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5 Steps to Surviving the Stress Involed with Diabetes
A 5 step process on preparing for stress of diabetes
Information on learning to dealing with the; mental, psychical, financial and emotional stress of diabetes.
In 2010 32,300,000 Americans were living with diabetes and its only gotten worse (I am one of those millions). In this article I will give you references and ideas that have helped me deal with Diabetes.
Symtoms of Diabetes
In 1971 at age of two I was rushed to the local hospital suffering from severe hallucinations. Screaming to my parents. " the fishy's on the floor are going to bite me!".
I look back on that experience and cant imagine the fear and distress in my mothers eyes. Wondering what was wrong with her baby?
By the time we reached the hospital I was slipping in and out of consciousness. After many hours full of painful test. The diagnosis was Type 1 Diabetes. upon hearing this my mom fainted and cracked her head open on the hospital floor(well at least she didn't have to go far for treatment).
In the 1970's diabetes was far less common. The available treatments paled in comparison to the ones we have today. Back then, being diagnosed with diabetes was a death sentence (sadly enough) today it still can be.
Whether your a type 1 or type 2 diabetic getting ready for the future is an important part of survival.
So knowing that your medical situation has just become way more hectic and stressful. How do you cope with all the responsibilities and issues just put on your plate
1. Prepare for The Worst and Hope for The Best
Research the possible complications
Research the long term effects of diabetes. Knowing what the possibilities of problems are prepares you ahead of time. Speaking to other people with the same illness really makes a difference, remember your not alone.
Seeing your doctor is majorly important but talking to someone going through the same situations has a different effect on or psyche. Out of all the communications i have had over the past 40 years about diabetes. The information i have received from other diabetics has been the most valuable.
There are many Forums available on the Internet focused on Type 1 and type 2 diabetes. the A.D.A is probably the largest that i have ever been to. If forums are not your cup of tea then you may want to try a local support group as an alternative.
Or speak to your Physician, doctors usually have plenty of information on whats available locally involving support groups.
If you are dealing with a child or teenager diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes you will probably want to seek out other options. As i child i understood that i was sick but had no understanding of what may lie ahead in the future.
To help deal with this my parents sent me to numerous Diabetic related summer camps. These camps are also great for teaching children methods and techniques to maintain their illness (and they are fun).
Don't overwhelm yourself with to much at once your brain may need some time to soak up all that has been thrown at it. This will in turn help you make better choices over time.
2. Figure out how you live
Because treatment of diabetes involves a lot of changing eating habits and other types of micro management. Self discovery can make a huge difference in excepting what you need to do to prevent complications.
Personally my younger years were a mess, I was allover the place. My life was sporadic and inconsistent and my eating habits were also. This is even more common now as the days of the 9 to 5 job and white picket fence are drifting away.
Within the past 6 years the physical effects and complications of my early choices and behaviors have started to show themselves.
Only YOU truly know who you are but the path to realizing it is something that millions of people spend their entire lives trying to grasp. Here is a reference to a book that i personally like that focuses on self discovery.
There are so many different self help courses, books, and religious based options on discovery that i cant even begin to scratch the surface in the scope of this article.
Your doctor or therapist may also have information on available resources for this type of motivational information.
Knowing your needs and how you live your life will help doctors make the necessary adjustments to your treatments and dietary plan.
3. Educate those around you
Doing this may save your life and relieves stress on others.
Having people around you that are aware of your condition and that know what to do can be life changing. Yes Diabetes is the #1 most common medical condition in the us right now. Chances are every American knows someone with it. That doesn't necessarily mean that they know anything about dealing with it.
Ive asked hundreds of people if they knew what to do if i started acting weird. Eight times out of ten they will say "Id give you a cookie". Maybe they were remembering the famous Seinfeld Episode #28 The Alternate Side.
Ultimately calling for help by dialing 911 is ideal yet that may not always be available or the quickest option.
You don't have to be a teacher to advise your friends, co-workers and family on diabetes. Give them a book reference or a pamphlet from your physicians office. You will feel so much better knowing that the people around you have your back.
4. Research insurance possibilities.
Health insurance and Life insurance both
The national cost of diabetes in the United States is astronomical. The annual cost that you would pay out of pocket for treatment and medications without Health Insurance could cripple your finances very easily. Because diabetes complications can be progressive it adds up the older you get.
Finding life insurance is a step that should be taken sooner rather than later. With a pre-existing condition (Diabetes is considered as pre-existing) Life Insurance becomes more expensive and harder to find the sicker you get.
Having good health insurance and life insurance in place gives you a mental boost knowing that your covered.
Seek the assistance of your doctor if you have any signs of depression he or she may be able to prescribe something. Depression can cause a horrible landslide effect on your diabetes and your life as a whole. it certainly effects the people you love. If your not a big fan of anti-depressant drugs try other non-medical options.
These 5 steps can make things much easier but ultimately it comes down to you making the right decisions. Every goes through some denial at some point. This is even more common in young people. waiting for a cure for diabetes or thinking that you're the One that's going to beat the illness is a self defeating line of thought.
I personally feel very lucky that i have an illness that can be controlled to a certain level by my actions, there are many that can not be.
Use that ability your to your advantage and live a Happy, prosperous and rewarding life.