Change? Changing what. Changing my sleeping habits? I don’t like sleeping all day, but that’s how I cope. All these medications don't help either though. I’ll say a 3.
On a scale of 1-10, how ready are you to learn some new ways to cope with your emotions and find alternative strategies to cope efficiently with your chronic condition?
I'd say a 3. I'm not really sure how to change. I don't know whether or not it would benefit my health if I decided to change the way I cope.
Hah. I don’t think it’s necessary to change the way I cope, but maybe a 2.
Sometimes I wake up crying because I dream about my condition in my sleep, but I don't know what to do. My hair is more grey than before and I didn't think that was possible!
Well, it sounds like you, as a group, are not sure if you need to change the way you are coping with your chronic illness at this point in time. I believe that you all can learn an efficient way to cope with your emotions once you are ready to change.
I don't know if I'll every be able to cope efficiently with my chronic condition. How can I cope when my diabetes can change from one day to the next.
I don't see it as a problem of mine. If I am not told information about my treatment plan, then why should I treat them nicely?
Although I become tired, my medications do help decrease my knee pain.
Although the benefits to your health may not be apparent right now, there are benefits to coping appropriately with your emotions. It's important to understand that we can’t always be in control of our illness, but taking your medications, eating healthy meals, and surrounding yourself with people who are supportive of you can help.
Hmm, my father is supportive of me and lives at Elim Park as well.
I eat what I like and don't think that the foods I choose are bad for me. I'm not one hundred percent sure though. I may need to ask my doctor.
Although you may be frustrated with how your chronic condition is being managed, the health care team is trying to provide you with the proper medications and equipment needed to help keep you safe.
I'm sorry to hear that. I can inform them that you would like to be included in these meetings.
Well then why haven’t I been included in any of the meetings recently between the staff and my doctor? I would like to be in the loop when it is MY life here.
I never seem to remember the questions I have for the doctor when I get there. This may help.
There are many ways to cope with your emotions throughout the course of your condition. I can help you keep in contact with your doctor and staff so you feel more in control. For example, I can help you write down questions on a piece of paper that you can take with you to ask your doctor. Hopefully, this will help alleviate stress. You can ask them what specific steps you can take to optimize your health. I can help carry out these tasks and help you cope through these stages.
That sounds nice. I get frustrated when I think about my condition and then I don't do things during the day. Then I get more mad that I'm not doing anything.
That may be helpful. I still don't think it's necessary for me to change my methods of coping.
You can ask me again next week. I may say yes.
Well thank you all for coming. We will discuss this more next session.
Change is a long road and it is not always easy. What are your thoughts about weighting the pros and cons of changing your current ways of coping with your emotions for the next session on Wednesday? I believe that all of you can find an efficient way to cope with your emotions.
I may like that. I'd need help thinking of other positives to changing. I liked what you mentioned today.
I'm not sure if I'll see the point in that. Right now my cons list would outweigh my pros. You can ask me next week.