By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-07-17 20:56:05 -0500
Started 2014-07-08 11:05:08 -0500

I've had type one diabetes for almost 11 years now. I found out when I was eight and my guardian at the time was on me 24/7 about taking care of myself. She has since passed and I find I can't motivate myself to care of my diabetes like I should. Maybe it's the teenager in me. I don't know. Does anyone else find it hard to stay on schedule and diet?

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Stuart1966 2014-07-17 20:56:05 -0500 Report

Pull the "reins" too tightly and they damage us, not help.

You can be a flexible with whatever piece(s) or par its of the disease you wish. There is a price for all our choices though. Sometimes we get stuff wrong. The trick is not making a habit of them.

Eat poorly, diabetic or not causes bad things, to our weight, our heart, many parts. Diabetes is just an extra.

What are the scheduling issue(s)? We talking forgetting once every couple of months or we talking every day critical ooopseys? Important difference between them depending on the specifics…

Help paint your picture with some more details.

rolly123 2014-07-13 14:39:56 -0500 Report

Sorry about guardian she gave u tools take hold of what she taught you just Joyce is right got love u self and take responsibility one day at time

jaydoubleyou23 2014-07-08 22:45:33 -0500 Report

I understand completely. You just have to use diabetes as a stepping stool to making yourself better. You cannot let this control you, but you're letting it by not taking care of yourself. Diabetes of course isn't a lifestyle choice, but it has to be part of your lifestyle. I know it seems like it sucks right now, but when you get to feeling 100% every day it's completely worth the hassle! I promise. Focus on you and your health and soon everything else will fall into place.

kimfing 2014-07-08 12:52:11 -0500 Report

Im sorry u are going thru this. Im am motivated by the way i feel and how i felt when i wasn't under control. I really don't want to go back there. I like myself better now. (and so does my husband :-)). It is ultimately up to u to take care of yourself and how u want to feel. My motto is: it is what it is, i cannot change it so i have to control it and not let it control me.
I am currently going thru some ups and down because i am in my second week using the pump and have been quite discouraged with the results and getting frustrated w it. I just take a deep breath and take baby steps to get back to the control I was in before the pump.
It is not easy, but you can do it. You have the basics just put them in motion.

Keep your head up and we are all here for you. Look a the mirror and tell yourself you are worth it and smile.

Good luck

Type1Lou 2014-07-09 13:23:27 -0500 Report

Kim, you gave this poster great advice by sharing your experience. I'd like to address your pump issues. My advice is to give it time. It took at least 3 months with my endo's guidance, to tweak the settings in my pump to where it was working pretty smoothly. I have 2 books that are great resources: one is titled "Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: a user's guide to effective diabetes management" by Dr Francine R Kaufmann and the other is "Think Like a Pancreas" by Gary Scheiner. I've been pumping now since 2011 but find that I've had to tweak the settings further. The more you know, the better position you are in to manage your diabetes. Wishing you well!

kimfing 2014-07-09 17:49:33 -0500 Report

Thanks. Appreciate your input and support. I love to read anything i can to help me out. My husband is also a great resource for me with the pump as he's on the same one and has been on one for over 30 years. I have seen the think like a pancreas one awhile ago. Will check it out. I am also working really close with my educator, she is awesome and trained me in the pump.

Again, thank you!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-08 18:43:35 -0500 Report

Kim in my opinion I think people spend way too much time focused on the negatives and positive influences pass them by. So life isn't what you want it to be. Life wasn't meant to be perfect and there are people worse off than we are.

I think if people stopped focusing on what isn't right and take steps to change themselves and their lives. Life will be much better.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-08 12:51:43 -0500 Report

Ask yourself this question. If you were to sell your life and health what price would you sell if for? If you say your life and health is so valuable to you that no one can afford to buy it, that should be motivation enough for you to take care of yourself.

I am sorry for the loss of your guardian. Take a moment and stand in her shoes. She was on you 24/7 to take care of yourself. She was trying to teach you to be responsible for yourself and your health. She also could have been spending time doing things she would have enjoyed. When you are not responsible and depend on others, you take away part of their lives. When people say they need someone to remind them to test, take medication or eat properly, I always ask what they plan to do when that person leaves them, passes away or get tired of being their diabetic police and most can't answer. The reason is, they put that responsibility on someone else so they don't have to be responsible. This gives them an out if the person forgets to remind them. They can say they didn't test, eat properly or take meds because someone forgot to remind them. I refuse to be a crutch for someone to lean on. I am not going to remind people to eat, test or take meds. I have my own life to live and enjoy.

It is obvious that she loved you so much she made a point of reminding you to take care of your diabetes. It is time for you to step up to the plate. You know what you have to do so it is up to you to do it.

I don't find it hard to stick to a meal plan to exercise, take my medication or to test when I should and I am much older than you. I do it without relying on anyone because this is my disease and I am responsible for it. I also want to live as long and healthy as possible.

I am Type 2 and have not been a diabetic as long as you. I don't know how old you are but age, maturity and the willingness to want to accomplish everything you want to do in life should motivate you to want to be healthy as possible.

I believe you can do this. You know what to do. Come up with a time to do everything and set alarms on your phone. Always believe in yourself. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you can do this. Get up in the morning and say, Just for today I am going to_______________ and fill in the blank. Before you know it, you will be following a schedule that will suit your needs and you will wonder what happened to the person who needed to be reminded to do the things you need to do. You will be walking down the street smiling to yourself because you are doing all you choose to do in life and people will be wondering why you are smiling. Stay strong and the very best of luck to you.

rolly123 2014-07-13 14:37:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for what u said u right it's mine responsibility to do work I when read this it hit me hard u right monad going call for Ditian before I go home and going learn everything I can this site helped me exspeced what I feel and want I read all responses everyone says to newer ones who posts help me thanks for inspiration