So, You Think You Know Diabetes #13

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “So, You Think You Know Diabetes”.  Today is a topic that is extremely close to my heart.  Why? It’s because it affected me personally.  I’m talking specifically to those of us who aren’t diabetics, but are the ones that care for these people who are afflicted with this chronic illness.

For us who are there, day after day, night after night, struggling along with a diabetic, you need to know that it isn’t easy.  I know there were times where I was incredibly frustrated having to adjust or have to sit up and wait while Beth’s blood sugar decided that it wanted to cooperate.  And I’m not going to lie.  Going in with the greatest of intentions of being the most supportive, caring person that one can be is hard.  And you’re gonna want to give up and quit.  But, you can’t.  Because you love that person.

So, what are you going to do? Get educated of course.  Read up on it.  Pay attention to their blood sugars.  In fact, paying attention is the best education one can obtain in terms of diabetes.  ‘Cause let’s face it, diabetes doesn’t act normally.  It doesn’t have a “set” way that it acts.  A lot of other factors will influence what happens to blood sugar.  Hormones can cause some major fluctuations.  Obviously, food and exercise have an effect on blood sugar.  Stress can also do really bad things for blood sugar.

So, what does that mean for your diabetic? Well, for one, keep them calm.  Don’t let them get stressed out, whether it’s you or something else that is stressing them out.  Obviously, if your diabetic is having problems with food, either stop eating that food; change up the insulin regime; or wait to see what happens.  Maybe, it’s a burst of hormones that are causing this sudden change in routine.  Speaking of routine, don’t settle down into one set routine.  Or if you have to have routines, don’t set it so rigidly.  Things are going to change.  From how much insulin is going to be done, to carb counting, to just various lifestyle changes in general, a routine is going to change.  Trust me when I say that it will be very difficult.  There will be a lot of late nights.  There will be random visits to the emergency room early in the morning.  There will be stressful days and nights ahead.  But, you must be strong.  You have to help take diabetes by the horns, and wrestle it down as best you can with your diabetic.  They could definitely use all the support that you can get.

That’s all I’ve got for you today. Thanks for reading! Hopefully that my advice to you will be helpful in the future.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

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