Monthly Archives: March 2011

LIVING WITH DIABETES: FACING THE FUTURE

As a mature adult, no doubt you’re considering what your future will be – when the kids leave home, when you achieve your career goals and have no further achievements to strive for, when you retire and change your lifestyle and possibly move from your home, your city and your state.
As a mature adult with diabetes, you have all these concerns, plus those that come with the fact you have this chronic disease with its possible complications.
All these considerations and concerns create stress. As a mature adult, you need to make plans now for how you will deal with these future stresses. With proper planning you can greatly reduce your risks for the debilitating stresses that come with growing older. Consider the alternative to growing older and you will have all the incentive in the world to work on your planning right now.
One of the biggest stresses in life is retirement. While it may relieve other stresses that come with working, more often than not it creates a whole new set of concerns.
A great deal of stress comes from not knowing what the future holds. Since you haven’t retired before, it’s difficult for you to know what lies ahead. This can be very stressful to anyone.
The key to handling the “unknowns” of retirement is to plan for that time. Make your own plan and you will remain in control over most of what will happen to you. The sooner you have created this retirement plan, the better off you will be and the more secure you will feel.
People, who work right up to the last minute without making any plans, and then jump into retirement, often do very poorly when their lives change abruptly. Change, in itself, is a major stress in anyone’s life.
Since you have just been diagnosed as having Type II diabetes, you have been handed a major stress. Your diabetes is going to be with you when you retire, so you need to plan, now, for how you’re going to control it – today, tomorrow, and two decades from now. Once your diabetes plan is established, you can go on to other retirement planning.
Here are some of the things you need to consider in the retirement plan you develop:
•      Think about what you will be doing with your time when you retire. Would you like to travel? Volunteer with a civic or service group? Dust off those tools and get your workshop back in operation? Start a hobby or activity you just haven’t had time to do in the past?
•      Think about where the funds are going to come from and how much you’ll have to spend during your retirement years. If retirement is a number of years away, you may have time to set aside funds to make your life more comfortable and pleasurable in the future.
•     Think about where and how you’ll be living. Are you planning to move to a smaller house or a more pleasant climate?
If you have problems working out your retirement plan, seek professional help. Talk to your physician about this or to your diabetes educator. A psychological counselor can also be a great help if you have difficulty handling the feelings you have about the future.
Accentuate the Positive
Life has its ups and downs. How you react to these swings is vitally important. If you can maintain a positive attitude toward life and do positive things about your life, you’ll be able to cope with the downs and enjoy the ups to the fullest.
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BACH FLOWER REMEDIES: LARCH REMEDY – HARMEET’S & MRS. RENU SACHDEVA’S CASES

Harmeet was only 4 years when he was sent to learn swimming.
Seeing other children in the swimming pool, Harmeet jumped in the pool without waiting for the instructor and was saved from drowning by the timely action of the instructor.
He was given a combination of Cherry Plum (to rectify his impulsive instinct), Rock Rose (for terror) and Star of Bethelhem (for shock) to bring him to normal condition.
But he had lost his self-confidence to learn swimming again.
Larch Remedy given T.D.S. with Cherry Plum for 2 months changed his temperament of acting an impulse and also re-established self-confidence to learn swimming again.
Mrs. Renu Sachdeva—25 years—was lean and thin. She weighed 42 kg. when she was married 5 years ago. She weighed only 39 kg. now and her weight was not increasing, although she was taking good food. She had no other complaint and there was nothing in her family history to suggest any possible cause of her static weight.
She got tired soon, and wanted to put on some weight so that she could bear an appearance as other girls of her age.
“Olive” for weakness and “LARCH’ for desire to be like others was prescribed T.D.S for one week, and the same combination was continued for another 4 weeks when she confirmed that she fell stronger after one week’s treatment.
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LIFE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY: BUILDING ON YOUR STRENGTHS

Each person reading this is at a particular point in life’s journey. You may be young, middle aged, or old. You may be newly injured or you may have lived with your injury for many years. You may be at peace with yourself or still struggling with difficult adjustments and unsettling emotions.
The future holds many challenges, of course, some anticipated and some unknowable. As you get older you’ll face new tasks, changes in health, and declines in strength. Medical problems related to your spinal cord injury may require you to adjust to additional losses or adapt to new technological aids. You’ll have highs and lows in your personal and social life, achievements and disappointments in your work life, losses and additions in your family.
What strengths can you build on to meet these and other challenges? How can your life be gratifying and full of joy in the years ahead? Everyone has unique character strengths, talents, ideas, and dreams, and these can be your building blocks.

Humor
Humor is an invaluable tool in dealing with adversity and in celebrating life’s joys. Humor releases tension, eases pain, soothes sorrow, and enhances communication and bonding between people. It helps people feel they have some control during seemingly uncontrollable or overwhelming events. People who can see the funny side of life often cope better with stressful or even catastrophic situations, and they may be able to elicit more support from others. Not only is laughter “the best medicine,” it can give you the strength to endure life’s many stresses and disappointments.
Reading joke books, watching funny movies, visiting a comedy club, reading the “funnies” and cartoons, or listening to comedians on audiotape are some ways of stimulating humor. You might try writing comedy or performing as a comedian or comic actor. Several people with disabilities have been highly successful as comedy entertainers, such as Gene Mitchner, a wheelchair user once referred to as a “sit-down comic.” One Hollywood agency caters specifically to comics and entertainers with disabilities. Being able to find humor in the ups and downs of everyday life and to laugh at yourself is a real gift. Terry Galloway, a deaf performance artist, tries to communicate “Joy! Absolute joy! That jolt of love for life in its infinite complications.” Humor helps us accept those complications with a laugh.

Pursuing Your Dreams
Dreams or passions evolve out of our interests, creativity, relationships, and values. They can be specific and personal, like Franklin’s dream to learn scuba diving and parachuting after he became paraplegic. Or they may be general and altruistic, like Nora’s passion for disability advocacy after her spinal cord injury. Sometimes dreams evolve from personal passions to entire movements. Ed Roberts’s dream of going to college eventually led not only to his admission as the first quadriplegic at his school, but to a campus-wide, then community-wide, movement for independent living. Sometimes dreams that are purely personal, such as accomplishing difficult athletic feats, can change the attitudes or behavior of others simply by setting inspirational examples.
More “ordinary” dreams – to find a steady, loving relationship, get married, have children, go to graduate school, help other people, play an instrument, run for local office, and so on – are just as important. Not everyone dreams of extraordinary accomplishments, but most people who live happy lives are able to look beyond their present circumstances, imagine where they would like to be in the future, and find the means to get there.

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