By SadieMae08 Latest Reply 2013-07-23 15:25:54 -0500
Started 2013-07-22 10:15:31 -0500

I don't take care of my diabetes at all, and never really have since I was diagnosed 10 years ago. I'm starting to take insulin again and check regularly, but in the mornings when I check and eat my 15g of CHO I feel like I have to force myself to eat.. I weigh 100 pounds at 21. Any advice or support?

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-23 11:18:25 -0500 Report

Sadie, sometimes people are their own worse enemy. You have been diabetic for the past 10 years and have admitted you don't take care of it. You can choose to live by taking care of it or choose to die because of it. That choice is yours. As Jigsaw said you only get one chance to get things right and if you blow it you will only have to blame yourself.

You and only you can take responsibilty for your health. At 21 you have your entire life in front of you. So you can flip the coin and travel down on road or the other

Heads-You will become more responsible by eating properly, taking your medication as you should, eating properly and working with your medical team to help you get back on track. Talk to a nutritionist who can help you create a meal plan that will work for you. If you need professional help such as mental health care for issues you can't handle, get that kind of help. With heads you can live a long and fruitful life.

Tails-You can treat your diabetes as a game you play from time to time. Take your meds when you feel like it, eat when you feel like it, pay very little attention to what your medical team asks of you. With tails you can over time expect to experience other medical problems such as loss of limbs, vision, neuropathy, kidney and liver problems and expect a slow death.

The choice is yours as to which road you will take. Good luck to you.

GabbyPA 2013-07-23 07:51:23 -0500 Report

You are starting and there you go. Those first steps are sometimes hard to do, but if you keep at them, even when you don't want to, they can become easier and more "normal". Then you are free to take on another challenge. The good feeling that comes from good choices can often fuel more positive outcomes along the way.

Maybe break it down into little bites. You are testing now and taking your insulin. Great!! Then you are eating which sounds like something you need to do. So after that choose another thing you feel would make your care better. Perhaps find a buddy to be your little voice of reason when you don't want to be reasonable? Or maybe find a class to attend to help you find out how you could do more proactively for yourself? I know when I took a diabetes education class, it really helped me understand what my body was doing...or not doing.

I made a diabetes "job jar" and that helped me not feel like I had a to do list, but had an opportunity to try something new each day.

Hang out here and make some friends that you can share your struggles and your triumphs with. There are many of us who face similar "don't care" parts in our lives. We would be more than happy to offer our support and help.

jigsaw 2013-07-23 08:24:03 -0500 Report

Well Gabby, I admit that you balance out my harshness with your gentle ways. I do have a great deal of compassion however!!!

alanbossman 2013-07-23 07:39:00 -0500 Report

Since you are a t1 you do need to eat to keep your BS in the normal range,I know sometimes being a t2 I do not want to eat anything but I try to eat something since I am on insulin too.

jigsaw 2013-07-23 05:36:49 -0500 Report

Your a young woman with your entire life in front of you! Best to live it with full functioning kidneys, eyesight and the best health that you can possibly have. As simple as it sounds, you only get one chance! DON'T BLOW IT! The time to start taking care of yourself is now. I may sound a bit harsh, but those are the facts!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-23 11:09:50 -0500 Report

Jigsaw, you spoke the truth and I will always respect you for speaking it. Sometimes people view the truth as harsh and uncaring. I think these people want to be held and coddled which is something I am not good at doing.

jigsaw 2013-07-23 15:25:54 -0500 Report

I believe we have a similar viewpoint on the matter. That is, getting right to the heart of the matter, being direct and up front is usually the quickest way to solve a situation. Of course a bit of tact comes in handy also.

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