May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope?
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There’s one thing in particular that always brings me down when it comes to diabetes. That is talk of a cure.
Talk of a cure, you say? Why would that bring you down? Wouldn’t it give you hope? Hope that one day you won’t have to take pills or shoot insulin? Hope that one day you can go for a hike without worry that you’ll go low on the trail? Hope that one day you can eat a carb-heavy meal without judgement?
First of all, when people talk about a cure for diabetes they aren’t talking about me.
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.
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.