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Recovering from flu mood swings

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by lotuslight, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. lotuslight

    lotuslight Type 2 · Member

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    Hi , I am just coming round from 7 days of severe upset stomach flu (without going into too much detail!)

    I now am cooking Xmas dinner for 8.

    I feel really overwhelmed and all my usual destress methods E.g. walking , meditation, etc nothing is working.

    I am so angry and I know it’s completely unreasonable and I can’t seem to control it.

    I just want to cry.

    I did lose a family member last week also.

    I am wondering if my blood sugars are all over as a result from illness.

    My doctor tell me not to test as I am a worrier.I am type 2 only on metformin.

    Does anyone have any advice please?

    Thank you
     
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  2. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    Yes, test your blood sugar and eliminate that as a possible cause.
     
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  3. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Testing gives me peace of mind and I'm a worrier, too. Infection/illness of any kind can raise blood glucose levels and these raised levels can, indeed, affect mood. I would advise that you prioritise your health, ask for help and delegate!

    My condolences on your loss, it's such a sad time for you I'm sure. I say again, make your well being your priority otherwise you will struggle for longer. Best wishes for Christmas and get well soon.
     
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  4. lotuslight

    lotuslight Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you both I agree , I don’t know why doctors are so keen for me not to.
    Thanks
     
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  5. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Basically it is down to cost and to what they have been taught.
    Some people can be stressed out by testing but without doing regular readings we are flying blind especially where food is concerned. When I have been ill and my levels go up I do not become anxious about it because this is a normal reaction but without a glucometer how on earth would I know that levels are rising to uncomfortable levels (for me as an individual)? A glucometer is the best tool we can have in aiding us to better management of our condition.
    All you can do is try it, if it doesn't suit you there is no one who can hold you down and force you to continue with it. It is your choice.
     
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  6. lotuslight

    lotuslight Type 2 · Member

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    Yes I agree thank you but can I just ask say if they were or are what would you do as a solution to try lower them?
    Walk? Eat healthier etc ?
     
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  7. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I'm a wheelchair user so no amount of excercise is relevant to me. What I can do, as a T2 not on insulin, is to manage my carb intake, eat twice a day without snacks in an effort to keep insulin low and as infrequent as possible thereby possibly prolonging beta cell life/efficiency, avoid stress (Hah!) and keep an eye on levels with a box standard meter.

    Edited for clarity.
     
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  8. lotuslight

    lotuslight Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks so much for the help and information:)! I have literally just been and bought one!

    Eeck
     
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  9. lotuslight

    lotuslight Type 2 · Member

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    It’s a free style optimum Neo hope that’s right for me:)
     
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  10. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I've seen other members speaking of that model, seems to be a good one.
     
  11. lotuslight

    lotuslight Type 2 · Member

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    Perfect thank you so much have a lovely Christmas
     
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  12. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    And you too lass, all the best.
     
  13. librarising

    librarising LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Be kind to yourself, and if being overwhelmed means telling others that's how you're feeling, and asking for patience/help, so be it.
    Your anger is NOT unreasonable in the event of losing a family member. This may be bringing up reactions you'd never have imagined !
    Christmas can be the best of times. It can also be the worst of times. If posting on this forum gets you through it, go for it !
    Condolences
    Geoff
     
  14. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    All of the above.

    You don't have to walk far to lower your blood sugar although that shouldn't be used as an excuse to just go to the front gate and back.
     
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