Diabetic Burnout

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-11-24 20:50:55 -0600
Started 2014-11-19 12:21:34 -0600

For the past month or so I find myself forgetting to take my blood sugar. Like if I'm going to test my fasting blood sugar in the morning I'll eat something and then remember. Or I'll fall asleep before I take my blood sugar in the evening. How do I remind myself? This will happen for more than one day a week. Any tips or suggestions. HELP!


12 replies

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-11-23 11:46:04 -0600 Report

Discipline, is NOT a pill one swallows. Time is required, if not demanded to forge a strong habit. Good or bad, we all have habits.

You can certainly forget a test. You can forget two, or five or a hundred. However once you forget more than a time or two, if you want to change that habit (ie forgetting) you must invent some easy steps to enforce them.

Forgetting, is not a habit. Forgetting and doing nothing to change THAT is >: >

So what is the habit(s) you want to build? Lets have your list, and its certain several of us will have an idea to make it easier.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2014-11-23 16:07:05 -0600 Report

I mean I take my medication on time. It's just the testing I forget. I guess I get a little bummed out when the test aren't what they should never and maybe subconsciously forget. So I decided to set my alarm time on my cell phone, which stays on my nightstand next to my bed. It's been helping me to remember. So I guess time will bring good habits and thoughts. Thank you for your reply, it really made me think.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-11-24 20:50:55 -0600 Report

It's great that you're willing to try something different to help you remember to test. Being honest with yourself about what is holding you back from testing, and making changes in your routine to test more regularly, are going to help you reach your overall goals with blood sugar management. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-11-24 11:28:55 -0600 Report

Good mental habits are another creature. Harder to identify, harder to pin down. Physical habits, actions, simpler to play with.

Glad I could help my anonymous "diabetic sibling".

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-11-23 11:46:02 -0600 Report

Discipline, is NOT a pill one swallows. Time is required, if not demanded to forge a strong habit. Good or bad, we all have habits.

You can certainly forget a test. You can forget two, or five or a hundred. However once you forget more than a time or two, if you want to change that habit (ie forgetting) you must invent some easy steps to enforce them.

Forgetting, is not a habit. Forgetting and doing nothing to change THAT is >: >

So what is the habit(s) you want to build? Lets have your list, and its certain several of us will have an idea to make it easier.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-20 21:25:16 -0600 Report

Someone once responded to a similar question with simple question. How much do you value your health? If you value your health you will remember to test your blood sugar.

Set an alarm on your Cell phone. Buy a wind up clock and set the alarm. The only thing is you are going to have to set the alarm each time you test your blood sugar. You can purchase an alert watch that you can use for testing and medication. The ones I have seen start at about 100.00 and up. You can find them on this website http://www.epill.com/cadex.html

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2014-11-20 02:47:17 -0600 Report

I wish i could help you with remembering, I'm really good at remembering first thing in the morning, and sometimes good at remembering 2 hours after breakfast, but i've tried alarms and post it's and other things, and i just plain suck at remembering the rest of the day. I'm working on it though. Like others have said, just keep trying.
Diabetes burn out happens. We get tired of this disease. But, till a cure gets discovered we are stuck with it. We have to keep fighting one day at a time. YOU CAN DO IT !!!!!!! HUGS

sandyfrazzini
sandyfrazzini 2014-11-19 16:05:54 -0600 Report

Sometimes I feel like this and I have gone days maybe even a week at a time without testing. I have had and continue to struggle to move on from the burnout phase and I think a little mild depression. It's just one thing at a time, maybe you could set an alarm on a cell phone or put post it notes in the kitchen that say Did you test yet or how where your numbers today. You could put one in the bathroom so when you brush your teeth at night before bed you will remember to test. I always test first thing in the morning when it wake up, I keep my supplies on the table next to the bed. They say it takes 21 days to start a habit and it all starts with day one. I have just started testing more again myself, so we can do this together. Good luck to us all!

healthy412c
healthy412c 2014-11-19 21:15:47 -0600 Report

I will keep trying and tie all this information into my actions when remembering to test. Thank you. I believe we can do it!

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-11-19 20:29:09 -0600 Report

These are excellent ideas! Adding testing to an established habit like brushing your teeth makes a lot of sense. I know someone who keeps her meter next to the coffee pot, because that's the first place she heads in the morning. ~Lynn @Glucerna

linda653
linda653 2014-11-19 12:41:44 -0600 Report

Try putting your glucose meter on the kitchen table so that u may see it before u eat and after dinner u know u have to take it again. If u pray before bed and in the morning try putting it by your bible.