Diabetes and other Health Conditions, (How are you dealing with them?)

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-07-07 23:52:21 -0500
Started 2011-06-25 13:34:52 -0500

Being diagnosed with diabetes can be hard to take.

But what about having diabetes and another (or other) health conditions?

How are they relating to one another?

Are they co-existing harmlessly together, or are they creating havoc with your health and well being?

Which one gets top priority?

A meeting of the minds of the members of your health team and a complete health exam should should clear up any confusion and a plan of action should be conceived and implemented.

Multiple health conditions can be mentally, physically and emotionally draining which can add stress to your life causing a rise in your blood glucose level.

Get to know yourself and your health conditions, it will make dealing with diabetes a lot easier!

~Mays~


84 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-06 16:21:14 -0500 Report

You will find, many of us have multiple issues. The big D is just another egg in our basket to tend to. As in many things in life, some baskets are heavier than others. When we can, we will help carry yours. Jim

Poppop1961
Poppop1961 2011-06-30 14:37:16 -0500 Report

Hi everyone. I got hit with diabetes in 99 and have had 3 MI's. Now I am also depressed and it started in Feb. I spent 2 weeks in the Hospital cause I was going to take my percs all at the same time. So my wife put me in the mental health unit. Now she controls my meds so I can't get to them. It's better that way cause I think if I had the chance I woild take them all.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-06 16:25:35 -0500 Report

Okay Pop-Pop, what is a MI? I know about depression as mine has been life long, I believe. At 57 it has been long enough, but I have been on the right meds for 15 years and doing fairly well with it. Again, what is a perc? Percacets? I am glad she has control over your meds. If you are a Pop-Pop, some grand kids would miss out on a life of experiences. My second grand child is in my arms in the profile pic. Ain't no depression big enough to hold me down. Wish you and your wife the best. Jim

lmkilday
lmkilday 2011-06-30 00:45:41 -0500 Report

Take it one day at a time. Stressing out over the medical conditions won't make the conditions any better.

DJackwon
DJackwon 2011-06-29 20:01:47 -0500 Report

Hi, been away a bit due to additional health conditions prior to and beyond my D-2 diagnosis 3/3/11. I have agoraphopia, anxiety, and depression, though I seem to be doing pretty good on that front. I have my days, but I keep reminding myself to breath in the good, and out the bad.

I have thyroid problems but have been on the same med for years and it seems to be effective. My bp medication was reduced from 5 mg's to 2.5 mg's last month and is still holding steady. [ a good thing ] And I was put on a med to deal with my cholesterol, both bad and good. I had an O2 oximitry and the sat's went down to 80 while sleeping.

Then two days ago I went to get out of bed, saw black and hit the carpet. I never really lost consciousness but have to admit it did scare me a bit. Had to see another Dr other than my regular PCP and I had some fluid behind the ears and congestion due to allergies (I do take meds for these) But apparently I had something viral…never did fully understand that and she diagnosed it by having me lay on the exam table with my feet where your head usually is, and my head where your feet usually are. Its been many years since I was young enough to party, but I do remember spinner's as we called them. I was having them without the benefit of any alcohol !!!!

Its gettinng better now so I finally signed on to see whats happening with my DC family. Btw I just take it one day at a time, and try not to stress. Am not perfect, have my off days, but I believe they will get better! Welcome to any new folks I miight of missed in my absence, take care!

-Debbie-

JoleneAL
JoleneAL 2011-06-29 12:26:59 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2000 and my thyroid was killed dead as a rock at that time. One year later, after fighting literally for my life, I found a wonderful doctor who got me on the right medication. Since then, my thyroid has not been an issue. However, after researching thyroid conditions, I was warned to be careful of diabetes. I didn't heed the warnings and in 2004, at a size 6 and 113 pounds, I told my doctor to find out what was wrong. T2 was diagnosed. I'm glad my thyroid condition is easy to control, because I'm battling the diabetes right now.

