Beating The Odds

Richard157
By Richard157 Latest Reply 2011-09-14 20:46:59 -0500
Started 2011-08-30 16:05:34 -0500

288 copies of my book have been sold. I never thought it would do that well. Many type 1 diabetics have told me that it offers inspiration and hope for their futures. Here is the link to the book on amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/Beating-Odds-Years-Diab...


28 replies

Richard157
Richard157 2011-08-31 21:43:02 -0500 Report

Thanks to all of you for your comments!!

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-04 22:17:35 -0500 Report

Again, congratulations on your book!!! Is it about the newest research on diabetes as a whole? I bet it's a fabulous book! What is the title of it? I can go buy it, then! I made a HUGE numerical error when I wrote you last…I can't believe it…I am sorry..I said my bloodwork showed I had 90% beta cell function…no, it was 10% beta cell function at best…the physician said my range was 3-5% up to 10%…good GOD, if I make one more mistake, I think I will wonder why, ha, ha, ha…ANNE

Richard157
Richard157 2011-09-05 11:05:40 -0500 Report

All of us make those mistakes, Anne, especially when it involves numbers. Go to my original post at the top of the page, and click on the link in blue print. You will see my book there and you can read the reviews, and parts of the book too.

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-13 23:02:36 -0500 Report

HI again…I was wondering if you know anything about deep joint pain. I have been suffering with this for quite a long time now…about 3 months. I don't have arthritis, except a little in my legs. This pain is very very noticable, and what is even stranger yet is I have a fever with it off and on, and I feel extremely fatigued with it. It feels a lot like a flu, yet, when I eat extremley high vitamin C foods, it temporarily goes away, only to come back again within 2 or 3 hours. I was able to compact all my diabetic records today , and I found my diabetic diagnosis from my last internist. I do not know for sure if deep joint pain is correlated with diabetes, or if possibly I am drinking water that is bad. I wonder if it is gout…I seriously do…as, I do not have any one area that is swelled up enormously on my body, but, I saw on T.V. where gout crystals can form in a person's body and cause I think a lot of joint pain. I am getting closer to finding a regular doctor/endo. I can't figure out for the life of me why it is not clearing up. I walk and run 4 -5 days a week. I talked to a guy I go to church with, since he had gout at one time. He is not diabetic, but he had gout. He said when he had it, he had one area specifically ( like a cut on his leg) that swelled way way up, and he felt miserable…mine is deep joint pain throughout my entire body, and it's really really trying to tell me something. My latest tryglyceride count was HUGE…almost 500, with 150 being the cutoff for high. I do not know if it is my body screaming at me to lower my triglycerides, or if it is gout, or something else…The guy at church said he does not think it is gout. I was almost admitted for diabetic kedoacidosis last November, as my blood sugar in the E.R. was registering in as KEYTONES…they said it was in the 600s for awhile, then it dropped down to around 200 before I went home…I have shower water at home where one of our water pipes has a small leak…next to the sewer pipe…the water is not black at all, but , I just kind of wonder…I went to a walk-clinic about the water , as my feet seem to always feel really bad a day after I take a shower…the doctor there said if my shower water is not black, there is very little to worry about. I still wonder, though…My A1C has been an 8, 5.9 , 7, 16, …it's been just about everything. I've had insulin, as I have told you before, but, after I almost died from my pancreas rejecting Metformin, my body went into a very very LOW state, for a LONG time. Sorry if this was too long…just wanted your general opinion…sincerely, Anne

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-09-14 01:40:59 -0500 Report

Anne,
Deep joint pain sounds like either Lupis (SLE) or Rhumatoid arthritus. My bride Jem had both of those. May I recommend getting your PCP to refer you to a Rhumetologist who can do tests to determine what it is. Jem was also a Person with Diabetes and they both affected her BG levels when she had a flare. It is doubtful it is gout because as I understand it Gout affects the joints of the toe. However get to a "Rhumey" and have him/her check you out for anything relating to the symptoms you experience.

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-14 20:46:59 -0500 Report

Thank you…I will do that. I agree in that it is not gout, as my toes are actually doing the best. I will let the rhumey know I have a fever with this. Thank you..Anne

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-13 20:47:14 -0500 Report

Thank you…I went to your original link…and I clicked on the blue…your book is a really good price, and I will be buying it…thank you again. 64 years is a long time to be diabetic…I am looking forward to reading what diabetics did in the 1940s, as I am continuing my education on it. Sincerely, Anne

annesmith
annesmith 2011-08-31 20:49:53 -0500 Report

Hi…I think I have talked to you before—-I feel bad, as I was intially diagnosed type 2 severe severe brittle diabetic, and the outstanding internist that found it did NOT find it in my A1C—-it turned up in another diabetic test as atrocious——-several years untreated, too…that doctors office found out I did not have health insurance and they basically got rid of me…in the meantime he said I showed way too many signs of type 1, I have been given insulin about 5 times——almost admitted for kedoacisosis——HELP!!!!——ANNE

Richard157
Richard157 2011-08-31 21:42:09 -0500 Report

Anne, an endocrinologist is the best kind of doctor for you. A correct diagnosis needs to be made. You should probably be using insulin permanently, and that should give you good control. you won't know for sure until you see an endocrinologist.

