... same time she started to have moderate to severe depression. She had not previously suffered with it
As an insulin dependant diabetic, I can say that you do go through a period of depression when you get diagnosed with a serious medical condition. I know when I was diagnosed (when I was, I ended up insulin dependant almost immediately), I went into a major funk. Especially b/c diabetes can cause such problems. But once she learns how to keep her sugars level, gets comfortable w/ injections etc., hopefully the depression will ease. If it doesn't enough for her to be happy again, there is help for that too.
Wanted to let you know that if she stays depressed like this after a month or if so severe she is unable to do things, then a therapist will help her transition to this condition. As said above, an illness that affects life like this does cause depression. Treating right away, and they may use medications as well, is the best way to get up and running again. She has a number of life changes to make as well as simple things like what to eat for dinner. This disease is a family matter and all need to understand and support her. There is also a grief process of losing a certain amount of freedom at first.
Check to see if there is a diabetes support group in your area. It may help her to see how common this is. She will adapt. As a spouse, your help is essential. There can be highs and lows of blood sugars. This is scary business until all is learned. Low blood sugars create strong responses of anger, confusion, fainting. Frightening for the diabetic, trust me I know, and frightening to anyone present because if someone doesn't help she could pass. You will need to learn her disease as well as she does. Your love and patience will go a long way with this. Good luck. Lots of info on the Diabetes Assoc. website. She will get used to this and do very well.
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