Diabetes Care, is it a Family or a Private issue?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-07-05 13:50:39 -0500
Started 2010-06-27 18:27:14 -0500

In your home, is your diabetes a family issue or is it your very own private issue ?

From meals to exercise to healthcare, are you sharing or being selfish ?

What makes you comfortable concerning your diabetes ?


15 replies

Momma Day's Girl
Momma Day's Girl 2010-07-05 13:50:39 -0500 Report

In my house it is a family issue. Even if you are not a diabetic you will eat healthy because that is all I buy and cook. I am trying to live long here. When I visit at your house I take "my kind of food" when you visit at my house, you bring "your kind of food". It won't kill you if I feed you mine, but i might die if I eat yours.

Lakeland 2010-06-28 22:17:35 -0500 Report

My husband knows about lows & highs. He know that if he's shopping I prefer him to get, high protien & if it's something with carbs to get the whole grain things.

He actually is getting into it more because since he's eating what I'm eating, he's doing better in his numbers.

He will question if i choose badly but he knows, my numbers have gotten so much better that he doesn't watch me so much, he's gaining trust in my decisions.

I got a pup so I walk for 30mins to an hour 3 times a day, yesterday I wasn't feeling well so he took the dog for me.

I think our relationship is actually getting stronger.

MAYS 2010-06-29 07:48:39 -0500 Report

I am very glad to hear that, so in your case, diabetes has become a bonding factor as well as a healthy lifestyle motivational tool, that's beautiful !


kdroberts 2010-06-28 09:57:56 -0500 Report

It's part of who I am so I don't really think about it much. I do what I need to do, sometimes people ask me about it or see what I'm doing but I don't go out of my way to hide it or share it unless there is something I need help with.

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 21:10:57 -0500 Report

Being diabetic is isolating enough without excluding my family. They all know, they watch me test, try to help me figure out what I should eat for the most part. We do have an ice cream weakness in the house, but that is our worst one. I could not do this if I didn't have the support of my family. Even if they forget sometimes, at least it is a short jump to get back on board.

monkeymama 2010-06-27 19:09:09 -0500 Report

Hello there MAYS! For me personally, I am VERY OPEN in my house. I have made changes in all of our diets to eat healthier and teach my children about the healthier choices. My husband and I recently began bike riding together and our kids have joined in this. As a family we are now doing 6-8 miles. We get out more and go swimming. In fact, my youngest daughter has REALLY shined with being in tuned and wanting to eat better. She asks me now if she can help me cook healthier. To make it easier on the small changes I make in our house. I allow each one of them 2 things I will not change on them (and it has to be reaonable). Since I am the one who cooks and plans the meals, they pretty much got to go with the flow but they are more willing now in TRYING. I "occasionally" allow a fun dessert and get them on a 3 meal 3 snack routine and what there portions. I am trying to show them they can have their cake and eat it too-just in moderation. I also cut out all the bad fast food habits and offer better alternatives.

alanbossman 2010-06-27 18:50:43 -0500 Report

I share meals, exercise and all things with my family. My wife makes me feel comfortable knowing that if there was a problem with me she knows what to do.

MAYS 2010-06-28 17:24:42 -0500 Report

Such a great way to get the family involved, it allows everyone to know all about diabetes from a personal point of view.

RAYT721 2010-06-27 18:42:20 -0500 Report

I believe it's of paramount importance for family members to know of the condition, side effects, medical emergency procedures, etc. I believe it's also important in regards to knowing one's family history of heart issues, depression, epilepsy and other such conditions. My wife is completely on board with my condition as I am with hers. My step son is aware of our conditions as well. There are some coworkers that I have chosen to tell of my condition but without sporting a t shirt saying, "Got Glucose?" Who you tell or not and what you say or not is indeed a personal matter without a right or wrong answer. Diabetes I will admit to. There are others (I used to work at Walgreens) that would tell me of medical issues that I truly, truly did not need to know about.