We’ve all been given unsolicited advice before. News sprads that you’ve got diabetes. All of a sudden – you start getting advice from the left, the right and center. What is the best advice you would pass on for managing life with diabetes?
Gosh this is terrible. Looking back, I can't really recall any good "unsolicited" advice. I remember lots of bad and insensitive unsolicited advice. I think some of it had to do with my own mental condition at the time. For a while there, it was all D'Nial and Anger. Looking back, I'm not even sure if I had gotten good advice that I would have heard it. I also think that many of the people around me had no idea what I was going through. That kinda makes me sad. Today, I certainly have a much different view. The best advice might be:
As a diabetic today, we are all very lucky, particularly if you think about where we were 100 years ago. While having diabetes can be a pain, you can live a full, long, healthy and happy life, it is all up to you.
I read an essay about the discovery of insulin in a book about medical break-throughs. Before insulin was discovered, people with Type 1 slowly starved to death on low-carb diets over 3-5 years. I am so much better off than even the diabetics a generation ahead of me, who didn't have good glucometers for every day testing.
Sorry, but don't know why you're upset with Alan. He merely responded jokingly that yes, he's nuts. Alan most certainly wasn't being mean to anyone & isn't deserving of your response. Perhaps an apology for completely misinterpreting his reply?
That is hard, remembering good advice. I think I got that we still have to live our lives to the fullest, not consider everything from a diabetic's point of view. But I do consider things as a Diabetic, even when I watch someone else eat I'm calculating their carbs, protein, and fat. Anyway, I would pass on that it's o.k. to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
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