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Diabetes Burn Out

A group for diabetics who have had this disease for numerous years, who have had enough and are in need of support. This group is for anyone who is becoming burnt out from having to deal with the day to day struggles of living with diabetes.

Members: 280
Latest Activity: Jul 19

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Define this "burnout" ????

Started by Stuart. Last reply by Carm Jan 13. 25 Replies

Cheapest glucose strips?

Started by Marilyn Nov 16, 2013. 0 Replies

sick of it.......

Started by Sharon (Sneetch by the Beach). Last reply by Eric Oct 30, 2013. 11 Replies

Symptoms changing!?!?

Started by ROCKET. Last reply by Eric Aug 10, 2013. 5 Replies

Wish I never had this!

Started by socaking. Last reply by Eric Aug 10, 2013. 6 Replies

Is anyone willing to help me out?

Started by Hanbanan. Last reply by Eric Aug 10, 2013. 3 Replies

"Diabetes Burnout" - William H. Polonsky

Started by Katherine. Last reply by Eric Aug 9, 2013. 19 Replies

Funniest "D" experiences....

Started by Stuart. Last reply by Stuart Apr 30, 2013. 18 Replies

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Comment by daricel on July 9, 2014 at 2:55pm

You are not alone. Just remember there are a lot of us in the same leaky boat . I have a huge advantage - my daughter (step-d actually) also has diabetes. She and I support each other a lot. Bad words are involved. But it is a huge help. Have you tried a support group? Even a visit or two so you have local support. My husband tries so hard to understand, but sometimes he doesn't get all the pressure. I've also found tons of funny sayings etc on Pintrest. I created a board called Type One Hel* (http://www.pinterest.com/daricel/type-one-hell/). Feel free to browse

Comment by htirwin on July 9, 2014 at 11:08am

Thanks daricel, I do think it helps get off the "poor me" band wagon to think of others, I will give that a try. I started my compliance because of my family, maybe I just lost site of why I was doing all this work along the way. Yes, AA indeed, one day at a time. I need to get it together because I may be starting a job (lecturer position) soon that will be A LOT of work, rewarding but I will need to be at my best to do the best job I can. I think it helped to just have someone who understands and to be able to voice how I feel.

Comment by daricel on July 9, 2014 at 8:16am

Welcome... I think most of us have found that there are different things that work for each of them (I know not much help, huh?)... However, I've been on this roller coaster for 28 years now. It helped me to think of the long term vs. the daily battles. Some of it may depend on whether you are on shots or not. For me, I have kids and grandkids that I want to watch grow up. When I get in a bad mindset, I try to think of both the impact on me and impact on the people around me. For me, what would life be like if I couldn't see? If I lost my legs? If I had to be on dialysis? Do I want to be there when my grandkids graduate? Get married? Have kids on there own? Now please realize that's how my brain works - for me, an annoyance now isn't bad for the long term impact. We all get tired of the routine - esp when you follow the rules and they don't work for you. But, think of it like brushing your teeth. Just one more thing to do to help offset the long term impact of "not" doing it. Maybe we're more like AA members - one day at a time. Because I didn't test my sugars all yesterday doesn't give me permission to not test today. One day at a time. Hope this helps you find an answer for yourself..

Comment by htirwin on July 9, 2014 at 8:04am

Hello, I am new to this site, and have been dealing with burn out for about a year now. When I was first diagnosed I did everything I was supposed to do, loose weight, exercise, eat right. I lost to my target weight set by my doctor. I have since gained and lost the same stupid 30 pounds countless times, I have quit checking my blood sugar, my eating is sporadic and my choices are not always the best. When I ask my doctor about burn out his reply was you just have to do it. Well that didn't really help much. Don't get me wrong, my doctor is great, I just think it is hard for him to see things from my perspective. So I thought I would ask to see if anyone had tried things that worked for them.

Comment by Ila on March 23, 2014 at 3:46pm
I have type 2, diagnosed 2002. The last few years are getting harder to eat right. This last year has been particularly hard. I just can't seem to think of anything to cook that isn't pasta based or other high carbs. It's not because I don't have recipes, my brain just doesn't work any more. LOL
Comment by daricel on January 13, 2014 at 8:21am

Welcome Paige. So glad we can be here to help you. I have a step-daughter with diabetes also. She was diagnosed at 13, I was diagnosed at 27 (when she was 11). We've helped each other so much over the years - it's good to get the reminder of how having someone to discuss stuff with that GETS IT is priceless.

Comment by Tori on January 12, 2014 at 8:24pm

hi everyone, lats year was really tough for me because i had the biggest burnout. i just couldn't be bothered to do what i had to do, causing me to lie and my diabetes fell into a pit.it was only the last two months were i new i had to change. I Just went for my 3 monthly clinic appointment which i have to say was the best visit i have ever had in my life there is a whole new group of nurses and doctors which are so much nicer than the ones previous. i got my A1c back and i am 8.3 which was great news from coming down from 9.1 only a month ago!! i can now defiantly get my license in 6 months which i am nervous but excited about. i am eating so much better and feel great. After i realised i needed to take better care of my self i got all the motivation to do it. i did not want to ever repeat the two fits i had in the spread of only a month i have not been above 13.0 in about a week which is incredible for me and am hoping to continue down this path. Tudiabetes has helped so much, me reading about everybody else's achievements and some peoples downs has made me realise i am not alone and that I can achieve anything I want!! xx

Comment by Sue R. on January 12, 2014 at 5:46pm

Welcome, Paige! So glad to have you with us...

Comment by Sue R. on January 12, 2014 at 5:45pm

Comment by Pajay on January 12, 2014 at 4:54pm

Hey everybody! I'm Paige, and I've been a T1D for 12 years now. All my childhood memories are full of BS checks, shots of insulin, carb counting, and visits to and from the endocrinologist. I grew up knowing I was different, and for the longest time it never bothered me. It wasn't until about 5 years ago I started to rebel. I wouldn't always check my glucose or even correct for the things I ate. You could say I went into denial, I believed that if I ignored the diabetes it would magically disappear. Sadly, everything just getting worse; including my denial. Nothing seemed to motivate me too treat myself better, and over time I started to become severely depressed. I started cutting when I was 13, and struggled with that for the past 3 and a half years. (I can proudly say I haven't cut in over 5 months!) Just months after I began to cut, I became suicidal. I would spend some time thinking of ways to actually end my life. I remember telling myself that once I was dead, everyone's lives would be so much better, and that I would be better off dead. All of this stretched out 4 long years, and it wasn't until just a few days ago I finally realized that I HAVE TO CHANGE. I've just been so tired of being the only teen diabetic in my family as well as my group of friends. I found tudiabetics through a diabetic youtuber that I now watch, and if it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't be here today seeking the support I most definitely need. I'm looking forward to making many friends and even sharing my own experiences with all of you!

 

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