Desperate need for assistance!

TrixieRed
By TrixieRed Latest Reply 2011-12-27 20:24:16 -0600
Started 2011-11-15 16:44:06 -0600

Hey there everyone! I am new to this site and am in desperate need for some sort of assistance! Let me tell you a little about myself: I am 24 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 11. This deficiency or disease or whatever you'd like to call it, does not run in my family, so there really isn't anyone close to me I can talk to or take an example from.

My blood glucose levels have had an average of 600+ for the past, oh, idk, 6 or 7+ years. I know I am on thin ice as far as keeping all my limbs and organs in tact —I just cannot seem to get back into the swing of counting, measuring, recording, counting, measuring, recording, counting, measuring, recording, counting, measuring, recording, counting, measuring, recording, counting, measuring, recording —every attempt I have made only lasts for a month or two, at best. I just don't know what to do anymore.

I have recently taken HUGE steps in recovering from alcoholism and addiction, and I KNOW it is way beyond time to wise-up and take control over my diabetes! Please, any helpful tips or words of the wise!?

Thanks much.
-Bliss on
—Christine


60 replies

athomas31957
athomas31957 2011-12-27 10:05:59 -0600 Report

Ahhh this sounds a lot like myself!!! I can keep in check for only a week at a time though. I def need to step it up but I lack motivation after it falls apart when I try so hard!!!

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-23 10:54:53 -0600 Report

I have taken initiative in contacting Flagstaff Medical Center to obtain info on support groups for Type 1 Diabetics. I was told there are no groups at this time, so I asked if there was any info she could give me on starting my own group. The lady I spoke with wasn't familiar with the process but said she would contact me with more information soon. I'm kinda stoked about it —although it does feel like I have quite a bit on my plate already.

I know it is time to quit putting it off and actually take control. I just pray I have the strength to maintain something like decent adherence to achieving these goals I have set for myself —Progress not perfection, right? haa

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-27 20:24:16 -0600 Report

You are right, Red, Progress is not perfecton.

I am one of the fortunate to have a support group for my diabetes which meets monthly here in Las Vegas NV (who'd a thunk?).

Chris and Theresa Moore lead the group called ADEMS (adult Diabetes education and management support) ADEMS has a website here: http://diabetes-lasvegas.org/ And Chris usually tells us at least once during the support meeting that he is reachable 24/7 and writes his phone number on the whiteboard. Go here http://diabetes-lasvegas.org/the_adult_diabet...; to find contact info for them ( the "C" on the home page circle).

I suspect that Chris would be a very good go to person regarding starting and running a support group.

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 22:21:15 -0600 Report

That's right! We all just keep moving forward and learning and growing. None of us are perfect!

The other day at work I was so dry and water and ice were not cutting it, so i bought a can of pepsi out of the machine(i'd rather have a coke, but was desperate). I know it's not good for me, but i just couldn't take it anylonger!!

I was bummed out a little afterwards, but what can you do! I just pick up and move on. I just do the best I can!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Randyh2
Randyh2 2011-11-22 04:38:04 -0600 Report

Trixie red, I'm also clean and sober 26years. The docs say that I've had type 2 for 5-6 years undetected. I'm just now finishing up my very first diabetic class. My numbers are pretty good. I want to say to you, please take it one day at a time. I'm so overwhelmed that it's all I can do is to just put one foot in front of the other and carry one. Keep your chin up, be cheerful of what you do have and begin another lifelong journey, with all of your friends that you can surround yourself with. As in sobreity, you don't have to be alone!! I hope and pray that you have the time to be one of the winners of this program!! I don't have many friends and stay isolated much of the time. I'm trying to reach out and touch someone. You're it! Remember, What don't kill ya, makes you stronger. Peace and Love,

Natim
Natim 2011-11-22 02:18:19 -0600 Report

Hi Trixie
I would like to praise you for having been trying to control your blood suger levels for the past 13 yrs and believe me you can and will win if you keep on trying.
What you need to do is to remeber what was it that help to control it well and please try and keep strict watch of what you should not take in and limit the intake of alcohol and even cut it out if possible become from reading the articles about it, I believe that it will cause more harm to your body than otherwise.
I attended a diabetise seminar last Saturday and the organiser was a young lady of 36 yrs who was diagnosed at 6yrs and she has been controling it now for 30 yrs and still counting and very involved in awareness compaigns.
Talk more to others in your community and form some support group in your area and that will help to deal with it better.

