If I ignore it will it go away?

By shelania Latest Reply 2011-04-29 21:56:32 -0500
Started 2011-04-27 17:02:50 -0500

Hi! I found this site today, I have spent the last 3 years in denial, I knew it would happen, my Dad is a severe diabetic, my mom was diagnosed, my moms Dad died from diebetes, and my Dad's mom had it too.
I haven't taken any medication for a year now because I have no insurance.
My Dad's diabetes is taking pieces of his foot away. My mom totally ignored it and died of Lung Cancer at 55. Her Dad died at 60. My dad's mom lived with hers till she died at 78 from an overdose given after knee surgery in the hospital.
But I still ignore my own diebetes!! WHY?? I am 40, I weigh 250lbs and smoke more than a pack a day. Guess you could say I am commiting suicide slowly!!
But how can you get the medicine you need when you loose insurance??

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sisson 2011-04-29 21:56:32 -0500 Report

There have been times when I have been in your shoes where I forget to take my meds on time I take them way too late or I don't eat as soon as I take them.
But then I think of Destiny my first granddaugherwe are very close I help deliver and theirs Jose I cut his cord and then theres my twin who have learning problems and my daugther needs my help and now I have my little Audrey who is 10 months old and I think that sometime I think her mom has postpartem thank god they live with me.
We too are realy close. So I said good bye to 275 now I have to lean how to say good bye to 215 and say hello 200 and on , on , on. intill I am 145 or 150.
Go firght for SSI try to get medical free clincs go to you old doctors ask for samples they have them thats what their for for when you don't have money to pay for them.
Take care and good luck Penny

Type1Lou 2011-04-28 15:37:37 -0500 Report

You have choices. By CHOOSING denial, you are inviting complications and a shortened life. It's your choice and no one can make the decisions for you to manage and deal with your diabetes. But, take into account that how you deal or don't deal with your diabetes also affects all those who love you…do you want them to deal with the down sides of "ignoring it"? There are no guarantees that making the hard choices to manage your diabetes will make you live longer but you will probably have a better quality of life. My Dad developed diabetes in his early 60's in 1953 and he died in 1974. We are fortunate to have the meters and disposable syringes and all sorts of diabetic foods that make our burden a bit easier. How we use those tools is up to us. Wishing you the strength to make the right decisions…for you and your loved ones.

nanaellen 2011-04-28 13:19:49 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome! I know that feeling of denial all to well!! My Dad's Mom and Dad both had diabetes. My grandma had to have four or five shots a day for as long as I can remember!! But grandpa didn't find out till just before he died. So I THOUGHT I had a long way to go before it came to me!! I found out 6 yrs. ago that I have diabetes. All out of the blue!! I had to go on insulin 3 times a day and one shot of lantus ( kinda like a time released insulin) at night. I had gotten it under control and then I only had to have one shot at night. Soooo…I went back into denial and just didn't pay attention to it. Well, it definitely was NOT a good thing!!!!! I ended up having to have my gall bladder out and have chronic pancreatitus since then!! Let me tell you you WANT to have diabetes instead!!!! I haven't had insurance in at least 10 years or so! It costs me an average of $700.00 a month for meds and supplies!! You don't say what meds you are on but the lantus insulin you can get for free through the company that makes it!! Ask your Dr. he should know about different organizations that may be able to help!! I got my insulin for a whole year free!! They send it to my Dr. in a 3 month supply and they call me to come get it!! Also check with your local hospital sometimes they can help too!! But for goodness sake take control now or you'll really suffer later!! I'm 53 now and I smoke a pack a day and I started out at 239lbs. but now down to 202lbs just by eating right! I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic pancreatitus and god only knows what else!! Please find some help there is help out there just keep looking!!! Don't give up!! Wishing you well. Ellen (Still smilin though) LOL

MewElla 2011-04-28 08:01:31 -0500 Report

Sorry to say diabetes will not go away …it is with us for a lifetime..It is not easy but somehow, we have to find a way to work at it or it will take us down. Good Luck to you..

Kirla 2011-04-27 20:18:10 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. When diagnosed I started to eat lots of low carb vegetables, started to drink lots of water 8-10 glasses a day and started to cut back on high carb starchy foods. I stopped eating most foods that contained more than 6 net carbs per serving and when I couldn’t tolerate the side effects anymore I stopped taking my meds. I soon found out that my blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol all remained in normal range even without the meds. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in about for months. A1C has remained below 6 ever since. It’s been 2 years now since I stopped the meds and I’m still doing pretty well. I post this for people looking for help. Its what I believe helped me. It may or may not help you but I believe it’s worth a try.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

Harlen 2011-04-27 18:52:02 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I too lost my mom to D and I dont wish to go the way she did
I slip from time to time but not to much I keep my A1c in the good walk and work out eat well and over all take care of me ,If I dont do it who will ???
It is hard when you dont have ins have you aplied to the state for help ???
Best wishes

pkwillhoite 2011-04-27 17:49:39 -0500 Report

This is all pretty sad… Sorry to hear you have so many losses.. I hope you get on the right track so you are around for a long while… But sad to say that it really wont go away I tried to think it away and that didnt work either… I always thougth mind over matter would always work but not with this..

MAYS 2011-04-27 17:29:04 -0500 Report

No it will not go away if you ignore it (diabetes), you will go away before it will!