Introducing myself – Pacific Northwest - i’m looking for help

By pnwgirl1963 Latest Reply 2018-06-25 18:14:17 -0500
Started 2018-06-16 17:09:26 -0500

Hi - I am from the Pacific Northwest living in Oregon. I am 55 years old and looking at type 2 diabetes square in the face along with morbid obesity. To be honest I have ignored this part of me in my life because frankly it’s embarrassing and extraordinarily overwhelming.

My doctors would like me down to about 150 pounds. I’m 5 foot four and my all-time high was 398 pounds and I’m under 350 pounds right now for the first time in many year my doctors would like me down to about 150 pounds. I’m 5 foot four and my all-time high was 398 pounds and I’m under 350 pounds right now for the first time in many years.

I’ve developed some complications – namely I have a colostomy now due to diverticulitis. Made the eating/dieting part of all of this extraordinarily challenging because a lot of the really healthy good stuff is hard to eat because it has the propensity to get stuck.

So my first question I guess is is there anybody else out there that has a colostomy or an ileostomy and is diabetic, successfully losing weight and keeping their blood sugar even and almost normal if possible – if so how the heck are you doing it ?

My symptoms are just yucky – I’m tired most of the time, my highest blood sugar was 400 it’s now down between 190 and 200 . When my blood sugar gets down to about 150 I feel very sick like I have super low blood sugar. I feel overly emotional and tired a lot of the time.

I sweat when my blood sugar is high. I sweat my my blood sugar is low. I feel panicky if I think my blood sugar is low and then I look and it’s not.

I have developed some pretty achy neuropathy in my hands and feet which I’m told will never go away which is very sad. But the fact of the matter I did this to myself because I ignored it and I know better I lost my grandmother to this disease.

I see a doctor regularly and we are on the merry-go-round together regarding medication – I’m on Metformin three times a day. I’m on glipizide three times a day. I’m wondering if I should just succumb to insulin and just do it so my blood sugar will be normal. But then if my blood sugar gets down to 80 and my going to feel even sicker.

I’m trying to limit my carbs to 20/25 g per meal with good protein. I don’t know if that’s right. The last nutritionist I saw told me to keep my carbs at 50 g per meal per day that seems like a lot of carbs and the last time I tried that my sugars just skyrocketed.

My exercise consist of stretching, walking/limping as I’ve got a knee and hip that are giving me fits and swimming when I can.

What has been your experience – how long did it take you to lower your blood sugar and your A-1 C. My A-1 C was at an all-time high of almost 11 it’s now 7.9 I still feel crappy.

I really would like to get to about 160 pounds so I can have this colostomy reversed I’m sick of the bag. Just want to be healthy. Thank you so much.

5 replies

Stacyjayt 2018-06-25 18:14:17 -0500 Report

Hi, im not in your shoes, except for having type 2 diabetes, however, I did want to respond to you. I hope you find a great path and feel better. My thoughts are with you.

MrsCDogg 2018-06-21 12:48:11 -0500 Report

I can only tell you what helped me. I went on a very low carb high fat diet. It helped me to lose 70 lbs and lowered my A1c from an all time high of 12 to 5.0. I have never been much for exercise so I can't tell you about that. It sounds like you have made a lot of good healthy changes. You won't feel better immediately. It takes some time. I can't tell you how long it took me to feel better, because I don't know. But, I did start to feel better.
Hang in there. You can do this.

Luis65 2018-06-19 05:51:55 -0500 Report

I just want to offer you kudos on the great things you have done. You know what your final goals are but sometimes that can be daunting- Set some smaller goals that are in the right direction and let us know so we can cheer or cry with you.


GabbyPA 2018-06-18 18:01:51 -0500 Report

Congrats on your weight loss. I know you will think you have a long way to go, but you must be encouraged by the the little steps. Congrats on also reducing your A1c. That is a good drop and just because you are not at your goal doesn't mean you have not done a good job. Keep doing what you are doing and add new things a little at a time so it's not so overwhelming.

Now that you are not ignoring it any longer, coming here can help a lot. There is a great support system here with the members. Having in in mind will certainly go a long way in feeling better.

Feeling crappy goes away with better control, but you may feel worse for a bit as the lower numbers feel yucky when you first start to have them. Once your body gets used to lower numbers that will go away. At least it did for me. I remember my first 98. I thought I was going to get sick. Now I can be in the 70's and feel fine.

I have never considered a colostomy, so I cannot help you there. But I am sure once it is taken out, the stress on your body will lessen as well.

Welcome aboard, we are here to help and be a shoulder when you need.

suecsdy 2018-06-17 21:44:51 -0500 Report

In 2014 I had surgery for a bowel blockage due to diverticulitis. At the same time I was dxd with diabetes. and 5 mos later with chronic kidney disease. I tried to be a little more careful with foods because of the potential of another blockage, but really, I ate what I wanted (in keeping with a diabetic diet) and didn't have trouble. In 2015 I was able to have my colostomy reversed and everything now works as God and nature intended. I do have neuropathy, which developed well before my dx. It's pretty much controlled as far as the burning, itching part with Gabapentin. I believe my hands are actually getting better this last year or so because my fingers don't go numb as often as they used to.

It takes time for your body to adjust to the "new" lower blood sugars and that is why you feel yucky, but adjust you will and that feeling will go away. You're doing the right thing by keeping your carbs lower than the nutritionist recommends. When I started, I was told 30 at meals and 15 for snacks. It looks like you're doing things right because your A1c is dropping. Just remember, you didn't get here overnight and you can't fix it overnight. Hang in there. It does get better. I started at 12.2. Five mos later I was at 6.4 When I had the colostomy reversed it was 5.5 and I've been under 6 (except for last summer) ever since. Since I was dxd in the hospital, my first med was insulin. Once things were under control, My Dr let me change to my current med, Bydureon which I've been using for 2 yrs now.

And now for the weight loss issue. For me, this is the most difficult and painful part of this journey. I have been spectacularly unsuccessful at losing weight. Despite my best efforts at eating right and exercising I don't lose weight. My A1c is terrific. My cholesterol is fantastic. My blood pressure is great. My weight sucks. I can't afford one of those clinics that promise to fix you no matter what so all I can do is keep trying. For many diabetics, the low carb diet is enough to get the ball rolling, but it does take time. Welcome to DC. Looking forward to chatting with you.. Take care.