Diabetes - A burden to people living in a Third World Country (health is wealth)


#1

I am going to say it again... I love reading everyone's blog... I am learning from it, discovering new things is one reason why I make time reading blogs. And funny how I envy everyone because you could express what you feel/experience/think so clearly. On my part, Most often than not, I am having a hard time understanding some blogs when someone uses idiomatic expression (LOL), I can't grasp the meaning!~ well, it's understandable since english is not my mother-tongue, and we don't use it everyday too, but don't worry, I always consult Webster Dictionary and if I can't find the complete word, check it on the web, Ha!

Health is wealth, especially to us people living in a third world country, to us people who have "funding" problem. Having Diabetes is really a burden (I'm sure not only to us but applies to all walks of life), but to our family... Money intended for the family food, I have to slice it to spend it for my check-ups, labs, strips and medicines. So sad...

I am a bit of emotional again because of what happen to my endo visit last tuesday (November 13) ... When she took my blood pressure, It was 160/100!!!! my goodness! I told her when I went out of the house, my husband took my BP and it was 110/80, I've never been this high, my highest was 130/90, but never 160/100. My endo too was a bit surprise because my first visit to her i was 120/80. Maybe it was white-coated high blood pressure, she told me (well, maybe, because prior to that, there's something's bothering my mind after I saw my medical-history-card)... even so... I am now totally super nervous!!!! I can feel the Panic attack comiiiiinnngggg!!! after 5 minutes, took my BP again 150/100... aaahhh, no use... i was then a nervous wreck! she told me to calm down... how can I????? for the past 13 years I have never practiced to calm down... I had a nervous breakdown when I was 19, since then, Panic attack is a usual sightings in our house... You can't imagine how I was when I learned I got diabetes.... been to psychologist, psychiatrist & neurologist... their advise??? "it's only you who could help yourself..." -- <after 3 hours, When I reach home, my BP was 130/90, my BG was 169 - proven that stress makes your BG shoot up, because before going to my endo my BG was 109, then after another hour it went down to 110/80 (that's my normal BP)>...

My endo asked me to have a series of test -- lipid profile, creatinine, SGPT, TSH & T4! Truly, illness is a burden to people living in a third world country!!!! My goodness! How can I afford this? She asked me to come back after I've got the result of the test... well... I will find a way... I don't know how soon... but I believe, God will make a way... He will provide all my needs...

Indeed... health is wealth...


#2

For calming purposes, maybe you could try meditation? It’s a great way to encourage calmness, and I find a regular practice of meditation (say, ten minutes a day) really helps me center when I get panic attacks.

I live in America but I can certainly sympathize with your money issues: diabetes is a huge financial burden on myself and my family, and health insurance here is an utter joke.


#3

I fully understand where you are coming from with the cost of Diabetes! I don’t have insurance, so I have to pay for EVERYTHING out of my own pocket! It’s EXPENSIVE!! Especially the test strips and the lab tests!! I’m very lucky to have the Endo that I have though! He does his very best to keep my expenses to a minimum.

Do try not to stress! I know it isn’t always easy, but stress is the WORST thing for your body! In every way!!

I too, never had high blood pressure until this past January. BAM all of a sudden! My BP has always been like 120/72 … 99% of the time! Then, out of nowhere, it was up!? I’m taking lisinopril for it now and it’s come back down to normal! YaY!

I hope your panic attacks ease up! I’ve never experienced them, so have no advice for ya there, sorry!

hugz


#4

My mother told me once that I come from a long line of chronic worriers. I think that in most people blood pressure varies at different times of the day. Even when a person stands up, their blood pressure will go up somewhat. The body is supposed to adjust for this. Sometimes, it doesn’t do this well. that’s why a person gets dizzy. I think that the trick to blood pressure is not to let it get out of hand. Diabetes is a very expensive disease to have to deal with. I do have health insurance. It is supplied where I work. I think that part of the problem with health care is that some people get overtreated , while others have to do without . I sometimes have periods of panic. I deal with them with my mental attitude. I am always afraid that someday this will cease to work.Like my mother always says, “hang in there”.


#5

Hi Theodora, thanks for the advise, and for the kind words ms melissa, thank you too, To Mr. James… thanks for the message you’ve sent… I appreciate it so much… God bless us and take care…


#6

Hi from Delaware in the US!!! I am very familiar with panic attacks. I can’t deal with them in public except to try deep breathing. Then when I get home I have to be alone in my room, in my bed with silence and not moving even 1 muscle. It is probably not the healthiest thing to do; but it works for me!!