These days I have more questions than answers. In my diabetic life, sometimes I feel on top of the world and my health, today I feel out of sorts. Sorry. Depression and diabetes go hand in hand maybe that would be worth exploring. A screening for depression is imperative when we feel out of control, sad, unmotivated to care for ourselves and not optimistic. Life events, such as a loss of a loved one, a new job, moving, and generalized stress can impact our capacity to manage our type 2 diabetes. I have personally experienced all of the above in the past six months and I think it is catching up with me.
I think I will write myself into a motivated frenzy. Take one day at a time.
What can I start with?(I think I just asked myself that about two paragraphs ago…)
I think I will start with drinking more water and less diet soda. I will try to work out three times a week, instead of the five times my doctor suggested (she is a little more proactive and progressive than me these days). I will test daily, stay on my medicinal regiment and free up some of my time to prepare meals, grocery shop and rest. These are key items towards proper diabetes care. I will pray and meditate for mind and spirit. I may inquire about a psychotherapist to help me with the gains and losses I have had to deal with within the last 6 months or so. I will find a way to get my blood sugar together by taking small steps and incorporating new activities for my diabetes care such as brisk walking or taking the stairs at work. I will think more positive before I start typing my next installment of the dLife series…however, the truth is liberating, and I am beginning to feel a little better already. Like a purging, if you will. Thanks for letting me do me, be in the right here, right now and thanks for letting me share my personal struggles with you the reader, so candidly, this time around.
I know that I still…
dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.
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