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Diabetes Burnout.

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

  1. Sally66

    Sally66 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks RRB. We are not numbers but it often feels that way in how we are and led by both medics and media. Guess I'm new to it all but you find yourself obsessing about it it, thirsting for answers, full of anxiety about how you will manage. Your loved ones become saturated with it and can only take so much. In practical terms I am finding I am spending a disproportionate amount of time on this forum (half term and I should be writing reports). You see if you have stress at work you can try to remedy by taking time out, a holiday for example, but diabetics can never get away from it cos they have to eat and the minute you start thinking food , which you have to, the issues come flooding back. Anyone who has had weight problems and dieted know what I mean. I'm not trying to say smokers don't have a hard time giving up, I'm sure it's tough. They don't have to put a cigarette in their mouths but we cannot avoid putting food in ours, In fact going on holiday often means less control over your food and therefore more anxiety for diabetics. There is simply not enough support for this emotional need for diabetics weary of dealing with their condition. A very useful post which I hope more GPs will see.
     
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  2. Helen Humphreys

    Helen Humphreys Type 2 · Newbie

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    Excellent piece of information :)
     
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    Jum Type 2 · Newbie

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    Jum Type 2 · Newbie

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  5. Violetluis

    Violetluis Type 2 · Member

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    Yes I agree, I feel it's a marathon. For me it's become a marathon with my feet tied as my disability stops me from exercising and my depression stops me from holding onto my will power to diet. A real vicious circle which I must snap out off if I am to survive. Now my lactactes went up, also my potassium levels. I feel I need to control those sugar levels if I am to survive.
    I am going to start the low carb diet as a last resource.
    Anyway else in my situation??
     
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  6. jane Schofield

    jane Schofield LADA · Member

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    I am T2 and have been since 2010.Yesterday I went for my diabetes review blood levels good and doing well then I was asked if I felt depressed and I broke down and finally admitted I felt serverly depressed and felt like taking all of my insulin at once and just go to sleep and all my problems would be over. She made me a gp appointment straight away and he put me on citalapram and refured me to diabetic specialist. This is all because I can't bare to stick that little needle in to me any more. He said that they might put me on a pump do T2s go on pumps?.
    I have put on 2 stone in 6 months because my insulin dose has changed also the insulin itself. I am on a low carb diet it hasn't stopped the weight going on.
    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
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  7. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi Jane, sorry to hear of your problems. I have never heard of a Type 2 going onto a pump, but you can never say never with diabetes. Spiker has just come off of his pump, he's type 1, as he was having lots of hiccups, but many find it a godsend. There is a lot to understand and having cannula's inserted, it's a lot to take in. Has your GP or DSN suggested any type of counselling, which could be helpful to you ?
    Good luck, RRB
     
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  8. kevinfitzgerald

    kevinfitzgerald Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I to like the marathon analogy accept with a marathon it ends after 26miles but for us it goes on and on.

    Marathon runners hit "the wall" where they hurt and struggle and just want to stop. They don't though, they keep discipline and they keep running and though painful they get through it and their running becomes easier again.

    Unfortunately for us we hit "the wall" more than just the once on our journey but like the marathon runner we need to try our best to keep discipline and we need to keep going every time we hit it !.

    We need to keep doing what we know is the right thing even if we are not seeing results, seek support whilst doing it from those that understand and remember that if we continue in this vain we will get through it,

    Burnout is awful and there are so many variables on what can happen living with this illness but I keep running even when I'm hurting.

    The main thing is Don't Give Up !
     
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  9. diondom12

    diondom12 · Member

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    I've been type 1 diabetic for nearly 30 years I've had 2 strokes due too diabetes I'm 47 and had enough between severe hypos dka which I've just recovered from retinopathy where I can't see too clearly end stage renal failure all too do with this horrid disease I have I'm in and out of hospital on a regular basis this past 6 months mainly the hypos be being 0.2 or no readings at all I'm now suffering from no warning sign for high or low bg my last hba1c my doc said was really good I've had enough of feeling **** and everything that's happening too me I'm just hoping this doesn't last too long :-(
     
  10. AnnieBernice

    AnnieBernice Type 1 · Member

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    Please could you tell me how I can talk to people, there does not seem to be any way I can ask questions ! So frustrated !
     
  11. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi Steve and welcome, sorry to hear of your downhill path. I think many have been through a denial of some sort with the couldn't care less attitude that comes to the surface and tries to take over. The best thing is that you have posted on here about it and it shows you are acknowledging it. Maybe you could start a thread on how you are feeling in the Type 2 thread, or the discussion thread, as you would probably get more views ? as it's a good place for lots of help, advice and support.
    Take care RRB
     
  12. catherinecherub

    catherinecherub · Guest

    I have moved Steve's post to the greetings and introductions board @Robinredbreast as it is his first post. Our posts must have crossed as yours wasn't here when I moved his.
     
