Dealing With Diabetes is Like Trying to Earn a PhD in EVERYTHING

By meowbat Latest Reply 2011-11-26 02:47:26 -0600
Started 2011-11-23 22:26:28 -0600

In the past 19 months since I was diagnosed, I have come to realize that it is not only an illness it has become a forced learning session. Just before the doctor gave me this life altering news, I had been able to get two years of college finished. I had already earned almost all of my pre-reqs to start my classes for my nursing degree. When the the college sent my acceptance papers the same day I almost forgot about the diagnosis. I was immediately reminded when the acceptance was rescinded as soon as the diabetes entered the conversation with my adviser. I felt blindsided as I had maintained a 4.0. This soon became a small loss as many other complication to the "D' raised their ugly heads collectively.
I have learned since that; #1- a person can have this for years and not know it. #2- that even though a person has actively cultivated a very healthy diet for many years it doesn't matter a hill of beans. It just takes longer to find. #2- many health problems that have been previously diagnosed as something else, have actually been long range precursors and complications of "D". #4- many doctors know exactly ZIP about "D" an prefer to ignore it's existence unless you fit their profile for the proper diabetic. #5- that unless I actively work to educate myself, I will only damage my own ability to fight the good fight. #6- something new good or bad pops up everyday.
Dealing with this is an exercise in stubborn determination. this is a war I plan to win! I win by learning my enemy.

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meter readers of void 2011-11-25 23:12:42 -0600 Report

you have pretty much explained the unkown to the known, now if I can give up the smoking habit and maintain a healthy diet and exersice ,the nerve damage may not get to bad as you say it is a constant war with in ,as I get older and wiser the anger of not being aware of how life truely is a gift , taking the time to understand things that I couldn't understand as a younger adult ,now its like being blind sided by faith, the light of faith is truely something else —changed for ever -mid life waking moments or just the ph balance in my life changed enough to see the un seen

meowbat 2011-11-26 01:58:46 -0600 Report

wow-where and how did you pick that handle? I can't quite decide if your comments are; A— heartfelt, B— ever so slightly sarcastic, C— full of deep innuendo, D— a combination of A and C (hopefully). thank you, any way!!! on the subject of the DN, I don't smoke. I don't think that really matters one way or another. smoking is just one more war. I hope you win it!!! getting older sucks. getting wiser in the mean time is bittersweet. For my part life from the day your born until you make your first adult decision is the gift. after that everything else you either earn or you pay for. keep up the enlightenment! GRINS&HAPPYS——-Meowbat

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 22:51:34 -0600 Report

Well, that pretty much summed it up! I'm glad to hear you are preparing to win the war! Keep fighting the good fight!

They were able to keep you from continuing your education because of D? Is that legal? I have never heard that before. I was in school a while back starting in for my nursing degree also. I also had a 4.0(i only had a few semesters in, not a few yrs) and loved it, but did not have the time or energy to work the way i do, help take care of my mom and go to school. I just know if i had gotten that far and they yanked it out from underneath me I would have been devestated! I'm so sorry to hear that happened to you. It's crazy! Which state is this in? Have you looked into it being legal or not, or is it just that school? It just smacks of discrimination to me.

Well, regardless, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving fellow Warrior!!
God Bless, Mickey

meowbat 2011-11-24 04:15:50 -0600 Report

dear mickey, thanks for the heart felt outrage on my behalf, but there is no way that I could fight this. In this school and this state a prospective nursing student is required to pass a rather extensive physical. I was already over 55, over weight, had already shone evidence of illness, and was then diagnosed with a potentially debilitating disease and already exhibited evidence of suffering a few of it's complications. They did the math for me, no matter how stellar my grades and work ethic, I was not a viable candidate. The truth of their correct ruling proved itself within a matter of weeks from the diagnosis. My concentration abilities dropped dramatically. During one of many Dr visits I totally flunked an eye exam. The diabetic eye specialist I was sent to had great news, the double whammy, glaucoma and cataracts. Did you know the eyeball can have migraines? To top it all off, in 2007, I was unknowingly exposed to a particularly nasty strain of MRSA by a coworker who's young son had the stuff. She never told anyone it was one of the most contagious types. I had my first return outbreak the same week i was diagnosed. Needless to explain why I dropped out of college within a few weeks. Devastated? Depressed? Totally Wiped Out? YEP! All of that and more. Took me a year to get my head extricated! Give Up? NO WAY!!!! Happy Thanksgiving To All!!!!!——meowbat

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-24 07:33:06 -0600 Report

I'm terribly sorry to hear this. You worked so hard!! But to hear you say you are not giving up is wonderful.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving also.
Blessings, Mickey