feeling cheated ... yet again.

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-12-21 08:20:36 -0600
Started 2014-12-17 18:58:39 -0600

I was diagnosed as a type 2 in 2007 with an A1c of 10.0. At that time I was advised that I should try and get my A1c to under 7.0 in order to avoid complications. 3 months later my A1c was 6.6 … at which time I was told that I should get it to under 6.0 in order to avoid complications … 4 months later my A1c was 5.8 and has remained with in 0.1 of that for the past 6 1/2 years.
1 year ago I developed neuropathy in my feet and legs that has effected my my balance to the point it is very difficult to walk.
This afternoon I was told by my opthamologist that I have the beginning stages of retinopathy …
Discouraged? VERY!
Giving up? NEVER!

12 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-21 08:20:36 -0600 Report

Hi Steve,
I'm so sorry about your eyes. But, I love.your ability to give up ,never.
your so willing to fight this to the max and I admire that quality in you.
Keep that quality close to your heart, always.. Know your in my
prayers always. Hugs, to you, Valentine Lady

MoeGig 2014-12-19 14:41:18 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear of your challenges. Based on 49 years of dealing with Type 1, what your describing doesn't make sense. Maybe you should be on insulin…I'd get another opinion.

haoleboy 2014-12-19 17:04:21 -0600 Report

my A1c is 5.8 I have never seen a BG reading above 178 or below 73.
not even willing to consider insulin

MoeGig 2014-12-20 07:34:35 -0600 Report

Your control is too good to have complications. Something else is going on, or you had diabetes for a long time before you were diagnosed. I wish you well.

Pegsy 2014-12-18 17:02:07 -0600 Report

Steve, I am so sorry that you are going through this. You have worked so hard and don't deserve this! I appreciate all the help you have given me and I especially appreciate your "never give up" spirit. I pray that you will gain the level of control you need and desire to live a long and healthy as possible life. I hope you can achieve your A1c goal and stave off any further complications. I am trying to hard to get my A1c below 6 and so far it just won't. Like you, I will never give up. You are such an inspiration. Hang in there Steve.

Type1Lou 2014-12-18 16:23:28 -0600 Report

Hi Steve! Over 10 years ago, my ophthalmologist told me I had the beginnings of retinopathy. By taking better control of my diabetes I've been able to prevent it's progression…at least for now. I also have slight neuropathy in my feet. I've been able to keep my A1c's in the 6's. I admire your spirit and discipline and wish the best outcome for you.

haoleboy 2014-12-18 16:53:23 -0600 Report

thanks Lou … I'm not believing anything "they" say about diabetes anymore … it apparently does not apply to me as having "good control" for so many years has resulted in me having a whole lot of health issues to show for it. I am committed more than ever to getting my A1c into the 4's … it might take a couple years but I am adopting a "take no prisoners" attitude when it comes to diabetes management.
Planning on stepping up my fasting program from 16/8 to 24 hour alternate days just as soon as I work out the plan to consume enough calories on the non-fasting days staying low carb and yet maintain my present weight (and stay in my limited food budget).


haoleboy 2014-12-18 12:01:13 -0600 Report

Thank you all … If I have learned one thing in dealing with chronic conditions over the years it is the value of persistence, Giving up is never, ever an option. I have two grandsons and a granddaughter due in February ,,, not sure I need much more motivation than that.

Happy Chanukkah and Merry Christmas


Glucerna 2014-12-18 14:26:22 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about the new challenges you're facing Steve. Your positive attitude and determination are motivating to each of us. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-12-18 09:08:45 -0600 Report

Howdy Steve
One of the principles of the Tae Kwon Do in which my youngest son has achieved his black belt is "indomitable spirit". That is what I see you demonstating in this discussion.

You have adapted to your new normal as a stroke survivor and you will overcome the new medical challenges which face you.

Christmas blessings to all

kimfing 2014-12-18 07:33:27 -0600 Report

Dammed if you do and if you don't, right? Lol. I agree with Gabby. Keep fighting and btw great attitude. :-)

GabbyPA 2014-12-18 05:48:35 -0600 Report

You have done so well in your management, but your body just is not cooperating. Maybe you should look at it that you cheated diabetes out of taking your legs and eyes years ago? Just a thought.

You are tough and you are determined. You will prevail.

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