By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-03-28 22:50:27 -0500
Started 2012-03-07 19:27:32 -0600


In the 1945-1988 years I had only one rule to follow. Don't eat foods containing sugar. My doctors never mentioned carbs. I was very committed to following that rule. I became so used to using artificial sweeteners, that a teensy taste of something containing a lot of sugar was too sweet, and I did not like it. Having only one rule to follow made it easier.

In 1988 I read an article in a magazine saying that diabetics should restrict the number of carbs they ate to help keep their BGs lower. That was my first exposure to carbs. Then I found that some carbs acted faster, and others more slowly. I started eating smaller portions of the foods with faster acting carbs. There were more rules to follow, and things became more complicated. Then there was using a meter, basal and bolus insulins with carb counting, and my insulin pump. Things were very complicated then. It was so much simpler in my early years to just avoid sugar. It was hard to be committed to having tight control with all these newer rules, and devices to follow. I sometimes wanted to just drop everything and go back to the old ways. I had no complications despite all the high blood sugar I must have had during my first 40+ years, so convincing mtself to follow all the new rules and use the new devices was difficult.

I did not know any other diabetics until I joined some diabetes websites, in 2006. That was 61 years after my diagnosis. That turned things around for me. I met so many diabetics like me, and saw they were struggling with the same problems I was having, or had previously experienced. There were so many not taking good care of themselves, and having diabetes related complications. I could feel myself becoming more and more committed to having really great control. I had always worked hard to have good control, but my online experience made me more committed than ever before.

My committment has led to my having 66 years of type 1 with no complications except some minor nerve damage. I am very fortunate that having only the "no sugar" rule for so many years has not caused me major problems.

I am definitely committed to being committed. Perhaps diabetics who are not committed should be committed to a …umm…to Diabetic Connect.

What does committment mean to you?

35 replies

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-03-27 18:26:36 -0500 Report

Your testimony is a very powerful tool, Richard!! It's definitely inspiring to me…I'm one that 'now' know what it means to be committed and totally committed!! Not being educated on Diabetes, especially high BS; it almost cost me my life…my BS was 880 in March 2010. The emergency room Dr. told my sister, that she got me there just in time, because my kidneys was just beginning to 'shut down'!!!!! And from that frightening experience, I truly thank GOD for 'my Second Chance'!! Since then, I have been committed to being committed…and now I'm feeling much better, eating healthier, and taking time to increase my physical activities!!! Therefore, I'm able to spend more time with family and friends. Thanks DC, for this network, otherwise, I couldn't have read Richard's testimony!!! Let us all stay encouraged!!!

Richard157 2012-03-28 15:43:52 -0500 Report

Hello Second Chance, you are certainly on the right track now. I hope your very positive reply will encourage other members to stay focused, and work hard for good diabetes management.

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-03-28 22:50:27 -0500 Report

Hi Richard, thanks for the encouragement!!! That's what it's all about, helping one another, and encouraging ourselves Continue to share your stories, so that others will be blessd!! Enjoy the rest of your week.

countrygal2345 2012-03-26 13:41:31 -0500 Report

Commitment is to be in control of what we do to our body by way of what we feed our systems and treating our bodys properly. If we don't look out for ourselves, no one elnse is going to. We have to care and DO IT!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-12 05:57:46 -0500 Report

Richard your story is so inspiring to myself, as well as others. Commitment to me means living life, smiling, exercising, and feeling good! It also means watching my children along with their children grow up, with energy and being able to take a walk in the park! It means gettingon DC and listening and learning from individuals like you, and saying, "If my friends can do I, I can do it Too!". Thanks

Richard157 2012-03-12 08:54:06 -0500 Report

That is a very ggod description of your commitment, and very positive too! It sets you apart from so many diabetics who do not seem to be committed to good diabetes management. Hold on to that frame of mind, and you will have good diabetes health!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-12 09:05:39 -0500 Report

Thank you, one day at a time!

