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Diabetes burnout, anyone?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by carlos fandango, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Kerryachown

    Kerryachown · Member

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    The thing that helps me is the Facebook page for people who have type 1 and who do sport. They are all so positive. I wouldn't describe myself as sporty but I love the positive vibe. I also feel that doing physical activity makes me feel positive. Even today, I did park run and I found it really hard, but it helps me keep positive even when I'm struggling like you.
     
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    Suercc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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  3. Martina K Dairo

    Martina K Dairo Type 1 · Member

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    kevinfitzgerald Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Martina,

    I am quite new to this forum also. Anything IT feels me with dread!

    I am not new to diabetes though being Type 1 for 33 years.

    I know a few diabetics that have had periods of burn out, I being one! It is true that people who do not have this illness normally have little understanding of the emotional issues it brings.

    So sorry that you seem to be struggling at the moment. It will pass though. May not seem like it but it will. Remember that there are so many of us that suffer this illness. I also remind myself of that when feeling bad. It is part of being what we have and I accept that now.

    It is a bit like the marathon runner hitting "the wall" but they carry on running even though they are hurting. They want to give up but they keep discipline, they keep running and then they get through.

    Having diabetes as you know is a little longer than 26 miles and we hit that wall more than just the once. You have had it a while like me and many others. If I can get through 33 years of injections and living with diabetes I know I can get through brief periods of time when I am feeling down.

    Ask around. Nobody knows a diabetic like a diabetic. Keeping perspective helps me also. Many illnesses out there worse than ours (mind you there are a few also that I would rather have) ;)
     
  5. Martina K Dairo

    Martina K Dairo Type 1 · Member

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    Great to hear from you Kevin,it's reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who's ever gone through this bad patch.As you say hopefully this will pass soon.Thanks for your kind words,Martina
     
  6. Martina K Dairo

    Martina K Dairo Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Carlos,reading your post has really moved me as you're describing exactly how I've been feeling for the past few months.I'm 47 and have been a Type 1 diabetic for the past 38 years.I'm generally very well controlled and Thank God have no diabetic complications but what a struggle it's been lately to maintain this.As you say,sometimes despite your efforts things can still go awry.I've had a lot of unexplained hypos lately and I've honestly been more psychologically than physically affected by them (although physically it's been pretty tough too).Like you I too have a great support network,my husband,family,friends and workmates are very helpful to me but sometimes it's just impossible for them to understand what we're going through.how can they be expected to?Like you say,you don't want to appear needy or different to others.I'm a teacher and had a hypo in the staffroom of school a few weeks ago (luckily it wasn't in class) and really scared my workmates,when I came round I felt so embarrased and almost guilty for having put them through that and I don't like to think that they view me differently now.Anyway I so know what you're going through and am here to chat and share our experiences.Best wishes Martina
     
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  7. DR MICHAIL

    DR MICHAIL Type 2 · Member

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    Hi, I am diabetic for 27 years ,T2 , first treated on oral medication and now on Insulin for 10 years. I know exactly what you feel because of my repeated similar experiences. The reason is not only the diabetes but other reasons such as relationships especially your sexual one, work, family and friends.
    I am 68 now and retired and that even made it worse especially if you do not do much.
    My own experience is to go to the gym and you will find a big difference in your feeling and your ability to cope with various stresses . Initially it is going to be a bit difficult especially you have to readjust your treatment during the gym session but then you will get trained in dealing with it with the help of your trainer . At least give it a go and see the result yourself.

    Also you have to address any sexual problem because there are a lot of offers to address this problem , do not feel embarrassed and speak to your Dr or the nurse .
    Good luck
     
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  8. Wife of Type1 hubby

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    Hi Carlos,
    My husband has been going through 'burnout' for some time. He's 34 and has had type 1 since he was 2 years old. Overall, since he has been treated for retinopathy he's been really looking after his levels and can cope a lot easier with his condition, but sometimes he will eat things he's not supposed to eat, just to feel like he's living a normal life, but when he goes high he gets in a rage, all bitter and twisted....it's like Jeckall and Hyde. Pretty scarey, as when he's normal levels he's such a lovely person. It's hard trying to deal with this knowing that it's the illness not him that makes him like that. Sometimes he says it would be so much easier just to die as he's exhausted by the constant effort it takes to keep the good levels. I try to keep him positive, but he's not been able to do his normal job (roofing) since his eyesight went and this has dented his confidence. He's starting a small handyman business with his dad so that he can earn money, but is very unsure about his eyesight. It's good that you are still able to work....you should definitely take a holiday. My husband spent the best part of a year travelling Australia in his early 20s. It's probably the best thing he's ever done! Good luck
     
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    I also feel like this so maybe we can help each other through this, please PM me x
     
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