Found My Way?

I’ve been feeling better lately (thank you retail therapy).

Feeling lost is something that comes and goes when dealing with a lifelong thing like diabetes.  Maybe it is a little more noticeable for us because we’re the ones “in charge” of those delicate daily decisions.

I also believe that when our blood sugars are out of whack, our chemical balance is taken for a ride along with it.  This pulls and tugs on our emotions just as literally as a puppet-master pulling strings on his/her marionette.

I’ve also noticed that when things are going better, we are much less mentally occupied by diabetes.  That, for me, is a testament to just how mentally draining it can be to fight to get things back to better.  The mental load is like carrying a football player on my back everywhere I go.

Sometimes you have to take a break and figure out a better approach.  Sometimes that means not fighting so hard to force everything back in the lines in one fell swoop, but rather gradually try to convince the crayons to behave themselves.

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10 thoughts on “Found My Way?

  1. Yep, we can totally see a difference in Caroline’s behavior when she is high or low…which is part of the frustration of parenting. When she acts like a fool, sometimes we have to check her blood sugar. But THEN we have to be careful not to spank her if it comes up at 120. We try to keep diabetes separate of discipline…which is pretty much impossible. But anything we can do from scarring her (physically and mentally!)…

  2. Scott,
    So glad to hear that you are feeling more balanced. Sounds like you’ve taken time (retail therapy) for yourself, which makes a huge impact on mood.
    And hey, who can really stay in the lines all the time?! 🙂

  3. Ahhh, retail therapy – online or in person, that is the question. 😉
    The interdependence of mood and diabetes control is interesting (and frustrating).

  4. Hi hon – I think that many times our problems with the db are a direct mirror of how other things are going in the rest of our life. When we are calm and content, then the db drudgery is minimized. When the mud has hit the propeller, then db seems like an absolute monster.
    So glad to hear you are doing better. Actually, I am feeling much better these last couple of weeks too…………maybe the planets are aligned in our favor.

  5. That’s funny. I usually need therapy AFTER a retail experience!
    I’m with you on the whole chemical balance thing. I have had some extreme ups and downs recently, and they rocked me to the emotional core, bro.
    If insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, then DIABETES to me is a truly #@$%@% insane disease…with us doing the same things that have usually always worked, and D refusing to give us the same result! Frustrating beyond belief.
    Glad you are feeling better, Scott.

  6. I had to laugh at retail therapy. Also, I need to consider doing a little of that myself (it’s surprisingly good for my BG as well as my mental state).
    Happy to hear you’re feeling less lost lately.