Does it get better

Kim Gregory
By Kim Gregory Latest Reply 2011-07-30 11:46:59 -0500
Started 2011-07-28 21:43:48 -0500

On July 5, 2011 I received my test strips and lancets in the mail. I was so glad that I finally got the insurance to cover the diabetic supplies. I was sitting there looking at the strips and lancets and it hit me. This is what I will have to do for the rest of my life. I thought I was beginning to accept this but that is not the case. I feel just as bad as I did when I was first diagnosed November 4, 2010. It has been 8 months and I still can't seem to deal with it very well. My family is supportive but it is all overwhelming to me. Testing blood sugar, carb counting, A1C numbers, what you can eat, what you can't eat I am just tired. Does it get better?

19 replies

Kim Gregory
Kim Gregory 2011-07-30 00:36:57 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your wonderful thoughts, and words of encouragement. I read every reply and they all were very helpful. I guess I had better, as my husband colorfully puts it, "shit or get off the pot." LOL.

Doc 720
Doc 720 2011-07-30 11:46:18 -0500 Report

Well, as you have read here, the only way is up! There is only one thing to do now and it is in regards to your husbands comment: Like Nike "just do it". For that matter, Hope Everything Comes Out All Right!

narniaslion 2011-07-29 19:44:12 -0500 Report

i have been diabetic since 1981. it has its ups and downs, but with all the break throughs is medicine i think it will get better. in fact it is already better since i was diagnosed with diabetes. the meters are alot easier to use now. they have new stuff coming out all the time . hope you have a great day god bless you always

MewElla 2011-07-29 18:26:14 -0500 Report

"Things" do get more familiar for you as time goes on and you learn more about diabetes. You learn what foods work well with your body and what causes you problems. There are days that are up and down for us all, but we just have to keep working at it to stay as healthy as we can be…I am diet/exercise controlled with no meds or insulin, but most definitely I am a work in progress and that means everyday working at me…Good Luck to you and keep us posted..after all, we are all here to help each other, with the good, happy and hard days.

jayabee52 2011-07-29 18:23:06 -0500 Report

I add my voice to the chorus of responses telling you that it can and does get better.

How quickly that happens depends on your mental attitude about this condition. The quicker you can accept the things you must do to live a healthier life with diabetes as your "new normal" the better things will be. For me it is so integrated into who I am and what I do, if I didn't have diabetes for some reason all of a sudden I would be a bit puzzled as what to do with myself.

I pray your new normal comes to you soon


shoulders 2011-07-29 17:56:22 -0500 Report

Yes, Kim things will get better soon. You will start knowing stuff just as if it were on the back of your hand. And it will be as normal to you as what non-diabetecs find as normal. The packets of medical supplies are going to be your bag of gifts. Make fun of this illnes don't let it get you down. Show diabetes who is the boss. Do not worry about your finger picks either, its like a stick with your fork or tooth pick. Just laugh and make fun of the issues, don't get up-set about them!!!!!!!

alanbossman 2011-07-29 14:53:09 -0500 Report

Yes Kim it does get better just hang in there. Better to fight it now than later or it will take control of you.

MadManBro 2011-07-29 14:29:08 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on June 4, 2011 at a free clinic in the Bronx. The day before I went in for my physical and bloodwork, I was 54 years old, unemployed and living with my mother. I had a history of back ailments and chronic depression. On the afternoon that I was diagnosed I received my prescriptions for Metformin and GlyBuride and another appointment set for one month later. I was still 54 years old, still unemployed and I was still living with my mother. But now I had confirmation of something I had suspected for a long time anyway, and I had the knowledge that I was now in control of how much or how little I was going to let it add to the load I was already carrying.
It may sound odd, but Diabetes has given me focus and provided me with the greatest reason I have to wake up every morning. I wake up to see how much better I can feel than I did the day before. I wake up to see if I can beat my low blood glucose readings from yesterday. I challenge myself to eat well and still manage my carbs and sugars. I am just getting started and I am confused about what to eat and how much of this and how little of that I can have.
Websites like this are as important to my siuccess as my doctors are, perhaps more so because, as we all know, the doctor can see us once a month or once every few months, but it is we who take the most care of this disease. We prepare our meals and prick our fingers. I don't exactly enjoy the finger pricks, but they aren't as bad as I thought they would be.
Yes, it gets better every day.

0tina0 2011-07-29 12:12:28 -0500 Report

I am so thankful and blessed that I have a "rest of my life" that I am willing to do anything it takes just to stay this way. Not that I don't have a few brief moments of self pity and despair…but in the long run I have had 3 more grandsons since I had pancreatic cancer, lost my pancreas and became diabetic…so to me its all good! I wish you well…it's a hard journey…but you are alive. You just have to love something more than you hate your condition…

