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The Other Half of Diabetes – Tuesday 5/17
We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk?
The mental part? Like with any chronic disease, there are good and bad and even some “blah, who cares?” days. And some days I truly begin to doubt myself and my ability to treat my own diabetes. And other days I think I’m the queen of d-care.
The rest of the days? I think I’m probably nuts.
The love of my life – my husband – is my rock, and God only knows how he puts up with my bitching and moaning some days. (And Karen, he just brought a slice of lime for my drink!) After collapsing and falling sound asleep some nights, he’s the one who will stay up and watch the Dexcom numbers if there’s an issue. I hate, hate, hate that he has to do that. I know that he doesn’t have to do that. But he does. And it makes me sad and it makes me angry. But mostly, it makes me happy. I won’t mention the guilt…
No tips – well, one tip. Become active in the DOC. Connect on FB, create your own blog, do the Twitter thing (I still don’t know how…). Join a support group if you have one. When I first started pumping I attended a great group. I drove over an hour to meet them. It was worth it and I’m so grateful that I had that opportunity. They don’t meet any longer. Wish they did. It was sponsored by Animas and I loved being able to meet other d-people and pumper people.
Just do something so you won’t feel so alone.
So – I’m not doing D-Blog Week – for the first time since Karen began it.
I can read blogs and comment so – that’s me this week.
If you haven’t – check out Karen’s list of who’s blogging.
Here’s a link to Day 1 – The “I Can” blogs.
I Can – Monday, 5/11
They’re quite amazing and I’m already enjoying “meeting” some new d-people.
Have a great week!
Click for the Diabetes Life Hacks – Friday 5/16 Link List.
Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes. Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)
My trick – magic – whatever…
Read the d-blogs.
You will learn more than any endo, doctor, pcp, cde can ever teach you.
And the best part? Mostly, usually – d-people do not tell you what you need to do. They will tell you what they’ve done. They stress that it’s not medical advice. They are quick to advise that you need to call your medical provider when they feel you are in deep doo-doos.
Having a terrible (Alexander) day??? – post it on FB or your blog or Twitter (I still haven’t mastered tweeting…). Your d-friends will be there in minutes to console you. And sometimes, that is all you need, an understanding friend.
So – at 6pm on a Friday of the 5th Diabetes Blog Week, that’s my trick.
Go read some d-blogs!
I don’t get a LOT of spam – but I do get some…
Some of today’s – – –
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Somehow, I don’t think they’re going to be my newest blog friends…
Hey Karen – I need some blog ideas! Is it D-Blog Week yet?