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-06-29 08:25:58 -0500 Report

i have high blood pressure and thyriod diease diabetes.the things about these other two conditions. they aren't uncommon to have when you have diabetes. thyriod is your Metabolism when it doesn't work well you can gain wight very easy. you pills to replace what your missing.at point i was under active. now i was told i'm over active which caused by graves diease.i say this from my point view. ifeel for challenge by thyriod problems than i do diabetes.cause it's so important to eat healthycount everything. so you can maintian a healthy weight. to keep my diabetes under control. my ac1 is 5.4currently.as of april 2011.people say say diabetes is overwelming.i agree but sometimes other problems at the can come to mind first like with me. thyriod does first.

helen7898
helen7898 2011-06-29 02:20:05 -0500 Report

I have Diabetes, high blood pressire, high cholestrol, and arthirtiis. I used to feel sorry for myself, but now I just keep as busy as I can each day so I don't think about it. I always thought my problems were bad, but after reading all of the replys here, mine are so minimal. I hope everyone can keep an upbeat additude and have more good days than bad. lots of love

VickieF
VickieF 2011-06-28 22:23:58 -0500 Report

I find that the only thing I can really even come close to dealing with right now is the diabeties. I take 4 shots a day and check my sugars several times a day. I am slowly getting there. I have nodules in the left wing of my thyroid, big enough I should have surgery to remove them (no insurance so no surgery). The left side is now starting to swell, Humm. I have arthritus sso there are days that ache so bad I cry. I have weekness on my left side ( one Dr. told me "Oh it is part of getting older" I just turned 53.) I was told 30 years ago that I would be in a wheelchair. I did sever damage to the mechanisams going from the back to the hips. I did this working in a Nursing home. I worked so hard and have every day for those 30 years to stay out of that darn chair. Every year it gets harder to do. I now find that my right side is getting weaker. I have prob. with my heart (chest pains and hospitalized pumped full of meds, that thank God stopped me from having a heart attache) . High B/Pand other problems that sound to stupid to mention.
I do my best to take care of my diabeties. I choose to work in my gardens and will until I can't walk anymore. I think then I will find a way to wheel myself out to it and work it some more. By the way I am alergic to the sun, heat and cold too.
Vickie

sue5050
sue5050 2011-06-30 15:05:20 -0500 Report

my mom in law had lou gerrigs and wanted to garden so we made her a planting box that was raised to the right hight so she could garden from her wheel chair. Worked like a charm and made her smile.

Armourer
Armourer 2011-06-28 21:37:21 -0500 Report

My diabetes is doing well with high BP (last 117/71, and my cholesterol (104). Depression is the same, but back problems & weight is a big problem. Have two back problems and can't exercise at all because of it, so weight just keeps adding, even lack of calories, etc., doesn't help. I gain weight from insulin!

ochibeachgirl
ochibeachgirl 2011-06-29 09:11:12 -0500 Report

You just need to get the proper advice about exercise. All my clients with back pain do exercise - although some have to be bullied (lazy, can't bother). It will help with the depression as well, as the hormones released with exercise lift the spirit!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-29 09:31:38 -0500 Report

Some problems don't respond to bully tactics and aren't because a person is lazy. When my ulnar tendons where hurting too bad to stir Jell-O no amount of prodding from anyone made me be able to endure any exercise. Luckily they gradually healed to a point where I could tolerate self controlled PT. With care I am able to do many things, but must watch closely and not overdo or I am back to the not making Jell-O moments. When West Nile Virus attacked my nerves to the point of nearly passing out pain exercise was not neglected purely from laziness. Sometimes people truly cannot exercise because of pain. It is not a good place to live. It is frustrating when other people cannot accept that fact and keep urging them to try. Last year my Mother's 3 year old Great Grandson could not understand why she was not able to sit on the floor and work on a puzzle with him. He kept saying "Yes you can Gramy just try, you can really do it, see I can, you can too." We all wished his earnest belief could have made it possible. But it couldn't make it happen.

