What a support group means to me?

By Jude1952 Latest Reply 2013-12-30 18:05:46 -0600
Started 2013-12-29 21:21:14 -0600

I sorry everyone misunderstood me. It is not that I worked for a company that did not give me time off and that was 20 yrs ago. It's that I did not get any Diabetes Education. Where I live education for anything either cost money or you have to travel to get in a classes. Classes are not on going and some are only at night. So we need more classes or the good news is with internet hopefully we can rely on group support and become connected with learning to manage and control our diabetes. It still more important to ask your doctor. being a senior I done know what is old age dry skin or get up in the middle of the night? and/or what is diabetes?. If there anything new I could ask my doctor to aid me? medication and/or products? that where a support group can help. Thing have also change in the last 20 years. one big change is your level were 140 before you were a diabetic I now I meet people who level is 120. We also did not have a 5 min A1C my first time getting tested it was a 6 hr glucose tolerance test. (not fun) I am looking forward to share our knowledge. I also had Gestational Diabetes 40 years ago So I can tell you there been some real big changes.

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Glucerna 2013-12-30 18:05:46 -0600 Report

You're right that diabetes management, medication, and testing have changed a lot over the past 20 years. That's why it's important to develop a good relationship with your doctor, so you can stay on top of any changes. I also like Diabetes Forecast magazine produced by the American Diabetes Association as a way to stay up-to-date with medications, treatment, etc. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-30 11:36:22 -0600 Report

I agree with denipink. We are not doctors and cannot begin to solve medical problems. Diabetes is different for everyone. You need to see a doctor on a regular basis. Find out what your daily calorie and carb intake should be and work with a dietitian to help you with meal planning. Add some exercise and this will help with gaining control and maintaining your blood sugar.

Depending on where you live there might not be a support group for you to attend. You can find one by going to the California Diabetes Association website and find out where the nearest support group is located. If there isn't one contact them and ask if one could be formed in your area. Ask if you could start one in your area. All you need is someone to run the group and a location for the meetings.

You have to learn to advocate for yourself. Speak up and ask questions especially when you see your doctors. Don't expect others to speak up for you and don't depend on support groups to answer your questions regarding your medical health.

Many hospitals offer Diabetes Education Classes you may have to pay for them. On the other hand Health Clinics might offer them free of charge. They don't have them every month so you have to find out when there is one and attend. If you drive and don't have a problem driving at night, what is stopping you from attending. If there are Senior Citizen housing near you, check with them to see if they are having any and ask if you could attend. Make sure you tell them you are a senior citizen.

Don't compare your numbers with others. You don't know what their medical problems are. 140 for them could be their "normal" for that period of time depending on what their A1C is. Your diabetes is your responsibility so it is up to you to do the right things that work for you. You cannot make excuses because in the end the excuses will hamper everything you need to do.

denipink57 2013-12-30 04:18:00 -0600 Report

support groups are a godsend but we are not doctors. you need to see a doctor on a regular basis and a specialist like an Endocrinologist like i posted to your last thread. read the articles here they are very helpful and answer a lot of important questions. post as often as you need to and you will gain valuable info from others experience.