Hard time accepting

By Chelci91 Latest Reply 2013-07-27 00:50:38 -0500
Started 2011-09-23 18:33:43 -0500

Hello everyone my name is Chelci (pronounced like Chelsea). I am new to this site and I found it because I was searching for some advice concerning my disease. I am a type 1 diabetic and have been since the summer of '04. I am now 19 years old going on 20 in November. Like I said I was searching for help because for some reason or another I cannot accept being a diabetic. For the first two years of this new life, I did a really good job keeping my blood sugars in check and taking my insulin. But ever since high school everything has gone downhill. My A1c reading has hit an all time high of 12. I am out of control and I need some kind of help. I don't know what's wrong. I know the complications of diabetes but I just can't accept it. Does anyone have any advice? Maybe meeting other diabetics and befriending them will help me. I'm not sure. Any and all responses are greatly appreciated. I feel alone in this battle. Help!

108 replies

Chelci91 2011-10-01 15:33:43 -0500 Report

I just want everyone to know that I went to my Endocrinologist yesterday and my A1c last time was 12.7 and now it's down to 10.3 ! Doing better !!! :)

Gracie40 2011-09-30 13:02:02 -0500 Report

Dear Chelci, I can imagine you feel all alone, sorta out on a limb. Let me tell you briefly about my sister-in-law who is 77 and has had type 1 for 65 years. She has Diabetic Neuropathy, but has all of her extremities, thank the Good Lord. When she was first diagnosed, they used reusable glass syringes with needles that had to be sterilized by boiling. There were no glucose monitors. You dipped a stick in your urine to guess what your blood sugar was 4 hours ago. You didn't get a number, just a color to compare it to a chart on the vial of sticks.
Fast forward to now. It is like night and day. We have so many tools. If we have to have Type 1, at least we have something to help us deal with the disease. But no tools to deal with the emotions. That's where this group of great folks can help. They can tell you they've been there, and they are still hanging around, dealing with everything they have to deal with and most are pretty okay with it. I was in denial for a long time, and guess what! I didn't get any better. I didn't even monitor my BG because that would mean I accepted my disease. So acceptance is key. Eating right is another key. A person can comply by taking their medicine correctly
but it does no good if we eat all kinds of junk or have a tremendously high intake of carbs. Does your doctor have a CDE? Is there a Joslin Clinic in your area? Some people on the insulin pump have a pump club. Subscribe to Diabetes Forecast. All of these are extremely helpful. Talk to your doctor. Become Informed. I was sent by my doc to classes to learn about diabetes. We brought our monitors. We brought in empty product cartons to compute carb counts. Then we had lunch. See what is available in your neck of the woods. Sorry so long-winded, but know this for sure. Everyone on this website is pulling for you. I am not diminishing what you're going through, but most of us have been there. May the Good Lord Bless and keep you. Gracie

-->Type1Diabetic<-- 2013-07-27 00:50:38 -0500 Report

Your comment made me think: maybe the reason I'm not checking my blood sugars like I'm supposed, going from weeks to months w/o checking is possibly because after having diabetes for 11yrs and 4mnths that I still have not accepted it fully…

Chelci91 2011-10-01 15:24:22 -0500 Report

Thank you very much ! You are so right. While I'm sitting here complaining I need to realize that there was a time when there was no technology like we have today and even a time when there was no insulin or anything for diabetics. Thank you for that insight. Very much appreciated !

Douglas51 2011-09-28 20:13:49 -0500 Report

I wish I had some advice for you, I am type 2 and to be honest I did accept it for a while but then I felt I could beat it so I started lifting weights and taking in lots of protein I never really changed my diet but the times at which I ate. I take vitamin packs and drink lots of water, I make sure to exercise every day. My blood sugars were once over 400 but now they are under 100 and I was taking 2000 Mg a day metformin but now I take nothing. This may sound wrong but I see it like this diabetes has been a blessing to me it has caused me to get as healthy as I can be. I know I can't beat it and its always waiting to resurface but as long as I keep it up I'm winning the battles. So yes accept the fact that you have the diabetes but fight it with all you have. I made a small investment in free weights a stability ball and some videos I can get one hell of a workout and the vitamins are about 55.00 a month through GNC I hope I can say that. My mother had type 1 and I have a good idea what your going through I hope you have people close to you to help if needed. Doug

riquelskyy 2011-09-28 15:30:37 -0500 Report

Omg I totally understand what you mean. I was diagnosed the summer of 05 and I'll be 21 the end of October. Everything you just wrote is how I feel too. So we are in the same boat. So if you find any advice helpful please let me know.

