Often if I was asked to describe Diabetes, my instinct was to respond frustrating. Anyone who has Diabetes or has had close contact with someone living with this condition will attest to this. After a particularly frustrating night followed by an equally distressing morning, a friend who has type 1 Diabetes shared this picture with me which she found on the GetDiabetesRight.org Facebook page.
After we laughed, sighed as we shared that “Oh well it could always be worse!” kind of smile, we kicked back into survival mode. That’s what you do when you are faced with the unpredictableness of this disease day after day. You must be resilient.
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had Diabetes for 30 years, you will have bad days. If it was just what you ate that affected your blood sugar, Diabetes management would be easy. Unfortunately there are so many other variables at play. Stress, for instance, has such a huge impact on blood sugars. Anyone utilizing a continuous glucose monitor can see how emotions affect blood sugars. Who doesn’t have stress? Still some days there just doesn’t seem to be any explanation for the highs and lows…and so you lament over that and there it goes! (I apologize if your blood sugar is rising just from reading this.)
What do you do? Well you don’t give up. You take it day by day, and in those really tough times you take it moment by moment. By anticipating that these days will come, you will be prepared to better handle them. It is important to have a plan of action ready.
- Have a support system in place and call/text or better yet try to meet up with someone who understands you and will lift your spirits. This may be a friend or family member. Another option would be joining an online support group.
- Reach out to your healthcare provider if you have a question. How long has it been since you sent your blood sugars into the office for review? Even if it has been a while since you have been seen, utilize this option.
- MOVE! Get outside and take a walk. Spend some time in the sunshine and see if that makes you smile. Yoga is another option. It can help you manage stress and improve blood sugar control. Any form of physical activity that you like can help. Just remember to check your blood sugar before starting.
- Take a few minutes and listen to some uplifting music. A great example is The Greatest by Sia…aka THE DIABETIC FIGHT SONG because you have stamina! Never give up.
See my Facebook page Doc By Your Side, LLC for the words for the revised Diabetes edition “The Bravest” 😉