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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.
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?
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I have felt like a scrooge when I leave my husband alone while I am walking on the treadmill with a movie playing to motivate me. But, after 8 months of persisting with my routine, I've lost 40 pounds...and the best news...my husband just started exercising by riding his bike every morning!! So being a scrooge may have helped us both live a better life.
I have talked with my husband till I am blue in the face about keeping out all the snack foods he feels he and his father "need"! Yet he claims he is concerned about my diabetes.
I definitely am a Scrooge because I need to be. Sometimes I have to get hard, but it works.
This is my first Christmas with diabetes 2, so I am a little uncertain what to expect - from myself as well as from the exceptionally good cooks in my family. My wife requires a totally different diet that excludes almost all fresh fruits and vegetables - no salads, for instance. My daughter who is cooking the dinner for the family is an expert in culinary arts of all types.
So what shall I do? Watch my intake of high calorie foods, to begin with. Christmas cakes, cookies, pies and puddings never bothered me before. But they will this year, if I am not careful. Turkey dressing is another thing to watch. My daughter's is delicious enough to dream about.
Ah, well. Keep the testing equipment and medication handy. Thanks for the notes too.
If you have to incorporate a little bit of scrooge, then do it. No one is going to take care of you except you! I'm trying to get rid of type 2 diabetes, but if I don't, I intend to live healthy to keep it under control, so I certainly don't feel guilty. Thanks for the good information.
Thanks alot,the above guidelines are very impotant and crucial to diabetics ,i hope every diabetic personnel should follow the same
This is great; it is about time the diabetics think of themselves first rather than others. They should not let other people's needs divert their attention from what they have to do to take care of themselves. They should remember that taking good care of themselves will allow them to have time for others as well.
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