Let’s see if we can help Dennis and Susan think through their relationship woes. What might be a remedy for this particular situation?
Much like the helicopter parent, a very common relationship problem is too much involvement with their beloved’s diabetes. How about the following method of communication with one another: “Yes, I checked my blood sugar. I don’t really need a reminder for that, but I keep forgetting to rotate my injection sites. ” In this way, the person with diabetes lets their partner know what their exact needs are. The other person doesn’t feel like they are responsible for managing their loved one’s diabetes.
Susan sounded unsure if she should get into a relationship having Type 1 diabetes.
The partner feels that he or she is helping with their partner’s diabetes, but they do not feel an overwhelming need to take over the care of their loved one.
When a person with diabetes takes an active role in managing their diabetes, and are coping with their chronic condition, they make it easier to be cared for in a relationship.
Whether you find dating fun or whether it sends your nerves into a flurry, diabetes is one extra thing you may need to think about when dating but all in all it shouldn't get in the way.
We run through some of things you may want to consider when making the most of your dating experience with diabetes.
It may take your date a little time to get used to the idea at first but in most cases your partner will get accommodated with your injection regimes.