nanaellen 2011-07-29 11:01:25 -0500 Report

Hi Kim, I see that you were DX in Nov. Well, I was DX 6 years ago and it was MORE than overwhelming for me too. I went to work and couldn't see who was coming through the front door!! Just all of a sudden out of the blue!! Called my Dr. who sent me for blood work and they called me 5 minutes after I walked through the door and said "You need to call your Dr. immediately your levels are off the chart!" I still had no idea what they were talking about! Went to see my Dr. and he said "You have full blown Type 2 Diabetes and you'll need insulin before you eat and at night!! Well I started out with 3 shots of humalog during the day and 1 shot of Lantus at night. Worked really hard to get it under control and finally got to a point where I didn't have to take the daytime shots just the one at night. But then I made the dreadful mistake of ignoring my diabetes. Not testing like I should and then not having insurance I couldn't afford to take my insulin at over $200.00 per vile!! Well last Nov. I ended up in the hospital in excruitiating pain. Had gall stones so they had to take the gall bladder out. I've been back in the hosp. 5 times with pancreatitus since then and still can't get my #'s back in control!! I too feel just as bad as when I first started but very quickly came to the realization that it's my own fault for not taking care of it right from the beginning!! We all get frustrated and overwhelmed and even angry at times but just don't give up!! Remember that the COMPLICATIONS are way worse than the diabetes itself!! Trust me I know!! Just don't give up even if you have a bad day just ride it through and try again tomorrow! It will be well worth it in the end!! Good luck to you! Ellen

Flustrated 2011-07-29 10:45:59 -0500 Report

Your right there is a lot to learn and thank God there has been a lot of improvement in how we do things and how to learn how by professional people and Diabetic Connect is a great tool to. My husband looks at me and says he doesn't know if he would be able to do that. I started with pills and didn't have much control. Insulin took be from 10 A1C to 7 and I still am working at it. I don't want to tell you how long I've been trying to master this sickness. Good luck to you and keep intune with DC it is a great tool.

GabbyPA 2011-07-29 09:22:10 -0500 Report

It does get better with time and a good attitude. Just taking somethings in stride is how I deal with it. So I have to spend a little extra time in the grocery store figuring out what is best. I refresh my "good food list" every few months, because sometimes I forget why I chose what I did.

As for testing, yes, it is an every day thing, but so is brushing your teeth, combing you hair and getting dressed. Just look at it that way, and it is not such a big deal. It is a part of your routine, but it doesn't take a huge amount of time and it tells you how to work out your day. See it as a tool, not a chore and it will help.

Marytea 2011-07-29 08:57:14 -0500 Report

It helps me to think that my diabetes diagnosis actually saved my life. If I had continued my lifestyle, my life could have been considerably shortened or its quality seriously impared. Whenever I get to feeling down, I try to remember that diabetes has actually made me healthier than ever before. Just remember diabetes is a labor intensive job with great payoffs. Go easy on yourself and remember to laugh, love and seek out good things to do for others.

realsis77 2011-07-29 08:40:40 -0500 Report

Hi. You know I felt the exact same way when I got put on my TWO different insulins. I thought daily shots, wow will I ever get used to this? But you know what? I did eventually get used to it.sometimes its inconvient but for the most part it gets becomes more second nature to do the diabetic routine. For me its two or more shots a day! We must do what we have to too stay healthy and prevent any side effects. It will get better just hang in there ok? Don't give up! For me having to carry needles where ever I go was the hardest part. Not even being able to just go to lunch without carrying along my needle bag. But like I said it does become second nature and gets better! God bless you and I wish you the best

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-29 00:05:49 -0500 Report

Like learning anything new it does get to feel more normal. Not sure if it is really better just not as overwhelming. After 19 months of learning and living I've figured out what some foods do to my BG. Can actually go to a new restaurant and ask the right questions to calculate what carbs might be lurking in the food. It has been awhile since I felt lost and confused at the grocery store reading carb counts and lamenting that there is nothing I can have that I like. Said goodbye to som old favorties, but found new foods that I like even better.

Doc 720
Doc 720 2011-07-28 23:39:59 -0500 Report


Unfortunately, all that you bring up is now a fact of life for you. But that is OK. There are a lot of stories here that relate the tough and not so tough times.
I have only been a member of this group for a relatively short time, however, you will find many good folks in here that will provide you with an inordinate amount of information.

Your wonderful medical care team will leave you hanging in a heartbeat. They forget that not everyone is on their level. Even me who had worked in the Medical field in the USN for 22 years. Although I have cared for my Sailors in all levels of care, EVEN I was awestruck with how overwhelming this was; and still is.

Here is my contribution to that mix. I will be submitting some links that are worth looking at. First and foremost is for a book that many of us here have. Read and still keep as a ready reference:

This link will let you know of what some of us still have to go through!

This is a stolen post from one of my FB Posts but sums up what we all feel at one point or another: “BUT YOU DON'T LOOK SICK.??! It's a daily struggle feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside. Please put this as your status for at least 1 hr if u or someone u know has an invisible illness (Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, Crohns, Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Epilepsy, MS, Depression,Borderline personality, Anxiety, Cancer, Asthma, C.O.P.D., etc”
So Keep your head held high and keep smiling!! Smiling keeps people wondering what you’re up to!!

jdr “Doc”

George1947 2011-07-28 23:38:21 -0500 Report

I'm so used to the routine I don't even think about it… I was diagnosed in March 1998, and was in shock for a while but once I decided to take charge of my life, I just did what needed to be done. I test, I take meds, I shoot insulin, and whatever else I need to do to keep going. I don't feel it's a problem with testing, but I just do what's needed to stay alive… Just hang in there and stay positive!!

Harlen 2011-07-28 23:02:48 -0500 Report

Yep it hits you hard .
OK I bet when I first had to sit on the potty O GOD I AM GOING TO DO THE REST OF MY LIFE !!!!
Its no big deal its just one more bump in the road like vlowing your nose wiping your tush just one more thing we do to make life go on.
It is better then loseing a foot or eye sight ???
I feel better with my #s good
Hang in there it does get better
Best wishes

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