Feeling hopeless and a failure most days

By Mandy1985 Latest Reply 2014-08-09 16:57:42 -0500
Started 2014-08-09 00:37:59 -0500

Being a T2 diabetic has it's ups and downs, stressful and feeling of hopeless because most of the time a diabetic, especially myself, feels like nothing helps. Also having neuropathy in both feet and having to deal with the awful pain everyday is depressing. I'm trying to get on an insulin pump to stop the multiple injections I have in a day. I will be 30 in October so I'm hope for any advice especially more information about counting carbs easier and what kinds of foods that are diabetic friendly.

5 replies

Type1Lou 2014-08-09 16:57:42 -0500 Report

Learn as much as you can about diabetes. A good reference is Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas". For me, limiting my daily carbs to 120 grams has helped me keep my HbA1c in the 6's. I was 27 when diagnosed and am now 65. By gaining control of your BG's, you may be able to reverse some of the neuropathy. I didn't start pumping until 2011 and wish I'd done it sooner. It gives me more freedom and flexibility and better control but demands commitment and determination. Take it one step at a time and you'll see positive results. Wishing you well!

Glucerna 2014-08-09 16:26:36 -0500 Report

I'm glad you're reaching out for help. If you haven't met with a diabetes educator and/or registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes, ask your physician for a referral. She'll help you figure out a healthy eating plan that works for you. Also, diabetes educators are a wonderful source of information and support and can help you work through the stress of managing diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Ordinary Diabetic Superhero
Ordinary Diabetic Superhero 2014-08-09 11:17:26 -0500 Report

I've had an insulin pump since I was nine and for ten years the hardest thing for me to do is to eat properly. The insulin pump is great but it can't replace a good diet that will help level your blood sugar. It is very tempting to eat sweets and sodas and simple sugars, but drinking water and eating right has helped improve my a1c and helped my blood sugars regulate. The pump helps a lot and the most important thing to remember, which after all this time I have forgotten once in a while, is being sure to punch in carbs and blood sugars. The pump will account for all the information and while give you the correct amount of insulin. If you only punch in the carbs, the pump won't be able to also account for your blood sugar and may give you too little or too much insulin.

GabbyPA 2014-08-09 06:10:34 -0500 Report

Frustration is normal when dealing with this ever changing disease. I liken it to a roller coaster.

Reading and researching will be your weapons. Sometimes it's overwhelming to read so much and you just need to pick one thing to work on at a time. I find that works best for me. I will choose something like a food or an exercise. Maybe an attitude or an idea shared on the site. Doing it one at a time gives me a change to see if it works. Sometimes I do too many things at once and then don't have an idea of what is working and what is not.