It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, mostly due to the topic of my post. I’m interested in what strategies people here use to deal with stress and keep it from interfering with glucose control. I’ve had an extremely stressful few years, in short:
- one of my childhood abusers went on trial for assaulting another family member. Needless to say this raised a few PTSD issues.
- Due to flashbacks, nightmares and other PTSD issues I became unable to maintain my work standards and lost my job after putting in 15 years at my company.
- My long term disability claim has been denied, so I’ve been without an income for approaching a year.
- one of the psych drugs I’ve been on apparently raises blood sugar (Abilify), so I’m in the process of tapering off that drug despite some positive benefits.
- in the last year my A1C has gone from a consistent 5.5-6.1 up to 8.4, which is where I was at diagnosis. I regularly have fasting blood sugars > 180, and this week I’ve seen pre- and post-meal numbers in the 250-425 range. My endo has been working on pump adjustments with me, he’s not aware of the 400. Umber yet but I already have an appt to see him next week, I’ll tell him then.
Has anyone else experienced their diabetes control crashing alongside their emotional state? Diabetes was one area of my life where I had some control, now it just seems like it’s gone to hell with everything else.
If the answer ends up being that my control is toast until I get back on a regular sleep cycle and get more stable emotionally I’ll deal with that, but it would be nice to have some sugar control so I don’t feel totally at the mercy of my disease.