When The Going Gets Tough

Life throws a lot of curve balls your way. Some are more difficult to handle than others, some are simply devastating. But when dealing with a chronic disease, no matter how hard life gets sometimes, you need to make sure that your body works even if your mind is in turmoil. One thing is the struggle of depression, something you have some kind of control over… another thing is a life crisis you pretty much have little control over (other than the fact that you have to roll with the punches and make the best out of it). When problems take all of your mental capacity, you need to stop and think “Hey, I have to take care of myself.” And that isn’t too easy.

For people with type 2 diabetes, management is a lot about what we eat and when we eat. What happens when we don’t want to eat? I have no idea. The body has a weird way of dealing with stress. It’s almost like all your basic needs shut down so you can do the whole fight or flight thing and still function normally. Anxiety takes over and it makes you oblivious of everything else… yet you feel physically OK. But are you really OK?

I’ll be honest here. I haven’t checked my blood sugar in more than 2 weeks. That’s because I haven’t been eating much for that period of time. However, I’m pretty sure that my blood glucose levels can be as high as the stress ones and I need to just get a grip and prick my fingers. One shouldn’t disclose that kind of information so openly, but what I’m trying to do is assume responsibility and make myself accountable for the decisions I make during a life crisis. This isn’t the time to neglect my body, this is the time to actually concentrate on making my body feel good so my mind follows.

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2 thoughts on “When The Going Gets Tough

  1. Oh Bea, I hear ya! I often post something that is purely to get my own butt in gear. I remember when I had part of my thyroid removed I wasn’t eating much, and yet I did not have great bg readings. In fact, I had my first shots of insulin while in the hospital! Stress can really cause your numbers to go up. I hope you are able to get back on track quickly. You can do it!!

  2. Regardless of diabetes type, it’s a challenge to stay on the good health bandwagon. I’m glad we’re all here to help keep one another working towards staying healthy, though! x

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