Diabetes Self-Management Blog

I read today that the GOP is pretty much set to sue Obama. Now, I don’t want to get into the politics of that here — let’s not get into who did what, who’s right, who’s wrong, or any of that. Read any comments section in any online paper and you see how quickly things devolve to vitriol, mudslinging, name-calling, and personal attacks. Let’s just say this: When one branch of our government is literally SUING the leader of the other party, the system has broken. It isn’t “in trouble,” it isn’t “off balance,” it’s broken.

What happened? We’ve never agreed on everything, but we were never SUPPOSED to agree on everything. That’s why our country was founded as a democracy, where differing opinions are intentionally forced to confront one another. But there’s a second part of that equation that we seem to have completely and totally lost — once those differing opinions are forced to confront one another, we’re supposed to work those differences out like rational adults! And I can’t remember the last time I heard ANY news out of our political system and thought to myself, “well, that was some good, rational, constructive problem-solving!” Can you? Can any of us?

I think we’ve lost our ability to hold a long view of life. We see some political swing and decide the end of the world is here and everything is lost. And this isn’t something only one political persuasion is guilty of. Many on the left talked earnestly about moving to Canada when Bush’s second term came around, and filled the Internet with conspiracy theories galore about the evil covert operations being masterminded daily from the White House. And now many on the right have decided Obama is determined to become America’s first Social Dictator. The point is, we take a SMALL problem, or an isolated moment in time, one inevitable swing of the political pendulum, and declare “everything is lost, this is the end.”

So I say it again: It’s time for Diabetians to take over! What group of people is better equipped to deal with momentary frustration without overreacting? What group of people is better at understanding that any swing in any direction is just a momentary swing, and will inevitably come back to center and probably keep on swinging to the other side. We live with fluctuations, deviations, small losses, and small wins day in and day out!

I just got done with three-and-a-half weeks of being sick, three-and-a-half weeks of high numbers because my body was fighting off a bug. If congress were in charge of my numbers, each side would have blamed the other 15 times by now, no action would have been taken, and there would be a lawsuit. But 20 years of living with this disease has given me an invaluable gift that I wish were more common in the world around me: I don’t respond to every single thing like it’s the final outcome! A high number today doesn’t instantly convince me that everything is lost, high numbers will never go away, and send me into an overly emotional, angry reaction. I’ve learned how to calmly deal with fluctuations.

So, I say it one last time: Let the Diabetians run things for a while! Some of us are on the left, some of us are on the right. We’ll disagree, we’ll fight, but we’ve learned how to keep our perspective! Just give us six months. I mean, we can’t possibly do any worse than the kindergarteners we have posing as leaders now, right?



    Posted by Redneck Angel |

Post a Comment

Note: All comments are moderated and there may be a delay in the publication of your comment. Please be on-topic and appropriate. Do not disclose personal information. Be respectful of other posters. Only post information that is correct and true to your knowledge. When referencing information that is not based on personal experience, please provide links to your sources. All commenters are considered to be nonmedical professionals unless explicitly stated otherwise. Promotion of your own or someone else's business or competing site is not allowed: Sharing links to sites that are relevant to the topic at hand is permitted, but advertising is not. Once submitted, comments cannot be modified or deleted by their authors. Comments that don't follow the guidelines above may be deleted without warning. Such actions are at the sole discretion of DiabetesSelfManagement.com. Comments are moderated Monday through Friday by the editors of DiabetesSelfManagement.com. The moderators are employees of Madavor Media, LLC., and do not report any conflicts of interest. A privacy policy setting forth our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of certain information relating to you and your use of this Web site can be found here. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions.

Living With Diabetes
Preventing Diabetes Accidents (10/01/14)
Diabetes Transition Experiences Study (09/30/14)
Share What It's Like to Live With Diabetes: Walk With D (09/15/14)
What Is Hope? (09/18/14)

Scott Coulter
Time for Some Help (10/16/14)
Canary in the Coal Mine (10/09/14)
When Things Fall Off Course… (10/02/14)
What Is Hope? (09/18/14)



Disclaimer of Medical Advice: You understand that the blog posts and comments to such blog posts (whether posted by us, our agents or bloggers, or by users) do not constitute medical advice or recommendation of any kind, and you should not rely on any information contained in such posts or comments to replace consultations with your qualified health care professionals to meet your individual needs. The opinions and other information contained in the blog posts and comments do not reflect the opinions or positions of the Site Proprietor.

Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring — Part 3: Smart Monitoring

10 Keys to Long-Term Weight Loss

Take Your Best Shot: Stay Up to Date on Vaccines

Complete table of contents
Subscription questions