By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-12-10 15:50:42 -0600
Started 2013-12-09 02:54:31 -0600

I was diagnosed with type two diabetes when I was nine years old. In August of 2012 I became pregnant with my first child. During this nine month time I had brought m A1C's down to 5.3 but the 12 years of not caring for myself lead me to have neuropathy and retinopathy. My daughter is now seven months old and very healthy, which I am sooo thankful for. But I have gone back to not caring for myself I know it's horrible with what I have now and I'm scared but I just don't know how to care for myself. I HATE being this way and feeling this but I can't help it. I don't know what to do anymore.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-10 15:09:58 -0600 Report

T2 is easy to control once you get in the swing of things. I think you ask yourself who is going to pay the price the most if you continue to not care about your health. Think how scared your daughter will be when you can no longer run a play with her because you have lost a limb, you can't read to her because you lost your vision.

Before anyone can help you, you have to learn to help yourself. No one can do the things you need to do to get into control but you. I totally agree with what jaydoubleyou has said. You need to be responsible for your health care.

Diabetes is not something to care about one day and not at all the next. You simply cannot play Russian Roulette with it because in the end, it will win. You have to ask yourself, do I want to be healthy so I can watch my kids grow up, graduate from college, get married, have children and be there to celebrate their happy events in life? Do I want to be healthy enough to do all the things I planned to do with my life? Do you want to be healthy enough so I can take care of myself and my family or do I want someone to have to come in to help me take care of them for me? Not one person on this site can answer these questions but you.

You can be as scared as you want to be. You can not care for as long as you want. Those are choices you made. Dig down deep inside of yourslef and find a reason to motivate yourself. Don't do this if you are doing it for your children. They will grow up and move away. You have to do this for you. This means you have to start all over.

Self educate yourself about T2. Make an appointment with a doctor. Take questions with you that you need to clarify. Ask him/her to refer you to a nutritionist to help you develop a meal plan. Everyone in the household can use it. Keep a log of your test results and take that with you when you visit your doctor. Keep a journal of all the foods you eat with the carbs and the amount. The nutritionist can use this information. Attend a diabetes education class. Not only will you learn new things but you will meet other diabetics who can become a support system for you. The next decisions you make with either help you to live a long healthy prosperous life, or leave in you the same position you are in at the moment. Good luck to you.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-09 21:46:19 -0600 Report

I think you just need to dig really deep and find some motivation. Keep your head up and think about the future you want to give your wonderful child, and all the great accomplishments you want to see them do. You need to do all you can to make sure you're healthy not only for you, but for your little one as well. Everyone needs a mother growing up! I wish I could give you better advice, but I don't really know much about type 2 because I'm type 1. But I promise if you need anyone to support you, you can always message me! Best wishes, and hope you get to feeling better! :)

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