In just the month of February alone, I received over 300 requests for information! Whether it’s an e-mail sent directly to the HSF or through WordPress, contact via our Facebook page, or a fax or phone call…the cry is always the same… “Help, I’m desperate!”
Through your words, I can hear and feel the fatigue…you’re tired of running from doctor to doctor. You’re looking for a diagnosis, a treatment plan. You just want relief from years of debilitating symptoms. I sense the fear…not knowing what is wrong with you. Do I have to live the rest of my life like this? Could it be fatal? And lastly, the frustration…when will the answers come? When will I finally start to feel better? How much longer can I hold on?
My dear family and friends, I know too well the fatigue and fear. I’ve been there. I am grateful that most of that is in the past. If I do have some hypoglycemia symptoms flare up, it’s usually just my body telling me that it’s time to stop, rest and recuperate! I can handle that.
What is hard to handle these days is the frustration – not being able to answer each and every cry for help. It’s just impossible, especially when some e-mails are pages long with a half dozen questions. It is sad that many of these questions are medical and technical in nature because that means that ONLY a physician can answer them! Not only would it be a disservice but it would also be dangerous for you to wait for a diagnosis and treatment plan from the HSF!
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This does not mean that the HSF’s support and information is not crucial to your healing process! It is…and it does make a difference! Your responses tell us so…
”Thank you, thank you, thank you…when I am down and out I revisit your Facebook page…the information and support are holding me up!”
“Just when I thought I was all alone, I found your website and Facebook…can’t wait to read every page and make new friends in the process!”
“I took your information and shared it with my doctor…it’s opened up a whole new world of communication…thank you so much!”
To help you conquer your fatigue, fear and frustration, my 12 top suggestions are listed below. Although I have shared them previously, they are worth repeating. What better way to educate than by constant repetition.
Education: This is a must if you want to control your symptoms and make the healing process as painless as possible. Knowledge and understanding of the causes, effects and treatment of hypoglycemia is imperative! Read every book you can, scan every website that is available on the internet and listen to some excellent CD’s. Check out the one offered on our website with Dr. Douglas M. Baird…it’s excellent!
Diet/Symptom Diary: I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping a diet/symptom diary. This is your personal blueprint, a clear overview of what you are eating and how it’s affecting you. It can be the first indicator that something’s wrong and, perhaps, an inexpensive way of correcting a very simple problem. Please read the complete details and some great diet suggestions in the Hypoglycemia Diet link of this website.
Find a Physician: Every other e-mail I receive concerns a request for a doctor. Some great doctors are out there who test for and treat hypoglycemia! Read the chapter in my book on “How to Find a Physician.” For a referral listing in your area, please click on Helpful Links on the left side of our home page. The list is extensive. I highly recommend the Health Directory from the Life Extension Foundation (www.lef.org) and the website of Dr. Al Sears (www.alsearsmd.com).
Preparation is the key: Being prepared with meals and snacks is crucial to sticking to a healthy, hypoglycemia diet. Whether at home, work, school or traveling, have allowable foods ready to eat…this will prevent your blood sugar from falling dangerously low.
Reach out for help: Cooking, cleaning, shopping…you don’t have to do it all yourself. Put your husband, children, parents and friends to work. They may be happy to help, but you’ll never know unless you ASK!
Positive attitude: It is so much easier to have a positive attitude when you are surrounded by positive people. You need family and friends who inspire and encourage you. If that support network isn’t currently in place for you, reach out to your community, your church, your temple or congregation of choice. Connecting with another human being who believes in you may be the greatest healing you can experience.
Control stress: Many of you had a very difficult 2012 marred by physical illness as well as mental, emotional and financial struggles. It is imperative to find a support system and stress-relief/coping mechanisms. Try meditation, a massage, prayer, light exercise, reading a good book, taking long walks in nature, listening to music. Go to lunch with a friend, have a make-over, see a fun-filled movie…anything that puts a smile on your face, brings an inner peace to your heart, and evokes a hearty laugh to make your soul jump with joy!
Exercise with caution: Choose your exercise carefully! Walking is the most effective exercise in addition to being the most compatible with normal daily activities. Depending on what stage of hypoglycemia you are in, walking is also the least stressful exercise for the hypoglycemic. Running, jogging or strenuous aerobic exercise should be held off until most of your physical symptoms are controlled.
Are vitamins necessary? Be cautious! Vitamins taken indiscriminately can be just as harmful as an overdose of medication. Get professional guidance as to what you need to take and the dosage.
Children and Hypoglycemia…Hypoglycemia and Alcoholism…Hypoglycemia and Diabetes: Those three subjects were so important that I addressed them at length in my new edition of The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to low Blood Sugar. If any of you are dealing with a child who has hypoglycemia, a friend or family member who has an alcohol problem or anyone, especially a family member, who has diabetes…these chapters are a must read!
Ask the Experts: Every conceivable question has been asked…from hypoglycemia and chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia and bypass surgery, hypoglycemia and stress…to advice on taking the glucose tolerance test or having a colonoscopy. You asked, we responded! Fifty-eight questions…all answered by the experts in the 2011 edition of The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar.
Love yourself: Use the information from your own research and everything I’ve introduced you to on this website. Interweave it with commitment, and then love yourself enough to take the final step…application!
Above all…and I will say it again and again and again…Don’t give up!!
Here’s to your health,