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Positive about Diabetes!

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What a title for a blog?

Why Positive? Someone with diabetes would say there is absolutely nothing positive about Diabetes.

So why call it so? It’s because of my passion regarding diabetes, I cannot help the enthusiasm I have for the subject.

Key facts about Diabetes

It’s about People

It’s about balance

It’s about a healthy lifestyle

So what makes people living with diabetes different from everyone else?

They have been labelled, classified Type 1 or Type 2?

Identified by their Insulin, medication or diet?

What most do not realise is that they have the power like everyone in the world to turn their lives around.

YES!

It’s hard work

Takes dedication

You need a passion for your life!

You are lucky!

Now you definitely think I am Nuts!

But you have your own army of caretakers – a multidiscipline team of Health Care Professionals:

Practice Nurse

GP

Clerical workers

Pharmacist

Biochemist

Podiatrist

Dietician

Ophthalmology

Hospital Diabetes Team

Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist

The greater extended Specialist departments of secondary care, plus you will have your own caretakers as in family, friends, and carers.

Those living with diabetes who have also accepted the fact by taking up the gauntlet of taking control their life with diabetes. Will have realised that their diabetes is as individual as they are.

No one will understand the effect of your own diabetes has or the response your body has to food, exercise and medication better than you do!

This is probably why I am Positive about Diabetes because it allows me, as part of an extended team, an opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise to support and motivate others to care for themselves.

© 31 March 2014 MC

Okay, so you have diabetes…..

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This doesn’t mean the end of your life as you know it, whatever the diagnosis whether it is Type 1 – insulin no longer being produced by the pancreas or Type 2 due to the need to lifestyle changes because your insulin receptors are not working as well or your pancreas is running out of insulin production cells

You are the one in control of your life, not your Doctor, not your Diabetes Specialist Nurse or GP and Practice Nurse…. It’s about you!

Key Facts

It is important to keep your Doctor or Nurse Appointments – it may feel like you are going to the GP Practice but you are going for you.

If you have a burning question ask it – no question is stupid if it helps your control

If there are results ask for them and write them down, keep a record it’s about you, then you can see improvements

If a blood pressure is taken ask for the numbers don’t be brushed off with “it’s fine” or “it’s normal” – you need to know and record the numbers

If you are on medication ask – What it is for? How it works? When do you take it? Are there side effects? If you stop taking the tablets make sure the Doctor or Nurse knows.

Please remember to keep your eye screening appointments they may seem a waste of your time because you can see. I can assure you when things start going wrong it happens quickly. Any eyesight changes – Tell someone!

It is important to also get your feet checked if you notice any changes at all such as temperature, strange feelings on walking, unusual painfulness, numbness – Tell someone!

This probably seems all very daunting but you will find that once you pick up the gauntlet of self-managing your diabetes, you will take back your life. The most important thing to remember is that you had a life before diabetes. Once you take control of your diabetes life becomes normal again.

It may feel like, oh what does she know she hasn’t got it! But I have worked alongside and with a lot of people who have come into my Clinical Room with the whole World on their shoulders but have left laughing, relieved and back in control.

©28 March 2014 MC
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