[IP] Reisa and Lori
My heart goes out to you during this stressful time. My mom died at home in
hospice care from multiple strokes a couple of months ago and I finally had
to just take a couple of days off and hire outside help, to settle my self.
I just went to my apartment took a Xanax and slept. Exhaustioin had played
a big part in my inability to cope like others.
Dealing with the diabetes is as challengin as ever. I increased my
temporary basal rate at the first sign of unexplained highs and set a small
kitchen timer (that I carried around with me) to remind me to eat and check
blood sugars. I ate a lot of LUNA bars and packed my purse and car with
tons of supplies, as I wasn't sure if I'd even be staying at my own place.
After her death I was amazed at the releif I felt and made it a point to
slow down (and of course I went to 4 doctors in one week, including the endo
and podiatrist [I'd sprained my ankle somewhere in the course of events and
started a foot ulcer] plus getting my hair cut and a massage. I took up
yoga again to calm me and enrolled in a drawing class for fun and
I can't say I'm jubilant but I'm certainly fine. Blood sugars are higher
than usual - about 140- but I'm just letting that be okay for now. I believe
mom's spirit lives on and am blessed with the gift of peace. I truly
believed I'd be in a devastating depression now -- went to see my shrink -
am taking Prozac - but I've been using it for awhile.
Am working on lowering those blood sugars now. I send my love and best
wishes. I try to remember that life isn't going to be any different than it
is, although my response to it can be. And also that as soon as you think
you've got it wired, it throws you a curve ball.
Dianne De Mink, Type I for nearly 40 years, is working on a book about diet
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