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-22 11:42:02 -0600 Report

I do not drink anymore… and as I said, there are no support groups in my area… that's why I cam here, to this site.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-22 12:14:44 -0600 Report

Good for you Trixie. I assumed that that is what you were saying in your last paragragh. I think what Nahim may be suggesting though, and forgive me if I am speaking out of turn, is that you should try to start a support group yourself, since there isn't one in your area right now. Maybe someone here has done this for their community and can advise you as to where to begin?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-22 14:44:19 -0600 Report

I am one of the fortunate to have a support group for my diabetes which meets monthly here in Las Vegas NV (who'd a thunk?). Chris and Theresa Moore lead the group called ADEMS (adult Diabetes education and management support) ADEMS haS a website here: http://diabetes-lasvegas.org/ And Chris usually tells us at least once during the support meeting that he is reachable 24/7 and writes his phone number on the whiteboard. Go here http://diabetes-lasvegas.org/the_adult_diabet... to find contact info for them ( the "C" on the home page circle).

I suspect that Chris would be a very good go to person regarding starting and running a support group.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-21 18:21:02 -0600 Report

Trixie, I am so sorry that you are having such a hard time at this stage in your life. You are a beautiful young woman with so much to live for. It sounds to me like now that you are in recovery and are responsible for your actions, it is weighing heavily on you. I too am a recovering "functioning" alcoholic, but it took me getting hospitalized and finding out that I have Type II to really see that I was on a path of self destruction. That was my wake-up call. Since then I have made a huge turn around in my life. Besides learning everyday how to live healthier, I am attending AA meetings, seeing a therapist weekly and living each day to the fullest. I have always been an upbeat/glass half full type person, but I have such a better/clearer outlook on life it amazes me sometimes. You too can do this. Yes, it is going to be hard. Yes, you are going to struggle with the urges but you have to be strong for yourself and your family. You are only 24 years old. When I was 24, I was raising my twins, with a one on the way. So I can sort of understand the pressure you may feel like you are under, but this too shall pass. You have recognized that you need to make drastic changes in your life, now you just need to take it a little bit further and work on getting your levels back under control. You made a huge step in that direction by finding this site. You will find all the comfort, support, and the occasional kick in the butt that you need. But we can only do and say so much. You need to be your biggest supporter today and always. I hope this helps. You are in my prayers.

The Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-20 08:25:30 -0600 Report

Trixie, maybe you can give give us some input to help us understand what seems a common problem, why young people after years of control let everything go to hell when they take control of their treatments.

Tom

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-21 14:18:10 -0600 Report

As you may know, I was diagnosed at age 11. At this time my mother helped me out a lot! She's wake me up in the morning, give me my shot, measure my food, pack my lunch etc., etc. When I was about 13 or 14 I began on the pump —I believe I took advantage of this 'freedom' and began living quite recklessly in aspect of my life. I often joke now that when I am rich I am going to hire a nurse, nutritionist and a personal chef to take care of all my diabetic needs.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-19 20:26:24 -0600 Report

Trixie, you have overcome two very big obstacles. Now you have to ask yourself do I want to keep all my limbs and live or do I just give up and lose them or die? Only you can answer this question. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. One thing that helps a lot of people is writing a journal. If you are angry you can write about that. If you are happy write about that. You can also start a bucket list of everything you want to do in your life and do your best to accomplish those goals. I spent 40 years feeling sorry for myself. With a therapist who did everything in his power to get me back together, I have done a lot of things I didn't think I would ever do. I have been on 13 Cruises all over the Caribbean. I graduated college in 2007 Magna Cum Laude. Didn't think I was ever that smart. I want to write a book, do the Mediterranean Cruise and get my Masters in Forensic Psychology. Measuring, counting and recording is a part of our daily routine and it gets on my nerves most of the time but I decided if I want to do these things, I have to be alive to do them. Find your peace within yourself and you will get through this. Remember, you are not alone.

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-21 14:25:05 -0600 Report

Thanks for the feedback. I've basically accepted my condition. As much as I'd like to get a hold of everything, it just wont happen.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-21 17:20:07 -0600 Report

Trixie it will only happen if you believe it will,are willing to work towards it and more importantly believing in yourself. Doctors, nurses, friends, family and everyone on this site can offer all kinds of advise and support. Until you take a step and try to help yourself, you will remain where you are. The key to accomplishing a goal is to take the first step. That is the hardest step to take. I too have accepted my condition. However, I take steps to improve it whenever possible. My goal is to get to the point where I can control my sugar level with diet and exercise without having to take medication. I have a friend who was diagnosed the same day I was. She was on insulin at first. She moved to medication and is now off the medication. You can do what ever you set out to do if you are willing to do it.

george15
george15 2011-11-19 10:21:55 -0600 Report

I found that I needed to be my own doctor most of the time. I did the reseach found different meds got my doctor to prescribe what I asked for and my blood sugar is now under control. Changing the way I ate was also critical. There is a lot of conflicting info out there and you have to try different things to see what works for you. For me this includes several supplements, medication and careful food choices but it took me a year of trying different things to find what worked. Keep a journel of what youe eating, meds, supplements and the time of day. Test to see how it's working then make adjustments. It's a hassle, but it is worth the time and you will learn alot

pkwillhoite
pkwillhoite 2011-11-21 14:39:24 -0600 Report

That is how I keep going also!! And a added benefit is coming to this site daily!! I have been going to school so i havent been on as much as I should, But I will get back on the straight and narrow again… I really need this site.. It helps a lot So TridieRed if you read this Its Better be get the help now and have the support of every one here!!!

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2011-11-18 15:55:22 -0600 Report

Hi TrixieRed. I too was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11. I am now 25 and am just starting to realize that it does take permanent changes to really be able to get your blood sugars in control. I went through a denial period for most of my teenage years. I didn't want to deal with it and didn't really care enough to understand the consequenses of not taking care of my diabetes. I did just enough to keep me from being sick all of the time. So I hear you, I know how hard it is to take steps toward good control. But I did finally start caring just a few years ago about the effects of bad control and started realizing that I never felt good, so I tried to start taking better care of myself. I have had to come to realize and accept that I can't just live my life like i have in the past and still be able to control my diabetes. I have had to change my lifestyle and no longer ignore that diabetes is a part of my life and I will have to work everything else around it. It doesn't have to control me, but it does play a part. One of the things that has really helped me is to change what I eat. I have found that I don't have to measure, track and record as much if I stick to foods that I know for sure how they will react with my body. It does make for a sort of boring diet but it does help me cause I hate having to count and then correct it if I was wrong. I have never been very good at the whole tracking and counting thing like you. but I don't have to worry as much about it if I just change my foods instead. I don't know if any of this is helpful, but I thought I would share cause I really do know how you feel. And there isn't really any one answer that will work. You just have to make it a priority and work at it I suppose. I wish you the best though.

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:57:50 -0600 Report

Thanks to everyone who has commented. I apologize if it seems like I am getting too defensive. I feel like I have tried everything and am still hearing everything I have already been told and know. This is so frustrating to me! ::sigh:: all I can do is pray to the power greater than myself, of which I chose to call God, and ask for the strength and courage to accept the things I cannot change and change the things I can.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2011-11-21 10:51:24 -0600 Report

Trixie, all I can really add is doing good things for you makes good things happen. One good thing gets another and soon you’ll have to pinch yourself to believe how good it is. My journey is much like Joyce’s (Joyce - we’ll be in the Antilles for x-mas), and while you’re still at that age where spending time in St. Thomas isn’t really in the cards, it is still something to look forward to and work for. Trust me, a week at Megans Bay is well worth all the crap you’re going through now.
I also believe that we all have a purpose by being here on earth - though we may not know exactly what that is. Keeping yourself healthy means you’ll be around for that one special person you’ll share your life with. Not to mention all the lives of the folks you’ll touch with your help because you have been there and overcome. Others lives will be affected by you at some point, you just haven’t met them yet (some you may never meet but touch anyway). Don’t want to deny them. I kind of look at it as an obligation - people helped me, now I have to pay up and return the favor.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-21 14:29:18 -0600 Report

I want to tell about a point in my life which I believe supports some of Nick's points

I also was at a point in my life where my kidneys had shut down on me, I had recently been divorced, disabled, had no income and thought NO lady in her right mind would be interested in me. I seriously considered stopping my dialysis treatments and letting kidney disease poison my blood and I would die. I even spoke to the social worker in the dialysis clinic about my pondering the potential of this. The Social worker only said that no one would blame me if I did that.

