Needing some helpful hints

By Rileydoll2010 Latest Reply 2012-12-12 21:25:13 -0600
Started 2012-11-17 19:51:35 -0600

I'm probably the worst diabetic ever. I was diagnosed when I was 17 with type 1 and since then I've managed it horribly. Well, now I'm not living for just me. I have a son that I would like to watch grow up, and who needs me. I'm asking for any helpful advice. If possible, please spare the lectures. I know I should have been taking better care of myself from the start. I could give you a million excuses to why I didn't, but they are just that. Excuses.

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Bfbacon 2012-12-12 21:25:13 -0600 Report

Regularity. Consistency. Keep regular hours. Regular meals, regular activities, regular insulin, etc. Luckily this is not at all in conflict with being a parent. OTOH, having a spontaneous, devil-may-care life IS in conflict with both those things, so that works, right?

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-11-19 17:49:09 -0600 Report

Hi Riley,

I just want to encourage you to not beat up on yourself, or label yourself as "worst." The past is past. Give yourself a pat on the back for making the decision to pick yourself up and move forward with your self-care. And that's a very big step forward.

Congratulations! I am looking forward to hearing how you are doing!


GabbyPA 2012-11-19 09:13:18 -0600 Report

You have taken a great step in the right direction. Most of us fall into the "I don't give a flyin' bleep" about our diabetes at some point. So we probably share a lot of the same excuses. You have made that advance in that you realize it, and that has you on the path to better control. Congratulations on that.

Where to start? I would start by finding a doctor that you really trust to help you though. Make them part of your team and make some goals together. Maybe to have a week with a certain glucose range. How to work that out. Make your first goals small ones, so you can see that success. Once you start to taste that success, you will want more.

Another thing is to keep a picture of your son with you and when you are tempted to do something you know would not be best, look at the lovely little face and know he depends on you. Smile, and know you will love yourself enough to be around for the wee one.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-11-19 01:37:58 -0600 Report

No lectures, just start following the info you were given by your drs as well as keep the appointments and you will be back on track in no time. Oh, you know, count carbs, do portion control and get the exercise in and take any meds as directed along with bg checks and keep a log, this is what I meant by drs info:)

Brian7 2012-11-17 21:59:04 -0600 Report

I was 17 when I was I Dx'd too. My A1C has been too high for too many years. It's hard to to be so diligent. But…I find creating new habits helps. Like - when I was I on MDI I had a bad habit of taking my shot after I ate. By making a new habit of taking it when I started a meal improved my AIC #s significantly improve. …

What ever you mean by "worst diabetic ever" …you have the knowledge of what you need to do. Start doing it (for your son.) You don't need anyone's advice.

jayabee52 2012-11-17 20:50:46 -0600 Report

Worst Diabetic ever doll?

You're still alive and kickin, you must be doing something right!

My wife "Jem" took great care of herself and died at age 56 in July 2010. (of course she had a lot of other "medical challenges" besides diabetes)

My recommendation would be to learn how to count carbs (if you haven't learned how) and stick to limiting your carbs to the limit your medical team suggests.

You could also go to the 21 days guide (link on the left column, this page) and use the suggestions there.


Rileydoll2010 2012-11-17 20:59:36 -0600 Report

I consider myself to be. I can't even count the times I've been in dka. Especially when I was pregnant. My levels were everywhere then. I know all the staff at the local ICUs and automatically get central lines in…I'm only alive because in April 2012 I had a hole drilled into my leg. I was fully awake and aware when it happened and it scared me enough to make me realize that life is always the better option. I've learned a few ways how to carb count and I've started using them. I'm crossing my fingers that they help a little. I'm also trying diabetic cookbooks and opening my menus up to different foods. Thank you for responding. Any advice is helpful.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-17 20:31:41 -0600 Report

Short and to the point. If you know what you are suppose to be doing to be there for your son, do it. You see where excuses put you. Stop making them and take care of yourself.

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