No, I Can't.......I'm Diabetic

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2008-12-22 05:25:23 -0600
Started 2008-12-21 11:48:06 -0600

I have been a diabetic for 63 years and there were so many things in my early years I could not do because I was diabetic. I could not eat anything sweetened with sugar (doctor's orders) and I could not exercise or play hard for long periods of time to help prevent hypos. I could not be too far away from my parents so they could watch over me at all times. When I was married in 1964 things were not much better. I still avoided sugar and still curtailed my activity. I never slept at night without my wife being with me.

Things are much better at the present time. The much better control I now have and my pumping permit me to eat things with sugar, in small amounts. I can exercise as much as I want. I know how to avoid hypos almost all the time and I can lead a more normal life. I do not have hypos while sleeping.

What have YOU wanted to do that your diabetes has somehow prevented/stopped you from doing (past or present)??? "…I can't I'm a diabetic…"


7 replies

morris.js 2008-12-21 18:52:40 -0600 Report

I absolutely agree with kdroberts!!! Most of you know that I actively compete in Tae Kwon Do tournaments, and there is nothing that this disease keeps me from doing.

In the early years, when I did not take it seriously, it caused me health issues which did affect my lifestyle. But once I had my "wake up" call, I started to get serious about controling it, and I am now healthier and happier than I have been since my early 20's.

This disease is not the once thought to be death sentence. You can live a long happy and active life. Even those with complications can find joy in life if they truly work at the control.

Richard157 2008-12-21 18:59:03 -0600 Report

Yes John, you are correct. My life has changed 100% since my first 40 years of diabetes. Modern technology and increased knowledge has enabled me to eat anything I want (in moderation) and to lead an active life that rarely causes me problems. The physical problems I have now are not diabetes related.

2008-12-21 18:24:01 -0600 Report

The only thing I can think of that I was not able to do because I am diabetic is eat too many sweets!! LOL I used to get invited by my friends to a cookie swap… it was great but good grief who needs that many cookies in one place? I finally told them while I love them all dearly, I am not able to attend anymore. Unfortunately, the one that hosts it, is now also diabetic and doing nothing to manage it or lose weight. I am sad for her.

Anonymous 2008-12-21 13:55:22 -0600 Report

Because of my neuropathy in my feet and my bad back I can no longer walk the malls like my daughter and I used to. I have to go somewhere that I can ride their scooter. Like Wal Mart. We can live in there. But I miss the window shopping and going to flea markets in the summer. My doctor will not sign the papers for a scooter of my own because to him it will mean I have given up trying to move more. i would get too dependent on it and not try. He is probably right.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-22 05:25:23 -0600 Report

My MD did sign papers for me to get a scooter. I lost all my muscle mass on my right side. I am also an amputee. I got cleared for one and the day before I was to receive it the scooter store called and said I couldn't because I have use of my hands? Whats that all about. How am I suppose to drive it with my teeth. My MD's were stunned. But better yet I am walking very little with my cane and some help. I too miss the window shopping. I especially hate going into stores that don't have buggies I can hold on to at the malls. I know it might not sound bad to alot of people but I don't have the stability yet to challenge this yet on my own…Debe

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-21 12:22:24 -0600 Report

I've had a couple of hypos while my wife and I were out walking nature trails. I have always taken the precaution of having something sweet with me. Because I get enough warning before they get real bad, I was able to find a bench and get some sugar. So as long as I take precautions I can do anything I want. Good question Richard. You keep us thinking.

kdroberts 2008-12-21 11:53:06 -0600 Report

"What have YOU wanted to do that your diabetes has somehow prevented/stopped you from doing (past or present)???"

Absolutely nothing. I may have diabetes but I'm not going to let it control me. Control diabetes to live, don't live to control diabetes.