needs help getting back on track

By tough1now10 Latest Reply 2011-08-10 21:30:44 -0500
Started 2011-08-09 22:36:51 -0500

So im 23 yrs old and have been diabetic pretty much my whole life. ive been on a pump since 1997 and wouldnt have it any other way then being diabetic all in itself but im at the point its like starting all over again..i need help geting motivated to do the simplest of things such as checking my blood sugars i know im out of wack and am scared out of my mind to know what my A1C is…anyone want to be a guide line and help a fellow diabetic out there get back on track and live a healthy life again?

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tough1now10 2011-08-10 21:30:44 -0500 Report

I've had many great years with my new job as a executive pastry chef at a retirement home I make sure my residents are taken care of rather then myself I know I am worth every fiber of my being and of importance its just a mental block I get so angry that im the only one with type 1 my immediate family and fiancé get so mad when I eat something I shouldn't its like I bolus for it but need a buddy to talk to so this stupid mind set gets straighten out im not lazy just need friends who have delt and have delt with this I've been stable for over 17 yrs I had the gastric bypass in September of 2009 its been a crazy road .

margokittycat 2011-08-10 12:09:45 -0500 Report

Call your doctor is the first thing, if you know your out of wak your doctor is going to have to do the normal test set your insulin to a good dosage so it benifitts you and then tell yourself " I AM WORTH ALL OF THIS " you are so young, you have your entire future ahead of you marriage, kids all of it. It all turns out great when you let it.

ShellyLargent 2011-08-10 11:14:59 -0500 Report

I was on a pump for many years before losing my insurance and in turn, coverage for pump supplies… But while I was pumping, I couldn't have been happier. Control of your blood sugars is so much easier with a pump. It does take some time getting used to. I was hit pretty hard one day when I fully understood that I was most likely going to be connected to this machine to sustain my quality of life for the rest of my life… And it does take some extra inner strength to make yourself test 8 to 10 times a day. But after a few days of feeling sorry for myself, I started to see the difference the pump was making. It very quickly became my best friend. I don't know which pump you're looking at getting, but I had an Animas 1250IR (model before the Ping). Animas's support teams and educators were awesome and couldn't have been more helpful. They handled any interaction needed with the insurance and even stepped up to work with my doctor to team up against the insurance company to get me approved. I miss them…

mustangpeg 2011-08-10 10:03:43 -0500 Report

I so know how you feel… They want to put me on the pump, trying to get approval from ins. and I have mixed feelings about that but I am like you, scared to take my readings because of what they'll be and scared not too. I can tell you what has helped me, first being apart of this community. Everyone loves and supports you here, then try to make sure your eating habits are on track. I got a guide from my Dr. about counting carbs and it helps to know what you are eating. Try to think positive, believe me I know some days it's hard but just know that a lot of people are dealing with the same issues evry day and we are all here to suport you. It will get better.

Type1Lou 2011-08-10 08:49:30 -0500 Report

Since I didn't develop my diabetes til age 27, I can't say I've walked in your shoes. My 20's were a decade where I was still forming a sense of self and gaining self-confidence. One lecture I attended back then remains in my mind. The speaker talked about the choices we all have to make. Not making a choice to test your sugars is in fact making a choice not to…YOU have within you the power to make the right choices…many of them are hard , but they are YOUR choices. Your fear of knowing your current A1c is a type of denial. I'm not sure how to motivate you to face and accept your Diabetes but, if you want to live a productive, happy life with few of the complications, you need to face and make those hard choices. I didn't always and now have some neuropathy and the beginnings of retinopathy. I've lived with Type 1 for 35+ years now and am about to begin using a pump because my control has slipped. So, dig deep and find within yourself the strength to make the right decisions. You and the people who love you will reap the benefits. You also have a lot of support here in the DC community!

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