- Alannah =)

Chelci91 2011-10-01 15:27:56 -0500 Report

I most certainly will. Wow you're around my age. That's great. But yes i will let you know if i find anything helpful. Also if you need someone talk to i'm definitely here :)

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-09-28 14:44:09 -0500 Report

Acceptence is the most important key to managing and controling our disease. One thing that is intransient is its not going away. Its only going to get worce if you don't get on top of it. Iasked my doctor if I became a vegetatarian and changed my diet would I be able go back to the pills or even overcome it, he said no the only I could do at this stage is management and control.When I was diagnosed I didn't accept it. I was callous, arrogant and careless. I'm not sure whether you have had a waterice ornot but i am from Philly an even I had Diabetes I used tear those babies up. It pure sugar ice and water frozen. Most of the time I would go to Rita's and get a GElati which icweceam o top and the water ice on the bottom. AS a result my Diabetes progressed in a condition called nueropatrhy which is where thetoes and the hands and sometime our organs nerves and blood vessels become constricted and you get symtoms of pain, numbness and stiffness in the toes and fingers. There is no cure and symptoms are prevelant 24/7. So please don't be like me. Acceptence, discipline
and the knowlege that this is a challenge not a limitation. That God in His Mercy and Grace put you on this path. How are you goi0ng to hanle it or iis it going to handle you. Have faith that you are going to be alright. There is a purpose and a plan for you on this planent. What is it? God Bless yo, you on the right track by putting how you feel out there and accessing this website. I just joined the day before yesterday so you're doing way better than me. Hang in and keep up the good work.

roshy 2011-09-28 10:32:37 -0500 Report

Hi Chelci! i could completely relate to you r post. I have to say that when i was dx at the age of 16 i controlled everything really well for about two years, then the realisation set in that this is it for the rest of my life, needles, blood counts, highs lows and illness!! it is a lot to accept at such a young age esp when you can remember the times when you didnt have the codition. I found myself in denial and acted as if i didnt have diabetes but then things really got out of hand and i ended up in hospital with DKA!! that experience really woke me up and although i feel like i still havent completely accepted it at least i am no longer living in a dilusion as if its not there. To be honest im not sure if people really do accept something like type one, they just learn to live with it in a healthier mind set.
I recently changed from needles to a pump and now feel like i am in control, have you considered it?? if you feel like you would benefit from a change i would suggest that you speak to your health care team, at least you can always change back to injections if it didnt work out. Talking to a councellor could also help, dealing with it alone only makes things worse.
Best of luck with eerything and if you would like some more advice or someone to talk to use the site!!! its a great support system!!

Chelci91 2011-10-01 15:31:01 -0500 Report

Yes I really want to get a pump. I feel like it will make things easier for me. And i went to my endo yesterday and I saw a nutritionist and she said when i come back i can talk to my doc about it. And i will. I hope i can get one. but thank you for your response :)

-->Type1Diabetic<-- 2013-07-27 00:47:51 -0500 Report

Being on an insulin pump made my life easier. I been a Diabetic since March of 2002, age 10. I been on an insulin pump for over a year now, less than 2yrs. It took some time to finally get a pump but I finally got it and I can't complain other than the fact that people seem to think it's an old school beeper LOL. I am 21 and will be 22 in September. So good luck and let me know what happens w/the pump.

roshy 2011-10-03 07:27:51 -0500 Report

kep looking forward chelci !! change is always good!!! i think the pump does make things easier!! best of luck and feel free to send me an email if you feel like you would benefit from any advice or some support!!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-09-27 16:05:33 -0500 Report

You are not alone Chelci. We are here for you. Take a time out and think how your life style was in high school and how it is now. Be brutally honest. Being honest is the only way we can beat our disease. Don't hem and haw with excuse.
We all had the same problems and feelings at one time or another. See if there is a support group in your area. A diabetes support group is as important or maybe even more important than your doctor. You will meet with people that have experienced or are experiencing the same things you are.
But most of all be HONEST. If you find deep your inner self that you aren’t really doing what you need to do. Change. It is simple and the hardest thing to do. That is why our community is here, to help us change and live full, complete lives.
Remember, when you stare diabetes straight in the eye, it will blink and YOU WIN!
Godspeed Chelci. Don’t be a stranger to our family. lol :-)

Chelci91 2011-10-01 15:32:01 -0500 Report

Thank you ! I appreciate your response. It is very simple to just change and do better. And for the past couple of days i have been slowly but surely doing better ! :)

JRLOVELY 2011-09-27 15:02:35 -0500 Report

know the feeling Im still alittle scared.My sugar is mostly in the high numbers and I do what the doctor tell me but its still high I I I just don't know what else to do.

