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Diabetes Burnout.

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by catherinecherub, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Bewildered

    Bewildered Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Crikey that struck a chord.
     
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  2. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    great post RRB -- does anybody know -- has it been made a sticky anywhere ??
     
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  3. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi, I asked for it to be made a sticky on here.
    This is the on line service link :- Onlinewww.diabetescounselling.com.au

    With best wishes
     
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  4. neverforever

    neverforever Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Dizzy and Dory are great and so are your posts RRB. This information is so welcomed. Ive been struggling on and off for a few months after really doing well. thank you :)


     
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  5. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Thank you neverforever, I am so pleased the information has been helpful, have you been to see your DSN or GP, as I think a lot of members have struggled sometime in their life.
    Dizzy and Dory are part of the forum now :)
    I hope you can get back on track again. Take care and wishing you all the best RRB :)
     
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  6. borderter

    borderter Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Really struggling at the moment trying hard to cope with diabetes and hubby wth memory probs then finding very raised bgs after doing everything right so i punish myself by eating biscuits etc saying to my body if you want raised sugars here you are !! so childish
    Reading Robins post has helped a bit . I want to try tresiba but trust wont finance it here have tried all others and no joy so on mixed in desparation but its unpredictable at best
    Was in tears at last diabetic clinic at gps and he says he will put me on antidepressants soon ,no no no ,guess its cheaper than Tresiba
     
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  7. neverforever

    neverforever Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This can be so overwhelming especially when there are other factors thrown in. Im type 2 so I have no idea what it must be like to have insulin. Have they outright refused or just not for the moment, end of financial year etc.? Im surprised he didnt suggest someone to talk to before meds!!! such an easy answer for the GP, really thought this type of knee jerk reaction was outdated. Im a big fan of counselling in whatever guise, I think its important to have someone, not family or friends to offload too. I hope you find some calm soon.
     
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    Daks Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Awesome post, from a seasoned soldier!
     
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  9. Princesnikki

    Princesnikki Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi I have been diabetic since I was 12 I am now 25 and I have struggled every day at the age of 19 I was diagnosed a with diabetic neuropathy at that point that I was told I would spend the rest of my life In a wheelchair but thankfully I don't I do however suffered with a lot of pain I've been told today that my liver function is not very good due to my diabetes and I may have fatty liver which is where the liver stores some sugar witch turns to fat due to the affects of my sugar levels at the moment I am constantly running hi I'm testing every two hours day and night I constantly feel unwell this is not just effecting me but my family to and is also affect my future I struggle struggle struggle I can't seem to get it right I can seem to help other people I am great at helping others with the diabetes maintaining control monitoring it and given advice I just can't seem to do it for myself
     
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    primmers · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this. 5 years from diagnosis I am a Type 2 diet uncontrolled diabetic, definitely experiencing burnout. I seem to be coming back up to the surface, it was good to read the stats on depression with diabetes, remind me that I'm not alone and why I want to be diet controlled again.
     
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  11. jane Schofield

    jane Schofield LADA · Member

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    I am 49 and have had T2 for 5 years. Went on to insulin six months after being diagnosed. So sick of finger picking 4 times a day insulin twice a day and still sugers high they only stay level for 2 months then start to rise and have to increase insulin. So fed up feel like stopping sticking that little needle in me and just living with the consequence also really depressed over weightgain

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
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  12. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @jane Schofield

    I know most of us can easily relate to where you are at. Even if we've not had diabetes as long as you have. I am sure the burnout factor is playing a big role in where you are at right now. Yet have you considered changing what you're doing?

    As Henry Ford one said "If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got"

    I could share with you a photo of friend who had a leg three months ago then lost that (his second leg) to diabetes too, but I won't. Diabetes is most probably the most brutal disease out there. Personally I've lost 54lbs in the last year and I still don't have diabetes in remission. It is a nightmare disease. I am on metformin but I want to be free of all tablets. Have you read up on any of the following

    1) Newcastle Diet
    2) Professor Roy Taylor
    3) Richard Doughty
    4) Dr Jason Fung?

    Any of these might be a place to start.

    I will be 60 on my next birthday & I exercise most days doing something very energetic. Please accept my apologies in advance if you sense I am being cruel, as your diabetes won't be nearly as polite as I am. If you need inspiration there's one girl here who's managed to lose 123 lbs and put her T2 into remission too.

    Here's a couple of links to Professor Taylor's work.

    http://www.fend-lectures.org/index.php?menu=view&id=94

    https://campus.recap.ncl.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Embed.aspx?id=c3bef819-e5f4-4a55-876f-0a23436988ed&v=1

    I want to help you but most importantly we should all be aware of the consequences of T2D.
    It can be done, & good luck to you..