ochibeachgirl
ochibeachgirl 2011-06-29 10:02:25 -0500 Report

you definitely have some serious challenges. maybe exercising in warm water may help, some very gentle stuff. depends entirely on how much you can tolerate. even 10 minutes in a day is better than nothing!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-29 10:15:27 -0500 Report

The WNV was sveral years ago and most of the pain went away. . But it was a struggle to get to the point I am at now. I did do water exercises with my husband who has an incomplete spinal cord injury after his surgery. The resistence from the water seemed to make my hands and arms hurt wth some exercises. But if I avoided them it helped with other problems. I haven't gone to a pool for about 2 years. I have become self conscious about how bad my legs are. Have alot of scars on my legs. Don't want to freak people out.

ochibeachgirl
ochibeachgirl 2011-06-29 10:36:27 -0500 Report

I am not particularly happy about how I look in a swimsuit, but I know it is what helps, so I just try to get to the pool and do my thing before others get there! But hang in there, maybe you need some therapy for the pain itself, in order to conquer the related problems. Wish you were nearby that I could be more helpful (smile)!

denatrout1974
denatrout1974 2011-06-28 17:32:53 -0500 Report

hi im a type 2 diabetec,uncontrolled at this time waiting to find oout about something else that is going wrong called syncope(passing out)not sure what is causing it right now so my dr is waiting to send me to the endo becouse my levels r all over the place and seems to think i need to be on insaline,i guess ill have to wait thoe .so for now im just always feeling crappy and sick.

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-06-28 17:04:48 -0500 Report

I have diabetes, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, kidney damage, and high blood pressure. Sometimes I feel like I am on a merry-go-round of monitoring my scores and blood tests. I feel sorry for all of us who deal with so much. You think your dealing withalot till you read someonelse's problems than you think well I can do this it isn;t so bad. Then you go on and keep on trucken down the road!!! Isn't that a song or something??

roshy
roshy 2011-06-28 11:59:29 -0500 Report

ivew been type one now for around 7 years and was dx celiac there last october!! the symptoms are terrrible with celiac disease ! and they last for sooo long!! the food restriction is ten times worse, there is nothing to cover you unlike diabetes, the needle will cover you highs!! The diabetes always gets top priorities because it is more important to take control! theres alot more effort that goes into it also!!!

But i have to say things were soooo much easier when i just had the one to worry about!! FOOD is everywhere and by being diabetic you need to eat but being celiac means theres very little to eat!so everything needs to be planned and prepared!! ahh its just a major pain in the back side!! but there are worse things i guess!!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-06-28 07:45:57 -0500 Report

Right now my kidneys seem to be giving me more problems than the diabetes is.
I may have to go back on dialysis again in the near future.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-29 12:45:41 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to hear about that my good friend, as always my prayers are with you.
Were your original kidney problems before or after you were diagnosed with diabetes?

Keep your spirits up!

~Mays~

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-06-30 20:00:56 -0500 Report

My kidney problems started in Nov 2006, several years after my DM was Dx'd. I had to go on dialysis for what turned out to be 10 mos and fortunately the kidney infection which caused it resolved so got off dialysis. But my kidneys were severely weakened. Was to my kidney Dr on 6/28/11 and I will probably have to go back on dialysis in a month or 2.

Since I have needed dialysis before, it is not all that frightening to me any more.
It will still be a real drag to go through that 3 days a week 4 hrs a day, but not frightening.

Actually right now the possibility of getting a Kidney Transplant and the antirejection medications needed for that, frighten me more than the actual hemodialysis.

