By chemistlover Latest Reply 2011-08-01 09:10:13 -0500
Started 2011-07-26 09:27:38 -0500

hey there guys can you share some experiences with your diabetes good and bad and why it can lead to some not wanting to take it

28 replies

catroter53 2011-07-28 22:05:58 -0500 Report

i had a cat that was diabetic,, gave it 2 shots a day. im still trying to figure all this out, it really sucks for the fact that i had a accident at work 9 years ago and every part of my body has severe pain, more on my low back and left foot, and now i have to deal with this,, diabeties!!! eeek

nanaellen 2011-07-28 14:51:08 -0500 Report

It's the needles that make me not want to take insulin! Always had a fear of needles and now having to give myself shots everyday causes me to have anxiety that I've never felt before! You hear people say Oh, you'll get used to it. BULL!! It's been 6 years and I'm nowhere near "used to it"!!! The first 2 or 3 weeks of shots I had a belly FULL of bruises!! It wasn't until I called our local Nurse Hotline that I found out what I was doing wrong. When you have no insurance it's a WHOLE different ball game! Overnight in the hosp. to "show me what to do" and then left to my own devices. No one said hey you need to put the needle in at a 45 degree angle! And more importantly I didn't find out they had shorter and finer needles available until I joined THIS SITE!!!! (Thanks again RealSis!!!) And that wasn't until this year!! I've learned more about diabetes right here more than ANYWHERE else!! And still learning more everyday! At this point don't know WHAT I would do with out my computer!! Hope this helps, Ellen :)

elizag1 2011-07-27 10:51:35 -0500 Report

I know everything has sugar so, I just avoid "white" sugar and, try and watch carbs., calories, the nutrition label tells you alot. I read it and use the memory.

ShellyLargent 2011-07-26 17:22:21 -0500 Report

I always hate the "Are you supposed to have that?" questions. Since I'm the only one in my family with diabetes, they are always harping on me. I know they mean well, but it still irritates me to no end.

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 17:57:59 -0500 Report

Maybe try to place emphasis on "mean well" and not "harping". Have you shared with them the can haves and can't haves of your diet? If you know they mean well, why not try to educate them so they stop with the questions? Then, again, if they mean well, they may still ask the questions when they see you eating something you've told them you're not supposed to eat. ;-)

harry1 2011-07-26 17:05:59 -0500 Report

My problem is with the "diabetics cops" my family don't invite us to any get togethers. They don't want to have "special food " there for the diabetic hey i know what i am allowed to have. I have a siister in-law who won't invite us because she don't want her daughter get one of my needles which i keep locked up in my car. anytime i have to do a shot i go out to the car do the shot recap the needle and put into a empty water bottle but she has a problem with this and she was a rn you think she would understand not!!!

princessbeiter 2011-07-28 16:56:16 -0500 Report

Sounds like she might even think it's catching. I mean, get real. I have an aunt who takes insulin and apart from her saying she needs to take her medicine, I'd never know she has it. Never seen her take a shot, never seen her demand, or even ask, for a special diet in someone else's home.

Some people just do not understand. Your sister-in-law may have been an RN, but she needs an education.

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 17:46:05 -0500 Report

That is really sad! It is also ignorant! It makes me angry that you have to go through such things. You certainly don't need this crap. Is that your brother's wife, or your wife's sister? Whatever, you DESERVE SUPPORT FROM YOUR FAMILY! I don't know what I would do if I had that nonsense to deal with. I'm just sayin' … ;-) Mara

denatrout1974 2011-07-26 15:13:42 -0500 Report

i have highs and lows still im on pills right now but going to the endo soon my lows r usually at night i wake up starving and shaky.but i also get high alot as well.

AuntieM234 2011-07-26 18:04:54 -0500 Report

When you wake up starving and shaky, do you check your bs to be sure its low? I always check my bs before I do anything, because it is extremely difficult for me to tell the difference. Do you keep a food journal? If you do, I think it will help you to determine whether your diet has contributed to your lows and/or highs. ;-)

RAINDANCER1950 2011-07-26 11:52:51 -0500 Report

hey my friend, have had a bad experience, right off , because , i didn't claim my condition…leading to the loss of two toes…before , i got serious about being as healthy as possiable , with diabetes …i ate anything without a thought ! aside from losing the toes…i rarely got a good nights sleep because…high b/g keep me trotting to the restroom as many as 6 times in a night !…and of course…the silent damage to organs, eyes, etc. i can not say…but i know…without my deciding to get serious…by now…i truely think i would be at least , blind and maybe even have lost my feet or legs…now…i am great…ac 1 has been 5 and 6 for years…feel fantastic…my age is 61…and i feel like a twenty year old…hope that helps you…brenda

Type1Lou 2011-07-26 12:02:16 -0500 Report

I salute your courage and wisdom for facing your disease. Diabetes is a lifelong companion and if we don't face it and take the steps needed to live with it..it will control and shorten our lives, making our existence a living hell. A bit of denial and anger and irritation and frustration is normal but we all need to get beyond that and not waste energy and emotion on something we cannot change. Bravo for making the right decisions!

princessbeiter 2011-07-28 16:59:17 -0500 Report

I have a signature line on other sites. "I have diabetes, diabetes does not have me!"

Keep that in your mind and you will survive this.

alanbossman 2011-07-26 10:39:51 -0500 Report

I have had a few lows because of insulin,but the problem with not wanting to take meds. to control diabetes is far worse effects. Just to name a few losing your eye sight,doing damage to your kidneys, damage to your heart,nerve damage to hands,feet ,and legs. Just to name a few.

RAINDANCER1950 2011-07-26 11:54:42 -0500 Report


AuntieM234 2011-07-26 18:15:25 -0500 Report

You're absolutely right guys! The old D monster fights dirty, too, it uses a syrupy sweet muck running amuck through your body silently destroying vital organs. All of a sudden any of a number of things can kill you! Its our responsibility to develop a good preventive maintenance plan; a healthy lifestyle!