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Things To Know When You Live With A Person Who Has Diabetes

Things To Know When You Live With A Person Who Has Diabetes

The health of a person suffering from such a serious condition as diabetes is, first and foremost, dependent on his or her own self-discipline, caution, and common sense, but it is almost equally as tough for those living with a diabetic. After all, in the case of a seizure, it is you who are responsible for delivering the first aid, and it is your daily attention that can greatly improve the quality of life of your loved one. So, what should you know if you live with a diabetic?

1. Diabetics Are Slow to Heal Injuries

Many, if not all, diabetics suffer from slow or limited wound healing, especially if they injure their legs. It means that what may be a minor injury for a healthy person can have a long-lasting effect on a diabetic, sometimes even leading to the eventual loss of limbs. As a result, wounds, even small and insignificant ones, should receive utmost attention and care.

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2. Test Strips Are Going to Be a Constant Expense

Blood glucose monitoring is essential for maintaining health, wellbeing, and quality of life of a diabetic. Sometimes you may get a blood meter for free – from your health care team, by rebate from the producer, as a part of health insurance. Test strips are another matter – you cannot use them more than once, and they can be expensive, which means that finding a source of affordable diabetic strips is very important. Some can be received from your health insurance company, but make sure to find out how many per day your insurance covers.

3. Cold Insulin Can Be Painful

Of course, if a diabetic needs insulin urgently, there isn’t much choice. However, if it is a routine injection, you should use insulin kept at room temperature. Insulin right out of a refrigerator can hurt quite a lot when injected. You can safely store insulin at room temperature for about a month, which means that insulin currently in use should be kept out of the fridge – just make sure to keep it away from sources of heat.

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4. Low Blood Sugar May Cause Mood Swings

Low blood sugar, especially in diabetics on insulin, often causes them to feel nervous, irritable, and confused. Be prepared for mood swings – if you live with a diabetic, you are going to suffer from them the most. Just keep in mind that they are not personally directed against you, keep your calm, and be sure not to get irritated yourself.

5. Exercise Is a Must

Exercise is a good idea for everybody, but especially so for diabetics. It helps in maintaining blood glucose at an optimal range, keeps weight in check, and alleviates a number of other diabetes problems. If you are living with a person suffering from diabetes, helping them find time and opportunities to exercise is one of your primary concerns. Try taking some responsibilities off their hands, give them opportunities to exercise, remind them if necessary – just don’t overdo it and try to keep to healthy encouragement, not irritating nagging.

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6. Food Is Important

The best approach would be to adopt healthier eating habits for the entire household. This way, you won’t tempt the diabetic with foods they shouldn’t eat and won’t make them feel different every time you sit down to a meal. Learn diabetic cooking, adapt familiar recipes to new conditions, avoid resentment.

Living with a diabetic is tough. Diabetes is not a condition that you can take a vacation from – it is always there, it permeates every minute of your lives. But by learning more about it, you can make life bearable and even enjoyable for all concerned.

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I hope you will find this article useful!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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