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-09-28 14:19:34 -0500 Report

Hey, I don't know what your DR. is telling you or whther you taking his advise. I do know our attitude, our mental state of mind and discpline has a lot to do with successful management and control of our disease. I should have added acceptence.
Its another battle and a test foryou. Its new journey that God has placed in your path to see how you handle it. How are you going to handle it? How are going to play the you were dealt? You can't throw the cards away because even though you hide them they're coming back later. Someone suggested the pump as a option. Do what you have to do overcome. This journey is a challege and not a limitation. Remember God doesn't put on us anymore than we can handle. You did good to acess this website. Their are a lot of good people on this site. It is full of support, information and education. Hang in there, everything will turn out alright. Seriously.
have faith and may God Bless you and keep you.

hawk1962 2011-09-27 10:29:23 -0500 Report

Congratulations on your renewed effort to get things under control once again! You are now back on the right track, because the greatest thing you have done thus far is recognized that you were having a problem and in turn took to the net to seek answers to help you gain confidence in yourself once again and to take charge of your own destiny! Again, congraats on this first bug, rather huge step! Good luck I know you will succeed! :0) :0) :0)

robertoj 2011-09-27 01:14:54 -0500 Report

You seem to have done well at first. High school has to be a huge factor. If's much easier to stay on track than to regain healthy habits. A lot has to be about how you look at acceptance. It took me a very long time and I think you must have more sense than I did. The more you know the better it gets if you keep an open mind. This community is awesome and has a lot of experience. Good luck and God bless.

Chelci91 2011-09-27 14:56:08 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. And it really is difficult to get back on track once you're off but I will do it.

sheriden 2011-09-26 21:20:19 -0500 Report

Hi Chelci I just want to say it is hard to get going. I went gun ho after I found out and went to diabetic ED. I have other issues like many here, And allot of them have a effect on diabetic condition so I am still trying to get it together. I try not to stress hard with some of issues but I try. I got ticked because I was doing all I was told to do but the other issues hard to just control. So for a while I felt no matter what I was going to keep being sick with high numbers, but I just keep praying because I know God can help and get things with all issues in order. I will pray for you also, You came to the right place DC and all the connects are great places for info, help, and to be of help. Glad you came Blessings to you.

Chelci91 2011-09-27 14:57:47 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. And i hope all goes well for you. But they will. God is on your side so everything will be okay. And he never gives you more than you can handle. Thank you for your response :) And i will pray for you also.

AuntieM234 2011-09-26 16:10:35 -0500 Report

Okay, now Chelci, you don't need any advice from me, as you have a whole truckload of good advice here. I just want to share with you just how important I think it is that you make a concerted effort to begin reducing the amount of sweet tea you drink. Actually, if it is sweetened with sugar, you know it isn't good for you.

I used to be a heavy smoker. In 1999, I got pneumonia in both lungs; I could hardly breathe. At that time, I had a friend, whose father had emphysema. He had to cart an oxygen tank around with him where ever he went. It occurred to me that, if I developed emphysema from smoking it would always feel worse than I now felt with the double pneumonia—every breath a precious event.

I didn't want to set myself up for failure, so I decided not to say anything to anyone about STOPPING smoking. I would just see how long I could go without a cigarette. That was the day after Thanksgiving 1999. I carried a pack of cigarettes in my purse for several years after that, but I've not smoked a cigarette since that day.

So, my dear, sweet young lady … why not try to begin limiting yourself on the sweet tea? Slowly, but surely, you could drink less and less. You may even want to conduct an experiment. Test your BG, then drink a glass of sweet tea. Two hours after the first sip, test your BG again. If the reading is 50 points higher than before, then it is definitely bad for you. You may also want to then try taking sweet tea at the same time you eat something high in protein. Go through the same testing procedure, and see what happens. It just may be good news! Good luck! ;-)

Chelci91 2011-09-27 15:01:03 -0500 Report

Yes I was told that i shouldn't drink sweet tea and to substitute it for something else. But how i see it, couldn't I just take the appropriate amount of units to cover the tea instead of eliminating it? Anywho I'm glad that you have stopped smoking. That is an excellent outcome. And thank you for your input !

