By dhopfer Latest Reply 2012-04-14 11:57:51 -0500
Started 2012-04-12 13:02:30 -0500

Hi Yall, I go to the doctor on the 18th. We are going to talk to her about going on insulin. I have brittle diabetes and have no control. Its a constant rollercoaster ride. Have a LOT of trouble keeping my BG up. It drops several times a day and its hard to get it up and keep it up. But then after I get it up my BG spikes to 237 or more. I am eating snacks, I am meeting my carbs but still drop. I am not scared of insulin anymore. I dont know what else to do. It has been almost six months since I was diagnosed with type2 diabetes and have done exactly what the doctor has said. I have followed directions, suggestions and ideas. I am either droping and fighting to keep my BG up and feeling weak, dizzy or exausted or my BG is to high and I feel weak, dizzy and walkin like I have rubbery legs. I cant work, I am having trouble standing up to do dishes. I have so much more bad days then good. We are going to have to try something else. So, thats why we are going to talk to doctor about insulin. I have been told by some people that I need to back off of my meds and just control my diabetes with diet and excersize. That is not the answer!!! We have got to address the diabetes. I am ready!!!! I want my life back!!! I just got a new horse that I want to ride sooooo badly, but I cant if I have no control and will drop while riding her. I lunged her yesterday and did some ground work with her. I ate before I went to her and still passed out in the field. Thank god hubby was with me. That man has saved my life soooo many times. I know how lucky I am to have him. I should be controling my diabetes not my diabetes controling me. But that is whats happening. My diabetes is controling me and I am sick of it!!! Its time for me to take control. I need help to do it. I cant do it on my own. I have prayed and prayed for an answer, a cure. Now, I am praying for control and help. I live my life by the serinity prayer. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change." I cant change that I am a diabetic. " The courage to change the things I can". I have the courage but I do need help. " and the wisdom to know the difference." I know the difference and am ready, willing and able to change. Lord help me!!!!!!

10 replies

Armourer 2012-04-13 17:12:16 -0500 Report

My BG can go way high and I feel nothing, but go below 70 and each 10 count lower the shakes begin, sweats, shakes, etc., then I over do with the carbs. I'm slowly learning that to mix my carb with some protein, like string cheese, and I don't go as high and swing back to low takes awhile. I'll verify that insulin can make one gain weight, I've gained 40 lbs, and can't loose it even with portion control and diet. So be careful. Insulin did help relieve the intense pain I had in my kidneys for over a year. When put on insulin the pain was gone in three days. My problem is that in the last six years that I've been on insulin I've had to increase the amount till I'm very high dose of Lantus [110u], and humalog of 22 & sliding scale & carb count. Good luck!

dhopfer 2012-04-14 11:57:51 -0500 Report

Thank you Armourer. I eat clemintines and peanut butter crackers but I still drop. Thats the brittle diabetes thing for me. my BG can be 170 and if I drop to 160, I am dizzy, slurred speech, walkin drunk, sweating, and it does pass but it causes me to check my bg so often my poor fingers have about had it. But then I can get up in the morning and my BG is 124 and with in 10-15 min I am passing out. We have a lot to talk about when I see my doctor.

jigsaw 2012-04-13 07:58:43 -0500 Report

I have discussed the use of insulin with numerous doctors and a few PWD that are long time users. One individual I know is now in his 80s and has no complications from diabetes. The only negative that I have heard from my endo and a few others is a weight issue. It does make it easy to gain weight, and difficult to lose weight. I have managed to keep reasonably good control of my weight with portion control. Of course bg lows have to be watched for very closely. I personally have not had any problem.

dhopfer 2012-04-13 09:59:35 -0500 Report

Thank you Jigsaw. Its nice to know I have a chance. Its also good to know its working for you.

robertoj 2012-04-13 03:57:04 -0500 Report

I've had better control with insulin. It isn't scary. I remember the huge needles my grandmother used that was scary! It was a bit strange at first but it's painless and if you test low you can easily reduce the dose.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-12 14:14:43 -0500 Report

Good for you for wanting to take control. You may want to rethink the idea of trying to control your diabetes without meds. I'm assuming you take pills for it? You may need to reduce the dosage, have you tried that? It seems as though you think insulin will help your high and lows, which they may, but it is a new world when using it. I have been using insulin since childhood and am far from there now. You need to constantly check bg and use insulin according to numbers, but it could still end up being too little or too much! You can still have the same issues you suffer from now. I know that I do go low and have passed out or had other issues with it.

You are still so new to this and I understand your fear and frustration. I would be concerned with why your body is reacting the way it does to the current meds and wonder if it is going to do the same with the insulin. I just want you to be prepared that insulin isn't a cure all remedy and comes with it's own trials and tribulations as well.

That being said, if you and dr decide to go that route, I hope it helps you. Are you seeing an endocrinologist to control the diabetes?

Good luck to you:)

dhopfer 2012-04-12 14:33:54 -0500 Report

Hello Red Flower Lady. Yes, I am seeing an endocrinologist and a dieatition. I cant spell. Sorry!! We have tried uping meds, lowering meds, changing meds, ugggggghhhhhh. Have tried all we know to do. I know full well insulin is not a cure all but we got to try something. Ohhhh… soooo frustrated but we have to try. I have a few friends that take insulin for their diabetes and I see there issues. I know its a process not perfection. We just have to try. We have to take control. I dont want to go on insulin but… we will see what other options we have. My doc has talked about it before but I was fighting it. We will see. Take care and huggs.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-12 14:42:34 -0500 Report

I can't spell either, so no worries. Don't be afraid to use insulin, and it doesn't hurt to inject in the tummy, just sounds like it would:) Make sure you keep glucose tablets or gel with you at all times. The symptoms can happen fast. Since you already have issues who knows how you'll react. Hopefully you'll stabilize and can get on that horse and enjoy.

dhopfer 2012-04-12 15:54:40 -0500 Report

Thank you Red flower lady. I look forward to it. She is such a pretty girl. I am reasy for control and I am ready to ride!!