There are many stories here and elsewhere of those who have "given-up", quite literally people who quit being diabetics or even acknowledging they have diabetes at all.
Teens, 20 something's, beginners and experienced folks alike.
They don't care about insulin coverage, picking random numbers out of thin air...
Eat anything and everything and do not cover for it...
People who go for days without ever taking insulin at all,
People who test not at all or very rarely despite taking injectable insulin
All kinds of examples...
It is a slow and painful process what I call dia-cide; in effect passive "suicide" by diabetes.
My question, how would you reach someone in that kind of bad head space?
If you were watching a fellow diabetic spiral into a certain "crash and burn" mode,
Your child, your partner, someone that you cared about, a young person you knew/heard of...
how would you "talk them down" so to speak...
Anyone have ideas how to do that?
I'm betting there might be a few
I LOVE her approach, that's good! Exactly the kind/type of thing, I hope we can generate!!!
Stuart, I think the main problem that younger people have is that they think it won't happen to them, until it does happen to them. My mom pushed me, but the more she pushed, the more I pushed back. It was more like a teenage rebellion thing. I tend to be a perfectionist as well and diabetes is something where you can't always have complete control, where you can't always explain things and it drives people like me crazy. I agree with some of the other posts, sometimes you figure why bother, but then you realize what your friends and family would go through without you, that your still on this earth to do good wherever you can. I don't think people understand the destruction that high blood sugars cause and again, young people thing it won't ever happen to them.
Its a interesting subject to debate or to sympathise or just here people feelings and views.I had a aunt who decided to give up at the age of 86 and that was some 15 years ago,She was T2 and ill with many problems in all it taken some two months to die,She withdraw taking insulin and her other meds.
Is Diabetes burn out par for the course with everyone? I was diagnosed two years ago and I don't want to ever burn out primarily because I have ZERO family or friend support in terms of it. My mother is dying of Alzheimer's disease (and to be honest I'd rather have 'D' than that)and my oldest brother takes care of her full time. That and I am really scared of pain and discomfort; so the possible complications are my sole motivation for keeping up with everything.
When I was diagnosed I was admitted to the hospital in DKA with a BG of over 400. I had never felt so horrible in my life and, once again, it has been my motivator. I never want to go through that again.
True, some days I get sick and tired of counting carbs, dosing insulin, and checking blood glucose (I want one of those constant meters so I can just be done with the whole bloody affair)levels. Some days I want to just fall into a deep sleep and not worry about a HYPO at night (which happens almost ALL of the time now...I had to start breaking up my insulin because I was waking up in the 40's) or just go to bed without it some nights.
But my mind always flashes back to my diagnosis.
Yet, I know as time goes on that memory will fade...
I just want to know how does one avoid it.
I want to stay healthy forever.
I know I'm going to die someday but it will not be because of Diabetic complications.
I think we're all different and whether or not we experience serious burn out depends on a lot of factors. But I think it's very important to have a life outside of D. If all your life consists of is managing D than it is nothing but struggle. (Some people's lives are like that even without D!). I think it's important to enjoy life, to do what you need to do but put it on the back burner emotionally if that makes sense. It's not who you are. If life is fulfilling otherwise you are less likely to burn out. Also you said you have zero support. Can you change that? If you contact your local JDRF you might find groups or activities to meet other Type 1's and then you WILL have support! (Other than us, of course!)
No! Once I got a pump, it turned diabetes into a video game and I am determined to get to the next level!
Ah, Mr. AcidRock, you always make me chuckle!
Ha ha, nice one!
That "boss" is IMPOSSIBLE... ;~) (no cheat codes either)
High scores aren't very good on this game.
Hello Unknown D: