help I need motivation

By thekyguy Latest Reply 2014-08-01 17:28:04 -0500
Started 2014-07-27 00:22:29 -0500

hi im Kyle..I'm 15 going on 16.. lately for a couple of months now I have lost motivation to take my blood sugar and take shots.. I know all the consequences… I know what it can do… I just don't do it… I'm tired of it… it's like I want to be normal and fit in.. people don't understand what my emotions are because my blood sugar is out of control..I want to change but I don't have the motivation or courage to.. I just posted this to see if anyone has any solution or someone has the same problems.. thanks guys.

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Sweeties mom
Sweeties mom 2014-08-01 17:28:04 -0500 Report

Hi Kyle, I completely understand what you're going through! I have days when just the thought of pricking my finger makes me want to cringe! The thing I do to make myself want to check my BS is to promise myself a treat if my BS is good all day. The treat can be from a piece of chocolate, popcorn, or even some ice cream. I've found that just the thought of something special makes it worthwhile. Hope I've helped.

wraithmb 2014-07-28 20:35:40 -0500 Report

Hey Kyle,

I'm currently having a wtf episode myself. I've been fighting trying to get better control of my sugars for months now, and yesterday morning I wake up with paramedics in my bedroom. Talk about an epic fail! My glucose was at the higher end of normal, so I took my basal dosage, and I fell asleep…

It's frustrating to try so hard and not get the results you want. My best advice is to keep at it, i compare it to learning to ride a bike. Just because you fall and get a scrape on your knee, does it mean you will never ride? Of course not…

I'm going back at my blood sugars again, like it or not. My wife is scared it will happen again. She wants me to keep my sugars a bit higher… I say 7 mmol/L (around 120 mgdl) is high enough and I'm comfortable with that. So back at it I go…

I did take a 10 to 15 year vacation from looking after myself. Now that I'm fighting with it again, I can honestly say I haven't felt this good in years. You know that feeling that you get when you just don't want to keep putting one foot in front of the other? That's everyday when your blood sugars run rampant. It's a living hell that I'm glad to be escaping. That's my motivation. I can go out with my friends and not leave 3 hours earlier than everyone else. I can ride a bike with my kids too. Don't look at this as your diabetes doesn't let you be normal… Taking care of your diabetes will let you be normal!

AlexaBug 2014-07-28 19:21:54 -0500 Report

Hey Kyle! I'm 24 and have been T1 since I was 8. Unfortunately these periods of not caring happen. They STILL happen to me from time to time. Sometimes I'm so on top of it and then out of blue I'll realize I haven't been testing for awhile (hours? Days? Idk I was busy!) and just pushing buttons on my pump until it sounds like enough insulin. Having diabetes as a teenager sucks. SUCKS! it sucks all the time really, but when it comes down to it- you have to buckle down. I like to tell myself that the time it takes me to think "I should have tested today" is longer than it would take me to actually test my sugar. We all hear the horror stories and the scare tactics to get us to take care of ourselves and they somehow don't work until one day you feel off, and something's wrong. The diabetes won't go away, but you have to do it. It's ok to feel this way, but you have to realize that you can't live that way. You don't always have to be cheery and smiling about the 'betes :) just take care of yourself & know we are here to help support you! Having diabetes is as much a psychological battle as a physical disease. It's always ok to reach out to someone if you're feeling depressed or stressed out. try not to stress about tomorrow and just focus on the right now. It's tough but you can do it!!

Rose67 2014-07-28 14:02:10 -0500 Report

Kyle you have your whole life ahead of you. You can take that life back by controlling you're BS. It will not be easy, but it is doable. Educate yourself and educate your friends. Tell yourself you can do this. I know you can. When you get up each morning, say self this is a new day that The Lord gave me. What can I do to make it better. I can choose to eat better, exersise more, read more, enjoy being me better, help someone else out. There are ppl who love you, and support you. We are some of those people.
You take one day at a time. It is worth it, because you are worth it.

Type1Lou 2014-07-28 10:16:12 -0500 Report

The motivation might be wanting to feel "normal"…you can achieve "normal" BG levels by taking control and making those decisions you know you need to make in order to manage your diabetes. The pay-off will be better BG's, feeling better and more energized, and feeling better about yourself. Dig deep inside you for the strength to make those decisions. You can do it.

RAYT721 2014-07-27 07:25:23 -0500 Report


I believe that regardless of age each of us have wanted to just throw our hands up in the air and quit … whether that is with managing our glucose, our weight, our anxiety/depression, smoking or drug addiction, or whatever condition(s) we struggle with. This fact means that you are "normal and fit in" more than you know.

The only person who can motivate you is YOU but we are here for your support.

The key to your control is educating yourself and doing what you CAN do without the focus on what you CAN'T do.

How can anyone possibly overcome the control issues by not working within your power to test and take the medications prescribed to them? They can't! If what you're doing isn't working, change it up a little… nutritional and physical education and persistence will get you to a better place in regards to mind, body and soul.

What would you tell a best friend facing the challenges that you're facing? The odds are you'd be kinder to others than you are to yourself right now.

Well, Kguy… it's time to be your own best friend!!!

jayabee52 2014-07-27 01:51:49 -0500 Report

Howdy Kyle
We ALL get tired of taking care of our diabetes. It is not fun at all, but staying on top of it is vital to keep what we have in tact.

I didn't take proper care of my T2 and now I must go to dialysis 3 times a week (Tu, Th. Sa) for 4 hrs a session (in fact just got back from a session tonight). It gets OLD mighty fast!

You young people don't talk much about what "medical challenges" one might have (or at least I didn't when I was 15). I did have ADHD when I was in my teens and all I knew, I was "different" than all the other kids, and I so wanted to be "normal".

You say you want to change how you are managing. your T1 and actually start managing it well. It is a mark of maturity to want to change and then actually change it!

Also something I learned doing research for a similar discussion, that because of your adolescent hormonal fluctuations It will be tough to manage your BG (blood glucose) levels. That doesn't give you an excuse, but you can not be so hard on yourself when it happens. I know, I am my own worst enemy in that way myself.

Praying that moment of maturity comes for you sooner than later


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