Thank you Mays for your kind words and wishes and prayers!
James

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-28 07:33:35 -0500 Report

The one that is the problem at the time gets dealt with. Presently I am having pain in my hips and it may be the damp weather. Usually my arthritis is not triggered by the weather, but today I feel it is. This hip thing is a new issue. Everyday a new ache and pain. There is nothing easier about dealing with multiple conditions.

clj01
clj01 2011-06-27 10:51:33 -0500 Report

I have not posted for several days now, but felt I needed to on this one. As I have read other's posts I feel that I complain about my own problems too much. I as many others have type 2 diabetes. My own fault I am sure. It would be far to easy to say that it is just because of my parents, but that would be taking responsibility from myself. The same mistakes that led me to type 2 diabetes have brought with them hypertension, osteoarthritis, gout, GERD, and now atrial fibrillation. I can treat each of these with medications, exercise, and even surgery, but I cannot undo the damage that is now here because of my lack of self control. Now I must control my diseases instead of letting them control me. They are all so interactive it is hard to seperate one from another. To all who might read this post I encourage you to never lose hope. Pick your battles carefully, and remember that what is done for one may affect others as well.

ochibeachgirl
ochibeachgirl 2011-06-27 09:38:41 -0500 Report

I am T2, with high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, eczema, hyperprolactinaemia and now, to add to it all, seem to be beginning the dreaded menopause. Our family is high risk for cancer, stroke and heart attack. Having said all that, I take life one day at a time, try not to get too distressed and hold firmly to my faith in God. A few years back, I actually was off meds for my T2, but because of weight gain, am back on again and struggling to drop those excess pounds.
My diabetes is a primary concern and I am careful in whatever I eat, mindful of the other challenges.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-27 19:04:35 -0500 Report

Stay strong and focused on yourself, the things that you can control will eventually get easier, and that which you cannot control will take care of itself.
All you have to do is give yourself a fighting chance!

~Mays~

JoleneAL
JoleneAL 2011-06-27 04:45:25 -0500 Report

In 2000, my thyroid was nuked as it had gone bad. I was warned then a lot of thyroid patients get diabetes and vice versa. Fortunately, I have been stable on one medication, one dose for 10 years now and it does not effect my T2. I manage it, but the diabetes is a priority as its a 24/7 job to manage it.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-27 19:07:39 -0500 Report

What you have stated is so true since it is all controlled by our endocrine system.
Have you ever thought about starting a discussion concerning your condition and how you are dealing with it?
It may prove to be helpful to other members here on this site!

~Mays~

purple1900
purple1900 2011-06-27 01:20:00 -0500 Report

I have diabetes type 2 bipolar asthma and some stomach issues and every day is a struggle sometimes I guess finding the right support system is what gets me through most days but I still have those days where I don't want to get out of bed

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-27 19:11:49 -0500 Report

The beauty of this community (DC) is the support that we offer one another.
You are a vital link in this strong chain of support!
Give us a chance to show you how much we all care for you, here's my shoulder, my hand and my back whenever you may need it!

~Mays~

purple1900
purple1900 2011-06-27 20:19:40 -0500 Report

I am finding support in this community the last few days. I have had a rough run with some high numbers because of steroids they had to put me on because I'm allergic to metformin and my arms were covered in hives and people here were a great support

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-06-28 16:37:24 -0500 Report

We have some things in common - Type 2, bipolar, asthma, stomach issues, and being allergic to the metformin. I was told being allergic to metformin is very, very rare, so I had to jump in when I saw that we share so many things. I was also given a lot of steroids which caused considerable weight gain & when I talk to my doc about the weight & the steroids not helping, she said there was no point in continuing them. I won't go into all the other things I deal with, but every day brings many struggles. The one thing I will add is that I also have epilepsy & as I don't tolerate meds well, it remains uncontrolled - a real bummer. But I have worked hard to follow the diabetic dietitian's rules & have been able to lose 30 pounds in 3 months. I am on diet only now. I was on the metformin for almost a month & it was pure torture, so I was thankful my doctor took me off of it. My glucose levels now stay between 85-120. We face a lot & I hope you are starting to do better. And I couldn't agree more - this is a great place for support!

