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Re: [IPk] lifestyle

You are so right Pat! 

I remember having one week of good control in my 5
years of MDI. It was a week where I worked in an
office, so every day was the same: train up to London,
sit on my backside all day at a desk, have the same
sandwich every day (!), train home, no exercise or
alcohol in the evenings. Boring!

My diabetes team at the time would have loved it if I
continued that lifestyle indefinitely. However I try
to do 3 step classes each week - sometimes it happens,
sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes I drink wine and go
dancing in the evening, sometimes I don't. Now I am
teaching, days at work can be quite unpredictable,
with different stressful situations appearing from
nowhere! In short, I am a human being!

Two things about this make me angry: 
1. I was made to feel that it was my fault for leading
the wrong kind of lifestyle, and
2. I was referred to a psychologist because I couldn't
control my diabetes and was finding it frustrating. 

So I ended up spending a few years chatting to
psychologists about how I couldn't control my
diabetes!! How ridiculous is that? This massive waste
of my time and theirs could have been avoided if the
doctors concerned had addressed the issue of how to
get my blood sugars at a decent level. It makes me

Thankfully, all this is behind me know and I have
found how easy good control is on a pump. But aren't
these diabetic specialists seriously passing the buck
by suggesting that poor control is a psychological

Rant over, 


> I think part of the problem is the problem we see in
> the diet sheets -
> the 'normal' that the medical staff play to is
> 'normal' thirty or sixty
> years ago.  So, for example, they expect children to
> walk or take a bus
> to a nearby school, where there is a 'healthy'
> mid-day meal, and staff
> who have all the time in the world to learn about
> the needs of each
> child.  Then, we go to a job for life, with regular
> hours, and little
> stress.  We exercise _regularly_ same amount, same
> time each day (i.e.
> we walk or cycle to work).  We eat breakfast at the
> same time, lunch is
> in a staff canteen which offers healthy food, at the
> same time, and
> after walking or cycling home, we eat the same
> dinner. The evening is
> spent, after doing the ironing or feeding the
> chickens, with a relaxing
> hobby (listening to big band music on the radio
> while rag-rugging or
> making a cane seat stool). We go to bed at the same
> time each evening
> (after the news), and always have sex.  Always the
> same kind of sex -
> never more or less energetic!
> The lie in 'diabetics can lead a normal lifestyle'
> is that they forget
> to stress that it is A normal lifestyle, not ANY
> normal lifestyle.
> Best wishes to all, whatever your lifestyles 
> Pat
> dm 30+, 508 1+, 
> -- 
> Pat Reynolds
> email @ redacted
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> back in 500 years time" 
>    (T. Pratchett)
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