What a job it is managing diabetes ...

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-08-27 07:39:57 -0500
Started 2010-08-25 10:29:38 -0500

Did you ever think (or take for granted) how much effort actually goes into managing diabetes?

Of course not, not until you were diagnosed as a diabetic!

Constant monitoring of blood glucose levels, finger pricks, injections, limitless medications, continuous diabetes education, not to mention the financial and emotional impact it has on our lives.

The list goes on and on …


When it's working properly, our body, like any other machine is great, but when it isn't, what a chore it is trying to achieve a level of correction.

Our "check engine" lights and functions are great, but where is the "reset" button?


12 replies

newbie51 2010-08-27 07:39:57 -0500 Report

I didn't know much about diabetes until I was diagnosed in 1994. That's when my Mom was diagnosed also. My Granfather was a diabetic but I never knew it until about 10 years after he died. Nobody talked to me about it until I was diagnosed. My wakeup call was my heart surgery in 2008. I thought it would have been my amputation in 2006 but it wasn't. Since then though I have gotten alot of information about my disease. I have finally taken control of it now. I still need to work on my eating though.

monkeymama 2010-08-25 22:45:36 -0500 Report

I watched my mom growing up with her diabetes. I also learned what I should not do with my diabetes. She never really cared much to do what she was told to do. I started falling into that pattern on and off. I quickly changed my attitude and hoped I could help show/guide her to a better path. Maybe bond and share with each other but she still does not care to do. It is very hard at times…I wish there was a reset button for a lot of things our bodies do indifferently. There are also some who take for granted food, their body as a whole, and life. It is all just hard at times.

MAYS 2010-08-26 02:46:09 -0500 Report

Sometimes it seems like "all work, and no play," all it requires is management, management of resources, time and life.
(And of course, a "reset" button!)


GabbyPA 2010-08-25 13:09:05 -0500 Report

It is a full time job. Where do I pick up my check, how many vacation days do I get and why won't the insurance plan cover me? LOL!!

It does take a lot of concentration and I can say from experience, even when you feel like you have a grip on it, don't loose focus. Because you will loose ground fast if you are not careful.

realsis77 2010-08-25 12:48:14 -0500 Report

Oh mays how true that is! To find out in one months time your diabetic, watch what you eat!, take your insulin shot!, monitor those levels after the shot!, take your pill! Its soooo much! Sometimes I feel like crying! I've tried to create my own little routine but it all happened so fast for me its so much to take! When I found out I had to give myself shots that was just about too much! But we all have to do what we have to do to stay healthy but there are so many emotions attached to it all and there never addressed by doctor or educator. Its all a matter of fact this is what you must do! What is the best way to deal with this emotionally? I would love to know!

LennyDenny 2010-08-25 10:58:21 -0500 Report

How right you are. Even when we've been dealing with other issues we still take our bodies for granted. I started 34 years ago with crohns then 7 years ago with heart and 6 years ago with diabetes then 4 years ago with lungs. My check engine light has been on for a long time. But I still take things for granted. When you have a crisis you deal with it and keep on going. I'm finding that I need to stay on my toes constantly, but not let all the things gang up on me and get me down. I've been reminded a lot lately the god will only give us what we can handle. So I'm going to stop taking things for granted and continue to live life to it's fullest.

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