Living with diabetes blog

Put a little Scrooge in your diabetes self-management

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N. December 12, 2009

This may sound like a melodrama, but is being selfish or acting like Scrooge appropriate at times when it comes to managing your diabetes?

I believe it's appropriate to think about yourself first when it comes to caring for your diabetes. In fact, if you take care of yourself first, you'll feel better and more able to cope with family, friends, job issues, and outside interests of importance to you.

Why?

  • Testing your blood glucose may help prevent a low blood glucose which could interfere with performance at work or other activities in life.
  • Good diabetes self management may help you avoid severe blood glucose swings which affect your mood and energy level.
  • Good follow-up care with your health care provider may help you avoid or decrease complications of diabetes.
  • Spending money on diabetes supplies will help with good diabetes self management.
  • Buying healthy foods and not catering to the requests of family members to have junk food around that you would be tempted to eat.
  • Speaking up with your concerns to friends and family about your diabetes management needs will promote an open communication. Examples: Eating meals at specific times, having treatments for low blood glucoses available, how to manage diabetes and certain activities.
  • Diabetes education and diabetes magazines will help you manage your diabetes better.
  • Taking time to exercise will help with heart health and diabetes management.

Do you feel guilty about spending money or time on yourself for diabetes? Do you need to incorporate a little more Scrooge into your diabetes self management?

Yay or nay, what are your opinions this week?

Regards,
Nancy

Dec. 12, 2009