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6 Diabetes things I want you to know

November 10th, 2010

First of all, Happy D-blog Day everyone! Ok, now here are the 6 things I want you to know about diabetes!!

It can be a private viewing. Diabetes can be a very private illness and just because you may seem fine on the outside doesn’t mean that you are not hurting on the inside.

You can’t be perfect. I have spent the last 10 years (well almost, my diaversary is on November 25) trying my hardest to have “perfect blood sugars.” If you try to do this you will not be happy with the results. It can drive you crazy and spin you out of control. Trying to be perfect will only set you up for failure. Take one number at a time, as hard as that is for me to say it is true.

Get yourself a pyschologist ASAP. There are people out there that can help you find peace with yourself and a way to get you through living with a chronic illness. Having diabetes can be a mental mind game and without the right guidance and support you can feel very overwhelmed, especially at diagnosis. There is no harm in getting mentally healthy and once you learn that you will definitely be on the road to a better d-life! Wendy Satin Rapaport http://www.diabetespsyche-drwendy.com/ is a fantastic pyschologist who specializes in diabetes for the past 28 years. She has helped me on more than one occasion!

Highs Happen, I am not dying. If my blood sugar is high don’t look at me funny, and act like I am going to die right then and there. Having a high blood sugar can be corrected. YES, if I take a shot of insulin in a couple of hours it will go down! Well sometimes. There can be underlying factors of a high blood sugar, sometimes you are high because of something you ate, or you could be getting sick or it can be stress related. It can even be because of a insulin pump failure. So before you judge make sure the look is valid, and not just because you think I was a bad diabetic. :)

Exercise. The more exercise you do, the better your blood sugars will be, and you will feel better too. You can end up being on less insulin shots if you have type 1 diabetes and if you have type 2 diabetes you can gett off pills in some cases. Exercise is important ! So get out there and take a walk, join a gym or clean your house haha! It can help you in more ways than you think!

Join a social network, and get involved with The Diabetes Online Community. The support that I have gotten over the years from the D-OC I can’t even put into words. These people have become my extended family, and I would do anything for any of them in a heartbeat. The bond we all have is tremendous.

There are so many diabetes communities for everyone! If you are a rockstar, if you are spanish speaking, if you are a woman, or even a child, the list can go on and on… Check em’ out at The Diabetes Resource

Also, don’t forget to Be A Part of The Cure and Do the Big Blue Test, on November 14 World Diabetes Day!

Watch this video and a child will get life-saving insulin

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8 Responses to “6 Diabetes things I want you to know”

  1. Scott Strange Says:

    Amen, esp where you say none of are perfect. Sometimes we all just have those WTF-Days

  2. Allison Blass Says:

    Yay for your list! I was wondering when you were going to post. #3 is really important. Not enough people do that.

  3. Gina Says:

    Yea I didn’t have time to post till like an hour ago

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  5. Sandra Miller Says:

    Excellent list, Gina. “You can’t be perfect” and “Highs happen”
    especially resonated.

    Happy D-Blog Day!

    (And thanks for bringing me back to the blog today. :-)

  6. Reyna Maher Says:

    Love the psychologist comment listed…that and some psych meds STAT!!! LOL. Actually for me…the D-OC and blogging has served as therapy in a way. My only regret is not finding you all sooner.

    Great event yesterday. Thank you for bringing us all together Gina.

  7. Leighann of D-Mom Blog Says:

    Yes! And for parents of children with diabetes it’s okay to see a marriage counselor. It’s a hard road and bound to put stress on your relationship. Thank you for such a terrific topic this year. I am loving everyone’s posts!

  8. Ronnie the diabetic Says:

    great list Gina, I was tempted to add the proverbial disclaimer
    that lowering your insulin dose for type 1 or getting off pills for
    type 2′s if you exercise was by no means an inference to a cure

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