Just curious how you view having to cope with diabetes. In simple would you consider it
1. A total nightmare that has turned your world upside down. You'd pay millions (if you had it) to be free
2. An inconvenience that can be a pain in the A. Ehhh things could be worse.
You may be in the middle somewhere but if you have to pick one which best describes your feelings. You know my feelings so I won't bother voting.
^ I know this seems hard to believe but I'm only good to go when between 80-90. Anything higher or lower then that range it starts getting real nasty. For some reason my body just can't adapt what so ever to numbers out of the normal range. In general with my job being very physically demanding I sink low often. In fact the last dozen blood sugars I've taken accept one has been between 39 and 68. Every once in a while I get a few crazy highs but much more low sugars then anything else.
Things can always be worse but, when you'e dealing with diabetes, they could also have been a whole lot better. I don't credit diabetes with giving me anything positive. I've spent years working to manage this condition because that is what diabetes has forced me to do. We have an agreement. I do these things everyday and diabetes will allow me to lead a semi-normal life.
I try hard not to dwell on everything I could have spent my time and money on over the years if I didn't have to manage this condition.
This is not to say that I'm angry, or even bitter about having to do the things I have to do. I'm actually pretty neutral about the idea of having to stick, poke, and prod myself almost hourly. Taken individualy, each act I have to perform as part of my management program is really not that big of a deal to me. I just can't pretend to think, to myself, that I'm a better person than I would have been otherwise for having to do any of it.
I am extremely thankful, every hour of every day, that things are not worse because of my diabetes.
Very well said FHS. That's exactly how I feel too. The day to day inconveniences I'm long over. But I could never say that diabetes has given me anything positive. The thing I regret the most is the worry that it causes my family and those who care about me. I try not to think about it too much.
Vast majority of time I'm a #2 . . . . . doesn't mean once in a while I hate it.
Well I would have to say #2..
Although I have been fortunate to avoid complications so far, I imagine I would change my tune if I was dealing with neuropathy and renal problems daily.
Yes it's a pain and yes this sounds like somewhat of a platitude, but I l take the "get busy living or get busy dying" approach to life. I have a limited amount of time on this earth, I can make the most of it or I can wallow...
I agree. No real up side to this. But just like any other curve ball life throws at me, my motto is "You can laugh or you can cry." I choose laugh because crying just does not make things any better.
Right On Randy!!! I chose to laugh too b/c crying about it only helps for the short hall & I must live with it 24-7-365 days a year. After 38 years I've been through it with D.
Answer: Option 2. Sometimes it is good to be a diabetic.