A few blogs back I talked about anxiety, and how you go through setbacks as a diabetic. The key to living a healthy and safe life as a diabetic has to be keeping a positive attitude. I’ve been through a lot between foot operations, therapy, and eye issues. A trip to the doctor always may be stressful or pleasant depending on the outcome of your visit.
If it’s stressful it could be your foot is swollen, or you need another laser treatment to your eye. I’m very fortunate in that I have doctors I trust and can talk to them about concerns I may have about my health.
A good example would be my doctors and all the staff at St. Mary’s medical center that took care of me from the operating table to recovery. They stressed how important sticking to a good diet, exercising, and taking care of yourself outside the hospital is so important. When I was in the hospital they had a system in which you had to order your meals by phone. Every meals carb and sugar intake was monitored. This was a good system because by the end of day you understood how many carbs you were allowed and what foods were healthy choices and what foods to stay away from. This is how I learned to meal prep for each day, and watch my portions. I have the confidence to make good choices at the supermarket and to what I eat for every meal. This goes a long way to keeping you healthy and face your everyday fears being a diabetic. My advice would be talk to your doctors, nurses and therapists often. Ask for suggestions and adjustments you can make in everyday life. Don’t be afraid or stubborn not to ask for help. Like any disease, you learn to live with it the best way you can. It’s up to you to believe you can stay healthy.
Other outlets would be talk to friends that are diabetic, read online blogs ,and join web groups that share your conditions. The more you know about diabetes, the better chance you have to control it and possibly beat it someday.
Try not to let a setback ruin your attitude. I lost several toes and have eye issues due to diabetes. I’ve adjusted my diet and take better care of myself now. I’m very grateful I can walk and still see. You have to be your biggest supporter for the rest of your life. No matter what your outcome, you’ll learn to adjust! Stay safe and healthy!
Next week I will talk about how important friends, family, and all the doctors and nurses have been to my continuing progress.