"They" say that anger and depression are inevitable for the, newly diagnosed, diabetic.
"They" are likely right.
I would imagine the same is true of any chronic disease or condition, particularly if it can be life-threatening.
I wasn't thrilled when I learned that I would never be able to go to a dinner dance… Without choosing between dinner and dancing.
I would/will never be able to go for a romantic, after dinner, moonlight stroll on the beach. I have a condition called Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxsis. I've had it for years (my story).
I just told myself that a lot of people have much worse things to deal with, and if this was my 'thing' I should consider myself lucky. That epiphany was after a bit of whinging, of course.
V is handling his diabetes much the same way: figure out how it works; what he needs to do to control it; get on with life.
Ironically, I find myself feeling depressed over his condition.
My point: Yes, the newly diagnosed will likely experience depression.
So will the people in the newly diagnosed's life.
What to do?
Embrace it. Wallow in it. Give in to it. Piss, moan, cry and wail.
Once you get all that out of your system take a practical look at what your new life will be.
If you are typical, unlike V, and have been diagnosed because of weight or other issues, chances are good that your diet will improve, enabling you to exercise, which will give you more energy to do all of the things you like to do… More easily.
In other words, chances are your overall health will improve.
It's possible that it will improve so dramatically that your diabetes will be controlled solely through diet and exercise.
It might even be the nudge you need to slow down, smell the roses, take that trip you've always planned.
It's entirely possible, even likely, that your overall life will be better.
Now… Please, tell me why you would get depressed over something that will have the end result of giving you a healthier life?
Okay, so you get depressed… Get over it.
And when you're over the depression, embrace your new life with open arms…. And start enjoying it.
V could actually stand to put on a few pounds.
He wanted a big plate of Asparagus with Hollandaise.
I, on the other hand, would gladly hand him a few of mine…
If only weight was transferable….
This sauce, of fresh lemon and yogurt, gave the right flavor without the calories.
I'll freely admit, I was rather surprised at how good it was; the taste of Hollandaise without the work or calories.
Asparagus with Lemon Sauce
12oz (350gr) asparagus, green or white
3 tbs plain yogurt
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1 tbs good olive oil
Snap off ends of asparagus. If white use vegetable peeler and peel the bottom half of stalk. Put into a skillet big enough to hold them without cutting, add water to cover bottom by 1/4 inch, cover and bring to boil. Lower heat and cook just until done, 6 – 8 minutes, longer for white. When done drain and put into a serving dish, drizzle with Lemon Sauce and serve, hot or cold.
Lemon Sauce: Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice and mustard. Drizzle in oil, whisking.
Note: Greek or drained yogurt would make it a bit thicker, but I was very happy with this consistency.