Family Of Diabetics

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-11-28 10:20:37 -0600
Started 2014-11-27 06:40:19 -0600

I am just one of a family of 6 living dianetic. My father was a diabetic and he passed away in 2004. He was on the oral meds. My mother is on insulin as am I. My sisters sugar drops and she is on low dose meds for that . My oldest brother and my son are both diabetics. My brother-in-law is also diabetic. So at the time, there are 4 on oral meds and 2 on insulin.

Type 2 since 2008
New to Insulin
Novolog 9/9/9
Lantus 24u at bedtime


Occipital Neuralgia
Diabetic Neuropathy
Vocal Cord Precancerous
Heart Arrhythmia
Left Bundle Branch Block(LBBB)
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Hiatal Hernia
High BP
High Cholesterol
High Triglycerides
Protruding and Bulging Disc
Migraine Headaches
High risk for falls
I am 3 months smoke free. Quit on August 22, 2014

7 replies

BreC 2014-11-28 10:20:37 -0600 Report

My mother is on insulin. The vials. She is 86 and one of my sisters go to her home twice every day to check her BS, give her meds, and give her insulin. I have one sister who lives with her but she is unable to do what is needed. I live in a different county and it would be impossible for me to make the trip daily or even weekly. So although my sisters know that I am on insulin they had never seen how the flexpens work. Yesterday I got my pen ready and showed one of my sisters how to do it and she gave me the insulin shot. When we were done, I looked up and all of my sisters were watching. They were in awe of how easy it is to use the flexpen. I was hearing "that's so cool" and "wow" Mama gets confused a lot and sometimes forgets who is diabetic. I know she asked me many times if I wanted some banana pudding but she would also say "I can't have it". I just smile and say thank you but I also can't have it. I know she is well meaning. I will cherish the times we still have with her and overlook any well meaning but bad for us ideas she may have.

Brenin 2014-11-28 01:51:18 -0600 Report

With your family history and all the health issue you battle daily… I can't say enough about the strength you possess.

rolly123 2014-11-27 22:08:56 -0600 Report

Diabetic is in my family also grandparent on my father side not sure meds they took my mom and dad both type 2 my uncle aunt three type 2 and two is 1 i think im 1 have three docter says yes and four says no! I was 18 when i finally took test on insulin when i was twenty still on them! I dont need much lost weight but doc said i will never be off insulin ! Everyone who was diabetic all died complication my mom died she was on dylisis got blood poisoning from dylsis and passed away she was 69 i have one brother thats diabetic

Type1Lou 2014-11-27 08:57:25 -0600 Report

My Dad developed diabetes at age 61 in 1953. I'm not sure whether he was Type 2 or 1 but was injecting U40 Protomine Zinc insulin. (Not sure when the oral meds became available but he never went on them) He died in 1973. I was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1976 and have been using insulin ever since. I'm not aware of any other close relative with diabetes. There are so many more treatment options available to us than my Dad had. For this, and wonderful memories, I am thankful.

vensa 2014-11-27 07:26:43 -0600 Report

Yes, it is hereditary. My mothers family line are mostly diabetic T2 (grand mother, grand father, maternal uncle, maternal aunts). My mother passed away due to heart attack while she was 50 years old in 1990, when I was 16 years old.

I love your last line - smoke free for 3 months. Keep it up!

GabbyPA 2014-11-27 07:22:04 -0600 Report

Oh wow, all of that and quitting have a lot on your plate. You know, we have other Connect sites for many of these things. You may want to check them out for support specific to your needs.

RosalieM 2014-11-27 06:55:00 -0600 Report

Hi BreC,
That is quite a list. Does it scare you? If it were me I would be scared straight.
In fact I have been scared straight. Sounds like you have been too as you have quite smoking. Yeah!! Yeah!! Good for you!
I have some CD's on the subject of how the mind affects the body and Quantum physics. I have found them to exceedingly helpful to me. They said 90% of illness is stress related. I am inclined to agree with that. At the end of each CD they have a meditation exercise. It works! That is where I got the quote "we live out what we believe".
Happy Thanksgiving BreC.
Grandma Rose