The agony of waiting for test results. How do you cope?

By Dr GaryCA Latest Activity June 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm Views 2,010

Dr Gary

One of the responsibilities of living with a chronic condition like diabetes is getting your labs done. Waiting for the results can be stressful. After all, the outcome can have a big impact on your life. That’s a lot of uncertainty to sit with while you’re waiting.

I hear this often from clients who are awaiting test results. Here’s what clients in this situation often experience:

• Worrying. All the uncertainty. It leaves you with an achy feeling that kind of hangs over you like a dark cloud.

• Creating stories. Without adequate information, our mind fills in the gaps. Usually with one “what if” after another, each conjuring up another version of the worst possible scenario.

• Stressing out. Yes, that’s where all that worry and story creation takes you. And stress makes it that much harder to cope. It’s a vicious cycle.

I recently posted an article on this topic. Here’s a link:

Does waiting for test results stress you out? If so, how do you cope? If not, what do you to keep from stressing?

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