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A Diabetes Conversation And Knowing Where To Look To Find Help

The following diabetes conversation occurred recently, and I’m so glad it did.

I was attending a local fundraiser and a man I was chatting with noticed my glucose meter sitting in my open handbag on the table and said: You have diabetes? My wife has type 2 diabetes and she’s really struggling – she doesn’t test her blood sugar at all.

I put on my game face and responded: Yep, I have type 1 diabetes and I have no doubt your wife is struggling because learning the ABC’s of diabetes can be difficult and frustrating, no matter what type of diabetes a person lives with.

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He asked me if I had any advice and I talked to him about “check verses test” and the likes there of.

I mentioned that treating the psychological side of living with diabetes is just as important as treating the physical.

I told him about and suggested that he and his wife check it out because they would find the information and the community both useful and comforting.

I suggested that he and his wife meet with/take classes from a Certified Diabetes Educator because those classes are crucial when it comes to living and managing diabetes, and encouraged calling her endocrinologist’s office and seeing if they offer diabetes classes.

I mentioned checking local libraries, the YMCA, and local Jewish Family Services to see if they have any upcoming diabetes workshops on their events calendar.

He looked shocked, happy and relieved because he finally realized that:

  1. Diabetes is hard and that we all struggle
  2. Diabetes is a family affair
  3. That there is support online if you know where to look
  4. That classes are available at little to no cost if you know where to look
  5. That there is actually such a thing as a Certified Diabetes Educator-and that we all need diabetes tune-ups

Sometimes people don’t know where to look and that help is literally at their fingertips and within their own county – until they talk with someone else who “gets it.”

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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    1 year ago

    Glad you were able to help the individual out. So many give up due to the overwhelming of the situation.They have no idea where to turn to for further help or guidance. And I guess that some are reluctant to even bring it up to someone else.

    It’s a hard road to travel no matter what type a person is. And for some it’s very hard on from the very beginning. So much myths, bs and very wrong advice out on the net and some places you go to.

    I’d have someone that knew I was diabetic and would come to me asking how I deal with it. I’d tell them but at same time I’d also tell them to talk with their doctor, the dietitian, the DE to make sure what they need to do because each of us with diabetes are different in this club and how we handle it might work for us but not for someone else. That what’s working for me might not be something that their team thinks they should be doing.

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