Posts Tagged ‘diabetes complications’
Oh, the documented connections to living with the impact of diabetes keep growing and growing. The articles merely seem to confirm much of that which those of us living with the disease see in our own bodies. Every time an article is published, my less-better half–the doubting, more cynical side–shouts, “Duh! Where have YOU been that you’re just now getting around to figuring out all the problems we live with day in and day out?” Honestly, it’s enough to make you want to scream.
I took a trip in June to NYC to visit my sister Eileen. While we were getting ready for sleep at a lovely beachside B & B, the t.v. was on low volume in an attempt to quiet our thoughts from a busy day. The problem? I couldn’t hear the low volume as well as my sister. As I turned it up, she asked, “Have you thought about getting your hearing tested?” So, ever curious about the outcome, I went to an audiologist when I returned home. Her comment to me upon sharing the not-too-bad results? “Did you know that diabetes can affect your hearing?” WHAT? That’s something I never ever thought about. But, of course, the blood vessels in the ear canals are not so different from the ones in our eyes and fingers and hands that swell with the abnormal rise and fall of blood sugar levels. Dang! Who really wants to know about that?
Then, joy of joys, I came across an internet article on the link between diabetes and arthritis. WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY? More than half the people living with diabetes will develop arthritis? Aren’t trigger finger issues, stiff hand syndrome, eye vessel changes, thyroid problems, food-exercise-weight issues and all the other things we know about quite enough?!?
I say ENOUGH ALREADY! Yes, I’ll admit I’m glad most of us are living long enough to have our diabetes-related health problems formally recognized by the medical community, but give us some help and hope–here and now! I’m multi-tasking the best I know how to try to take care of myself. The benefit? Living a wonderful life full of the things I love to do, people I love being with, pets I adore. The articles inspire me to realize just how important all these things are to me.
We can’t give up hope. But–eek! I may just have to stop clicking on and reading too many of these articles for my own good.
B well, b happy. And stay RELATIVELY well-informed–relative to what u can handle and need to know!
Until next time, kath
How many times do we have to experience trials or defeat–whether in our own lives or those of friends and family we love–before it all adds up to feeling like we’re running into a brick wall and there’s no place to go? Forward, and with a positive mental outlook, that is? What are the things that trigger feelings of being a victim, being unable to win even a few points in the game of life, and block us from jumping into the things we love to do with gusto?
Sometimes it’s so hard, living so long with diabetes. For me, that’s 47 years this month. I find the ups and downs from my ever-changing blood sugars infiltrating my thinking, turning the positive viewpoint into negative. Not always, of course, but it can be overwhelming emotionally.
Small pains, like what I have recently felt in one of my feet, can trigger enormous fears that stem from the warnings that bombard us of what can happen if you don’t take care of yourself. Those stats aren’t pretty. And even if you do your best, the threats to life and limb if you live with diabetes are still there, insidiously chipping away at your mental health. It’s is so much work not to fall into the stance of being a victim when life feels discouraging! How do we combat this constant worry when every issue is so, well, real?
I’ve spent a few days worrying about the pain in my foot. I’ve limped around, feeling frightened beyond measure that it could mean something terrible–amputation, just one of a diabetic’s worst imaginings. There, I’ve stated one of the complications I never ever want to think about! But . . . what to do? Always looking to be proactive, I went to exercise class and wore good shoes. I attended a boot camp (once!) seeking to lower my glucose level. I soaked my foot. I made an appointment with my accupuncturist to have her look at my foot and treat it, thinking it wouldn’t hurt to increase blood flow. But today, still no change for the better. A downer, for sure.
Finally, I’ve decided to turn this bruising mental game around. After working the morning in the clay studio and hoping to lose my worries in coveted creative time, I finally confronted my pain and shouted NO MORE! I am calling my doc’s assistant–someone I trust–to let her know about my foot (which feels like injured tendons or stretched ligaments). I’ll see her in just a few days.
Being a Type I diabetic most of my life, I can sometimes be melodramatic about the “what if’s” — but so what? Recognizing what I don’t want to happen (complications!) compels me to be more proactive about my health, and less willing to take the brunt of whatever issues come my way. I work hard to physically manage my diabetes. Being mentally on top of the game is admittedly harder, but the way we face our real health issues and manage our fears is all part of the game of life. I do the best I can, which is usually enough. So, I hope, will you.
B well, b happy.
Until next time, kath