But after pondering it a bit more, I came to the conclusion that to give up when life was toughest would give my 3 boys and excuse or permission to do the same when life got tough for them. So I continued with dialysis treatments, thinking that I'd be on them for the rest of my life. But some wonderful things happened:

Because I was on dialysis I was automatically put on Soc, Security disability. So now I had an income. Then, it was discovered that my kidneys started working again and would no longer need dialysis (after 10 mos). Then about a year after my kidney problems started I was contacted by a lady who spotted my profile on a disabled dating website. Long story short, we fell in love and I married her and moved to be with her. She was a really amazing lady and blessed my life in so many ways. (she had passed from this life unexpectedly at home July 2010 - but she lives with Jesus in heaven and in my heart and memory)

So by that one decision and act of not wanting to give my sons a bad example, I was blessed beyond measure with my "Jem". And even though I grieve her loss
I also look forward with eager expectation now that God has someone else for me eventually. I used to dread living, but now I eagerly wait to see what is coming in my life in my future! It will be quite interesting!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-19 20:31:57 -0600 Report

Trixie someone said to me. "Are you hearing what I am saying?" I said yes I hear you but I wasn't listening. You can't hear without really listening to what someone is saying. Sometimes a person has to be told things repeatedly before they really start listening to what is being said. The key is getting your sugar under control. You have to want to do this. Believe in yourself and the rest will fall into place. Life is short and I want to squeeze as much out of it as possible. Take it One Day At A Time.

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 15:49:33 -0600 Report

Rely on our Lord and Savior, He walks with you. You are not alone. There has to be the right combination out there to benefit you. Please don't give up. God Bless, Mickey

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-11-17 21:33:25 -0600 Report

Hi Christie,

You have conquered a lot of challenges in your life. You will conquer this one too.

I am not a physician but I was wondered if you had sat down wit a diabetic educator. He/sh might be able to give you some ideas on how to get a routine in place that works best for you and the way that you live. One size does not fit all. Is there a class for people living with diabetes that you might sit in on? A local support group?

Just an idea.

I hope your week is going well!

Gary

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:19:09 -0600 Report

Thanks Dr. Gary for your response. I haven't really been to a diabetes educator since I was first diagnosed (13 years ago) and I know SO much has changed as far as counting carbs and even insulin dosages. As for as local support, I couldn't find anything in Flagstaff, Az… that's what brought me here, to this web site.

The last time I went to an endocrinologist, we went over everything and the fact that I know what I need to do —but when I asked her for help she just looked at me blankly (almost annoyed) and said, "Well, what do you want me to do? I cannot help you."

This was quite discouraging and kept me from even wanting to see a doctor until I had everything straightened out. I'm tired of the same old lecture over and over again.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-19 17:48:17 -0600 Report

to me that smacks of intellectual laziness for an endo to say something like that.

If it were me, I might have said "I don't have an answer for you right now, but let me research your problem and see if I can find a potential solution."

I am not a physician, and yet I do a lot of research on questions I do not know how to answer.

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 15:51:05 -0600 Report

What is wrong with that doctor!? If you are that apathetic, maybe she is in the wrong field! Just know they are not all like that. There are some good ones out there.

jessikabaker32
jessikabaker32 2011-11-17 20:15:35 -0600 Report

i was dignosed at the age 1 and did ok until i hit 16 and then i thought i was to live 4 ever until last year i start getting sick and peeing blood i though my kidneys have failed i was wrong but it woke me up i started talking to my doctor and asked about the pump befor the pump my a.i.c was verry high now that i am on the pump i got my a.1.c back today and it is 5.3 you can do it you might need something like this to help

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:27:17 -0600 Report

Jessika,
Doctors keep telling me I am a great candidate for an insulin pump… I was put on one when I was about 14. This is actually where a lot of my problems began. I took advantage of the pump and not having to be on such a strict schedule. Everything went haywire and eventually I didn't even want to wear it. I hated the fact that I had a machine attached to me all the time. I felt gross and unattractive and eventually went back to injections.

jessikabaker32
jessikabaker32 2011-11-18 11:32:34 -0600 Report

you are different then you was at 14 let me ask you a question do you want to be married and have kids and live every day to its fulliest then think is it worth it to me it was we are all different. you cant even see mine i wear it and put it under my bra you are the only one who knows it there. having diabetes doesnt haft to be a death wish anymore please think about it. my a.1.c is 5.3 and i feel so great now i havent felt this way for years please dont give up and think about it

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-21 15:02:03 -0600 Report

I tried the pump again when I was about 20 or 21. Just because you like it doesn't mean I will. It makes me feel less attractive and I don't like it. period.

lifedriver
lifedriver 2011-11-17 09:01:24 -0600 Report

I have one question for you. DO YOU WANT TO LIVE? If yes, you must realize you have a purpose to help people. As a Diabetic from a child you can over come setbacks. Your battle with additions prove that you are a achiever. Your experiences shows me you are a motivator and many people can use your accomplishments in your life. GOD does everthing for a purpose it is up to us to recognize and apply. You have a special purpose stay on top of controlling your Diabetes so you are able to help others. LIVE

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-16 10:38:09 -0600 Report

First i want to congratulate you on giving up the addictions in your life that were harming you. That takes a lot of willpower to do that. If you can think of D like that it might help you. I had D for a year before i stopped the denial and took control of myself. It really just took the mindset that i would no longer let this harm me and i was taking control.

