I recently finished reading "Diabetes and Wellbeing" by Dr. Jen Nash, and I really enjoyed it. Subtitled "Managing the psychological and emotional challenges of diabetes types 1 and 2" Dr. Nash set out to help us find some good ways to deal with the challenges we face dealing with the daily demands of diabetes. Dr. Nash is a Clinical Psychologist near London, is the … [Read more...] about Diabetes and Wellbeing by Dr. Jen Nash
Diabetes & Emotions
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 … [Read more...] about Found My Way?
I've been feeling very emotional about my diabetes recently. It feels very vague and hard to identify. There is nothing really specific I can pin it to, no real point of frustration or trouble. More like a low level, under the surface disturbance that has gotten my emotional undies all in a bunch. I was reading one of Birdie's posts and it hit me. How can I possibly … [Read more...] about Lost So Long?
Just for the record, my diabetes management has been absolute crap for the last couple of months (plus). I think it is some kind of mourning period from my last A1C surprise. Really high blood sugars and a "poor me" attitude have left me feeling tired and cranky, irritable and angry. I feel like I'm coming through it now, but damn, what a ride. I've been trying to eat … [Read more...] about For the Record – Absolute Shyte
I'm not a huge "road trip" guy. I've never mastered the art of enjoying the trip. Instead I'm usually focused on reaching my destination so I can be done driving. I'm always glancing down at the clock or the odometer to see how much driving is left. I just want to get there. I recently moved, and moving is another one of those things. It is a HUGE job, but you are … [Read more...] about Never Quite “There”
Oh how I wish that the title was some witty way of bragging about all the weight loss that is (not) happening for me. Instead, it's how I feel tonight. In terms of will power and the ability to stick with my plan. I've talked a little about my meal plan. I've also talked about the Power of Food. Tonight I fell down because I was tempted with potato chips, pizza, and … [Read more...] about Feeling Little
Diabetes is, for the most part, an invisible condition. Unless you spend a bit of time with me, you may never know that I walk the never-ending tightrope of blood glucose management. Even if you do spend a bit of time with me, you have to pay close attention to notice the seemingly little tasks that make up parts of my day. Checking my blood sugar, manipulating my pump - … [Read more...] about Invisible and Invincible
Not long ago I did a post called "What exactly is it". This post talked a little bit about trying to figure out what exactly it is about living with diabetes that bothers me. There was some really great comments on that post. One of the most valuable group of comments I might have ever gotten. I had an experience shortly after that post that really helped me to identify one … [Read more...] about A Flash of Anger
What is it that I hate so much about Diabetes? I spend a fair amount of time and energy being angry about diabetes. There is a lot of raw emotion there. There are a lot of feelings of it being unfair, of it being hard to do well. There is a lot of vague fear or worry about what is in store for me later in life. But I have recently started to wonder, what exactly is it … [Read more...] about What exactly is it…
I did everything that I am supposed to do, according to what I've been told. I followed all of the "rules". I counted all of the carbs. I checked my blood sugar. I did all of the math. (68g carbs / 7.5g per unit = meal bolus) + (current BG (163)- target BG / 35 mg/dl per unit) = total insulin to cover my meal and bring my slightly elevated current BG down to my … [Read more...] about I Don’t Deserve This High