each PWD. For some it may be a wife, child or family member who is a motivating factor. For others it is "I take care of myself for me." And ultimately that is what it really comes down to.

If you don't think that you are worthwhile to take care of yourself, then perhaps you need to see a therapist to talk about it.

Praying you get the motivation to start caring for yourself again.

James

L.Chancellor
L.Chancellor 2014-10-16 09:02:16 -0500 Report

Hey James
Thanks for the link and taking the time to respond to my post. It was hard coming to grips with me being diabetic because I got it so young. However, I have realized the it pretty much starts and stops with me when it comes to my overall healthcare. I pray that all is going well with you as a PWD( I LEARNED A NEW TERM!) and hopefully we can stay in touch and support each other.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-16 18:53:35 -0500 Report

Of course we can stay in touch. LC! I'd like that.

You are right when it comes right down to it, yes it starts and stops with you. We can cheer you on and give you encouragement and even tips each of us individually must take care of ourselves.

Praying for your improving health

James

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