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-26 11:28:22 -0500 Report

Hey Lady, you are not alone. This is a good place to be to get answers, get support, and, of course, the occasionally kick in the butt. Okay, you beat my A1C of 9.9. I am dropping mine, no miracle drops, just a bit at a time. The main things I did were: totally eliminated soda,most fruit juices, even :( sweet tea. Next I started limiting my cards to 2-3 servings per meal (that equals 30-45 grams of carbs)
Your profile pictures looks as if you are fairly trim, that should help. My best to you.

Chelci91 2011-09-26 15:35:08 -0500 Report

Noooo ! I don't know if I can give up sweet tea… I LOVE sweet tea. Like you I don't drink soda anymore also. Thank you so much for your input. I will definitely make changes as you did to become healthier

MEGriff1950 2011-09-27 05:43:58 -0500 Report

Chelci, I was addicted to coke and tea (not sweet). Tea is a migraine trigger for me. Coke was available at work. What helped me kick both habits was drinking iced lemon water. Just a slice of lemon in a gallon jug added flavor, lime or orange will work great. Now I mostly drink tap water. I have also used a drop or 2 of the Real Lemon juice in my water.

Chelci91 2011-09-27 15:02:20 -0500 Report

That is a great suggestion. I will see what I can do! But I just LOVE sweet tea. It's going to be really hard.

DragonDreams 2011-09-27 01:34:13 -0500 Report

Try some of the herbal teas out there. Bigelow makes this eggnogg tea that really tastes like eggnogg. It's kind of sweet, but has no sugar or carbs. They also make a really good pumpkin spice tea that tastes like pumpkin pie. My mom asked me if I was baking a pie! I told her it was just tea. Try a few different ones. You might find one that satisfies the need for tea without the consequences of the sugar.

Chelci91 2011-09-27 15:04:38 -0500 Report

That is a great suggestion. Thank you. I will really try to substitute something else for the tea. I already had to substitute tea and water and juice for soda. I guess I can ATTEMPT to do another substitution.

jayabee52 2011-09-28 17:40:04 -0500 Report

Chelci, be careful with the juices. Since it does not have the fiber that you get from eating it in the form of fruit, it is almost pure fructose going into your body. Raises your BG quite quickly. You may have a little juice from time to time, but I save it for when I have a low.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-26 15:39:20 -0500 Report

I have been messing with Stevia and a few other sweeteners, but so far I have not hit the right combo. I was addicted at 1 1/2 gallons a day!

MarkieMarkie 2011-09-26 09:33:33 -0500 Report

Hi Chelci:

Wow! A lot of great advice and comments here. I'm type II and I was diagnosed in 2006.. I'm a grandmother, so I have no idea how it is to be in your shoes, however, I would like to pray for you (with your permission) and let you know I'm here for you if you so desire. Remember, you are the key to your own success. I too was at an A1C of 12 and now I'm down to 7.2 after loosing 17lbs and change of diet and exercise program.

Remember, you are never alone… you did a wonderful thing by joinng Diabetic Connect The people are awesome and have great advice and really care about each other. If there is anything at all we can do to help.. let us know.

Also, it may help you to actually speak to someone professional about how you are feeling, especially if you are depressed regarding your condition. Often times this helps as your mental well being is also a key factor in sticking with your diet and exercise program.

God bless you and good luck to you.

Rev. Hixon
aka MarkieMarkie

Chelci91 2011-09-26 09:43:02 -0500 Report

Thank you so much ! I really appreciate you giving your input. I really think you do actually have an idea of what I'm going through. Type 2's have to follow a lot of the basic principles that type 1's do. I am really happy to hear that you have lost weight and got your A1c down. I love to read about how people have changed for the better. And you are so right. Joining this site may have been my best move yet. I will most definitely talk to my drs and nutritionists about how I am feeling because you're right, they will probably help. Although, I feel much better after talking to everyone on here. Just needed a boost from people who understand me. I will most definitely accept your prayers and I will continue to pray for myself and you! Thank you so incredibly much. You are such a blessing!

