Badly Injured, Much Stress, But Diabetes Is Good

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2013-02-07 09:45:12 -0600
Started 2013-02-01 20:47:28 -0600

I don't usually talk about my physical problems, but there is a question in the discussion below that I would like you to answer.

In Oct, 2012 I had a bad fall, and hurt my head. On Nov 1, I was hospitalized with subdural hematoma (bleeding on the surface of the brain). Surgery removed the old blood and I recovered fast, but that was potentially a dangerous surgery with holes being drilled into my skull. A local anesthetic was used, but I was awake during the procedure. I thought everything was going to be ok, then in early Dec my knees were hurting so much. X-rays showed my knees were in awful shape, and both of them needed to be replaced. The meniscus tissue is gone, and both knees are badly calcified. The pain has bothered me for 7 weeks now. They will not do a knee replacement until the head wound is 100% healed. The knee surgery can interfere with the head wound because a blood thinner is used and that could cause the head wound to bleed again.The last cat scan showed the head wound is 90% healed. The next scan will be in April. Maybe one knee will be done in May? I take pain meds, and I can walk due to a lubricating fluid being injected into my knees. I am getting physical therapy. My knees need to be stronger before the replacements are done.

All of these things have happened since mid Oct, but my diabetes remains under good control. I see so many people post that this kind of thing causes them to be stressed, and then their blood sugar is all over the place, with many highs. That does not happen to me. I have had much stress for about 10 weeks, but my blood sugar has been as stable as it was months ago. My A1c is 6.0.

Why am I able to have good diabetes control despite all that has happened, and all the stress? Is this unusual, do any of you maintain good control under stressful conditions?

21 replies

PetiePal 2013-02-07 09:45:12 -0600 Report

That's a rough story, I'm glad you got through your initial ailments alright.

Now SOMETIMES stress can affect sugar levels, but it's not a general across the board consensus. My stress level, sleep etc none of that affects my levels. I'm only 30, but still I know others who it has. Everyone's unique.

Now my father is a Type II as well, he's had surgeries and things that require cortisone shots or steroids etc and certain meds that can send his levels off the wall. It's not bad in the short term, but prolonged is the danger as will all diabetes.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2013-02-05 18:23:25 -0600 Report

Richard, I'm so sorry to hear about all that you've been through. You are such an amazing example of how to keep your diabetes under control.

Perhaps you can share with us what you do that helps you deal with stress. Are you by nature just unflappable? Or do you actively use techniques like meditation or punching a side of beef (haha, just kidding, had to make a Rocky reference) to relieve stress?

Richard157 2013-02-05 20:45:04 -0600 Report

Hi John, it is nice hearing from you. I love the term "unflappable". I have experienced stress many times, but I remain calm and face it head on until the situation is resolved. If it is not resolved, I live with it and find a suitable compromise. My father was this way, and I have many of his personality traits. My mother and sister always panicked and were very nervous. Both of them took nerve medicine daily.

How is your son doing?

pixsidust 2013-02-05 10:07:54 -0600 Report

God has blessed you with a victory. I think sometimes people will go off their meal plan when stressed but it sounds like you stay the course. Be careful with yourself and use walking aids if you must. Falling is no fun and the older I get the harder it is for me to snap back so please take care

Richard157 2013-02-05 15:17:31 -0600 Report

I am always sticking with my schedule and routine as much as possible in times of stress. That has helped my blood sugar to be more stable.

pixsidust 2013-02-05 17:14:35 -0600 Report

Well we love you and care what happens to you. Blood clots are serious business let alone brain surgery. I am sorry you suffered so much and still suffer the pain of your knees. I have knee problems myself, so feel much empathy. However, I can not possibly fathom everything you have been through. All I can say is its a lot. I am glad you shared this so we might pray and hold thoughts of you in our hearts. We want to know always whether Diabetic related or not. You are our friend… a dear friend.

Ms. DAT 2013-02-04 18:35:03 -0600 Report

Hi Richard!! What a long ways you have already come after going through the fall, hematoma and surgery is and yet your recovery is stable and your healing is in great progress. You show a strong inner will and passion for Life to overcome major physical happenings that keep HOPE alive and that keeps you on your feet although your knees are bad.
I do understand to a certain degree about falling- because I have fell more times than I care to say and right now today my rt knee is swollem and I am walking slow but I am walking! So I am even more inspired to hear that you are up and walking by any means neccessary.
Keep up the Courage until all that you need is done. Excellent A1C!! I am working hard to get mine stable under stressful conditions!!! I tell you I am a work in progress! Miracles still happens!!!

Richard157 2013-02-05 10:14:40 -0600 Report

Ms. DAT, I am sorry to hear that you have fallen several times. I hope something can be done to prevent that from happening again. Good luck with improving your A1c! Thanks for you kind message.

