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Re: [IP] depression/diabetes

Thank you for putting it so well  I appreciate your  input and the way you express


Randall Winchester wrote:

> On 17 Feb 99 at 20:31, email @ redacted wrote:
> > Did you ask her what her blood sugars are running.  betcha she is on the
> > higher side.  Yes - these symptoms are normal for out of control persons with
> > diabetes...ask my mom, or buddy's wife, or Mary jeans's husband or Randall's
> > sons...better control = better quality of life in all areas (except maybe
> > financially)
> >
> Except that my sons sometimes tend to be hard to communicate with... and a
> friend here tells me it just gets worse as they grow older...  But even now
> they are learning to tell me to check my bg or eat a sugar tab.
> > > I could honestly relate to her. Do any of the rest of you feel diabetes
> > > has done this to you?
> >
> > yup...and try as I might to have a positive, offensive attitude towards this
> > crap, sometimes it is WAYYY too much for me.
> I was counseling with a newly diagnosed person a while back and her parents
> were surprised when I said that there is one defining characteristic of
> diabetes and the treatment protocols  - it really sucks...  She brightened up
> some when I said that...  she had been getting the "it's all ok" line from
> parents, nurses and doctors and was getting into a "what's wrong with me"
> thought process.   My comment was totally surprising to her and gave her
> permission to express how she really felt at the moment...
> One of her parents said it wasn't what they had expected me to say... I was
> supposed to come in and give some "ministerial counseling" about not feeling
> bad etc...   and when I talked further with them they began to understand why
> the "it's OK" line can make things difficult to handle...  you have to
> acknowledge that the situation is bad, you don't like it, you don't think it's
> any fun and it really is an annoying pain... and once everyone accepts that
> then you are prepared to work to minimize the impact on your life by working
> with the medical "professionals" to develop a livable treatment plan...
> > You people ARE my support group.  I am single, I live with two couldn't care
> > less guys and my family is all 1,000 miles away.  If I dont wake up tomorrow,
> > the only person who will notice is my boss..and he will just assume I am still
> > mad at him and decided not to come it...scary...
> >
> Even for those of us who have local support like family and friends this list
> is an important part of our support network...
> > don't let the depression over take you, the woman sounds truly clincailly
> > depressed and needs to ask for some prozac...DON't be ashamed.  Better living
> > through chemicals is NOT just an ad campaign!  It works!!!
> >
> I think the old phrase was "better living through chemistry"...  but it does
> work and is nothing to be ashamed of.   Seeking proper help and the improved
> life that comes with proper medical treatment is the right thing to do.  The
> person who should be ashamed is the person who looks down on or belittles
> someone else's problem without having a better, workable or proper solution to
> offer...
> Randall P. Winchester
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