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Its a blanket term, but what does it mean, "burnout"?


How do we define that term with regard to our diabetes so that we know it describes us or does not? Anybody care to take a shot at this one... define how it (Burnout) presents itself either to ourselves our families, or our larger community in general?



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i can only speak for myself stuart as far as what I see the terminology as... i've been a T2 for about 8 years and have gone through many changes psychologically and emotionally. I have my Dr. visits every three months and am motivated and feel good after I see him, but every couple months i just start feeling down, fatigued and general "burn-out" in what it takes on a daily basis to keep this disease under control. I personally just get sick and tired of being sick and tired. But we find a way to dig deep and do the best we can to try and do the smart things to keep ourselves under control. Thats my take on it anyway. Hope your doing ok Stuart !!
Hello Scoe20000:

Thanks for taking part!

I hope I'm doing ok too , (I think I am at least)? If/when they come with the ~big nets~ and take me away, I'll know differently!!!

Hummmmmngh, so this Burnout for you is a perception of continual emotional exhaustion and excessive self-observation then? Did I get that right?


Close, but no cigar.

[Hope your doing ok Stuart...]

Choking laughter... nothing a quiet padded room won't cure (sic. and a bunch of my peers with mental health degrees) !
For me, burn-out is when I start doing self-destructive behaviors, like not testing, omitting insulin, eating large quantities of carbs and not exercising. All because I just don't want to. For example, an infusion set falls out, and I decide not to put in a new one till morning, which may be 12 noon. I want to be free of this beast, and I do things that make me SEEM free, but you and I both know that it's NOT freedom; it's self-destruction.
After my coma in September, which was partially fueled by such self-destructive behaviors, I made a promise to myself that no matter what else I procrastinate doing, I will not procrastinate or omit diabetes care. I don't wish to go through THAT horrible experience again, although I admit I didn't know how horrible it would be. Now I just have to keep up the motivation.
Hello Natalie:

Thank you for taking part as well.

Is burn out only an absolute? We are or are not...?

Consider if we do two tests perfectly, but get TEMPERATURE errors... in disgust we refuse to try a third until much, much later.... is that "burnout"? Is that self destruction IYO -wg- ???

Still no cigar. That's frustration.

Interesting metaphor... something that would eventually kill you...?! Whats the difference between frustration and something MORE dangerous, more malevolent somehow? How do we tell when frustration evolves into that thing?

Frustration is a reaction to something. Frustration is active. Usually brief or fluctuating. Agitation. Burn-out is being worn down by something. Harder to turn around than frustration. You've not heard "Close, but no cigar"? A boardwalk/ carnival expression.

I've been diabetic for 26 years now - progressed from pills, to shots, to pump, to pump and CGS... I think of burnout as sitting and crying at all my Endo appointments because the weight does not go down, the A1C still is flakey, because no matter how hard I concentrate on making this stupid disease "better" it doesn't work. So I wonder if I should just do what I want... I don't - I guess that's the good part. But getting advice over the 26 years that represents the current theories, and the current Dr, yet differs from the last visit/Dr is crazy. I do my best, but sometimes I just want to crawl into bed and hide under the covers.

Hello Daricel:

First let me apologize upfront for not responding far more timely. I shall try and do better this time around.

I've got fifteen years on you in terms of the diabetes. From my perspective, except for the hiding under the covers piece whichever way you meant it (literally/figuratively). Your perspective to me sounds like normal, pretty every day stuff -Unhappy shrug-

Mistaken theories, demands but no results... Not a fan of white coats. Yet to meet one worthy of our faith, our unfiltered trust.

Easy. For me burn-out means I'm so sick of this disease that I can't get up the energy to care of it. I'll do the smallest bit necessary, but that's it. Like being burnt out on hamburgers - after eating them twice a day for six months, you just never want to look at one again.Today, 50 years of pricking and testing and testing and reactions, etc. has me down. Got to get over the burn out, but it's not easy.




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