Slipping to old habits... : (

By im409gal Latest Reply 2009-12-16 16:19:10 -0600
Started 2009-11-29 20:33:54 -0600

For years on Dr visits I was advised that my Trygis's were high, but nothing done. I advised my Dr. about 2 years ago that my foot was burning and hurting when touched or pressure was applied. He sent me to a Neurological Dr. Still they had NO clue why my foot hurt. I changed Drs and on the first visit she tested my blood sugar, diagnosed then with Type 2. This was a year ago. I have obviously had this for years and no one picked up on it. Now, I am suffering with my hands hurting and burning terribly. I am having a really hard time with the sugars. Cakes, Reeses PB cups. Its like I have an obsession and NO will power to stop myself. HELP and ideas besides wiring my mouth shut! I am ok with Diet Pops. Just the other stuff. I am currently taking Byetta, but, not regular. I did have a regular schedule when I was working..was laid no schedule. I clean houses, so I an here, there and yonder. HELP!

19 replies

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-16 14:33:13 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I had no signs or symptoms that I noticed anyway. One morning I woke up, and my vision was so blurry that the only way I could see anything was to be right up on it. I went to my eye Dr. and he told me that I should see my Dr. and have my BS checked. He gave me some contacts, and that got my vision back. I did he checked it and it was in the 400s, he gave me some pills, and a meter so I could do my testing, and sent me home. Well, my BS just kept getting higher and higer, he would have me come in the office, give me some stronger pills and send me home. I kept checking, and it just kept getting higher and higher, finally my husband convinced me to go to the ER, they took my reading and it was off the charts. We don't know how high it really was, and I don't know how high their meter read. I think they will go over 800. It wouldn't even register. I was in full blown ketoacidosis, had a horrible yeast infection, and a urinary tract infection. Needless to say, they admitted me to the hospital, started an insulin IV to get my BS down. I was there for about a week, they got it down into the 300s, and sent me home. When I got in to see my Endocrinologist, she said that they had me on the wrong insulin, that it wasn't doing anything but chasing the diabetes. Now, I am on the pump, and things are much better. Long story short, I could have died right on the spot, or gone into a coma, or both gone into a coma and then died. I wasn't a big sweet eater, so I don't miss cakes, candy or icecream. So I can't give you any advice there on how to fight the sugar cravings. Every once in a while, I will want something sweet, but not that often. I keep sugar free candy on hand just for those times. Take care of yourself, this is very serious!

alanbossman 2009-12-01 07:34:16 -0600 Report

One thing you need to do as Harlen said if you dont buy sweets you dont eat them. Also if you do fellow your schedule and keep eating bad foods you will end up in a hospital. Stay to your schedule and meds. I know its hard to give up eating the things that are not good for a diabetic. But you need to get you blood sugar in control.

BIRDY 2009-12-01 08:00:13 -0600 Report

best way is to consume home made foods as much as possible.Frankly , I've been spending my most time by either cooking or shopping for cooking.Yes , very tiring and no time for nothing else but at least we know we are eating good foods.

beadmom 2009-12-01 14:31:40 -0600 Report

I live in a rural area so if I badly want something and I don't have it in the house it has to be worth knocking the snow off my car and driving into town for…Since I generally don't plan to "be bad" That works very well for me…

accomplices are a different matter.

Antique-Dave 2009-11-30 16:13:51 -0600 Report

Prior to dx my feet were giving me problems, I have lost some feeling around the pads by the toes but the shooting pains are gone and the feeling has improved since I started taking alpha lipoic acid earlier this year.

rankearl 2009-11-30 15:41:42 -0600 Report

i feel i have been a good diabetic all my life i know reeses cups are my weaknes so i just stay away from them lol but it really is about good food choices we are not prefect but everything in moderation really helps hugs julie

sweething 2009-11-30 14:26:37 -0600 Report

I am fortunate, since I gave up driving because I was afraid I would not work the accelerator and brake well, since my feet are totally numb sometimes. So, since my husband doesn't buy it (he's diabetic too), I can't eat it! Once or twice a year I have a Dove bar, and that's the end of my chocolate consumption these days. It's not easy, especially with the schedule you have, but I know you can do it.