Shelia

Ridgewalker
Ridgewalker 2011-06-28 21:24:06 -0500 Report

I'm also sensitive to Metformin - big red rash like I had a bad sunburn. Sounds like many here have similar silent inflamation issues. Actually the best treatment also helps bipolar, is fish oil. It also lowers insulin resistance and protects your heart. I'm doing organic black cherry juice without added sugar for inflammation. Did you know Metformin was taken off the US market from 1977 to 1993? Maybe you're not missing anything.

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-06-28 21:58:34 -0500 Report

No, I didn't know it had been taken off the market. Makes you wonder why it was put back on. Well, I didn't have hives. My problem was my intestines were churning all the time. Sometimes I couldn't keep out of the bathroom for even 5 minutes. Then I stated vomitting. Then I had blood pouring from my rectum. That's when my doctor took me off of it. Within a day, it all cleared up. Now, I do have a rash on my arms still with some rather large, dark red spots, but my doctor thinks it is from a different medicine. Who knows?

I've been taking large doses of fish oil for my heart for a number of years now. I think my doctor started me on them because of family heart disease & my high cholesterol. It's weird - I have high cholesterol, yet my stress tests, artery ultrasounds & circulation tests are always perfect, no clogging of the arteries, nothing. I guess it's good to keep taking it. Too bad it doesn't improe the cholesterol.:(

Nice to know the fish oil helps the bipolar, too. Thanks for letting us know about the fish oil. It's always nice to hear a bit of good news when you have been dealing with a bad situation.
Shelia

purple1900
purple1900 2011-06-28 16:52:33 -0500 Report

when I first started having my reaction to metforming they thought it was a one of my bipolar meds so they stopped it first. I continued to break out in hives all over my arms so I went back to the doctor so they finally stopped the metformin by that point I had been on it so long that I had to start steroids for a few weeks. This last week my numbers have been crazy since they changed me to glipizide. At night I am going to around 250 and when I sleep I am dropping to 60 so I had to call the doctor yet again. Sometimes I think they have me on speed dial. I spent about six months on metformin before they finally took me off of it and its so nice to not have my arms bleeding anymore from scratching them so much. Its nice to know that someone knows exactly what I'm going through. My little brother has epilepsy and when he was younger they had to try a lot of meds before they finally found the right one for him that worked

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-06-28 17:15:39 -0500 Report

How awful that they kept you on it for that long! But, like my pharmacist told me, metformin rarely causes an allergic reaction. He knew that was was the problem because it was the only new drug & my problems started a day after I started taking it. But now, jumping between 60-250! 60 could put you into a hypoglycemic coma. And 250 could do just as much damage. Can't they find something more stablizing? That's so scary. There aren't very many diebetic meds. Have you looked into them, done some research to see which ones you might be able to take with your other current meds.? Have they tried letting you go to the dietitian & trying to control it by diet or was it too high when it was first detected? At our clinic, we have to go thru training, like 5 classes of 3 hours each.
I'm glad your brother is doing well on his epilepsy med. Epilepsy is a hard disease to live with.

Shelia

ravenmoon33
ravenmoon33 2011-06-26 22:13:03 -0500 Report

Having diabetes and several mental health conditions is challenging. It is hard to balance the Needs of diabetes when Major Depressive Disorder has me secluded in my room and locked away from the world. I can't say what takes proiority but I now it definately makes life more difficult. There are good days and bad days for us all but the bad days really take a toll on all my disease.

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-06-28 17:19:46 -0500 Report

ravenmoon,

As purple1900 & I have commented, we understand the mental health conditions. I didn't go into all that I deal with in my reply to her, but I deal with 4 mental health conditions & I had a sister-in-law who died just 2 years ago from sudden epileptic death at the age of 27, who had many mental health conditions, including split personality. I've been there, wanting to curl up in a corner wanting no one to come in, no interest in eating or anything or anyone. But I'm sure you have people that you see who care about you & want you to take care of yourself. And now you have more friends here who want you to take care of yourself. Maybe not everyone understands that pull you feel to lock yourself away, but many of us do. Please, don't shut us out. We understand the good days & the bad days. There are a lot of friendly shoulders here & if you don't feel like talking about these matters on the open board, you can always post them to one of us as a mail. We have our hands reaching out to you - just grab hold. And when you get the encouragement to deal with the mental health conditions, you will keep taking care of yourself & your diabetes, even better. Always remember, we are here for you!