MarkieMarkie 2011-09-26 10:30:00 -0500 Report

You are more than welcome. I remember when I was diagnosed… I did what I thought I was supposed to be doing; however, I learned I didn't have enough education on the subject, so when I switched to the doctor I have now she suggested a diabetes education class, which I attend once a month and this changed my life… hope all goes well for you.

dietcherry 2011-09-25 23:27:12 -0500 Report

Hiya Chelci! When I was your age, my Docs tried to scare me constantly into compliancy but I know youre old enough to realize the consequences of not taking care of yourself.
I was diagnosed with T1 at 13 and then they were still telling us NO SUGAR! I did pretty good giving that up however, in my desire to fit in and be "normal" I did things I had no business doing: binge drinking, cigarettes, and drugs. But I never ate sugar lol and still dont.
I wish I had magic words to help you through this, but we know nothing is that easy.
You have to make a promise to yourself that you will not let D beat you! D will take you down hard if you dont stay on top of it.The damage is cumulative so the good choices you make today will insure your good health tomorrow.
It can be done. Ive had D for 30 years and have NO related complications. I do have Hypoglycemic Unawareness and this often happens after living with D long-term.
I try to see the blessing in it (some days thats easier than others). I have lived much healthier than Im sure I would have without D.
Educate yourself because knowledge is power. It is the not knowing that is the scariest part of this disease. Stick around here and we will help you through support, friendship, and experience. Much love to you Chelci!!!!!

Chelci91 2011-09-26 00:05:40 -0500 Report

Thank you sooo much ! You are so right. I will do better! Everyone is making me realize that my health is extremely important. I'm happy to hear that after having it for this long you have no complications! That is awesome and exactly how I want to be.

3lmohlovuhr 2011-09-25 12:49:19 -0500 Report

Hi Chelci, I am a Type 1 Diabetic too. I am only ten but i know what you are talking about. I was Diagnosed when i was 7 and i was taking really good care of it. I am stil l taking care of it but not as well.. I do have the insulin pump but htey say that if i don't start taking care of it then they are going to take my pump away from me.. So all you need to do is keep on top of ur Numbers and make sure that you take ur insulin so that you don't get anymore trouble and you can get ur a1c down! i was just at the doctor the other day.. My a1c was 8.0

Jan8 2011-09-25 12:00:58 -0500 Report

Hi Chelci, Accetance sometimes comes and goes especially at your age. You have taken a huge step by connecting to this wonderful website where you will get lots of great ideas and support. I was not accepting for awhile either even though I was tracking blood glucose eating the right foods. I just didn't have a life so my doc told me to go to the diabetic nutritionist and that turned my attitude around . I don't know what I would do without the many wonderful people on this site .Welcome and cudos to you for taking this step. You are in the right direction.

Chelci91 2011-09-25 12:13:45 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. I'm actually going to see a nutritionist this coming Friday. Maybe she will help me to feel better and put me in the right direction. But thank you so much. This site is wonderful. Everyone is so welcoming and very nice.

Jan8 2011-09-26 11:45:56 -0500 Report

Chelai, You are more than welcome. I know people here that can help with lots of problems and your nutritionist can be your best friend iin controlling blood sugars

mebetty 2011-09-24 19:05:38 -0500 Report

Chelci - control is the only answer. It is that hard and that simple. It is hard to accept when your own body betrays you. But as you can see below there are devastating consequences. My brother had a few strokes, then several heart attacks over the years. His kidneys are no longer functioning and is looking at dialysis. He has three pacemakers in the last year alone. Some people lose their sight - forever. It's just not worth the risks. Today taking care of your health is very hip. Everyone is into personal training, eating healthy, and taking good care. Be the one to stand out with your peers. Be the one the rest look up to. You can set the standard. Be strong. Diabetes can be devastating, but it is also one of the few diseases in which the food you eat can make the difference. I laughed when my doctor said I can 17 grapes. 17??!! what if I ate 18? or 20? You can laugh at it or listen to it. Please help your body. You are the only one that can. Glad you shared your story with us. You are not alone.

Chelci91 2011-09-24 20:45:18 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. You are absolutely right. Everyone is informing me of what has happened to them or someone they know as result of uncontrolled diabetes. I do not want that and I appreciate you and everyone else for giving me every reason to do better. I will help my body. It is difficult, especially since I'm already in the habit of not doing what I'm supposed to do. But I believe that I will get there

jayabee52 2011-09-25 07:04:01 -0500 Report

You'll get there Chelci!
Just begin to take baby steps toward your goal and you will get there as long as you don't get burnt out.

