By Doryian Latest Reply 2011-11-15 16:10:01 -0600
Started 2011-09-16 11:05:01 -0500

I am certainly a creature of habit and take comfort from having a plan, a back up plan and a back up – back up plan. I was diagnosed Type 2 about 5 weeks ago and entered into this new world of exercise, food restrictions, insulin and a rigid time schedule for everything. I studied very hard to get as much as I could worked out as quickly as I could. I felt comfortable that things were on track, and I had most of the kinks worked out of my new routine. Even at 5 weeks – I realize now – I was growing complacent. Things were becoming routine and my hyper-vigilance was relaxing.

Then a bizarre, probably once in a lifetime, thing happened to me which reminded me I’m fighting for my life here and while I don’t need to be as frightened and freaked out as I was in the beginning, I still need to keep my eyes open and pay attention.

I was screwing the needle onto my flexpen and kept feeling a little prick on my thumb. I though the machine must have cut one of the plastic grips on the cover of the needle wrong. That’s what it felt like, a little pressure from a sharp piece of plastic. After the pen was assembled and I removed all of the plastic coverings, I realized this needle was defective. The needle was bent and actually poking outside the plastic cap. I got a few slight pricks, but one did draw blood from this needle that was both defective and unsanitary. Who knows what kind of germs it may have had on it since it was no longer in its sanitary, safe environment.

I’m not freaked out. I’m sure everything will be just fine, but it pointed out that I need to pay closer attention. I need to inspect each disposable item each time I use them and if anything seems “different,” I need to take a second and check it out instead of assuming all is well. And although I have learned and read TONS of stuff these past 5 weeks, things change from day to day. This education about my disease will never be completed.

I must stay focused and pay attention and – well – never get complacent.

I’m not sure this is a “discussion” item, but it might help someone so I am posting it as a discussion. If there is a more appropriate place for it, please let me know. Love to you all!

21 replies

Reds Karen
Reds Karen 2011-11-15 13:52:35 -0600 Report

If this isn't the place to talk to talk about this where is? I have had an instance or two happent to me and like you sid it's a wake up call to realize that not all our supplies are perfect. I had a new meter shipped to me that the strips will not stay in while you are trying to put the drop of blood on it or it would read that there was already blood on it and it was contaminated when nothing had been on it. I called and they said there was nothing they could do. I changed companies. There are to many companies our there that will cater to you with supplies sometimes free that you don't have to put up with a company that won't standy behind their products and therefore won't stand up for you.

lorene1212 2011-09-17 08:00:35 -0500 Report

Your right Doryian! This is the place you share and you posted a discussion as well. So very proud of you beginning like this. It took me a long time to think about this and had several years of high sugars and A1C's as well. Seems coming here has changed my life and the way that I have been looking at things. My sugars are now under 200 instead of over and I am learning to cook with healthy foods and eating them as well. ha ha. I mean I am learning too! Day at a time! I really like the way you handled this and the way you put it together and I do agree we can become complacent if we take it for granted and expect it all to go 100% cause this disease hits us in many ways as well as others too! I have several issues to deal with but this is my life and I have to live it as comfortable as I can. Nice sharing with you and so glad your here with us.

cindygal1 2011-09-17 05:49:58 -0500 Report

You are right, you need to be aware of everything, and pay close attention to any thing that you are doing. I have learned because my husband and I both were on Blood thinner, you had to watch everything. I have been a diabetic since 1992, and he was told about a month ago that he is a diabetic also. So we plan our meals together and watch eveerything. Welcome to our group. I hope that we can be frinds.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-11 13:27:53 -0500 Report

I believe that blood thinners are one of the scariest med to be on. We lost a neighbor while on thinners due to a freak accident(butted in the chest by a cow). This bothered me greatly when I go on thinners for a while.

