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RESOURCE: Top Ten Actionable Diabetes Tips

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I found this resource on the diaTribe website.  It contains actionable diabetes tips from Dr. Anne Peters.  There are some good suggestions here, so check them out!

https://diatribe.org/issues/58/diatribe-dialogue/2

Which of the ten tips speaks most to you?  Are there any you don't think would personally be helpful?  Do you have another good tip to suggest?

posted Aug 16 in Resource by KarenG (16,340 points)

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I agree with all of the points. I want to comment on number 5: Encouraging family members to to come to visits (if that's what you want to happen.)

The phrase in parentheses is important in my case because that is NOT what I want to happen.  I've had type 1 for 54 years and have been married for 30. My husband has learned how to effectively help me when I have bad low blood sugars. He has learned to recognize symptoms sometimes before I do. For this I am grateful beyond measure. He is a sweetheart, but does not understand many of the other ins and outs of having diabetes.

Over the years when I have tried to talk with him about various issues I was having with diabetes, he thought he understood, but couldn't. He believed it was his job to "solve" whatever problem or condition I brought up. He would insist I try a solution he thought of (such as expensive herbal remedies) and this would end up in an argument often with him declaring that I just didn't want to "get well".  The few times he has been with me to health care provider visits, he often had difficulty accepting the provider's information, and gave recommendations of his own, or asked bizarre questions.

By now I have learned how to handle this fairly well.  But I would love to talk with others who may have similar challenges with loved ones.

Jan
answered Aug 30 by janmosso (1,460 points)
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