    JM
     
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  13. Jonnyjibbsuk

    Jonnyjibbsuk · Guest

    After reading that ..I think I can safely say for the last four days I have been on burn out .....least I know what it is now lol
     
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  14. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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  15. christi99

    christi99 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry to hear about your health issues - particularly when you were doing all the "right" things (good numbers etc.) I have been an ICU nurse (as well as cardio-thoracic surgical ICU nurse - and a diabetic and a son who is diabetic) and for what it is worth - you may be sicker had you not taken such care for 35 years. I have seen 30 year old diabetics with severe diabetes related illness. Diabetes is such an extremely complex disorder. However, I realize that info probably does little to help your feelings of frustration. In reality, you feel like **** now! But...we just have today- or "now". You can choose only that and give up (which may seem tempting) but the only consequence will be more sickness and disability.
    Also...Please note- There is a very real physiologic depression that can happen "post-pump" (the heart pump used to bypass the heart during bypass surgeries) in addition to just grieving your losses of your health baseline- try to give yourself some time and self-care- and also know that you may very well feel better as you recover from your surgery. Perhaps you can talk to your cardiologist for a referral to talk with a professional/? antidepressants Rx.
    Take ONE day at a time instead of looking at managing your diabetes long-term like you are used to- as it may feel more doable. I don't think people can really fully understand the constant vigilance required and the lifestyle management needed- everyday of your life!! Many people will not even finish a course of antibiotics for 7 days with compliance!!! How many people can lose weight without regaining it? Or stop drinking, smoking or stick to an exercise regimen for life? Give yourself a hug and I am betting that many here reading your post (like myself) are also sending you hugs.
     
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  16. Living-by-the-beach

    Living-by-the-beach Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @christi99

    Diabetes is a nightmare disease and I completely agree with your appraisal of our long term condition. Yet Elaine Stritch (a diabetic) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Stritch lived till she was 89 and my mom may not yet get to that age. So a long life is possible. We have to take it one day at a time. The whole point of this website is for support. I do find support elsewhere but its concentrated here . IMHO that other diabetes website isn't a patch on this one and I don't use it. There is some real positive mojo going on here Thank God! We can all conquer our issues, we just need to do it as a sports company might say!

    Best wishes

    JM
     
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  17. christi99

    christi99 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh I completely agree about healthy long lives very doable and yes, ideally that we are all shooting for. But... boy when you are socked with heart disease and other DM related premature illnesses - it can be so discouraging, considering the amount of effort it takes to manage disease. I just think it can be so overwhelming and you're right - support from people who understand is where it is at.
     
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  18. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    Excellent post RRB , really enjoyed reading it , it reminds us all that the you should , you must , you can approach , does not always work ...it just is not easy , what one person says ,,does not mean it will be the same for another individual ...
    Everyone is so individual as you highlight and burnout is not a shameful experience ...
    Support, time and care go along way , never easy answers , but your post sends out an excellent message to us all ... Thank you ..
     
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  19. Zoexena41

    Zoexena41 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I enjoyed reading this mail. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with type 2 diabetes and to be honest I have struggled to accept this. It's sad but feel that I have not had enough support at the doctors, basically told I'm type 2 and given medication and told to crack on. I feel that proper support is vital to help someone manage their diabetes.
     
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  20. Natalie1974

    Natalie1974 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This thread has really struck a chord for me...I'd never heard of Diabetes burnout until today but it's something I can truly relate to.

    A few years ago I felt my life had collapsed around me...my work...my family and friendships seemed to be in tatters and bit by bit it all took me down with it...I lost all control of my diabetes...my hba1c went from good to really really bad and I'm sad to say...I just stopped caring. I still did my injections but really only tested when I felt bad...be it either really high or really low...which was quite a lot of the time. My care team didn't really do much to support me...they handed out antidepressants and gave me a hard time over my blood results...but they never offered any kind of counseling...which I believe now actually could've been the key to getting back on track.

    Regardless...time has marched on...I met an amazing guy who supports me with my diabetes 100%...mostly through reminding me to check bloods and inject etc...but through him doing this and I suppose through a new sense of purpose I started to take control again. It was at this point that I discovered this site...and lchf...and I've not looked back. The support and advice from other members is tremendous and it's renewed my interest and commitment to get things right again...and something I'm truly grateful for.

    I have now been low carbing for just over a month and although some days are hard...for the most part I feel fantastic...I love that when I check my BS more often that not I get a happy number and it's these happy numbers that keep me striving forward...to the point I'm actually excited about my next hba1c...(results this week)...something I never thought I'd hear myself say.

    This site is truly amazing in terms of information and support...thank you everyone and keep up the good work.
     
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