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uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/9/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Why are some people in Denial about being Diabetic?
 
I think that most newly diagnosed people are really scared.. That being said, I can only assume that this will not last forever and they will most likely come to their senses.  I was reading some older posts and ran across someone (in Fl.) that was very angry and misinformed.  He, like others I have met recently, think that they know what is best without getting the information they need.  Like "not changing" their diet and "not" checking their blood sugar.  Why? Why in this day of technology would you not test?  It is so much easier then it was a few years ago..
 
If we can get free meters from our Dr.'s why not test?  If eating less carbs will lower your Blood Sugar, why not do it?  If taking oral medications will help, why not take them?
 
The only thing that will happen if you stay in Denial is you will get sicker....Period!!
 
I am a newb, so I don't know everything...But what I do know is that you have to test test test test test....And eating a few less carbs will do nothing but help you, even if you aren't diabetic..
 
So, Good Luck if you are still in Denial!! When you are ready to admit that you have a chronic illness we will be here waiting with open arms....
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
120 mg. Methadone daily /15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
Type 2Diabetes : (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 500 mg. twice daily
ME. (Rhonda)                                                                    

 


LanieG
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   Posted 4/10/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree, Rhonda.  I think 'denial' is probably a very human reaction to news we don't want to know or accept.  I was in denial for about 6 months at the beginning of my journey after getting a meter.  Somehow, if you don't see it, then you don't have to face it, then it doesn't exist, right?  We all know what the bottom line is though. 

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Phishbowl
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   Posted 4/10/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I think many people are in denial about diabetes diagnosis because of many of the (often incorrect), long-held beliefs about the condition.

Added to that is the barrage of marketing telling us what to eat or drug to take to improve our health. There are grain boards, dairy councils, pork bellies and citrus grower traders all backing the marketing by supposed experts and what they are "selling" us. Many of us know that the messages touted do not do diabetics any favours.

I think denial is a bit about defensiveness, too. It shouldn't but, often the diagnosis has an 'accusatory' ring to it; like it's somehow your fault (again where those pre-conceived notions come into play) that you are diabetic. We know that isn't necessarily true.

I wish it were as easy a diagnosis to accept as say, "You need glasses". Why isn't it? There are upteen answers - as different as we are diabetics :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


tjbessey
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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Diabetes is a devastating disease that for many often becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. It is easy to run and hide from a silent killer until it bites you in the rear. I have been in denial for about 5.5 years, but have recently started to eat this frog and get the problem under control. Diabetes is a disease that requires people who are by nature, creatures of habit, to drastically alter their habits to survive. That process is very difficult and sometimes very disappointing.

Recently I had an increase in my averages that resulted from a cold, allergies and trying to identify foods that were healthy for my condition. The increase was not dramatic, but I now realize that those increases happen and sticking with the routine and protocols my doctor and I have agreed upon will get me back to normal in due time. In the past I would have used that increase as an excuse not to follow the rules and relapse back into denial. This week as things have returned to normal, my numbers have normalized and my averages are getting back to where I want them.

I have great sympathy for diabetics in denial as I understand where and why they are in that place. The key is sharing your story and being there to offer comfort, support and advice when asked.

TJ

uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/11/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Testing is the key...and people in denial don't test..That's why they end up having to take insulin injections. Even though I may be one of the ones that has to do the injections it's NOT because I've been in denial. It's because the Metformin is not working like they want it to.. I would love to be able to just take orals for a while..then maybe nothing...I can only hope.

But to be in denial and do NOTHING??? It's a NO-BRAINER to me..

Me.
 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
120 mg. Methadone daily /15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 850 mg. twice daily (so far)
ME. (Rhonda)                                                                    

 


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/13/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Me,
When I was first diagnosed there weren't any home meters and it was very easy to "guestimate" amounts of food, ignoring the signs that things weren't good. I did this for ten years from my first dx and lost toenails to chronic infections, got neuropathy in my feet and lost some visual acuity for my childish behavior. Even now, knowing what I know, I have some "lapses" every couple months.

This is where Healing Well comes in for me. When I see others struggling with the same things that I am, getting up and brushing themselves off, starting each day anew.. THAT'S what I need to keep going. This forum helps me with focus and staying on track. It keeps me interested in new developments and guidelines. It also serves as a quick kick in the buns when I'm going off on a tangent. Sometimes this all gets so old... The reward for being good is that you get to be good some more for a lot longer (sigh!) Sometimes we all miss being 'normals'. Gotta stick together and KOKO! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 4/14/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
hey unique, got it delt with it, seen the d.e. for a while, learnt about bubbles, symptoms of hypos and hypers, what to do in a diabetic coma, sick management days, about the diabetic diets, what brings sugars up midly, what to do in a hypo,etc. how stress effects diabetes, psychosis effects sugars and how my sleepers raise levels. it is a fine balancing act, if not on top of it we can become overwhelmed. ketadocis management, diary, food intake, the morning glory probs of sugar skyrockerting overnight does irk some, me over it. my pancreas does not produce insulin, so i have learnt to keep update. an appropriate post, although a dx of diabetes can be initially frighting, i have diabetic nuropathy (feet) issues with eyes, first a burst vein left, finally cleared, minimal diabetes right, finally cleared after 6 months. we must remember to be compassionate to dx members. i 'm managing my t1 dx, so far so good, have peticae over legs and slow healing wounds also, all about management. it is just a normal part of my routine, to the community i wish you all well, good days and not so, albeit the sun rises and life goes on. t1 diabetic 2o plus years. stay strong community. jamie

uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/14/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow...you sure do got it dealt with!! Those classes can be a bit much, but very helpful...I recommend them to anybody newly diagnosed...or oldly diagnosed...Ha Ha... Anyway, I hope everyone has a "normal" sugar day...

Me.
 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
60 mg. MS Contin 2Xdaily/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 850 mg. twice daily (so far)
ME. (Rhonda)                                                                    

 


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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Total Posts : 18751
   Posted 4/19/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
can get difficult at times, i have enough going on in my head, thus i try not to add anymore!!!! cheers, jamie scool
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