After 1o years of living with diabetes I thought I had heard every diabetic phrase until recently. I was finally able to put a name to how I’ve been feeling lately… I was experiencing ‘Diabetes Burnout’. Since hearing about this I’ve been doing some reading online and have discovered how common this phenomenon is and that I am NOT alone.
Diabetes Burnout is a state in which patients grow tired of managing their disease and then simply ignore it for a period of time, or worse, forever. The endless attention that diabetes requires can get exhausting! There are many obstacles that can get in the way of good self care and they can lead to burnout if you’re not careful. I just started reading the book seen below and it has been very informative so far. If you’ve been dealing with diabetes for some time or love someone who has, I definitely recommend reading the book.
For me personally, my burnout phase began after being sick for 9 weeks starting back in November (upper respiratory infection that turned into pneumonia and an ear infection). No mater what I did, what I ate, how much insulin I took I was constantly battling high blood sugars. I thought, what’s the point in testing when I know my blood sugar is high? The frustration of feeling like no matter what I did, I was fighting a loosing battle really started getting the best of me. Let’s face it, diabetes sucks and sometimes it feels like it’s sucking the life out of you. It’s something that’s always there- looming no matter what. Whether you’re having the best day ever or the worst, you have to manage your diabetes- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year without a single day off. Talk about overwhelming!
The way I’m feeling is still a work in progress but I can tell you some things I’ve learned already:
Take one day at a time. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Focus on the day in front of you, don’t beat yourself up about the past.