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-01 21:11:40 -0500 Report

I agree…thank you. Is an endocronologist different than a diabetic internist? I found out my triglycerides were almost 500 the other day. I am glad I am 41 years old, and not 81, ha, ha. What is amazing about my diabetic numbers is that it does not show up in my a1c hardly at all, but, when the internist found my diabetes , it was there without a doubt. I just do not remember the name of that specific diabetic test. I am not prediabetic at all, that was already recorded, BUT, on the humorous side of things, if one were to just look at my A1C, it is usually 5.9. However, on the other test where they found my severe brittle diabetes, it translated to a much much much higher a1c——of course, I am not an internist, so I do not know exactly what the methodology is. My father went years with untreated diabetes, too, and when they found his, his was also severely brittle. He was given insulin in the hospital, but died of congestive heart failure shortly afterwards. I hope your diabetes is doing good, and THANK YOU for your reply!! I am lonely…yes, because I am still rapidly working on finding an endocronologist…most of them I have found so far are out of town…and I do not make a lot of money, even though I work 2 jobs. I have always walked and ran for YEARS…and, will never stop doing that…I love to walk and run. My 2 hour after eating numbers, when I get enough to eat, are really high—-and consistently high—-always between 220 and 650. What is really wacky about my diabetes is that when it is high, it is super super super high——in the 500s and 600s particulary 2 hours after eating, HOWEVER, and this I will definitely address with my new doctor: I turned out to be allergic to Metformin when I was on it, and they took and X-ray of my pancreas in the E.R. one night when I was given insulin, and they said the x-ray definitely showed I am also allergic to the natural sugar my own body makes…The Metformin almost killed me, and I had a light heart attack before I was taken off the Metformin…they said in a nutshell that my pancreas rejected the Metformin. It set me too low, and it cut off my appetite almost completely. My blood sugar shot up to 701 the night they gave me insulin, and they said the insulin bumped it down beautifully down to 144. HOWEVER, since my body reacted so badly to Metformin, it has never been the same…when I do go low, it is because I had too much pure black coffee that is too hot and on an empty stomach…I am sorry this was so long…thank you for listening…and, if anyone else is reading this, FEEL FREE TO WRITE ME!! I am ONE lonely diabetic, but, slowly becoming less lonely..ha, ha..sincerely, ANNE

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-09-02 02:07:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Anne! I have invited you to be my friend. Please accept my friend request and then we can chat via email.

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-02 22:49:47 -0500 Report

Hi!!!! Thank you!!! I have been looking for more diabetic friends. I accidently wrote someone else twice without meaning to. Yes, I am a very brittle diabetic, told by the hospital I am definitely type 1, but since the hospitals can't diagnose, I guess I have to go to the type 2 site…diabetes is some kind of disease. How long have you been diagnosed? I look forward to talking with you!!!!!—Anne

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-09-02 23:31:04 -0500 Report

Anne, I am a type 2, diagnosed in 1995. This is a site where both Type 1s and Type 2s can talk to one another. Type 1s and Type 2s have similar struggles so there is not much separation here.

I note you haven't accepted my friend request yet. Do you need help accepting friend requests? Let me know

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-03 16:18:57 -0500 Report

HI !!!! I tried to go into the friendship request, thought for sure I sent you a reply, which is YES, of course, and it must not have gone through…darnit, WELL, I will keep trying…thank you for letting me know this site is for both types——-I belong to a nice Methodist church and we have a service starting at 5pm tonight, so I am going to that soon…I will definitely keep responding to you and everybody else——THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!!——-WE'LL KEEP IN TOUCH!!!!!!——sincerely, ANNE

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-09-03 17:34:24 -0500 Report

Do you see on my profile page a "add to my friends" near my profile pic? If there's one there click on it and I will accept your friend request.

