Coping with diabetes - New diabetic - How do I cope with diabetes?
Coping with diabetes of any type is not as easy as it may sound. We all find it hard coping in the first few months or longer. How are you coping? Let us know in the forums. Join today.
When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, it will feel overwhelming. You now have a condition that will last for the rest of your life (except for gestational diabetes) and you are going to have to acclimatise yourself to the situation. Your emotions are going to be all over the place and this is quite normal.
The fact that you are now a diabetic with a lifetime membership can be quite daunting to say the least. At first, coming to terms that you now have to watch what you eat and as well as having to take medication several times a day before meals is hard as well as being invasive, as you have had no notice unlike if you was going to build up to that spring diet ready for the summer holiday.
Emotions are high and it can be too much to take in with no notice but this situation does however ease, as you get used to the medication, logging blood glucose results and the negative emotions will become pushed aside as you continue to get on with your life, treatments and lifestyle as the weeks and months pass by.
We all react differently as we hear that we have now been diagnosed as a diabetic. Everyone goes through different stages of emotion, it is very similar to the mourning process, some are initially shocked, overwhelmed, afraid, angry and anxious and some try to ignore it, which a diabetic just cannot afford to do. They grieve for the loss of their health and some will find it extremely hard to adjust. Diabetes is not something to be sniffed at; after all it is a life threatening disease if left untreated. One way to look at it is to be thankful that you have been diagnosed and you are now getting treated and will feel better that you have of late.
Your healthcare team of professionals are there to help you, reassure you and give advice and emotional support that you need. They will also endeavour to build the confidence in you to cope with your diabetes. Most of us know at least one diabetic person these days and it is good to talk to someone who has been through it before, they have experienced exactly what you are now. There are also care support events and organisations that you could attend to meet other diabetics who will almost certainly give you advice on how they coped with it in the past
You can arrange an appointment with your diabetes educator at any time to discuss any worries, problems and questions that you have. They are there to help you, so please use them. You will also be called in for an annual check up where you will see a consultant or physician where your HbA1c / A1C will be checked to give an average of overall control over the past 2-3 months. Your professional will adjust your insulin if needed and may invite you back a little sooner that the annual appointment.
Soon the anxiety, anger, frustration and worries that you once felt in the early days will be forgotten as you get on with your life and the diabetes will become part of your daily routine and will no longer be a major cause of your anxiety... that is as long as you take care of your diabetes!