The past ten months

By skinnysusan Latest Reply 2010-01-07 21:37:54 -0600
Started 2010-01-07 12:11:02 -0600

I was diagnosed in March of 2009 with type 2 diabetes. I did well the first couple of months, dropped some weight, exercised, took the Metformin..did a good job. Never discussed having Diabetes with the was just something that was and had to be dealt with. The last couple of months I have not done so well. I am struggling with getting back in the exercise mode, testing my blood sugar, and doing the right things. I am only the second person in my family to have Diabetes. My older sister also had it, but passed away at 54 from a heart attack. Any advice, encouragement would be great.

11 replies

Hinboyz3 2010-01-07 21:37:54 -0600 Report

We all slack off from time to time, but climb back up on the horse and try again, we cant give up cause we only have ourselves to get thru this. It's okay just as long as you try again to get things under control and do better at testing you bloodsugars like your suppose to. And exercise is not easy to do, trust me I know. I found out in Oct. 2009, I had to exercise and change my eating habits for the better, but loss weight and Im on the right track. But its not easy, Thats why I love the diabetic connect site cause we are all friends here and need to connect on a daily so we can help eachother get thru this thing.

JulieC 2010-01-07 20:19:12 -0600 Report

Listen to what they all say…They are right! These people have helped me so much in just a couple days. And I am right where you are right now…Its so hard…but you have to keep pushing on…and try harder and harder.

Anonymous 2010-01-07 19:34:26 -0600 Report

Any thoughts about sharing with your family now? If you all don;t talk about it how do you know that others in family also ahve diabetes but they aren't saying anything either?

salmanda 2010-01-07 19:42:09 -0600 Report

I have shared with my family and friends. I feel that is important not only for their support, but also in case I pass out from a low, etc. They would at least know what direction to take to help me without wasting valuable time.
Sal :)

Anonymous 2010-01-07 19:45:21 -0600 Report

Good for you!!! And sorry about the loss of your sister. I have three and dread losing any of them although not at all close to one of them.

salmanda 2010-01-07 19:49:08 -0600 Report

It wasn't I who lost a sister…it was skinnysusan who started this discussion. I have only one sibling, a sister, and I also dread that day.

salmanda 2010-01-07 16:34:02 -0600 Report

I admit it…I was very bad over the holidays, and my numbers certainly reflect it. I am trying to be better, and baby steps seem to help me.
I keep thinking of all the things I am doing to my body when I am not being good about what I eat. It scares me! Then I get back on track.
I love to read, watch movies, play games on the computer, and do craft projects. I certainly don't want to lose my eyesight which could happen. Most of all, when my grandchildren start arriving someday, I want to be able to see them and help with them. That is motivation!
Sal :)

salmanda 2010-01-07 21:10:54 -0600 Report

My biggest problem is that I love food, and I always have loved it. I just need to learn to love different food now…or the same foods modified to be more healthy. Also portion control is huge.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-07 15:06:20 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, diabetes IS something we have to deal with - day-to-day, even minute-to-minute. It's all about the choices we make - and know that one of those choices is not to do anything. Or not the right things, anyway.

But it is a choice. And we have to make dozens of them everyday.

I wish I was better at it…

AddassaMari 2010-01-07 14:57:35 -0600 Report

You are in the right place with lots of experienced diabetes managers. You did ask for advice. I can only echo ptsparkle, don't beat up on yourself, diabetes does that all by itself. But look at what you were doing initially and start with small steps. This is a life changing situation. That's the extent of my advice.

Don't give up no matter what.Think of each meal as an opportunity to take control and each day as a new start. Learn all you can, again you are in the right place, put the good stuff to work for you. And above all, love yourself, be positive and try not to stress.

ptsparkle 2010-01-07 12:31:49 -0600 Report

Well, I would say join the club. We all have setbacks and struggle with the daily routine. Mine was called denial. If I didn't test, then I wouldn't have to see how bad I was being. I went through this for a bunch of years, until my major wakeup call earlier this year. Don't beat yourself up, but get back on track, by taking baby steps one day at a time. Maybe you could share with your family,and ask for their support, not criticisim. There is tons of support here. Chat with your Dr. also and he should have some input also. Hang in there, and best wishes.