countrygal2345 2012-03-26 13:37:55 -0500 Report

I love your attitude! Yes, we can do it to! We have to look out for ourselves and learn what we can do to help ourselves. Thanks to all of you fr your encourageing words and all the loving support we get from these sites. I love you all!! :):)

annesmith 2012-03-10 01:14:11 -0600 Report

Commitment to me means preserving my eyesight and limbs. It sound overly simplistic I guess. It also means to me to try to stabilize my erratic numbers and to continue to come closer to finding a new doctor…ANNE

Caroltoo 2012-03-10 19:17:37 -0600 Report

No, Anne, it sounds realistic. That is the bottom line.

annesmith 2012-03-10 23:04:08 -0600 Report

Yeah..thank you…you're's realistic, and the bottom line. I used to know a lady that was legally blind from age 2 or 3 on..she was not diabetic until she was around 45 years old…I am not sure what caused her blindness, but, I can remember how difficult it was for her everyday. ANNE

Caroltoo 2012-03-10 23:32:14 -0600 Report

My husband is blind also. He is a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and has lost the ability to read and write, because he went blind too late in life to learn any adaptations. It is sad…very sad. I paint word pictures for him when we drive around Oahu because he can only see light/dark.

annesmith 2012-03-10 23:45:56 -0600 Report

Oh…that sounds very stressful. Do they know what caused his blindness? My step grandpa went legally blind from cataracts and old age and diabetes combined they said. He was on insulin when he got older, but not when he was younger. He died about 3 years ago..he was around 89 years old. He was a farmer and sold houses all of his life. His wife ( my grandma) lives in a nursing home now, and she too is diabetic…she was at one time on 4-5 shots a day of insulin. They think she may have had the diabetes around age 35, but it was not found until she was around 78 years old. How old was your husband when he went blind? ANNE

Caroltoo 2012-03-10 23:50:41 -0600 Report

He is 88 now and has been legally (fully) blind for about 7 years. He lost the site of his first eye due to a retinal tear at age 65. He continued to work and to drive until he was 79. The second eye was to a macular hole and, eventually, macular degeneration. Since he also now has Alzheimer's, he isn't able to learn braille and he is too deaf to use a recorder, though I do occasionally put on sound proof headphones so I can play a soothing piece of music for him.

annesmith 2012-03-12 00:25:44 -0500 Report

Alzheimer's and legally blind..oh, my gosh…what a combination. It makes me feel so grateful for my sight and the ability to strongly recall things. I am blessed in my family ( my dad's side—who I take after the most) with extremely good eyesight ( 20/20 one eye—20/15 the other eye). My dad had exactly the same vision readings all his life—20/20 and 20/15. His diabetes ( he was brittle like myself) showed up terribly in his mouth and his heart and internal organs..same thing with diabetes ran rampant inside my mouth and internally. It's amazing how some people get one disease, and then others get other types of diseases, even within the same family. I have an aunt that has been hypoglycemic pretty bad during a good portion of her life..she's 70 years old now..I'm worried she may develop type 2 diabetes eventually. I thought for sure I had picked up the hypoglycemic gene from that side of the family, but the doctor ran a test for that for me, and he came back in and said " No way are you fact, you're the complete opposite." Hypoglycemia to me is very scary, even though I don't have it..of course, I have had hypo reactions..all diabetics do sooner or later. I feel very sorry for people with hypoglycemia, because, no matter what they eat or do, they pretty much are in the 50s, 60s, and 70s all the time. Can you imagine? I imagine it would make a person feel very tired and weak…ANNE

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-12 05:51:14 -0500 Report

Carol, you are such a special person! You always are so supportive of others here, and yet you carry such a load my friend! The love we have for others is what gives us strength to keep going! So glad I met you, :)

dietcherry 2012-03-08 20:29:33 -0600 Report

Commitment means that I dont let D get the best of me—not ever. I will go down fighting to the very end to fully realize that promise I made to myself years ago.
Richard since I met you here at DC you are and will always be one of those I look to for inpiration and never giving up in this life-long battle :)

Richard157 2012-03-08 20:47:34 -0600 Report

Thanks, you are an important member here. I am into many things and am not here very often, but I do like it here.

countrygal2345 2012-03-26 13:49:07 -0500 Report

I am not on here to much myself, but I also want to tell you all , that I appreciate every contribution and kind words of support we get from the staff and members. I salute you all. You have been a help to me!!:)

Caroltoo 2012-03-08 19:28:44 -0600 Report

Interesting lesson on the changes in the treatment of diabetes. You have done well to adapt this much to the different treatments, which does show your commitment to your health.

