1. Are there any other couples out there where both of you have diabetes? What Type(s)? How long?
2. What are some of your challenges and successes, as a couple, in light of the fact that both of you need to give attention to managing diabetes?
3. What encouragement and support do you contribute to your loved one's efforts to manage their own diabetes? And, what do you receive from your spouse?
4. How do you manage the on-going costs of doctor visits, meter strips, insulin, medications, etc., with both of you needing extra medical care?
5. What kinds of diabetes complications are you contending with, and how are you doing as a couple, as you try to live with them?
I've had T1 since age 35 (now 53). My husband and I surmised during the end of May (2010) that he's gone from glucose "challenged" to T2 (at age 53). I gave him my old glucose meter and he's been counting carbs since he began feeling fatigued after eating carb-loaded meals. A BGL of 227 is the highest so far. Using what we know in managing T1, we've learned his body can't handle but a little of carb-packed foods (potatoes, ice cream, pasta). So, he's been able to keep the numbers down and his energy up. Of course, it will be an on-going effort for him, and for me as his support. (He's a responsible, mature man, so, of course it isn't like supporting a child or teen.)
My main man, er, support, has been my husband. He's learned nearly as much as I have about Type 1 and its management, over the 13 years we've been together. And now, both of us get to know more about Type 2 and its management than we ever imagined or wanted to. "Sigh" (His dad and my mom had T2, so we have some familiarity with the disease.)
I imagine we'll gain a a better understanding of some of the differences between the two diseases - and the differences in management - than most people. I don't recall asking for this assignment!
I wonder if I should share my food scale with him or get him his own? (laughing!) Actually, we've been sharing it on and off for awhile, when he's kept track of his calories and carbs to loose weight. Turns out that his weight problem might be due to the suspected prediabetes he's had for a long time.
Anyway, let's see what we can learn from one another as we contribute our input!