I need Help

By Yorrie Latest Reply 2011-02-21 05:43:04 -0600
Started 2009-09-22 21:28:42 -0500

I was diagnosed almost 10 years ago. My biggest problem in getting my blood sugar better is that I don't eat like I should. I eat only 2 sometimes 1 meal a day, but mostly it is hard because I work third shift. It is almost impossible to eat at work. Does anyone have success in having normal blood sugars and good A1C results while working a third shift schedule? My blood sugar has never been in a normal range in the ten years I have been a diabetic.

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Alma a 2009-10-08 16:44:18 -0500 Report

It's very hard for women to take care of ourselves, i quit my job half a year ago, i was working with children, couldn't go to dr's appt. wasn't eating enough to give me energy, I still have problems having a big family you have to incorporate potatoe, bread etc.,by the time the day is over i am too tired' to exercise although i work hard all day long, we need lots of support that we really don't get, because sometimes our families as much as they love us can't give because everyone has their lif e to live, so we have to love ourselves a little more, and explain to our families, how they can encourage us to do more for us… Good Luck..take care..

Harlen 2009-09-23 12:27:15 -0500 Report

When my boddy gose in starevation mode I can not drop any lbs but if eat 3 4 little meals of good low carb food my Bs will get better as well as 2 3 good nacks
I never ate that much food befor its what you eat as well as how much try to cut the carbs and eat more aften try it it cant kill you thats what I sed to my self and it worked I have ben dropping lbs just a little at a time but it didnt go on in a day and it will not come off in a day good luck and best wishes

Yorrie 2009-09-23 14:04:02 -0500 Report

Turtle, P2put, and Harlen…thank-you all for your replies. My blood sugars usually are in the upper 200's. I should have mentioned in my first post that I am suppose to take 5 shots of insulin a day. Long lasting insulin in the morning and before bed, and then a shot before each meal. I know a few of you mentioned about eating more smaller meals. I'm just not sure how to space the small meals time wise so I get accurate blood sugar readings and then how do I take my insulin? Then to make matters worse, how do I do all that when some days I am on a third shift schedule and then on my days off I am on a normal person's schedule?

aitken3 2011-02-21 05:43:04 -0600 Report

I am starting to find that while working graveyards I have to try to keep my schedule the same on my days off as much as possible so I can have a set schedule all week long. I have the same problem as you with the meals and snacks and insulin but I am determined to make it work for me and to get myself healthier for myself and my family. Good Luck!!

Anonymous 2009-09-23 21:00:33 -0500 Report

You seem like an ideal candidate for a pump. Have you considered that?

Yorrie 2009-09-23 23:37:59 -0500 Report

I have thought about the pump and have discussed it a little bit with a diatician, the nurse at the Dr.'s office, and even a few patients that have come onto my unit. The diatician and the nurse kind of scared me about them though.

Anonymous 2009-09-24 20:29:06 -0500 Report

Check out some of the current and past pumpers who have posted at this website. It will probably give you a better idea of the benefits and the downsides to pumps and why some folks think they are great and others are less enthusiastic. I am keeping you in my thoughts.

P2putt 2009-09-23 08:45:12 -0500 Report

You have to consume more food. What are your bs like.Give us some numbers. As mentioned before you need to take food with you towork,carbs,protine,veggies and fruit. Must make time to eat.

Turtle 2009-09-23 00:08:57 -0500 Report

All I can offer is to try and take healthy snacks w/ you to work. Apples, cheese, celery w/ p-butter, etc.

I wish you the best.

Anonymous 2009-09-22 21:40:23 -0500 Report

Wow..I have nothing to offer you except my support and undying admiration that you even try to work third shift and manage your blood sugars. I couldn't even work graveyard before I was diagnosed and I wouldn't even try it now. There are probably people out there who succeed who can guide you and my hat is off to them, too!!!! Best wishes!!!