Stress and Glucose Levels

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-12-12 20:57:05 -0600
Started 2017-12-10 07:26:54 -0600

Stress just seems to be part of our lives now a days. Work, kids, school, family, and just general management of our disease.

I am out with my mom right now, she's in Hospice care and at home, so I came out to fill the gaps. It's been good, but man…my levels have been horrible. Things have calmed down a good bit, but sleep is still scarce and there is that nagging worry behind every move she makes. One day I was feeling so bad and when I tested I was at 329. OMG! I have not seen those numbers in a long, long time.

I am going to try to do some things to kind of take my mind off the situation and to also get out and do something besides cook and clean for her. Those things helped me with my husbands frequent bouts.

So what do you guys to that really and truly reduces your stress? My pup is a good reducer, but he is not with me.

15 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-10 18:21:30 -0600 Report

Gabby, I know what you are going through. First my dad and then mom. It seemed like I was home 24/7.

I went out when mom was able to be home alone and we had walkie talkies that had a 2 mile radius so she could contact us if needed. This was before cell phones.

I was so stressed I felt like going up on the roof just start screaming. I read, listen to music. My mom was a huge Michael Jackson fan. All she had to do was hear me listening to him and she would yell turn it up. Her friends from church brought her some embroidery so that kept her busy between Walker Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote and anything on the Animal Planet or Turner Classic Movies.

In the mean time find something that will keep you hands busy that will make you concentrate on that. Learn to knit or crochet if you don't know how. I also do Counted Cross Stitch, Latch Hook and embroidery. I just recently started coloring. The books and pencils are not all that expensive and you can find them almost everywhere. If you choose to do those things, put on some music for background noise.

If you are a member or AARP, they have some great caregiver information on their site. If you don't take care of you, you can't take care of her.

See if you can find someone to come sit with her for two hours so you can get out of the house.

GabbyPA 2017-12-11 19:05:25 -0600 Report

My office mates sent my work computer to me and I am at least able to work, be on here and distract myself that way. I have been eyeing some things like all the great holiday displays here. I am still in the "to do" mode, so no screaming yet, but I am sure that is coming.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-11 22:37:24 -0600 Report

Work and being on here is not the kind of distraction that helps to relieve stress. Believe me Diabetic Connect can do without you for a day or two so you can do something just for you and no one else. Years ago, I learned through therapy that it helps to take 20 minutes to an hour to do something just for you. It works. I do me every day for at least an hour.

GabbyPA 2017-12-12 20:28:06 -0600 Report

I like my work though, and it is creative, so while it's not for me, it is allowing me to be creative. But I do get what you are saying. I need to find a way to get into the mountains here and take some hikes.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-12 20:57:05 -0600 Report

Gabby, I really like doing what I do in the community. It can be frustrating, stressful and fun but I take breaks from it. I will call our Major and Captain and tell them I am on a week's break but if needed they can call me. They will still send me a text message or call me if we have a major crime such as a shooting or stabbing. Sometimes the Major will call just to shoot the breeze.

This Sunday is our last day at the Farmer's Market until April next year. We will take a break until after the New Year and start on something totally different. We are working on selling on Amazon.

During my time off, I will be working on jigsaw puzzles, coloring and looking at you tube video's.

Being creative can be fun but at times you need to take a break so you can refresh. When you return you come up with new innovative ideas.

Type1Lou 2017-12-10 09:51:49 -0600 Report

So sorry you're experiencing this Gabby. Try to reassure yourself that you are doing all in your power to help ease your Mom's situation…not always easy. Keep on testing and doing what you can to maintain control…and derive comfort from being there for your Mom..that's all anyone can do. Wish I had a "magic pill" I could give you to ease this stress.

GabbyPA 2017-12-11 19:08:37 -0600 Report

I actually met with one of our members in person today and it was a great time. We talked about all kinds of things, moms included and we just enjoyed the time. She shared about caregiver groups, which I have never been a part of, even though I have really spent the last 16 years as a caregiver. It's not new, but each is different, that is for sure. Yeah, magic pills don't teach us to I will take my lesson the old fashioned way, experience. LOL

BB42 2017-12-10 09:13:07 -0600 Report

Your comments hit home. The situation you are in is, by it's very nature, a stressful one. I wish I could offer support and suggestions that could help you but I can't. We are going through something similar and, no matter how we try, my wife and I are always hit smack in the face with the reality. She stated a support group with other people who are dealing with the same situation and that helped a bit. Caregiving is so difficult and you are to be loved and respected for what you are doing

GabbyPA 2017-12-11 19:10:25 -0600 Report

I will keep you in my thoughts as you face your personal situation. Sometimes I find, just thinking about someone else and their need for comfort helps me out. Kind of puts things in perspective. I joked with someone the other day that I think I missed my calling of caregiver.

Luis65 2017-12-10 09:04:51 -0600 Report

I think you said it "something that takes your mind off the situation" is key. It is not so much that you forget but allows your brain to shift that into neutral and lets you coast for a bit. For me the greatest stress reliever I have is to ride for better than and hour alone. Group rides are fun but it is being alone and doing something almost mindlessly that works for me.

I seem to remember that you like hiking or nature walks. If I am misremembering I apologize. Those would be good.

I will be praying for you and Mom. God Bless you, Gabby.

GabbyPA 2017-12-11 19:16:22 -0600 Report

No, you certainly are not misremembering at all and the mountains in Arizona are quite beckoning. I have to be careful however to not leave mom alone for too long. But I might just find a trail head.

msann 2017-12-10 08:30:25 -0600 Report

praying for you all stress is a big factor my mom went down with neurophty in feburary and threw me for a loop my bsl went to 250 i dont have that high of bsl now this was 109 and i feel great good luck praying for you

Pegsy 2017-12-10 07:58:19 -0600 Report

I can so relate to your experience. Trying to live out the final months of a failing business left my glucose numbers soaring. The lack of sleep didn't help either. Sometimes good stress can bring it up too. I remember how high it was the day we bought my car. OMG!

I've learned to deal with stress through prayer, exercise and distraction such as talking with someone or enjoying a good movie or good book. But sometimes nothing helps very much so you just have to get through it. Hopefully most of your major stresses are temporary.