Supporting a Diabetic Girlfriend/Boyfriend
You date someone and immediately hit a connection. The vibe is so strong that it makes it impossible for you to forecast your life without them. AND THEN SUDDENLY… you are hit by the news that they have diabetes!
Coping up with such news, especially for a person you love and care about can be far tricky than words can express. You may not know what to do or might be scared to cause them harm.
Diabetes is a life-long condition which requires care. For the patient, it is a massive burden daily, but you can share it and help keep the spark alive.
Below is a list of the things you can do to support and cater to your diabetic partner
Diabetes can happen to anyone!
According to the global statistics given by International Diabetes Federation 2018, 3 out of 10 adults above the age of 20 have diabetes. So, the first thing you need to learn is that it can happen to anyone at any time. Once you learn it, you can imprint the idea to your partner.
Of all the emotions that you can carry, carry empathy at the top. Consider how you would feel if your boyfriend/girlfriend is interested in knowing about your diabetes and doesn’t avoid the topic? Will you be more focused toward that person or will you stay distant? Once you find your answers, you will realize its empathy that can correctly manage this life-long disease
Support your partner at all times
Diabetic patients have mood swings due to high and low sugar levels in the blood. Knowing that your partner has this disease, you need to be supportive and patient. According to scientists, emotional support at times of need can be more beneficial than medication when it is employed. Do not let go of the constant support.
Spread positivity to help your partner
Positive actions can help your partner in coping up with diabetes. Imagine how they will feel to know that you take an interest in their diabetes and suggest remedies to their interests. Other actions include giving your partner the time to manage diabetes, discussing if diabetes is affecting sex life and being open about your feelings. But remember, let your partner be in charge of their disease!
Go with your partner to their check-ups
It can be comforting to know that your partner supports you and is always there for you. You should not let your partner go alone to their appointments. Small actions build strong emotions.
Help your partner manage their diabetes
Sometimes, the burden of living with chronic illness overshadows the ability to look above. That’s where you come in like a candle. If your partner is finding it hard to manage diabetes, you can ask them to talk to you about it. Once they do, suggest ideas to make it easier for them to handle their disease. This can go a long way and improve the spark of the relationship.
Give your partner some time!
Allowing your partner to figure things out themselves is as necessary as being with them at all times. Sure, I don’t say leave them completely alone but don’t make them feel that their diabetes is their identity. Make it sure that they are not pressured but also give them some space.
For all the things that you would do, patience and tolerance is the key. To make a relationship work, it is essential to have patience at all times. Be kind enough to listen and soft enough to communicate rather react.