Positive outlook

By petals Latest Reply 2010-06-24 10:50:48 -0500
Started 2010-06-18 15:34:38 -0500

How many of you think that by having a positive outlook on life and having a positive attitude when dealing with being a diabetic helps you to deal better with being a diabetic? I for one, think without a positive attitude I would be in big trouble, you know climbing the walls, swinging from the ceiling fan…

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Danni-the-diabetic 2010-06-20 12:46:34 -0500 Report

I have heard how a positive outlook can improve your health and how a negative attitude can send you down hill, both physically and mentally. As for me personally, I agree. There's so much positive in life that is overlooked by negativity, when in reality, if you really open your eyes, you will see that there is so much more positive in life than there is negative. It's like how an insult is so much easier to remember than all of the little compliments, because it hits us, as humans, alot harder than being told that you have a beautiful smile. Plus, negativity not only brings yourself down, but it can also bring down people around you. Like Gabby said, who has ever been inspired by a negative person? With that, how can someone inspire themselves when they are negative? So smile, smile, smile and be happy! :)

petals 2010-06-20 15:55:43 -0500 Report

I agree with you, life is precious and if you look around you will so much that is good in this world. Live, Love, and Laugh. You only get one life to live, live it loud and wild!!!

GabbyPA 2010-06-20 12:11:04 -0500 Report

Positive everything is a HUGE help in life no matter what you face. It is what pulls us out of the dark depths of self pitty and depression. I mean really...Have you ever been inspired by someone with a negative outlook? Nope.
I have seen amazing people with far more traumatic issues than what we suffer. I am not saying that to belittle any of our struggles, but let's be honest. The things we deal with daily do not compare so someone who is born without limbs or one who has downs or other ailments that we feel offer little hope. Those are the people who inspire me most as I see them do things I could not even imagine myself doing.

petals 2010-06-20 15:53:40 -0500 Report

I totally agree with you Gabby, I know I have never been inspired by a negative person, nor will I ever be. Life is to short to be around those times of people. I always think why are they like that? If they choose that way to live that is so sad.

ccritch 2010-06-24 09:16:14 -0500 Report

Absolutely! I agree 100% I know that first hand. When you feel good about yourself and positive attitude makes you appreciate life, and yourself, and you see yourself within and love who you are and say there you are I missed you. I realized that and love to see myself with a smile again, I always smiled and stopped and someone told you not a happy person anymore what's wrong. Positive Attitude is a YES!!!!!! :~)

Emma2412 2010-06-19 08:23:42 -0500 Report

Hi, Petals
What are they doing to treat fibromyalgia now? A few years ago when I lived in another building one of my neighbors said she had fibromyalgia and was always complaining about the pain, insisted she couldn't work becuase of it. I've got to give you credit for not complaining because I've heard the pain can be intense.
Is it true that some days there is no pain? I'm a little confused about fibromyalgia and how it manifests itself. Clue me in, with you? It's possibly something my sister has, poor thing. She's almost always in pain. Is it a joint pain?

petals 2010-06-19 15:40:35 -0500 Report

In recent years they have came out with several new drugs for fibromyalgia, I couldn't tolerant them, but they do seem to help several people that I know. Yes, the pain can be intense, to the point of not being able to walk or move very much at all. No, there are not any days without any pain, just some days where the pain is less. On a good day the painn is like you over done it with working out, on a bad day, it's like the musclar flu that goes round some times, now times that feeling by 5 and you get how I feel on a bad day. To be honest not much I can do on those days but read and watch tv.To give you a short lesson on FM, it produces widespread pain and exhaustion from head to toe. The primary symptoms include muscle pain, severe fatigue, sleep disorders, headaches, concentration problems, and sensitivity to loud noises and odors.There is also a burning pain all over.It is diagnosed by soreness and pain in your pressure points which are all over your body. If a certain number of them are sore, then you have fibromyalgia, now this is after they have ruled out everything else. I was diagnosed 12 years ago, but I had some of the symtoms since my teenage years. I hope that this helps you. I take pain pills and muscle relaxers to deal with mine, and some days nothing helps.

sacdp29 2010-06-20 08:00:46 -0500 Report

I also have Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed in 2003. It is hard to handle some days. I also take pain pills and muscle relaxers. I'm also on Lyrica. I also have osteoarthritis in most of my body along with Restless Leg Syndrome. Then, last year I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and at first was very angry. I thought 'great, another disease to put on my list'. But you learn to live with it and do the best you can do.
The only thing that upsets me now is some days i hurt so bad that I'm unable to watch my 2 year old granddaughter.
I've been on disability since around 2003. I just have to try not to overdo, like mopping floors, vaccuuming, etc. or it will cause my fibro to flare up bad.

petals 2010-06-20 09:39:01 -0500 Report

I understand. There are some things that I no longer can do, like vaccuming the floors, clean the entire house on one day. ect. On the bright side I never did like to vacum any way!! I just clean certain rooms on certain days of the week, it gets down , just a slower version. Yep, I have to be careful about not doing to much in one day or I will pay for it the rest of the week.

monkeymama 2010-06-18 23:16:45 -0500 Report

Hello there Petals! Being positive about anything in life will always helps us. Whether we are diabetic or not. Believing and trusting yourself is the other part of it.