Shelia

ravenmoon33
ravenmoon33 2011-06-29 20:18:19 -0500 Report

Thank you for the post. I am glad to have so many friends here. I am truly blessed to have found DC. I am also here for anyone who needs to talk. we can share our good days and help each other work thru the bad ones.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-27 19:12:38 -0500 Report

The beauty of this community (DC) is the support that we offer one another.
You are a vital link in this strong chain of support!
Give us a chance to show you how much we all care for you, here's my shoulder, my hand and my back whenever you may need it!

~Mays~

purple1900
purple1900 2011-06-27 01:17:58 -0500 Report

I understand you I have diabetes and Bipolar disorder and sometimes its like do I have to get out of bed and face the day

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-06-26 20:27:08 -0500 Report

I have a couple of chronic conditions in addition to the T2, but the diabetes is the one that occupies my every waking moment. Not always front and center, but always taken into consideration. Diabetes is such a needy disease!

JoleneAL
JoleneAL 2011-06-27 04:46:27 -0500 Report

Maybe if we bought it a teddy bear or a date it wouldn't be so needy? (j/k) I agree and love how you put it that way!

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-26 21:59:58 -0500 Report

CaliKo, I agree that diabetes is such a needy disease,
After I was diagnosed with DVT and put on blood thinners and a restricted diet I never gave it a second thought until I had to juggle so much and monitor everything concerning the both of them (diabetes and DVT) diet and medication wise, it wasn't as easy as I thought that it would be!

How are you managing it?

~Mays~

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-06-27 07:42:42 -0500 Report

I'm really fortunate that what I do for diabetes helps improve everything I deal with. I'm diet and exercise controlled for T2. The only thing I really have to watch is the outdoor exercise. Heat (and I'm in Texas) can aggravate MS symptoms.
I know you've been dealing with the DVT for awhile now, is it a permanent part of your life, or will it eventually clear up? I'm so sorry you have to juggle the demands of both! Glad to see you back, I've missed you.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-27 11:58:10 -0500 Report

Why "Thank you" I missed you too, and this wonderful family!
(It's good to be back!)

My DVT issues and foot surgery are being complicated due to me being diabetic and a vegetarian (which really affects the DVT, no green leafy vegetables allowed) but according to my doctors the blood clots should eventually dissolve away reducing the constant swelling in my leg and foot, I am scheduled to come off of the Coumadin medication in August for a medical evaluation to determine if the clots have shrank or moved, if not I'll be on it for another 6 months!

Hopefully the blood clots will not be a permanent part of my life.
But I don't complain, all I do is try, try, try!

~Mays~

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-27 19:14:40 -0500 Report

Runthe, "Thank you!"
I missed you and all of the wonderful members of this great, loving family!

Duel
Duel 2011-06-26 20:34:43 -0500 Report

Whatever your other chronic conditions are, there may be cures already in this day and age.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-06-26 20:53:02 -0500 Report

Thanks for the thought. Cures come along every day.

Duel
Duel 2011-06-27 01:09:17 -0500 Report

You're welcome CaliKo. :) I just want you to be fine whenever possible. For instance these days like Neuropathy can be cured. There are now some special nerve clinics that can actually regrow damage nerves.

squog master
squog master 2011-06-26 20:09:12 -0500 Report

I too have multiple health issues. You know how people grow up, have kids, & when they start yapping at their kids they say, "Oh! I became my Mom or oh, I became my Dad."

Well I never had any kids of my own to yap at only the kids I have worked w/in all my jobs.