Getting into a support group with really help with this. Also seek the help of your doctor and a dietician if you can. We are also here for you to support you and and vent if you need it.

Empower yourself, you can do this! God Bless you, Mickey

ugeniac
ugeniac 2011-11-16 08:17:14 -0600 Report

TRY AN INSULIN PUMP.

ALSO,GO TO AN ADDICTION GROUP.

I am now doing what you cannot;taking meter readings, taking short and long acting insulin and recording. Also, record your meals!

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:31:13 -0600 Report

Ugeniac — I've had an insulin pump AND I am currently working the steps with a sponsor. lol …thanks for your input

ugeniac
ugeniac 2011-11-16 08:13:21 -0600 Report

Sounds like you need an Insulin Pump.

Also, go to an Addiction or 12 step program now!!

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:32:10 -0600 Report

Ugeniac — I've had an insulin pump AND I am currently working the steps with a sponsor. lol …thanks for your input

Jan8
Jan8 2011-11-16 06:35:33 -0600 Report

A huge congratulations for all your efforts and successes with surviving addiction! No wonder your numbers are high. Your body will take time to adjust to your new way of life. I think the insulin pump would really make a difference in your life since you've had this disease for a lon period of time.

door331
door331 2011-11-15 22:47:59 -0600 Report

Hey Christine- I am 25 and also a type 1 - Are you seeing a diabetes educator/nutritionist? That is the first step I would take to get my numbers under control. There are also diabetes support groups you might find in your area. If that is not your kind of thing you can always post your thoughts, concerns, and questions on this site- remember there is bound to be someone else who has experienced the same thing as you. feels the same way you do. you don't need to be alone in this. if you ever want to talk send me a message.

I wish you great success,
-E

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-11-16 09:24:21 -0600 Report

I think this is a good idea. We can help here with support and encouragement, but sometimes you just need a face to face to help you out. They can see the little things you are doing that mess with your success. An educator is a great first step and maybe even a support group? I know it sounds hoaky, but it really does help when you have a person who can give you a hug when you need one, or an admonishment when you need that.

restlessdiabetic
restlessdiabetic 2011-11-15 22:46:01 -0600 Report

Hello Christine. First I want to tell you congrats on giving up the alcohol and addiction. That was causing more damage than good to your body. Have you been to a doctor or the hospital? 600 is so dangerous. so many things can go wrong. I would hate to see you get sick since you have turned a new leaf in life. Are you currently on any medications for your diabetes? All you can really do is take it one day at a time but do NOT ignore those high numbers. U have all in tact but in reality you have no idea what its doing to you inside. Its kinda like a silent killer. I am 34 and was just diagnosed with it last year among so many other things. If you look on my profile I listed my illnesses lol. I just also joined the site in hopes that someone can teach me something because I feel like im at the end of my rope as well. I would really like to keep in touch and see if we can build a friendship. I really do hope your well. Hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely your diabetes sister,
Elsie

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:51:14 -0600 Report

Elise,
Yes, I have seen many doctors and I have been hospitalized many times for prolonged high glucose levels resulting in Ketoacidosis. Of course I am on medication, with type one you HAVE to be on medication. You say I have no idea what this illness will do to me if untreated —I am fully aware! Forgive me if I sound rude, but I have had diabetes for a very very long time, more than half my life —I know it is dangerous not to treat my condition HENCE THIS POST.

restlessdiabetic
restlessdiabetic 2011-11-18 14:57:46 -0600 Report

wow I was really only trying to reach out n make a new friend who may or may not be able to help me understand what Im going thru since this is all new to me. No need to be rude to me. I guess i misjudged you and picked the wrong person. sorry to have bothered you. hope all goes well for you.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-11-15 18:34:55 -0600 Report