I have often likened diabetes to a marathon race. You can't finish a marathon race by sprinting all the way. You'll get burnt out. Slow and steady wins the race. And in this "race" you don't have to come in first. You just have to finish and not drop out of the race.

Chelci91 2011-09-25 12:15:42 -0500 Report

That was a great analogy. Thank you very much! Baby steps really is key. You are wonderful thank you !

Chico61 2011-09-24 15:32:58 -0500 Report

first of all if you don't get your A1C down you are going to regret it later. normal is 6 so please do what ever you have to get it down. been there done that not nice… have a blessed day.

Kim Parker
Kim Parker 2011-09-24 11:54:19 -0500 Report

Hey Chelci! Look honey, I went through the same thing. I have had Type 1 for almost 35 years now. Please listen to my wisdom of this. (I say wisdom because I have lived through it)… I think I started about the same age as you, rebeling against the disease. I was in college and wanted to go hang out with friends and go to parties and like I was going to bring my monitor with me and whip it out in front of everyone and test my sugar. I was having too much fun and didn't really want to show everyone that I was *different*. It is a battle honey, but you can overcome it ok? I continued to rebel thoughout my 20s and really into my early 30s. I always heard the docs talk about all the evil complications of type 1, but my brain said..nah..I feel good today so I'll deal with it later. Well…later comes…and it is ugly. Here is the list of complications I have now…retinopathy, neuropathy (which is hell…I can't feel my legs, but I feel the stabbing, burning, shockers that go through my nerves on the inside of my legs. I can barely walk because of it too..to the point that I have a handicap tag for my car), gastroparesis (this one comes and goes), and the worst..kidney disease. It happens and it is ugly Chelci. I had a transplant a year ago. I am so blessed to have had a friend who was almost a perfect match, and gave me one of her kidneys. I was one of the lucky ones, because of her, I never had to go on dialysis…and from what I hear…dialysis is a complete beating. The surgery wasn't too bad…what is bad is dealing with the meds. They are horrible, especially the steroids. SO my friend, please heed to what you know is right. At least partially. Every little bit of control helps. Please learn from my story. I try to look at it positively though…even though I can't feel my legs, I still have them. Even though I have had 18 laser treatments and one actual surgery on my eyes, at least I still can see. Chelci, my story is bad, but you know that it can get worse. Believe me, I know the frustration with the doctors. You wonder..ok…do YOU have diabetes and really know what it is like? THat will continue to happen..always. I still want to ask them that at times. But…for the most part..they really do know what they are saying and have the knowledge.
Feel free to email me anytime if you want to talk. I'm always around. :) kap1228@gmail.com small.


Chelci91 2011-09-24 16:04:15 -0500 Report

Wow. I am very happy about you commenting! I am so sorry that you have had to go through all of the complications of diabetes. Sounds like you were like i am now. Your story is very inspirational. I automatically want to do better just from reading what you've said. Thank you so incredibly much. Like I've said my goal is to meet people who are going through the same things that I'm going through. And you've appeared! Thank you so much. And I will most definitely be in touch with you because you're one of the few in the world who have type 1 diabetes and know how i feel. You are such a sweetheart! I can tell! Lol. I'll be in touch :)

Kim Parker
Kim Parker 2011-09-25 10:01:10 -0500 Report

Thank you Chelci..I am here for you whenever you need me. :) Hugs!!!

roshy 2011-09-28 10:42:06 -0500 Report

kim your story is really touching!!it is really inspirational to meet people who know exactly how you feel. to even think about all the bad health the condition has bought to you yet you still remain with a positive attitude is amazing. Thank oyou or sharing

Carol2x 2011-09-23 23:40:41 -0500 Report

Hi Chelci, when I was first diagnosed over 7 years ago I was working at my job at the hospital on night shift-Nursing department. One night I just started drinking water like it was going out of style and then of course-to the bathroom. No one in my family has Diabetes so it didn't first occur to me that it could be Diabetes. The other Nurses checked my blood sugar and it was 785 and so they sent me down to the ER where they did a quick glucose reading via blood speciman draw and it was verified at 850-they immediately gave me an insulin shot to get it under control. they put me on meds and then sent me straight to my own doctor who did a work up and set my diabetic meds.
I was sent to the Joslin Center there at our main hospital for the 4-day Diabetic Management Program and given a machine with strips, and lancet. Good thing my insurance covered all of it.
I was pretty much in a daze for awhile about what happened. My husband was my back up buddy and helped me through it all.
I get to see in the hospital all the time the consequences of Diabetics who do not keep their numbers under control-dialysis, losing toes, feet, even leg amputations.
There is not an organ in the body that it doesn't affect and so the motivation is there to keep it under control.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 02:36:23 -0500 Report