But I still became my parents. I have Mom's Type 2 Diabetes, RA, & Osteoperosis, & Dad's Hypertension. But I didn't stop there. My body decided to go them one step better & added asthma, allergies, COPD, sleep apnea, among other things.

I guess I give priority to what ever is in the forefront at the time. Right now, it's none of the above. It's a fractured inside my pelvis. Go figure.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-27 19:15:30 -0500 Report

The beauty of this community (DC) is the support that we offer one another.
You are a vital link in this strong chain of support!
Give us a chance to show you how much we all care for you, here's my shoulder, my hand and my back whenever you may need it!

~Mays~

squog master
squog master 2011-06-28 16:02:19 -0500 Report

Thanks so much Mays. As my best friend's MIL says, "If it's not an arse, it's an elbow!" LOL :D

This has been an unexpected issues & a royal pain, well not exactly in the arse but near enough to it. lol

When it all started in early-mid April I couldn't walk, sit or stand w/o excruciating pain. The only relief I got was flat on my back. So I'm on some heavy duty pain meds right now. The dr said it would take about 4-5 months for it to heal completely. So I'm halfway there.

That is why I haven't been on the network as much lately.

janrwtrees
janrwtrees 2011-06-25 15:45:10 -0500 Report

Jeffrey, I understand the multiple health issue challenges. I'm a type 1 brittle diabetic with CAD and ulcerative colitis. I just recently spent nearly a week in the hospital due to an infection that sent all of my conditions on a major tailspin. It's definitely not the way that any of us would choose to live, yet I think you know how truly fortunate we are…and judging from the smile on your face, you take one day and hopefully one issue at a time, providing yourself and others with encouragement. My blessings go with you as you go through this period of trying to keep your diabetes in check while you begin your chemo treatments.

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2011-06-26 19:36:56 -0500 Report

Hello Mary Ann. Thank you very much! Your thoughts and prayers, and the prayers of others here at DC have helped lift my spirits on a number of occasions when I felt sad about having cancer.

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2011-06-25 14:08:27 -0500 Report

Hello Mays. Besides having Diabetes, I am also battling cancer. I start chemo in a few weeks, and I will have surgery next week to have a port put in my chest for the chemo. While I try to be careful with my BS levels, right now the cancer must be my number one priority. If all goes well, the cancer may be cured. So you can see why at this point in time Diabetes comes in second place.

Multiple health problems do cause emotional, and physical stress. I have family support, and some friends here at DC, who wish me well, and offer prayers and support. This has been very welcomed and appreciated!

ochibeachgirl
ochibeachgirl 2011-06-27 09:34:27 -0500 Report

My sister went through this, and unfortunately succumbed to the cancer in Nov 2009. The benefit to her diabetes was that the weight she lost placed her body into a situation that she did not need to take meds and was controlled by diet and exercise. Take care of your diabetes and try not to stress too much, as that will only cause more problems. >>

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2011-06-27 10:50:59 -0500 Report

I am sorry that you lost your sister. I will do my best not to stress out. But sometimes it does happen. Thank you for your input.

ochibeachgirl
ochibeachgirl 2011-06-27 11:26:08 -0500 Report

I am a worrier at times, and I have to remind myself to relax, take a deep breath and give thanks for my blessings. Sometimes when we take a step back, things don't look so bad.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-06-26 17:37:26 -0500 Report

You are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers …God Bless You

Gemm
Gemm 2011-06-26 11:24:09 -0500 Report

hugs and prayers to you and family - indeed there are times when one disorder/disease must take priority over others - I have many and even though my diabetes must always be a consideration there are times it must take 2nd place as well

MAYS
MAYS 2011-06-25 14:46:37 -0500 Report

Jeffrey,
Thank you for commenting!
I am sure that all will go well for you, you have my most sincere prayers.
I have family members that were cancer victims and I do know that it can be cured and that it must take priority over any other illness or condition.

You are a very valuable, and cherished member of this wonderful family.
You have, and will continue to have both our love and support!
Please keep us informed on your progress.

~Mays~

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