Shelby: I think we all cope because no matter what, tomorrow will come, and the day after, and so on. As you read, diabetes is complicated, and often hard or frustrating to manage. But, it is a chance to become an active participant in your own health care, not just going in for the annual set of doctor’s appointments.
I hate waiting for test results, too. But, after 28 years of diabetes, the test results that I worry about are the colonoscopy, the prostate exam and the ones like that. There is nothing I can do now to cause myself not to be diabetic. And, if it turns out that your tests show the same, that is true for you, too. That’s the bad news. The good news is that treatment is so much better today than it was years ago, and this is an opportunity to live well. I don’t know your eating or exercise habits, so this may not be relevant to you, but this is a chance to learn new habits as you learn about your diabetes.
How do I wait for test results? I watch tv. I read a book. Hang with my daughter. And try to distract myself. Learning you have diabetes is difficult and scary. But, it opens a window into yourself, so you can become more proactive.
How did I cope when I was diagnosed? I watched with jealousy as other people ate whatever they wanted. I got angry and depressed since the doctor told me I would certainly have at least 20 more good years, so I should not worry. I was 19 at the time. The ironic thing is that the doctor himself only had about 5 more good years left, and here I am.
We indure, we get better, we think about how much we can do, and we challenge ourselves every day to be better.
And, I laugh when, at that first appointment the day of diagnosis, as the doctor was writing prescriptions for me, my mother reached into her purse and asked him “How about a little something for me?” and handed him an empty bottle of valium.
Freaking out is ok. But you will be ok. Keep us posted. This is a great place for support and questions and answers.