I was diagnosed in 2003 with a BG of 400. Now, 9 years later my BG run 90-120 and I am free of all medication. My diet has undergone some radical restructuring, I am exercising more and much more regularly, and am stressing less. Caring for my husband who has had Alzheimer's for 10 years now does challenge that commitment to stress reduction, but I'm doing ok with it to because I am committed to self care.

I feel healthy and am committed to doing what I need to do to remain that way.

Young1s 2012-03-08 18:34:04 -0600 Report

You continue to inspire me, Richard. After that many years of doing it one way I can see how it would have been easy to say the heck with it all. I applaud your willingness to change and your commitment to maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

I'm committed to facing this lifelong challenge head on with the intent to follow it through to the very end also. To not give up on myself when things get rough or side tracked To try to avoid or lessen complications as much as possible. And to try to work on being healthier me every day. I say try because I know some days that can be easier said than done. But the end game is to not let my D get the better of me.

Richard157 2012-03-08 18:48:23 -0600 Report

That is a very positive attitude! Stick to it and you will avoid those diabetes complications, and be healthy!!

locarbarbie 2012-03-08 08:06:03 -0600 Report

Richard, I have 2 questions…Did learning about carbs and factoring that into your meal plan improve your bs? to the points where you were able to lower your insulin dosage?

And, awhile back (when I was a newbie and not very active on this site) I remember you mentioning alkaline water. What were your results from this? I keep it in the back of my mind thinking that I will have to look into this more at some point.

Richard157 2012-03-08 09:18:08 -0600 Report

I don't remember making a post about alkaline water, and I don't use it, but i know several diabetics who follow an alkaline diet. They say that diet has resulted in their reducing their insulin dosages a lot. Some have even completely stopped taking insulin. There are books published about alkaline diets. I am doing very well without having to go to that extreme.

When I learned about carbs in 1988, I ate smaller portions of food with fast acting carbs so I would not have very high spikes after meals. More recently I lowered my daily carb intake to lose weight. Eating fewer carbs requires less insulin, and that results in weight loss. My A1c, and my overall health has improved a lot by restricting my carbs, especially the fast acting ones.

locarbarbie 2012-03-08 09:54:02 -0600 Report

Thanks Richard, and my apologies… I went back to search ( should have done that in the 1st place, LOL) and I had confused the alkaline discussions with another member.

You are an inspiration and I have your book on my list of diabetic books I plan to order one day soon!

jayabee52 2012-03-08 01:01:44 -0600 Report

What you said, Richard toward the end of your posting: "Perhaps diabetics who are not committed should be committed to a …umm…to Diabetic Connect."

Does that mean that we are "inmates in the asylum?" LOL!

Richard157 2012-03-08 09:08:49 -0600 Report

Well, there are asylums of all types. I suppose each of us develops our own asylum. Some are much less confining than others. Lol!

pixsidust 2012-03-07 21:38:22 -0600 Report

Proud, Honor, Blessed, Inspired,
Hopeful, Example, Successful, Trail Blazer,
Leader, Humble, Proven, Strong, Kind, Gracious, Well spoken,
Diabetic & Friend
are all words that describe you!

Richard157 2012-03-07 21:57:09 -0600 Report

Wow, that is a very hard act to follow. I have never been called some of those things before. Thanks so much!

Harlen 2012-03-07 19:37:18 -0600 Report

Way to go Richard
I know you have worked hard keeping things right.
Buy the way your book was very good it seas a lot of who and what you are
I am happy to call you frend
Best wishes