Elrond 2010-06-18 23:03:17 -0500 Report

I've found from long experience that swinging from the ceiling fan almost always ends up with you crumpled on the floor with a knot on your head from where the fan hit you on the way down. Other than that, I agree that a positive attitude is the only way to go. I'm a little old for actual wall-climbing these days but I still enjoy watching others and cheer them on. In short, take care of yourself and enjoy this life; it's the only one you're likely to get.

petals 2010-06-19 15:44:24 -0500 Report

So you have had the ride on the ceiling fan,it's fun until you jump off the stupid thing, then ouch!!! I will cheer on those you wish to climb the walls, I hurt to much today for that!! You are right we all need to enjoy this life it's the only one we are going to get!!

Elrond 2010-06-20 02:08:28 -0500 Report

In my semi-youth, I was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. Now, I get hurt jumping off a curb. Go figure!

ccritch 2010-06-24 09:21:03 -0500 Report

Thanks for your service! I appreciate it and appreciate what you have done for our Country.

God Bless.

MAYS 2010-06-18 22:15:15 -0500 Report

To sum it up simply,
" Life is a mountain, climb it ! "

bettymachete 2010-06-18 21:52:27 -0500 Report

I have to agree with everyone here. Looking at my situation as an opportunity rather than a curse has really helped me along, as well as having a well supportive family. I wake up now, happy for the day to begin, I have a schedule I keep now. I go for a morning walk, I hope to make it a jog soon. I find myself having more energy than I have in a long time. I don't know what switch got turned on again…but I love having a thirst for life again and I really believe it will pay out in the long run.

petals 2010-06-18 21:59:45 -0500 Report

You bet it will pay out in the long run. I came from a family of diabetics that are a walking and talking ad for what NOT to do as a diabetic!! But at times I still had a hard time until I started paying attention to how they behave, WAKE UP CALL, for me!! They ALL had a poor me victim attitude, I said, no way, I am not going out that way!! So I chose not to be like that or like them. I didn't choose this disease, but I can choose how I handle it!!

RAYT721 2010-06-18 19:06:48 -0500 Report

Oh heck yeah. I have my ups and downs (weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, and moods) but through it all I remain pretty darn positive and motivated… and it's working!!! I've certainly come a long way in 3 months and a lot of it I owe to you guys for keeping me on track. There's no doubt that I use humor but I think laughing helps me burn a lot of calories. Laughter is as effective as codine but not narcotic. :)

petals 2010-06-18 20:22:43 -0500 Report

Keep up the good work Ray!! I like your sense of humor!! I like the laughter is as effective as codine !!!

RAYT721 2010-06-18 21:34:08 -0500 Report

It's funny, Petals, despite my many slogans nobody has ever asked me what I would do for a Klondike bar!!! :)

petals 2010-06-18 21:45:11 -0500 Report

Well, Betty, I never did like klondike bars when I wasn't a diabetic, so I guess my answer would be…I wouldn't do anything for one of them suckers!!!LOL!!!

monkeymama 2010-06-18 23:20:03 -0500 Report

LOL…what would you do for a Sugar Free Klondike Bar!!! Trying to find some humor and a few laughs right now.

petals 2010-06-19 15:47:59 -0500 Report

I'm not sure what Ray would do for the sugar free klondike bar, it's a secret, Ray you don't look chinese in your photo!!! I don't want one though..

Diane987 2010-06-18 18:39:26 -0500 Report

OK…Am I the only one that thinks swinging from the ceiling fan sounds like fun? Yes, a positive attitude is essential to maintaining control of my medical health. The body has a physical reaction to the release of neurotransmitters that make us happy or sad. I'll spare you the physiology lessons I sat through but basically it boils down to whether your brain is happy or sad, your body will follow.

petals 2010-06-18 20:25:57 -0500 Report

No your not the only one that thinks swinging from the ceiling fan sounds like fun, after i wrote this, I looked up at the ceiling fan and thought heck that might be fun to do!!!!LOL!!! I never thought about it, but you are right, if your happy or sad your body does follow that brain wave.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-06-18 16:26:14 -0500 Report

Yes a positive outlook is much easier to go through any medical problems. If you are down you bring your health down as well.
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petals 2010-06-18 20:29:12 -0500 Report

I agree JoAnna, I think when you are dealing with a chronic illness or two, a positive attitude goes a long way. I also have fibromyalgia to deal with along with the diabetes, and you just can't be whiney and complain. My motto is put on your big girl panties and deal with it!!

MAYS 2010-06-18 15:48:26 -0500 Report

A positive, honest outlook is essential to your well being, both mentally and physically.
Anything short of that is just down right foolish.
(In my opinion)

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-06-18 15:41:08 -0500 Report

I think that we need to try stay positive at all times. I for one really have a hard time being around someone who is negitive all the time.

petals 2010-06-18 20:33:02 -0500 Report

I also have that problem Jeannie, being around negative people sucks. They will drain you if you let them. I just try to avoid those people, if I can't I will try to turn it around to something positive , if not one us will be leaving!!

gregsteele 2010-06-22 04:28:29 -0500 Report

I refuse to be around negative people that is one of my main things with raising my boys is teaching them to always find the positive no matter how bad things seem its how you deal withit that decides the outcome no one controls it but you love to all GREG