I'm struggling to control type 1 diabetes w/ 4 children

By LovelyT Latest Reply 2018-01-26 10:19:28 -0600
Started 2018-01-24 23:30:17 -0600

Hello. I'm 34 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 4 months ago today. My BG level was 997 when I was diagnosed. I went through a period where I ignored my diabetes and now I have blurry vision, tingling in my fingers and toes and when my BG is in a normal range I feel hypoglycemic. I'm a big ball of emotion but I smile and kept it to myself because I don't want to appear weak or needy. I felt like I would pass out at work today and I hid in the bathroom until it passed because I was embarrassed. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 ckd last month due to uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, and I know if I don't get it together I'm going to end up with the same fate. I just want to do better, not only for me, for my babies as well. I'm just overwhelmed and I don't know where to start. I have had my insulin pump for a week now I'm carb counting but my BG is still in the 300-400 range most of the time. When it does drop to a normal range I feel sick. I just can't get a handle on this. Any advice/encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

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msann 2018-01-26 10:19:28 -0600 Report

wow you got your plate running over first you have got to get your bsl better in control and your children that can understand will have to help you if they can you got anymore family hubby parents maybe some of them can help you good luck keep me updated

Type1Lou 2018-01-26 10:08:15 -0600 Report

Sorry you've had to deal with this. I was 27 when dx'd with Type 1 but didn't start to use a pump until 2011. It took several months for my pump settings to be totally adjusted for my metabolism and they initially set them up conservatively which could cause higher BG's initially. Are you counting your daily carbs and limiting them to a certain level? For me, limiting/reducing my daily carb intake has been the key to better control. This won't be easy, particularly with a houseful of kids. By knowing how many carbs you eat per day and then reducing that amount if your BG's are too high, you should see some progress. I also test my BG 8 times per day (even after 41 years with diabetes). I test upon waking, before meals, 2 hours after each meal and at bedtime and sometimes in the middle of the night. When my BG is too high, I give myself more insulin either via bolus or I increase my basal insulin delivery via the pump's temporary basal feature. If my BG is too low, I can reduce my pump's basal delivery for a specified amount of time. I hope your doctor is asking you to provide a weekly log of your blood sugars to them so they can properly adjust your pump settings. This is essential in the early use of a pump. If you provide the doc with a food log as well, that might provide additional insight. A great book the has become my go-to manual for understanding my diabetes is Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas". Please don't hesitate to ask any questions that I might help with. I love my pump and living well with diabetes is possible with the right information, medical support and the determination to make the right food choices and lifestyle changes.

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