sharonb55 2011-11-15 15:10:42 -0600 Report

Dear oldandgrey…what were you on blood thinners for if u don't mind me asking? I am a nervous wreck now. I am Type2 diagnosed 7 months ago and am having my circulation in my legs checked tomorrow at my dr office cause of diabetic neuropathy in my feet. Are blood thinners what they give u for poor circulation? I am afraid that is what my dr is gonna give me if the test comes out bad. When my feet get cold for only a few minutes they turn totally white and I have to hurry and put them on a heating pad on low to bring the pink color back. I am afraid to even go out this winter. Was out on halloween night (48 degrees here in PA that night) and within less than ten mins my feet were frozen and white. I can't even imagine when it gets be be below freezing here. Thanks, Sharon

Reds Karen
Reds Karen 2011-11-15 13:54:08 -0600 Report

I agree that they are the scariest thing to me too. I will fight tooth and toenail evertime they mention giving them to me.

jayabee52 2011-10-12 11:30:44 -0500 Report

I had been on a blood thinner called Aggrenox, part of the med was asprin. About 6 mos after I started taking it I developed a bleeding ulcer in my Duodenum. I almost bled to death. Since I was constipated at the time my only symptom was vomiting up black "coffee ground" emesis. They had to transfuse me with 4 units of whole blood. I was running on "empty" for some little time.
I had a lot of symptoms of other conditions which masked my bleeding.

sharonb55 2011-11-15 15:14:32 -0600 Report

Dear jaybee52…Oh No!!…do they put diabetics on blood thinners for circulation problems? I just had to ask after reading oldandgrey's post. My dr told me if my circulation is bad after the test I am having tomorrow there is medicing to help it, but if it is blood thinners I am thinking twice now about taking it. Thanks, Sharon

Doryian 2011-09-17 06:03:34 -0500 Report

Off topic - did you suspect he was diabetic before he was officially diagnosed? My husband has all of the risk factors except 2 and has a lot of the symptoms. He refuses to go to the doctor - just says I'm "projecting" because I have it - now I see it everywhere…??? I told him let's resolve the argument with a trip to the doctor - but he won't go. I think he knows he's diabetic but is hiding from taking responsibility and making the changes. Can you believe he actually said - while I was struggling with all of these life changes - "If I ever become diabetic just shoot me - I don't want to have to go through all of that." It's so frustrating! I'm trying real hard not to be a "nag," but it's very hard to sit silently when you suspect your husband is digging his grave…

MEGriff1950 2011-09-17 10:32:02 -0500 Report

Doryian it is hard living with a stubborn donkey. I hope your meal planning is made around your needs not his wishes. It can be hard but maybe if you cut down on the amount of food you prepare to stop those seconds and thirds this might help him. If you really want to hit him between the eyes start getting brochures from funeral homes and crematoriums, either casually lay them around the house or take them to him and ask him to help you plan for him. Because you have learned so much he will not have the struggle you have had, he has you for support.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 10:00:28 -0500 Report

Actually Gabby I was very serious here. I cannot remember who, when or evern where but someone actually did this. Her husband got the message for whatever his medical condition was. Sometimes someone needs to be hit between the eyes, figuratively.

GabbyPA 2011-09-20 10:48:41 -0500 Report

Or maybe not so figuratively. It is true, some people, unless it revolves around them, cannot see the needs of others.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-16 15:55:22 -0500 Report

Thank you Doryian, Your post was very well written and one that I will take to heart. Whether it be a needle, watching where we step, telling that candy bar on the shelf at the check out stand that it cannot go with you, I don't want to check my blood just now, I will take those pills in a bit we have to be vigilant at all times. While reading your post I was reminded of all the things we need to watch out for so it was definately put in the right place. Also I am very happy that you have learned so much in such a short time, keep up the great work.
God's blessings,

GabbyPA 2011-09-16 13:42:32 -0500 Report

You attitude is what will make you have far more success with controlling your diabetes. We ebb and flow with life and sometimes we do get off track. But like what happened with you, your wake up got you back on. That is a lesson we all have to learn at one point or another. You just put it in such an understandable way. Thanks