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-01 21:11:40 -0500 Report

I agree…thank you. Is an endocronologist different than a diabetic internist? I found out my triglycerides were almost 500 the other day. I am glad I am 41 years old, and not 81, ha, ha. What is amazing about my diabetic numbers is that it does not show up in my a1c hardly at all, but, when the internist found my diabetes , it was there without a doubt. I just do not remember the name of that specific diabetic test. I am not prediabetic at all, that was already recorded, BUT, on the humorous side of things, if one were to just look at my A1C, it is usually 5.9. However, on the other test where they found my severe brittle diabetes, it translated to a much much much higher a1c——of course, I am not an internist, so I do not know exactly what the methodology is. My father went years with untreated diabetes, too, and when they found his, his was also severely brittle. He was given insulin in the hospital, but died of congestive heart failure shortly afterwards. I hope your diabetes is doing good, and THANK YOU for your reply!! I am lonely…yes, because I am still rapidly working on finding an endocronologist…most of them I have found so far are out of town…and I do not make a lot of money, even though I work 2 jobs. I have always walked and ran for YEARS…and, will never stop doing that…I love to walk and run. My 2 hour after eating numbers, when I get enough to eat, are really high—-and consistently high—-always between 220 and 650. What is really wacky about my diabetes is that when it is high, it is super super super high——in the 500s and 600s particulary 2 hours after eating, HOWEVER, and this I will definitely address with my new doctor: I turned out to be allergic to Metformin when I was on it, and they took and X-ray of my pancreas in the E.R. one night when I was given insulin, and they said the x-ray definitely showed I am also allergic to the natural sugar my own body makes…The Metformin almost killed me, and I had a light heart attack before I was taken off the Metformin…they said in a nutshell that my pancreas rejected the Metformin. It set me too low, and it cut off my appetite almost completely. My blood sugar shot up to 701 the night they gave me insulin, and they said the insulin bumped it down beautifully down to 144. HOWEVER, since my body reacted so badly to Metformin, it has never been the same…when I do go low, it is because I had too much pure black coffee that is too hot and on an empty stomach…I am sorry this was so long…thank you for listening…and, if anyone else is reading this, FEEL FREE TO WRITE ME!! I am ONE lonely diabetic, but, slowly becoming less lonely..ha, ha..sincerely, ANNE

Richard157
Richard157 2011-09-02 08:11:47 -0500 Report

Anne, with the numbers you have given, it seems to me you are a diabetic, but an endocrinologist will have to make that decision. A diabetes internist might also be a suitable doctor, but it does not sound like he has made an appropriate test for diagnosing you…I'm not sure. An endocrinologist is a diabetes specialist and would be the best kind of doctor for diagnosing. It sure seems to me that you need insulin on a regular basis…at least before meals, so those highs after meals will stop.

annesmith
annesmith 2011-09-02 23:18:46 -0500 Report

I posted a reply just now, but it seems it did not go through…so, I am sorry if I accidently wrote you twice again. I failed to communicate fully in yesterday's letter. The internist I had said I was diabetic without a doubt, as I had a past A1C of 8 along with triglycerides that were way overboard, along with severe severe severe symptoms. I failed to tell you about that. The hospital said because I had at least 3 fasting readings of 333, 400, 240, and 444 that I was a type 1. For some reason or another ( I believe they said it's because I have a high metabolism ) it showed up without a doubt in another test. It did show up in an A1C back in 1996. I had a fasting glucose of 300 something in 2009 as I had to go to the emergency room because my body literally would not sleep for 3 and a half days. I thought maybe it was severe insomnia, so I waited it out, but , after zero sleep for that long, I couldn't take it anymore, and the E.R. physician ran a test that shows insulin producing cells results. He said I had 90% beta cell function at best, so, to me that is pretty darn good. For people that have 0% funcition, I feel really sorry for them. He gave me slow acting insulin, and it bumped me down from 300 something down to 99—-wow…he said my body responded beautifully to it…I am just glad I am still young…well, I am 41, and to me, that is still pretty young…I will just keep looking for and endocronoligist, and take the numbers to him…I have diabetic seizures , and I thought they were from lows, as , when I was on Metformin with the last internist, it put me into a bad state for quite awhile. Time will tell…thank you for writing me back…I think it is fabulous that you wrote your own book!!!——sincerely, ANNE

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-31 16:32:27 -0500 Report

That's sooo wonerful! Congrats! I'm sooo proud of you!! Your truely inspiring to everyone! I hope more books will be sold in the future! It must feel very rewarding to help soo many people! God bless!

MAYS
MAYS 2011-08-31 14:18:23 -0500 Report

Great news!
Richard, you are truly an inspiration to every member here.
Here's to many more of your books being sold in the future!
I hope to see it on the NY Times Best Seller's List!

Best wishes,
Mays

greatgrama
greatgrama 2011-08-30 18:08:41 -0500 Report

Wow you wrote a book, fantastic. I just read the first few pages on Amazon. Oh what you went through, and you're still here. May God continue to bless you. Have a great day.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-08-30 17:52:36 -0500 Report

I think this is wonderful that you wrote your book. I admire you for doing this…in fact, I just ordered a copy from Amazon myself. Good luck to you, my friend!