  13. kman

    kman Type 1 · BANNED

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    I might pop in and share experiences occasionally.

    Take Care.

    Love.

    xxx.
     
  14. axle 222

    axle 222 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for such an informative insight.....I have mental health issues coping with lung disease, was seeing a psychiatrist,but havnt told her yet about my diabetes diagnosis,trying to cope with insulin regime first, then will speak to her...
    I look at photo of dizzy and dory each day,oh to be so carefree........
    Thanks for the post.....
     
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  15. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    You are so welcome axle and I am chuffed you like dizzy and dorry, they brought a smile to my face as soon as I saw them , so I wanted to share these adorable little creatures <3
    Take care x
     
  16. SarahB97

    SarahB97 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I am a type 1 and have been for 9 years. I was taken into hospital a couple of weeks ago for 5 days for monitoring and testing because I can't seem to control my diabetes and forget to do my sugars. Even after the horrible experience I am still forgetting and not controlling it as well as I could but I don't know how to improve. Do you have any ideas??
     
  17. rachel162

    rachel162 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm 21 and have been type 1 for 19 years. I've never really had issues previously, I've always had reasonable control of my condition, although obviously there are sometimes issues as there is not a textbook approach to diabetes, much as medical professionals would like to convince you that it's easy (at least in their eyes) to stay between 4 and 7 the entire time!

    Over the past 6 months or so I've been developing real problems. My blood sugars are all over the place all the time, what with final year exams, and especially now I've just finished uni and am doing a lot of 12 hour days waitressing at fast paced events with very limited breaks, I can't deal with it any more. I've collapsed and fitted from a couple of hypos at work recently because I can't eat at 'normal' times but I don't want to be the one having to have special treatment and take breaks mid service. I'm not recovering from one shift to the next and it just means my levels are getting more out of control each time as I get more tired and my body doesn't know how to deal with the repeated fluctuations, but I can't fix it.

    I just feel I have something to prove. Why shouldn't I be able to work ridiculous hours and not have breaks; why should I have to stop and use my pump and do blood tests and all of that? When I was little I was testing like 5-6 times a day, now its once when I wake up or not at all if I'm running late. I used to count the carbs in everything and dose accordingly, now I guesstimate 90% of the time. I've no idea what's even going on with my basal rates. I want a break, even just for one day, to be a 'normal' person and not have to deal with it any more.

    Struggling to find people to talk to; I last saw my diabetes doctor about 5 years ago, I'd lost a lot of weight and was heading towards what turned out to be a 3 month stay in hospital for anorexia, and they threatened to take me off my pump, so basically I was too scared and just didn't go back. Now I don't know where to start in terms of getting any support from people who understand and will actually be supportive and proactive rather than just judgmental. As @Flowerpot said, 'the only time I have had help in dealing with any aspects of coping with a chronic illness was from an eating disorders clinic where I was helped to recover from anorexia.' It feels like everyone either pities me or feels they could live my life better than I do, and even when I do my absolute best things still go wrong anyway, so why should I bother keeping on top of it all when ultimately it just causes more stress! Scared I'm on a downward spiral.

    Any advice/similar situations/people to chat to would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  18. SarahB97

    SarahB97 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi @rachel162 it is very hard dealing with diabetes and trying to live a normal life. I have been working in a kitchen where they do 18 hour days with no breaks and it the simplest terms it has ****** with my diabetes but I made it clear to them that I needed the time to sort it out or I was going to have really bad health problems. You need to do this because from what you've said it is becoming dangerous now! I was in hospital for a week with mine and I can tell you it was horrible. Please don't get yourself into that and please go back to the doctors. They will be able to help you with what's happening and get you back on track.

    When you said what the point in controlling it when it doesn't really help - I feel the same way everyday. Mine is all over the place and doctors are just sitting in there chair saying you need to sort it out and don't even think about normal life and how much it affects us!

    I'm in the same boat as you with your thoughts about diabetes and have been in the same place with controlling it so if you ever need to talk more just message me
     
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    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Kudos to both of you .... @rachel162 for reaching out and @SarahB97 for offering your help. It hits everyone differently, it does not care who or what we are, and hurts us at levels only "we" understand, regardless of type.

    You hide from it, you confront it and every single emotion in between. I'm pleased you're in contact and hope it all works out for you both. You deserve no less and this is what the forum is all about ... help .....

    Mike :)
     
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    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    @Robinredbreast thank you so much for starting this thread. I have just returned to the site after a 6 month absence. I was diagnosed t2 a year ago and worked hard for the first 7 months with a lchf diet and an hours swimming every day. My levels dropped and dropped and then I just fell off the wagon! And it is so very hard to start again. This thread, which I have just read all the way through was very helpful and motivating.
     
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