Hi all! I'm looking for some support from others dealing with this disease. A little about me…
I'm 31 years old, a mommy, wife and nurse. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes 7 years ago. In 2009 I became pregnant and my blood sugars were not controlled with oral meds. I was started on insulin but lost that baby because of complications from high blood sugars. I stayed on insulin at the recommendation of my OB as I wanted to get pregnant again. This led to a 3 year battle with infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss.
In 2011 I became pregnant with my daughter and with lots of hard work I was able to control my blood sugars and have birth to my baby in July 2012.
Since then I've been struggling with my diabetes. My last A1c was 8.7. I feel like I don't have the time to devote to managing this disease. I work 12 hr shifts, when I'm home I'm busy chasing a 13 month old. I also was diagnosed with Post Partum Depression when my daughter was 8 months old, I thought being medicated for that would help me care about managing my health, but it hasn't. I know my health is important but I just can't keep up. I take insulin sometimes, sometimes I forget. I can never remember to check my blood sugar. I don't have prescribed insulin doses. My drs always tell me to adjust myself because I'm a nurse and "know what to do". It's so different when its your own disease though. I feel so overwhelmed, guilty, lost. I know I'm slowly killing myself. I see the complications of this disease everyday with my patients. It's still not enough to motivate me to take care of myself.
I'm over weight. 5'3" and 225 lbs. I don't exercise. My 12 hr shifts lead to lots of convenience foods and no time to exercise.
I have an appointment with an endocrinologist today. I'm hoping he will take control and follow me closely to keep me accountable.
I'm just looking for some support from people dealing with what I am. My husband and family don't understand how difficult, consuming and life altering this disease is. They think its easy, take insulin, lose weight and don't eat things I'm not supposed to. If only it was that easy…
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