Honestly don’t know if this belongs in Coping, Parenting or Newly Diagnosed. The truth is it’s all 3. I’m a Mom and my daughter was diagnosed 2 months ago at age 9 and while she is thriving, I am not.
I’m a strong, resilient person. I’ve overcome difficult things and dealt with traumas. So I expected to be feeling better by now–more on top of things, have some brain power back, be able to work, think, plan Christmas, have a little time for my husband and other child, have my nervous system settle down a bit and find that “new normal” that always follows a crisis. Well I clearly underestimated the time it would take to adapt and integrate this because none of that stuff is happening. This is still, to put it bluntly, kicking my ass.
I’m looking for some experience, strength and hope from people who’ve been where I am right now.
How long did it take for you to feel like the rest of your life was even approaching being under control? Not the diabetes management–I know enough to understand that “control” there is…elusive. I just mean the regular life stuff–personal needs & responsibilities–that march on. When did you stop feeling like you couldn’t handle an unexpected phone call or a forgotten item from the store, or a simple request or question?