I'm new here, but living with Type 2 for 8 years

By TBarnett Latest Reply 2013-09-09 08:07:28 -0500
Started 2013-08-20 20:12:32 -0500

Hi everyone,

I was diagnosed with Type 2 eight years ago and started on insulin/med combo in 2006. After all this time I still do not have this under control. When I remember to take my shots before meals, it usually stays around 120 and I feel good. The problem is every day I forget and my sugar climbs to between 450 and 600 nearly every night. I know that this is completely my fault and I don't know why I can't get it together and just do what the doctor tells me.

I've gained 30 pounds in the last year and cannot get it off (I've lost 12 pounds in the last two months but I can't really tell). I also struggle with giving up sugary sodas. I can eat sugar free foods all day long but I can't stand diet soda. It's almost an addiction and it's my #1 problem. I'm so tired all the time from my sugar being too high that I don't exercise except short walks with my dogs. I cannot find the motivation although after 8 years finally joining some sort of diabetic support group is hopefully the first step :) Thanks for taking the time to read this… Tammy :)

4 replies

GabbyPA 2013-09-09 08:07:28 -0500 Report

Hey Tammy,
You are right, being here will help a lot. I find that I have a feeling of accountability here that helps me do better and try harder. Don't beat yourself up, just get a plan together that will help you keep on goal.

If shots are your issue right now, start there. Find a way to remind yourself to get your shot before you eat. One thing I used to do to help me test before a meal was that I would not be able to taste what I was cooking until I had done that. It's hard to cook and not taste, so it helped me develop that habit.

Once you have one of your habits in place, then work on the next one. It isn't going to happen all at once, unless you are very strong willed that way.

Kats49 2013-09-09 05:20:30 -0500 Report


You need to get into the mindset..that you have to be able to take care of yourself before you can take care of your children…i am a visual learner…an I have to have a SET pattern or all @% breaks loose…i got myself two calenders.one for marking that I have taken my medication …Now lets do this with baby steps…I keep ALL of my testing supplies, insulin, meds in a child proof container kept near my kitchen table. I have two grandchildren ages 4 & 4 1/2 that live with me..along with their parents…there are 9 of us. I test before each meal…ALWAYS…I have a set amount of insulin to take for each meal. I have a system where if i don't see a used cotton ball of rubbing alcohol on the table…then I know I haven't taken my shot. i use to test after…but not necessary for me…I use to try to manage my care alone with a Family Doctor…but it just didn't work…so finally I asked to be referred to an endocrinologist… THAT was the BEST move I made…not only is she trained specifically, but she is my advocate, non judgmental…she is a stickler for appointments kept and calling in the sugars weekly. You have the brains to do this and to get yourself healthy…I see a little sweetie in the photo…AND no it MAY NOT BE your Fault…Not all medications work the same for all people.
Don't let people push your buttons and judge you…only GOD has that right. OOPS…I'm ranting..sorry about that…I hope this helps you…remember baby steps are better than not moving. HANG in there and keep us informed…Later kiddo

Harlen 2013-08-20 22:13:32 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
You need to train you.
If you open you mouth you give a shot ,I know it's hard but if you wish to be there for your kids grand kids then you must do it.
I have ben there I know what it's like and yep I had to train me.
Best wishes

TBarnett 2013-09-09 03:04:30 -0500 Report

Thank you Harlen. I'm still struggling but trying to do better. Any tips on how you trained yourself? I did better this week and kept it in the 200's but tonight it was 560 because I forgot all day and ate a lot of carbs. Thanks again for any advice. Tammy

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