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    OK Dave but what about isolated 'faces' like myself who either live miles from other folk or have other reasons why they cannot meet 'face to face'?

    Also, quite a few folk on here have their own body or mind problems and are unable to get out there and 'do as it is a gigantic task just looking after themselves!

    Of course I can only offer my opinion: I don't claim to be right. What is important is that people actually, where possible, get out and meet others although I do understand that isn't always possible, for a variety of reasons.

    Having got the PM notified via my email inbox, I feel compelled to offer my points of view in the hope that it will have some positive impact.

    The one thing I think this site shouldn't be doing is just putting survival tips into the forum and leaving it for everyone else to browse, looking for solutions, when what is really needed is a sense of community and solidarity. The next five (or even ten) years are going to be very challenging. No doubt our country will look very different in five years in time, mainly because the common goods will be destroyed. That will have real implications for the communities that we live in. What I think this forum ought to do is to encourage people to get out and engage within their communities. For example, I am currently planning on setting up a community canteen with food waste from supermarkets and restaurants in the area - I am hoping this will bring people together so that they can support one another and feed some very needy people in our community as well. We have a food bank here already, so we have the support in our town. This website could be a valuable way of seeding these kinds of initiatives.

    Just to re-iterate: we need to get out and support one another face to face - sharing tips through the forum won't be enough.


    Luton born and bred here. I still live in the town, and its a good place to live in. The surrounding villages are very expensive. My recommendations would be High Town in Luton as that's an up and coming district with lots going on, live music, poetry, etc.

    I do find that, as a diabetic, if my blood sugar goes to high, I become very aggressive and obnoxious. A lot of the problems may be due to poor blood glucose control and may be an indication of diabetes.

    Hi Cuckoo. We have read about the Icelandic Revolution a few times in the media, especially in the left wing press like the Guardian. There is no doubt they are a true social democracy and is a model for others to live by. I'd love to go there one day as I can imagine it would be a wonderful place to live.

    The only concern is that they have applied to join the EU, which I think would be disastrous for them.


    Oh, they banned the injections at the GPs' surgeries because there is a risk of anaphylactic shock. It has to be administered in a hospital environment, with a crash trolley standing by!

    Well, Firinne, that really hits the nail on the head, doesn't it? With depression, sometimes the way forward can be simpler than we imagine.

    Just being there for people, yet giving them space to think things through when they're ready. Doing all the things you suggest: making a cup of tea; giving of cake (always a winner, that one!); and listening when they're ready to talk.

    Goodness me! That's awful! And I thought I was in a bad place! :eek: Really, I would insist on seeing the diabetic nurse specialist immediately as an emergency, because you really ought not let this go on for too long.

    Aww, thanks, Green Eyes. I was diagnosed two years ago and did well in getting it down to about 6.2, but I lost control and it shot up again. Having depression doesn't help as sometimes it leads me to over eat.

    I am lucky in that I'm not injecting insulin (I'm on tablets) but that can change if I don't take control of the situation. Ideally if I can get to about 6.5% then I'd be happy with that.

    I had a shock today when I went for my diabetes review following my recent six-monthly blood tests. I'm a Type 2 diabetic taking metformin and trying to control my intake of sugars and carbs and my HbA1c levels have shot up from 6.2 to 7.2 percent in twelve months :panic:

    So now, no more sugar, cake, biscuits, rice, potatoes, pasta or anything with white flour in it. Basically, it means a boring diet from now on. Does anyone have any ideas of tasty food I can eat without spiking my blood sugar levels?

    Dave x

    I have no idea why it takes a "professional" to see this - seems like a bit of a "no shit sherlock" statement tbh.

    Depression, anxiety etc. seem like a standard "fight of flight" reaction to me, but instead of wanting to run away from real predators, the new 'predator' is modern day living. It's not natural or healthy to spend our lives in a permanent state of stress.

    Absolutely, Paul! That's why I walked out of my last job. I was in a permanent state of anxiety. Ultimately, though, I could see what was happening and made a conscious decision to change things. I have another job now which I enjoy very much.

    What I think is important to emphasise here is that people do have choices. I can't honestly say that people don't have choices in how they live their lives or how to respond to the challenges they face. Well, that's my honest opinion anyway.

    You also mention about depression being a consequence of the stress of modern day living, but we can change that. Never, not once, would I accept working all hours to get the job done, unless there was a genuine emergency. That was a choice I made and have never regretted it. But it also seems that people sense a lack of belonging, a sense of community. I have always believed that love is everything, because without that, there's not else left worth fighting for!

    As someone who has had depression on and off for much of my life, I would like to offer my empathy to the original poster. My depression started in the early 1980 when homophobia destroyed a promising career as an aircraft engineer, a situation from which took over twenty years to get over.

    The thing about depression is they way it creeps up on you in a way that doesn't feel out of the ordinary. That's the thing about depression, you see, the very ordinariness of it, the sense of normality, the feeling that this is how life is meant to be. Eventually, I became engulfed in it.

    People think it's sadness - only it's not. It's something other than sadness - a sort of low mood and lack of willingness to do much. Wading through mud is how I would describe it. Everything becomes too much trouble. People and relationships become hard work.

    Nowadays, things are much better but depression can still be a nuisance sometimes. I take an antidepressant which has helped me enormously (I take tricyclics because the work well for me - everything else just makes me feel numb and sleepy). I have a strategy for coping as well. I try to eat well and get some moderate exercise (I walk to work). I sing in a choir as well, and that has helped enormously.

    Two things are important though. Firstly, I think it's important to feel part of a community of people that do care. Friends are priceless and my partner, who I love very much, is my rock.

    Secondly, when I feel low, I try not to fight the depression, but just try to slow down a little and to take life in bite-size chunks. Mood soon lifts and I tend to feel better again. Exercise, fresh air and daylight all help.

    Therapy didn't help me because it wasn't (for me anyway) a proper substitute for close, caring friendships with people I love. If there is one lesson I've learned from all of this is that my friends and family are what matter most to me.

    Dave x