Type 1

By Sonana Latest Reply 2015-02-03 00:52:31 -0600
Started 2015-01-31 01:30:00 -0600

Hi, 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with
Type 1 diabetes. I am 61 years old—that's right, 61. My regular doctor was the one that told. I was shocked to say the least. I was convinced she was wrong—it had to be Type 2. I cancelled my next appointment with her because I thought she was a bad doctor. I had gotten all the supplies and convinced myself I wouldn't have to use them. I could diet and exercise it away. Then I saw the diabetes educator. She told me, yes, you are Type 1. By the end of the 2 hours with her, I then had to begin to accept this sentence. I have a terrible phobia when it comes to needles, not your usual fear. Using the smallest needle possible, I actually gave myself a shot before leaving my first appointment with her. This was to be just the beginning of my "education".
I have classes to take, appointments with different doctors. It's definitely a game changer. Is there anybody out there who was diagnosed after the age of 50? My doctor tells me it's highly unusual—but it does happen. I am cried out. Now, I'm depressed. I see an endocrinologist in a few weeks. I'm still hoping that my diagnoses is wrong. I am also Bipolar 1, so I was convinced it had to be Type 2 because of the Seroquel that I've been taking for the last 6 years. I'm told by my doctor it is not related to my diagnoses of Type 1. I am so afraid that I'll be unable to manage both of these illnesses. It's been a lot of work to manage the Bipolar, but I still have melt downs now and again. I'm afraid all this is too much to manage. It's incredibly overwhelming.

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Sonana 2015-02-02 22:42:19 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone. Not quite sure how this site works.
People keep telling me that they've never heard of someone my age being diagnosed with Type 1. I keep hearing that my doctor has made a mistake. I'm very confused it's overwhelming. Is there anybody out there who's been diagnosed at such a late age??

lilleyheidi 2015-02-01 01:21:23 -0600 Report

Hi, and welcome to DC, you've come to a good place. I'm type 2, and 54, and also bipolar. I've never heard of anyone your age being diagnosed with type one, but i'm sure it is not unheard of just i've not heard of it. I think those of us with bipolar tend to take things like this a bit harder and might sink a bit lower. You have to fight harder to not go into a deep depression. The needle phobia is real, and I understand it, but it will go away pretty quickly, or at least reduce as you get more and more used to the daily injections. Try hard to look at them as little as possible. Try to take things one step at a time. Just keep the motto "the next right thing" as your new motto. Just do the next right thing. If it's test your blood, then do it. if it's eat some protein, then eat it. If it's insulin, then take it. You can do it. Best of luck to you. Heidi

Pegsy 2015-01-31 10:16:39 -0600 Report

I am so sorry for what you are going through both physically and emotionally. I am type 2 but at the time of diagnosis I was shocked, in denial and did a lot of crying. I didn't even want to stick my fingers to test my glucose. Now it is no big deal but at that time it took nerve.

Your endocrinologist will be a big help to you. You will get through this and the needle phobia will eventually diminish. My daughter had a horrible fear of flying. Her first flight (as a baby) was a screaming nightmare for everyone on the plane. The sensation at lift off sent her into complete panic and there was no consoling her. As an adult it didn't get any better. Then circumstances in her life forced her into a situation where she had to fly…often. In the beginning this was pure misery for her but now she no longer fears it. The point being that if you have to be on insulin indefinitely, you will get used to the needles and it won't be an issue anymore.

Hang in there. You're going to be OK. You will get lots of support and encouragement here too.

BreC 2015-01-31 06:22:19 -0600 Report

Hi Sonana, I was diagnosed Type2 in 2008. I was 54. When I was first diagnosed my sugar was 892 and my A1C was 17, Off the charts. I was put in the hospital. I was given Coumadin shots to prevent a stroke. At that time, my primary care physician went on vacation so another doctor cared for me. I was started on insulin by the other doctor. I cried like a baby at the mere sight of needles. I was in hospital for a week and when I got out I went to see my pcp. He took me off the insulin and put me on Metformin and Glipizide. He said that he would Not have started me on insulin and wanted to see if the pills would help regulate my blood sugar levels. That sounded fantastic to me because I too have a fear of needles. I also am Bipolar and have serious panic attacks. I did really well on the pills until May of 2014. I have back issues and was put on medication that sent my BS into the 400 and 500 levels. We after several months got my levels back down but damage had already been done and I had to start insulin in Oct 2014. I am now getting used to the needles which are very small and although I still hate having blood drawn, I can tolerate the shots. I still turn my head away if someone else does the shot for me but can handle giving myself the shot. I HAD to do it. It gets easier, hang in there. We do what we have to just to survive. Best wishes to you.

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