In this blog, we are pleased to pass on some inspirational thoughts from Sue, editor of Desang magazine, a free online magazine for people with diabetes with the latest news, views, reviews, features, free samples and giveaways. Check out the latest here, and read about how Spirit is supporting the NHS during Covid-19.
The recent and ongoing coronavirus outbreak has increased my gratitude for my circle of friends and the healthcare professionals who support me as well as the great people I know and respect in the diabetes arena. It is my belief that while there are some competing interests, in the main we're all heading in the same direction, which is to say improving the lives of people living with diabetes until cures or a definitive prevention is found.
Seven tips for lockdown are:
1. Keep a good eye on your diabetes supplies of kit and medicines. Order earlier than you would normally.
2. Have a 'sick day plan' written down that helps others to help you if you need it, including your usual medications, timings and doses and numbers of your GP or clinic.
3. I've invested in some medical ICE ID (in case of emergency) that I wear all the time now.
4. Keep as active as possible. Climb the stairs until you are a bit breathless. No stairs? Construct one simple step and just use that. You don't have to do an hour at a time. Five minutes four times a day is better than nothing.
5. Keep an eye on food portions. Either boredom or anxiety (or even both) are likely to make you feel hungry. Keep your eyes and brain engaged -- use the same plate, measure things out. We'll all come out of lockdown a bit tubbier than when we went in, but let’s not make it too much!
6. Stay connected! Whether it’s phone calls, letters, or learning to use Zoom or any other means to see people and keep in touch. I've had to learn Zoom, Skype and Team Viewer. Initially a bit of a challenge, and there's always a few issues with technology at some point, but, really worth it to see the ones you love.
7. Stay home as much as possible to be certain of not being exposed. Wear a mask and gloves if you do go out. Stay alert to symptoms and do not delay if you have any worries at all about your diabetes. The NHS is not shut to other conditions needing attention other than Covid-19.
Life is a journey, I just happened to undertake mine with a kitbag full of diabetes bits and bobs. So, while am I not going to go on holiday for a while, I shall dig out my old photo albums (remember cameras with films in them?) and reminisce about some of the places I've been before and hope I will see again one day soon.
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