Today I want to discuss way to battle depression as a diabetic. I follow many pages on Facebook that are for diabetics, and many of them deal with depression.
We’ve all been through our ups and downs after being diagnosed with diabetes. In my own case it’s been several toe amputations, rehab, and blurred vision. Through it all I’ve kept a positive attitude and I know that attributes to me surviving and fighting this disease. One of my favorite guitarists of all time (Jimi Hendrix) once said” Any day I wake up is a good day”. I agree. If I wake up and can still walk and see, that’s a bonus.
I continue to keep my A1C at 5.5, my feet are still functional, and my vision is stable. The question many fellow diabetics ask me all the time is how do you do it day after day. My answer is simple. The alternatives aren’t pleasant. I’ve seen first hand people losing limbs and going blind at my doctor’s offices. Sometimes I’ll hear my foot or eye doctor explaining to the patient why they suffered their loss of limb or vision. Their A1C is too high, lack of exercise, and most importantly continuing a poor diet. So how does these factors tie into depression? Here’s my take.
I’m around many diabetics whose A1C is way too high, by having a poor diet , lack of exercise and have the attitude that they take their medication and that will keep them alive. Wrong! They also develop health complications that they blame on just getting old. In many cases they have stable family lives and take them for granted. I envy people who have a wife, children, and even grandchildren some days, but I lose respect for them for not taking their diabetes seriously. Instead of being depressed for not having these relationships, I’m proud that I have done the right things for the last five plus years to help me stay alive and be able to spend time with my family and friends who helped me so much when I was really sick. The point is respect those who respect you. They’re the people you want to be around in life.
Think about why you can still walk or see. I’ve been very fortunate to have excellent doctors, nurses, trainers, family and friends supported me through my difficult times. I’ve also had friends I may never see again due to my lack of awareness of all their kindnesses. I’ll always regret that, but I’m grateful I knew them, and their positive memories keep me going on tough days. One of the best things in life is having someone who really cares about you and respects for who you are, and not just what you own.
I hope these thoughts give you some help in dealing with your own problems. Hang in there, believe in yourself and those closest to you who care.
My next blog will deal with how climate change can effect diabetics. I was hoping to talk about this today, but I felt like I needed to to try to help if I could my fellow diabetics suffering from depression. Stay safe, healthy and positive!