It Is A Lot of Work

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is:

Today let’s borrow a topic from a #dsma chat held last September.  The tweet asked “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”.  Let’s do a little advocating and post what we wish people knew about diabetes.  Have more than one thing you wish people knew?  Go ahead and tell us everything.

My answer is that it is a lot of work!  A couple years ago, I was at a doctor’s appointment.  I forget exactly what we were talking about but he came out and said that he did not understand why people would come in to see him and be upset that they were recently diagnosed with diabetes.  He made it sound like it is no big deal to be diabetic.  I was sitting there thinking, “are you freaking nuts?”

Doctor with sawThis was not just any doctor.  He was the podiatrist that did the surgery on my foot.  He was a wound specialist.  He saw a lot of diabetics and saw plenty of complications from diabetes and he thinks it is no big deal to be diabetic.

I think there are a lot of people that think that all you have to do with diabetes is eat right and everything will be OK.  They don’t seem to understand that our pancreases don’t produce insulin and we have to inject that insulin.  Matching food and insulin up is not exactly an easy task.

When most people leave their house, they worry about having their cell phone and keys.  When we leave the house, we have a laundry list of stuff that we have to take with us.  If you want to go on vacation, you have to hope your refills don’t come due so you don’t run out of insulin or other needed supplies.

If you want to go someplace with your friends to eat, you have to try to figure out how much insulin to take when you don’t even know exactly what is in the stuff you are going to eat.  Every time you eat, you have to stop and figure out how much insulin to take.

We have to be organized to remember all the things that we need to do every day.  Some people use their cell phones to make phone calls.  I use mine as an alarm to remind me to do d-stuff.  We have to be good in math or at least know how to use a calculator to figure out how much insulin we need to take or how many carbs are in what we want to eat.

And we have to put up with annoying doctors that try to push drugs we don’t need or want on us because we are diabetic.  They think everything that happens is because we are diabetic and not for the same reasons non-d people have.

There is a reason people have diabetes burnout!  It is a 24/7 disease with no days off.

You can read more What They Should Know posts here. Thank you to Karen at Bitter~Sweet for sponsoring Diabetes Blog Week!

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4 thoughts on “It Is A Lot of Work

  1. Good blog, Kelly. I certainly agree with everything you have said. My internal med doc has been insisting that I use a med that is supposed to repair damaged nerves. My neurologist says there is no med that has been proved successful in repairing nerve damage. My insurance will not cover any of these drugs, and it would cost me several hundred $ each month to use the one he has prescribed. He does not seem to understand me when I say I cannot afford the med. It is too expensive, my neurologist does not approve it, and it has not been proved to be effective. He still expects me to use it.

    • Thanks Richard. That is crazy he is pushing that on you. It is bad enough when they push stuff your insurance covers but he should understand that you can’t afford to do that. You should tell him you would be glad to take it if he buys it for you every month!

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