Christine, I too am an alcoholic though I have not had a drink since 2000. I am not surprised that you have neglected your health with these addictions. That is one of the problems is the addictions take over and you (I or anyone else) really do not care about the health issues.
Diabetics Connect can be your AA of diabetes. We all need support in reaching and keeping our goals in mind. You have made a good step in coming here. If your dr is behind you in your recovery not just the addiction but neglect of your health he might be able to find a local support group for you. I know many diabetics use Weight Watchers successfully for that support when there are no diabetic groups available.
If you set your mind to "I am in control" and not the alcohol, drugs or disease you will accomplish your goals. Our bodies though imperfect is the one thing that we can take charge of and control.
I am a 61 yr old type 2 diabetic who is partially disabled. It is not always easy but I finally gained control over my blood sugars and I am going to keep control. I beat the alcohol and drug addictions. You can do it too.
God bless,
Mary

johio
johio 2011-11-17 07:39:33 -0600 Report

Everyone here is giving you good advice. We all congratulate you on your success so far. Frankly, those were the hardest hurdles you had to overcome. Getting control of your diabetes will seem like a breeze after getting control of alcoholism and addiction.
The next hard thing is getting control of your life…Let's face it, alcoholism and addiction are not only self-destructive to your health. They are brutal to your friends and family and your relationships with them.There's a reason why the 12 step programs motto is "one step at a time." Ask for help and work hard to regain their trust. And get help wherever you can find it…support groups, therapy, online groups.
Remember-you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You are never alone cuz MANY people have been there, done that. Keep reaching and trying!

TrixieRed
TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:55:08 -0600 Report

"One day at a time." And yes, I am attempting to live that way. The weird thing is, drugs and alcohol, yeah, ok, I am staying clean and sober everyday… but no, taking control of my diabetes IS NOT a breeze. It is things like this, even though you have the bet intentions in saying so, that are even more discouraging for some reason. Why is it so easy for everyone else, and me, even after all the effed up stuff I've overcome, cannot seem to get it right.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-20 08:45:35 -0600 Report

Trixie
Those of us who SEEM to have our diabetes under control still struggle with that control all the time (at least I do — and I've read of others' struggles too). I manage my diabetes through my meal plan, no diabetes meds of any kind. But if I mess up I have high BG levels all day or night.

It is not a breeze for me either. However I believe I am better without the meds and it is worth it to me to do this. Should there come a time when what I do isn't working any more, then I will need to look at other options with my Dr.

I have had diabetes for about 16 years. I only got good control within the past 11 months. But it took a radical re-working of the way I think and the way I eat. It is worth it! I don't have grandchildren yet (or at least my sons aren't owning up to them — LoL!) but 2 of 3 of my sons are married now and I am praying I will last long enough to see my grandchildren grow up and go to college.

So please just focus on what you've overcome in your life already, and apply that same determination to do the best you are able. You aren't expected to be perfect, just do the best you are able, and strive to learn more and improve your control of your condition. At 16 years and counting for me, I STILL am learning new things about my affliction. And I thank DC for providing me the means to keep on learning about diabetes.

Blessings to you and yours Trixie

James

Michael_1960
Michael_1960 2011-11-20 10:43:33 -0600 Report

Yes Jay it does take determenation to succeed in a life of living with diabeties, you can do it, my Mother had diabeties from when she was around 40 up until her death 5 yrs ago, and I know it is agravating at times, sometimes I just don't feel like taking my shot, or checking my b/s levels but I have to in order to stay healthy. Yes It is expensive for me, cuz I don't have insurance, by employer dropped everyone insurance plans and I can't afford to keep it up. I'm having to pay out of pocket for everything. That is why I feel like quiting my insulin, but I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to help me pull through, I have to keep going for my mom, and above all myself. You have a family that you have to keep going for and I am sure they are there for you, and I do hope that you will get to see your grandkids some day and to watch them graduate, may God bless you man and you take care and keep the faith.

hughsbayou
hughsbayou 2011-11-20 09:51:32 -0600 Report

please check out this recent study on Benfotiamine, (synthetic B-1) http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/9... I discovered that this works by accident and am finding that it is a new avenue of research. I stopped the Metformin 10 days ago and have had NORMAL blood sugars taking 500 mg of the Benfotiamine twice a day since then. Low 90s in the morning and 110 about two hours after a meal. It's cheap and can be found from a variety of sources on Amazon.com. Largely being studied in the UK where they are always looking to lower their costs instead of finding new ways to charge the government.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-11-20 00:35:22 -0600 Report

I know the feeling. I can't never seem to get it right either but I keep trying anyway. After all, no one is perfect. I just take it second by second; minute by minute; hour by hour & day by day. That's the only way I can get through it. I don't let diabetes steal who I am away. You are alot stronger than you realize. - Bless You