By Dardy Latest Reply 2012-01-30 12:59:21 -0600
Started 2012-01-29 22:44:11 -0600

I am new to this group and thought I could handle my diabetes myself, but I went to the eye Dr. last week and have been diagnosed with glaucoma.I also have neuropathy in my feet and hands. I have had type 2 diabetes for 2-1/2years. I find I really need all the encouragement and support that is available. Does this group have a buddy system?someone I could share my good and bad day with. I have found that people that don't have diabetes have no idea what we are going thru and don';t understand the illness at all. Thanks for any help ,

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Dardy 2012-01-30 11:10:33 -0600 Report

Mary,you are a Godsend! you have described exactly my symptoms. the numbness, the pins and needles, and the cold feet!, also I told my son that we needed to increase the wattage on the light bulbs we had,but now know it is the Glaucoma that caused the dimming light. When I told my Primary Physician, all she told me was to stop eating all breads, and starches.She has had me on 5 mg. of glyburide twice a day. I have tried to cut out a lot of starches and am trying to keep my carbs down but It is so hard when you have to cook for others. I am also not a breakfast eater and was use to eating 1 meal a day and find myself eating "snacks" at night. I'm sure you have heard this all before. I want to thank you for your response. Hope to hear from you soon.

MEGriff1950 2012-01-30 12:59:21 -0600 Report

Wow Dardy no wonder you are having problems gaining control with your doctor. My meal plan includes 45 carbs per meal 3 times a day, this is how I lost 40 lbs and gained control. Most of the diabetics here will agree with needing carbs to keep our BG level during the day. If you go to the American Diabetes Association site you will find a lot of information there plus ways to contact them for additional help.
For years all my dr said was lost weight and get my BG and A1C down. My last A1C was 5.9 which is close to non diabetic levels.
You might ask your dr for a referral to a Diabetes Education Class and a dietican. Let her know that what she is telling you is not helping but only frustrates you more.
Good luck

MEGriff1950 2012-01-30 10:38:08 -0600 Report

Dardy, welcome to you big buddy system. I was first diagnosed with diabetes in 03 but it was not until I attended a diabetes education class in July that I was able to gain control of my BG. The dietican at the class gave me a meal plan that I could live with while explaining why I needed to eat 3 meals a day to keep my BG level throughout the day.
By the time I had the beast under control my neuropathy and eye problems had developed. Since gaining control I no longer need the glasses that were prescribed to me in April. Also the nerve damage from the neuropathy has greatly diminished. No longer do my feet get cold and I am unable to tell without touching them, when they are cold I know it. I seldom get the lightening bolt/pin pricks in my limbs or body.
While our disease is very discouraging we can get back to better health once we get our BG under control. I also was able to get off of 40 units of insulin a day plus 4 glyburide. Still on metformin but working to lower my dosage there.
You are on the path to better health just coming here and sharring your heartaches and triamphs with us at DC. Good luck and God bless,

digitaldoorbell 2012-01-29 23:44:04 -0600 Report

AS posted below, this whole site is a "buddy system." You may be surprised that you can handle diabetes yourself. That doesn't mutually exclude seeing a doctor. At the end of the day, we all handle diabetes ourselves. We can get advice, medical care and medication. But we have to take it and monitor our diet and exercise (and everything else that goes with self-care).

Don't judge yourself harshly. Try some new things, recognize that we all hit a wall and make a promise to yourself that you will take the kind and level of care that you need and deserve.

All the best.

Young1s 2012-01-29 23:16:34 -0600 Report

Hello Dardy. I can only imagine how hard it is to have lived with diabetes for that long, only to be told your condition may be getting worse. But it's still early in your diagnosis and, depending upon the extent of your conditions, you might be able to reverse or relieve these ailments.

You ask if there's a buddy system. Well…you've joined the biggest buddy system around for diabetics. Feel free to tell us all about yourself; your successes and your missteps. We're all here to try to be of assistance and to encourage you to continue on your journey in a healthier way. And we hope that you can do the same for us as well. There's always someone here who is going through or has gone through a similar situation. So just keep doing what you just did. Be blessed and welcome to DC.

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