Wow Carol I do not know how you could even semi function with those readings. When I used to hit 300 I could not stay awake. I have never heard of such high readings. We are lucky to still have you alive.
God has blessed you,

Chico61 2011-09-24 16:35:04 -0500 Report

the xmas hollidays last year was my time I started going to the bath room and drinking water. I lost 20 lbs in one week they did blood work and called me at home and said get to the hospital asap and when i got there they checked my bs and it was at 900 they said i should have been in a coma. God was with me other wise i would have been dead. So please do yourself a favor and think about yourself first not what others might say… If i start feeling funny i will stop in the middle of the mall and check mine Trust me it ain't no joke when you have that storke. hope this helps, have a blessed day…

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 16:41:32 -0500 Report

Yes Chico I agree with you totally God was watching over you. I too will check my bs when and where I feel strange. I now pack a glucerna in my car or purse just in case I am going to miss or be late for a meal. Once I even bought an 8 pack of glucerna at the Walmart pharmacy and drank one right at the counter.

jayabee52 2011-09-24 03:26:10 -0500 Report

I have seen reported on DC a person who had a BG or 1100.

And for a while I functioned on 300+ BG readings and felt fine. Goes to show that each Person with diabetes is different

Kim Parker
Kim Parker 2011-09-24 11:59:27 -0500 Report

I too felt fine with BGs of 300+. Your body gets used to it (unfortunately), but the damage is definitely stil being done. Just ask my two non-functioning kidneys! :)

Chelci91 2011-09-24 16:05:58 -0500 Report

Yes I can feel fine even with blood sugars that are 400 and 500. Its the saddest thing in the world but true. I really need to get it down

Carol2x 2011-09-24 03:15:09 -0500 Report

Which is another reason I was in the ER and pumped full of insulin. I would take an educated guess that is was the drinking of all that water that helped me as well. When I went down to the ER I was in a wheel chair and could not walk.

Chelci91 2011-09-24 00:19:49 -0500 Report

Wow your blood sugar was really really high! Yes I'm studying to be a nurse as well so I'm sure i will also see the detrimental effects of uncontrolled diabetes. Thank you so much for your input. Those are enough reasons to keep it under control and I'm really going to put forth my utmost effort to get my bs where it is supposed to be.

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-25 20:21:40 -0500 Report

I am a nurse and took care of diabetic patients for many years before I was diagnosed with it myself. I can tell you, it's very different being a nurse to patients with diabetes and having to accept it for yourself and take care of yourself! I too, was very angry with the diagnosis and kind of turned stupid when it came to my own issues! It sounds silly, but it's a well known fact that nurses can make the worst patient!!! We like to take care of other people…not ourselves! Well, I am having to change my behavior about that whole thing! I have to take care of myself so that I can continue to take care of others. I have just found this site and am really getting a lot out of it. Stay with us and let us help you get going and get it straight. You are beautiful and have a lot of years ahead of you to do some amazing things!!! Life is full of choices and as you make wise choices along the way, take time to enjoy them!! I wish you the very best and hope to see you on this site often and hear about your many successes!!

Chelci91 2011-09-25 22:30:38 -0500 Report

Yes that's what i plan to do. I really want to start doing better and inform you all of my successes and my growth ! Thank you so much for responding. And I plan on being a nurse also! And I realize that it will be bad for me to preach to patients about their health when I'm not practicing those same things. How is nursing by the way? Do you love it?

Samsons Mom
Samsons Mom 2011-09-26 11:08:35 -0500 Report

I really do love it! I've been a nurse for close to 30 years. There are so many different things you can do with a degree in nursing! I started out on a telemetry floor with cardiac patients and did that for 9 years and then went into a program that taught me OR nursing. I've been a manager of a clinic, a director of an OR and even traveled for a couple of years. Currently, I work in an operating room. Nursing is very diverse with so many different opportunities! I don't think you will ever regret choosing it for your career! I wish you the best!

3lmohlovuhr 2011-09-25 12:54:40 -0500 Report

I wanna be a nurse when i grow up to be honest with you because i already know how to give shots and stuff so why not if you all ready know what to do!