Ms. DAT 2013-02-05 13:39:05 -0600 Report

Richard, Thanks!! I've learned to slow down and not be in a hurry and change shoes such as tennis shoes rather than heels! Most times I walk very well and then suddenly the falling episode comes out of no where.
Balance, Equallibrium, Posture and Base Support is vital to Walk Progress!!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-02-04 05:44:07 -0600 Report

hi Richard, hope you feel better. I gotta tell you that you continue to be an inspiration to people like me. Having T1 for only a year and a half kind of scares me as to where I am going. Lows scare me and so do highs, like anyone else I like the balance. I try not to let stress get to me, and most of the time I do well. Thanks for helping me relearn that I can't over think life, it just happens!

Richard157 2013-02-05 08:37:13 -0600 Report

Hi Set apart, I understand your fears of lows and highs. I have managed to keep my blood sugar in a more narrow range since 2007. I have not needed assistance with a low since July, 2007. That gives me a very confident feeling. I hope you can manage your own control this way in the future.

Nick1962 2013-02-02 18:49:59 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about this Richard, but you know you’ve beaten the odds once again. Many folks your age are already on new knees and working on a new hip! I can sympathize somewhat though. About the same time last year I went into my chiropractor for an adjustment on what I thought was just some overworked back muscles. Well, four months later we’re looking at 3 different types of spinal surgery, plus surgery to remove kidney cysts. Stuff I knew was probably inevitable given my nearly life-long obesity, just expected another 20 years. Through it all though, no problems with the numbers except when I have steroid shots for the pain. I still count myself as lucky.
Have you ever heard of cox comb shots? I hear it’s a new thing for torn meniscus, but maybe not for shot ones like yours. Might provide some temporary relief until your noggin’ is right again. Hope it all turns out well. Keep us posted.

Richard157 2013-02-02 19:33:16 -0600 Report

Nick, the product use on my knees is called Euflexxa. The pamphlet says it is an "all-natural source…free from animal proteins and can be used in people who are allergic to poultry products." So it is not cox comb shots, but serves the same purpose.

MAYS 2013-02-02 11:07:06 -0600 Report

Richard, I am very sorry to hear about your injury and i wish for you a safe and speedy recovery!

We all react differently towards stress and given the fact that you have always managed your blood glucose level throughout your life may be part of the reason for your ability to handle stress well, it's also possible that your liver is releasing just enough stored glucose to deal with the situation at hand (the human body is amazing, isn't it?!)

You are a fighter, a gladiator of sort, your body is rising to the occaison and doing such a remarkable job, we should be asking you," How do you do it?"…So it is not unusual for your body to do as it is doing, you took care of your body, so now it is taking very good care of you!

Take your time, gather your strength and get prepared for your knee replacement surgery, we are all looking forward to you receiving your next Joslin Medal and displaying it with high honors on this site in the future!

Take care my friend, and may you be continually blessed, you are truly an inspiration to us all!


Richard157 2013-02-02 13:23:49 -0600 Report

Mays, those are such kind words. Thanks so much! I will receive my 75 year medal in 2020.

Dr. King, the head of the Joslin Medalist Study, says that there is approximately 2000 type 1 diabetics in the US who have some kind of unidentified protection from diabetes related complications. The study is attempting to isolate the factors that make some of us live so long and avoid complications. He also said that our hearts are not protected, so he advised that we take very good care pf out hearts.

MAYS 2013-02-05 18:39:56 -0600 Report

Wow, that's interesting!
I wonder if that only applies to type 1 diabetics who are born that way, or have developed diabetes at an early age, or if it also applies to those of whom develope type 1 diabetes much later in life (?) also it's interesting that the heart is not protected (!) I wonder why?

Harlen 2013-02-02 08:37:41 -0600 Report

Ben there Rich done that
I did not do as good as you when I am in a lot of pain my bs gets out of wack we are all different just as some foods will make you spike don't bother me and the other way too.
Please keep in touch and let me know if thers any thing I can do for you
Your friend

jayabee52 2013-02-01 21:05:37 -0600 Report


I think I do maintain good control under stressful conditions. As many ppl know who have been on DC for a while, my kidneys are failing.

I am currently pumping toxic sludge through my veins and I will be undergoing dialysis treatments as soon as I can get some tests finished to determine if I am healthy enough to stand dialysis.

However my AM fasting BG was 120 today. I don't seem to get all excited like I used to as a younger man. I just take it as it comes and if something happens and I pass from this life, I know where God will take me, and for me there is no fear there at all. So whether I live or die, it for me is all good!

Blessings to you and yours!


Richard157 2013-02-01 21:19:30 -0600 Report

James, I did not know about your kidney problem. There are several local diabetics here who are receiving dialysis. Most of them seem to be upbeat about the way things are going. You seem to be that way too. I hope things go well for you this year.

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