Living Well With Diabetes: Be Resourceful

No matter how well organized I try to be, life sometimes throws me a curve ball.

Whatever the cause I have to adjust my routine, often on the fly, sometimes in unfamiliar surroundings, generally by myself. And, oh yeah, I still have to keep tight control of my diabetes.

In short: How do I stay resourceful?

The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain…
—Robert Burns, To a Mouse

No matter how hard I try to be well organized, life sometimes throws me a curve ball.

I get a cold that makes me feel so miserable that all I want to eat is warm bowls of chicken pho soup brimming with rice noodles. Or a business trip puts me on a 5 a.m. flight, disrupting my normal routine.

Whatever the cause I have to adjust my routine, often on the fly, sometimes in unfamiliar surroundings, generally by myself. And, oh yeah, I still have to keep tight control of my diabetes. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Be Resourceful”

Living Well With Diabetes: Gain Knowledge

After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information. With understanding I could make better choices about my treatment and lifestyle changes. With knowledge I could make informed choices.

After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information.

Well, it was new to me. Doctors, dietitians, websites, books, co-workers, friends, family… They all had something to say about diabetes, how it works (or doesn’t work, as the case may be), its complications, and what’s the best way to “treat” it.

Being bombarded with information wasn’t helpful. It was confusing. Sometimes one person told me one thing and another person told me exactly the opposite. Which was correct? What was just crackpot? I needed to sort it all out. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Gain Knowledge”

Living Well With Diabetes: Health Priorities

After considering the big picture and clarifying my life priorities, I narrowed my attention to my health concerns.
I asked myself, my doctor, dietitian and family a whole new set of questions.

After considering the big picture and clarifying my life priorities, I narrowed my attention to my health concerns.

I asked myself, my doctor, dietitian and family a whole new set of questions.

What does being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mean? What’s not working in my body? How do we “fix” that?

What do I need to do differently? Take medication? Exercise? Change how I eat? Stop smoking? Manage my stress level? Make other lifestyle changes?

Is anything non-negotiable? These are the things that would cause my health to get worse and cannot be reversed in the future.

What changes do we need to make to our family’s routine? Can we buy only diet soda and limit the sweet stuff we have in the house? When can we go for a walk on the beach?

Which changes have the most potential to improve my health and quality of life? What should I focus on right now? What can I save for later? Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Health Priorities”

Living Well With Diabetes: Life Priorities

Living well with diabetes, I started with the big picture. What are my life priorities?

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was forced to look at how I was doing things. 

What are my habits? How do they affect my health? How am  I spending my time? What is most important to me? What am I willing to do differently? What am I not?

Frankly, it was overwhelming. Where to start?

I started with the big picture. What and who are most important to me? Looking back on my life from 60 or 70 or 80 or 90 years old what do I want to see? (Yeah, I think I can live that long.) What do I want to get out of life? What experiences? What relationships? What impact do I want to have? Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Life Priorities”