A1C outta control

By Treelie Latest Reply 2011-12-31 19:17:49 -0600
Started 2011-12-27 22:02:36 -0600

Hello everyone I am new to this and really stressed out with myself. Yes I have been a diabetic for a while everything was going good then my life went crazy in September after getting pneumonia and being put on predizone. I went to have surgery last week and my a1c is now 12.6 which is way too high and scary, they were unable to put me asleep or do the surgery wothy sugar 331 on a fasting. I went and saw my diabetic specialist and I'm now taking 6 shots a day.. The depression has now set in and it's very scary.. I need some friends who are dealing with some of the same problems…

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Redhead00 2011-12-31 01:53:50 -0600 Report

Hi Treelie!!!! I am 13 and depressed. My grandpa just died and my grandparents house burnt down. I haven't been testing or bolusing. I just can't remember to test. My friends rush me and just don't care. I feel like I just have to give up. Do you?

jayabee52 2011-12-31 02:37:49 -0600 Report

Howdy Redhead!
I can understand why you'd be depressed. Losing a grandpa and their house is quite a stressor. I used to be depressed enough at about your age that I wanted to commit suicide (for entirely different reasons). I did not, obviously as I am now about to be 60 in February. There is a saying "tough times don't last — tough people do."

Do you have a cell phone? Does it have an alarm? set it for the next scheduled test time. Or does your watch have an alarm? Same idea!

At 13 or 14 it seemed like I'd never make it to 18 or 21 or get married. Eventually all of those things happened to me ( I got married 4 times 3 times to the same lady)

I got a good education, a good job and had 3 sons by my 1st wife to whom I was married 25 years. Had I given up at 13 or 14, I would not have experienced all the joys life had for me. My first girlfriend first kiss, marriage, the birth of my first son, my 2nd son, and 3rd son. seeing son #2 and then son #1 get married (still waiting #3's marriage and for grandchildren, however) I still have some things to look forward to. I may also have a new lady friend, time will tell, and if and when the time is right I may marry her too and love her till death parts us!

Who knows what goodies wait for you IF YOU DON'T GIVE UP! I would have missed ALL of my goodies had I given up!

I can understand your depression. My early teen years were one of the worst times of my life! If i had to go back and relive them again, I'd do it but ONLY if I could know what I know now. It seemed to me like everyone was against me, everyone was on my case. NOT TRUE!

Find an adult, who cares about you, a teacher, a principal (no they're not all mean people) A couselor, a doctor, a clergy person, a police person or even a parent! Tell them what you're feeling! They may be able to help or find you someone who CAN help you!

Just don't give up! You've got a lot of goodies to get out of life!

To your good health



Redhead00 2011-12-31 19:17:49 -0600 Report

Thank you! DC is very helpful! I have tried alarms but I just ignore them even though I want to test.

rae carin
rae carin 2011-12-28 23:03:57 -0600 Report

My sugars are high a lot of the time. I'm on the pump currently. It helps a lot of people. Just not me… But maybe you should look into it. Ask you diabetes specialist about it and if it might help you some. I've been on and off of it a few times. It keeps the sugars balanced because of the steady dosage of insulin. I suggest checking it out and discussing it with you dr. It may be just what you need

Caroltoo 2011-12-28 00:43:07 -0600 Report

Hi, Treelie,

Glad you found us at Diabetic Connect. You are correct in saying you need some friends who are dealing with similar issues and there are lots of us here who are!

As time goes on, you will want to share more details with us and we will share some of our experiences and information with you. For tonight, I'd like to just be encouraging to you and say that we will be here to help you find the solutions that work best for you.

Most of us have also been afraid of what was happening to us, it's a familiar fear. Usually, it lessens as we learn more about the situation. Anger is usually a mask for fear. You are recognizing this as fear, so that actually is a step ahead, not that it feels like it to you. The depression comes from the knowledge that the process has been out of your control and, whether you recognize it or not, you are probably angry that something you had to do to save your life, has also threatened your life. It's a unique conundrum.

A good treatment for depression is to keep on talking and not hide from others. So, let's keep on talking…and talking…while you heal. But, for tonight, the best medicine is to go get a good night's sleep and have a healthy high protein, high fiber, low-med carb breakfast tomorrow morning.


jayabee52 2011-12-28 00:07:34 -0600 Report

Howdy Treelie! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for out "little" family, but since you do, I am glad you are among us!

I understand the feelings of being scared due to my diabetes. But I made a BIG mistake at that time. I shut down and acted as though I did not have it. BIG MISTAKE! I suspect that much of my complications from my diabetes resulted from my denial at the time.

By diabetes specialist, do you mean an Endocrinologist? My late bride "Jem" had to take prednisone occasionally when we were together due to her COPD. It would always kick her BG levels to the moon also. We finally got the services of an Endo. and he developed a strategy to bring her BG levels down closer to normal within a shorter time than she could otherwise. So if you do not have an endo who is focused on diabetes, I would recommend you look into getting one. The lady Jem had as a "diabetes specialist" was a great gal, but as she was a RN she couldn't match the Endo as far as knowing what to do.

I won't give you the details of what worked in Jem's case, because everybody is a bit different in how they respond to certain injections. It will be enough to say that she took a baseline of a medium acting insulin, and then added to that a sliding scale of a shorter acting insulin, and also a different sliding scale of ultra short acting insulin.

I also want to suggest you be on the lookout for "false lows". Jem would have them frequently when she had been weaned off of predinsone. When you feel the sweats, the shakes and the "hungries" don't immediately take for granted you're going low. Test your BG levels before you take action. Quite often Jem would be higher than normal, but coming down. What we did in those cases, we had to check her BGs once an hour while she was having symptoms in case she did actually get low.

I pray you have success in getting your BGs down.

Blessings to you and yours!


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