High A1C

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-01-02 09:02:28 -0600
Started 2011-12-31 01:27:04 -0600

Hi I'm 13years old and I have had diabetes for 5 years. I have usually had an A1C of 7.1 or 7.0 but this year my A1C went sky high. It was10.7 at my last visit.
This year was very hard for me. My grandparents house burnt down and they had to live with my family. They cried a lot and that made me very depressed. Then a few weeks later my Great grandpa died. That made me over the top depressed. Soon I only forgot to test and bolus at school which made my A1C 10.7, And it has been really hard for me because of all of these events to test and bolus. I am really hard on myself now, because I forget to test. I even write test on my arm before I go to school. I've tried everything but nothing works. Any suggestions??

I really need some help.


7 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-01-02 09:02:28 -0600 Report

Wow, what a year. I bet you are glad to see a new one on the horizon. Stress and depression mess with your numbers for a lot of reasons. You have to love yourself. Tell yourself that you do. Then you will find that you will want to take care of yourself better. It is kind of a weird phenomenon, but it works. When you love something you tend to take good care of it. Start there and maybe ask someone else to ask if you have tested. Sometimes they will be more consistent for you.

One thing that helped me in testing was making sure I didn't eat anything until I did. Even if I got all my stuff ready, I would not nibble or anything until I had tested.

Here is a BIG ((HUG)) for you...cry if you need to. We are here to help.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-12-31 14:36:48 -0600 Report

I forget stuff all the time!
You need to talk to your school nurse to help you.
I am sorry for the loss of your grandpa.
I was raised by my grandparents.
I loved my grandpa and I am sure yours loved you
Take care of yourself, you were his girl and precious to many.
Ask for help from those around you, best friends, school nurse and a favorite teacher. You are special, let others help and love you

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-12-31 14:21:30 -0600 Report

sory for your loss and there loss of the house at this time of yr and hope things get better for you in the new coming yr. sorry to hear you have a lot of depressing sitations that maker you depressed

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-31 13:06:26 -0600 Report

High blood glucose can make your memory less retentive…feels a little like ADHD. This lack of focus because of the A1c being up because of the stress and grief, can be why you aren't remembering to test.

So…to problem solve…what do you do regularly? Do you have a phone with you that has an alarm you could set for test times? Do you have a place in your notebook where you enter homework assignments and you could add a note to yourself (maybe the night before when you are completing your homework) to remind you to test? Put a note on your computer console? bathroom mirror? refrigerator? backback? in your wallet on money for lunch?

Think about what you are doing at the times you need to test and use that to build a system of reminders based on your daily experiences.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2011-12-31 12:08:20 -0600 Report

I agree with Tom, stress can cause so many problems. You need to talk to someone and relieve some of what's on your mind. You'll get control of your numbers soon, this is only temporary and things will be back to normal soon. Being 13 is pretty hard in the first place, my own grandson is having growing up issues too, and adding Diabetes on top of it all makes it harder. Don't be so rough on yourself, it will work out in time. In the meantime, just try a little bit each day, take small steps to do the right things for you.
You know, reaching out here to us is a good step, we support each other on here. Who knows, maybe one day, you can help me out :)
Sonya

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