beadmom 2009-11-30 17:34:57 -0600 Report

Last week a guy here in town had a low episode, sideswiped another car then rolled his van into a car and killed the driver.

gregsDAD 2009-11-30 12:05:55 -0600 Report

i seem to be drawn to sweets like a magnet, and the only way i can really leave them alone is to not but them. I made the mistake of cooking regular sweets for my thanksgiving guest and just who do you think ate them???? ME!!! I have made a pact with myself that for christmas there will be no regular sweets. it has to be low carbohydrate fare. so i am scouring the internet for recipes that i can actually make without owning a specialty grocery store. I am no doc as most everyone else will tell you about themselves but my doc did put me on gabapentin for neuropathy. you might try asking your dr about this medication it may be helpful to you.
- rw

beadmom 2009-11-30 15:55:48 -0600 Report

As much as I abhorred the fake sugar stuff the Stevia, (which is natural) I have found tolerable in holiday treats. Also, almond meal is a decent low carb substitute for flour.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-30 16:02:32 -0600 Report

Glad that you like to cook, that will help, as soon as you can block out that sugar substitues taste bitter!! I was ONE of THOSE!!! Yuck, I would think, BEFORE it had even touched my mouth!!

But I FINALLY tried Splenda on a slice of brown bread—-with cinnamon, that was the BARE taste—-and I was shocked—it was GOOD! No after taste either, and my testy "taster" would have picked up any "off flavors"! So it is just a matter of trying different things, changing ones attitude and expectations, and surprisingly (to me) it can really be GOOD!! Pat Roth

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-16 14:46:49 -0600 Report

Pat, I really love sweet potatoes, so when I have one, I mix I can't believe it's not butter, butter with some cinnamon and splenda, melt it in the microwave, and put it on my potatoe, and it is DELICIOUS! I really can't tell the difference between it, and the real thing. YUMMMMMMMMY!!!!!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-16 16:19:10 -0600 Report

Oh, that sounds so yummy, and I will try it! I still have a left over sweet potato that I baked the other day, for later—-so will warm it up and add those goodies! Thanks! PR

Hinboyz3 2009-11-30 09:21:14 -0600 Report

I truly understand what your talking about cause I too use to work in the auto industry for 14 years and had a daily routine, now that I no long work and go to school fulltime my eating habits have really changes. I use to eat plenty of Reeses and anything chocolate all day long and the drinking of sodas too, my downfall was Lays chips. But when I ended up with diabetes I knew I had to make a hard choice to change up little at a time. I had to add in exercise when Im not too busy studying. But your not alone it's not easy to omit the good stuff you like so quickly.

Harlen 2009-11-29 21:58:15 -0600 Report

First if you dont have it you cant eat it lol
I have been there and it is hard I know
Its your life and up to you
as sweething sed go back they do have some meds that may help but you need to get your blood sugers undercontrole thats a big one to keep living a good life
Best wishes

tistoome 2009-11-29 22:34:24 -0600 Report

I know exactly what you mean about old habits. I was just diagnosed with type 2 a couple of months ago and all I can think is "I'm already tired of watching what I eat and I have to do this forever!" This long weekend has not been good for me. I've eaten mostly whatever I wanted, tried to be a little good, and have not tested bs for 4 days. Ugh! I'm a terrible patient but, as Scarlett said (sorta) tomorrow is another day and I'll start all over again.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-30 00:53:26 -0600 Report

It can be tough , also uncertain. I haven't taken a Glipized for 2 days now, and my BS ran 130 and under for the past day—but the other evening, on seemingly the same foods, it was 236—-have to admit that now I don't feel like I know one thing, for sure——-Nothing seems to rhyme or react the way I think that it should——-just have to keep checking to MAKE SURE!! PR

sweething 2009-11-29 21:14:08 -0600 Report

I'd go back to the neurologist, tell him I am diabetic and have high blood sugars, and I wouldn't be surprised if he has a diagnosis for you now! Anytime my blood sugar gets higher than 150, my peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in feet, legs, arms, and hands) hurts more. It could be that you have that. Those were my first symptoms, and it's necessary to make a lot of effort to keep BS down. I've been diabetic for 27 years and at the beginning I thought I could just take another pill and I could eat more. Doesn't work that way, it catches up with you eventually. Good luck, no matter what you decide to do.