I am tired

By skinnysusan Latest Reply 2010-01-27 00:07:52 -0600
Started 2010-01-15 10:31:15 -0600

I don't know who wrote the post at the begining of the year but I am reminded of it today. He wrote that "today I do not have diabetes, today when I wake up I will not worry about my BS, " That is how I feel today. Enough is enough. I am tired of feeling like crap , of worrrying about everything that I eat, everything that I do. I am mad, I want to scream..most of all I do not want to have diabetes.

22 replies

tholz 2010-01-27 00:07:52 -0600 Report

Like I told my hubby when he was mad cuz I have diabects. I didnt sign up for this but I do have it. Another time I told him I was the first one in line to sign up for it. He was mad cuz I have it. Like I really want this

2010-01-26 21:29:51 -0600 Report

I have been feeling VERY tired lately but I think it is because of my job situation. Our CFO took the company money and ran and it left us employees without jobs. The stress has been whooping my behind but I will get it under control. Its just a hurdle right now but I will snap out of it. But I am tired too, so very tired of being broken and broke ($$$)..lolol.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-26 22:53:39 -0600 Report

Wow, so sorry that that happened to ALLof YOU!! I hope God has a special place for those kinds of people who make off with all of THEIR money, and leave them jobless!! Pat Roth

tfuller 2010-01-25 22:20:29 -0600 Report

i feel the same way…i take 10 pills 3 times a day for over 5 months now.i still feel like crap everyday of the week,always sick and tired..im at the point now,whats the use of choking down the meds if they dont help me.know matter what i do,its the same deal evey day.
i now have nuoropothy in my hands,as if my feet wernt enough.im a artist,and now i cant even do that anymore.i cant even enjoy the one passion ive had for the last 25 years anymore.its depressing.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-25 22:43:53 -0600 Report

Ooohh—I am so THANKFUL that my hands are OK, I paint too, just for my own amusement, but it is a good hobby to express inner emotions, some of my best paintings have been on dark days. I painted the canvas with black gesso, then whipped up some bright red Fantasy flowers, with swirls of blues and reds in the background, it is one of my favorite ones, and it is stored behind my bed!! hahah—

Sorry that you can't paint anymore, so frustrating!!! Hugs, Pat R

tfuller 2010-01-25 23:08:39 -0600 Report

i even have a sketch i did way back when i was in school in a local museum.they had a attraction for young artists.im not much of a painter,im more a sketch artists.ive done alot of portraits and charcol rendering.i must have 140 books full of my drawings. hard to do when your hand goes numb after a few minutes.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-26 11:00:39 -0600 Report

Oh, I would LOVE to SEE your work!! Everyone has their own style, I just have fun, like Bob Ross, no mistakes, just "happy little accidents"! haha—My style is Impressionistic or Fantasy——gives the illusion of things hidden deep in forests, or landscapes, no portraits for me, just stick figures, BUT to really have a talent and not be able to use it, would HURT!! Hugs, Pat R

rankearl 2010-01-17 13:47:38 -0600 Report

some days are better then others hang in there we beat ourseleves up the most we dont have too be prefect everything in moderation is the first step the more you do the right things you know yopu need to do the easier it gets once it becomes automatic you have it made tomrrow wil lbe better hugs julie

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-01-16 10:46:22 -0600 Report

boy, I know just how you feel. I want to go back to before I was diabetic, when life was a lot simpler. Now everything is about my health. I can't have just a normal day like other people. I have to always watch what I eat, what I do, and how I feel. My husband thinks my moods have become more unstable too. I don't know what the answer is to make us feel better. Guess we'll just have to take it one day at a time.

spiritwalker 2010-01-15 20:52:09 -0600 Report

My sugars are stable, but if in general I am having a hard day
I find ways to be good to myself. I will take extra time for prayer, work on a craft project,call a friend and of course spend time here at DC.

Mojha 2010-01-15 20:12:20 -0600 Report

I am just tired. If I could sleep all night and all day - I think I would be happy, but I need to work. I have a son and husband. I am not tired of being diabetic - I am tired of being tired. I don't want to be diabetic, but something tells me I did it to myself and now I have to fix it - after my nap. *Oh, hummmm…"

Kirla 2010-01-15 22:45:24 -0600 Report

Get your blood sugar under control and you will not be tired anymore. Test what you eat and stop eating foods that spike your sugar. I did it and I believe most people can do it too. Test and Adjust.

Kirla 2010-01-15 17:18:02 -0600 Report


This is what I do. I don't have any bad days anymore. Once my blood sugar got close to normal its not been to bad.

I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal.

I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw. I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.

Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal. I started to use fenugreek and flax seed on my TVP oatmeal and chana dal. I drink a low carb protien shake for breakfast in the morning and eat the TVP oatmeal at lunch. I bought like 25 pounds of it and have recently been making what I call TVP carrot, chocolate and more recently pumpkin cakes. I have a small piece at lunch almost every day instead of the TVP oatmeal. I eat about 1 oz of tuna fish every day. I have started eating peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds for snacks between meals.

I also eat chicken quite often and eat a little beef at least once a week and occasionally will eat a little pork. When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.

My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 80. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 100. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has only gone over 100 only once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.

Several months ago I started taking the Equate Fiber Therapy supplement. I bought it at Wal-Mart. Also taking 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 2000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50.

After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6.

Best of Luck

dyanne 2010-01-16 00:58:40 -0600 Report

kevin u r amazing !!! wow i wish i could do what u have done.
you must be so proud of taking such control of your life and your health. just shows us what can be done !!!! any advice for a type 2 blood sugars average around 160 but im a compulsive over eater that makes all of this so much harder… congratulations to you !!!!!

Kirla 2010-01-16 10:32:58 -0600 Report


My wife thinks I’m nuts. When I had high blood sugars I was losing weight fast. It dropped from 220-230 to almost 190 in a few weeks.

I read somewhere that when your sugars are above 220 your body starts to flush the sugar out your urine. Your body is no longer using the blood sugar for energy. Your body starts using the fat reserves for energy. This all means you start losing weight.

Also while taking Metformin I wasn’t really hungry. At the time I was eating one serving of oatmeal in the morning and was eating a tuna fish sandwich for lunch and at dinner I was eating salad and making a morning star vegetable patty or bocca bugar with mayo, pickles, & mustard. Ate it without the bread. I figured the calories for the day and it came out to 700-800 most days. I had to force myself to eat some chicken breast or fish to get it above 1200 calories a day.

Recently I figured my calories on the sparkpeople nutrient analyzer. Most days it’s around 2500 per day. My fat carbs and protein percents came out to 20% protein, 20% carbs and 60% fats. Saturated fat makes up about 10% of my total diet. Lately I have added low carb wraps to my diet and it has caused my sugars to go up a little bit. I need to watch my blood sugars close for the next few months and as long as my A1C doesn’t go up to much I figure I can still have them.

As long as my A1C stays below 6 I’m not going to worry about it anymore. For a while I wanted to get it down below 5.0 but lately I’m not to sure.

Now my weight is about 212. I stayed at 195 for several months and for the last few months it has been slowing going up. I have been trying to cut back on how much I eat but its not easy. My goal is to keep my calories between 2000-2200 per day.

When first diagnosed my blood sugars came down fast. The first things I did were to start drinking lots of water. 8 plus glasses a day. I think I’m getting even more. At the same time I started to eat a big salad everyday. I use a low carb dressing and add 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. I used to add extra virgin olive oil but lately have not been using it.

Then I started to eat broccoli or cauliflower everyday for supper. Maybe a cup at most. Mostly ate broccoli. Also started to eat a cup of coleslaw each night also. Shredded cabbage and a little grated carrots. I would add some mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar and I ate it that way for several months.

At first I stayed away from using sugar substitutes. Now I use splenda. I add a tablespoon to my coleslaw and it has turned a just eatable meal into something that tastes great. I now use splenda to sweeten my other foods. I found that if a recipe calls for a cup of sugar I add 3/4 cup. I always use just a little less. I found it comes out better this way.

It looks like I’m starting to write a book. I didn’t think I could ever write so much but once I start its seems hard to stop. Anyway my sugars stagnated in the mid 100’s for a few weeks and my morning blood sugar averaged about 130. I didn’t know what to do. I started to think that if I made my lunch the biggest meal of the day maybe it would help. So at lunch I now eat a tuna wrap, stir fried vegetables, TVP chocolate cake, coleslaw and if we got leftovers chicken, beef or pork. I drink 2-3 cups of water. Also take my vitamin D, multi-vitamin & fish oil. For supper I still have the salad and some kind of meat. Lately I have been making turkery sloppy joes with the wraps. Sometimes just the sloppy joes heated up in a bowel.

I don’t exercise much. I control all this with diet. I’m eating more than what I should because I’m gaining weight but my blood sugars are pretty much the same.

What I believe in the most, is testing before and after each meal. Most people tell me they are only testing once or twice a day. Then I read their A1C’s are between 6 and 8. Testing twice a day is ok if your A1C is below 6. But if it’s higher, I believe you need to test more often. If you can’t afford to test so much, you should be testing at least one meal a day. If still need to test less often you should be testing your peaks after you eat. Most people peak approximately 1 hour after eating. Test then and it should give you an idea how the food you eat is affecting your blood sugar. There’s a guy on Dlife who says start with one meal and test that meal until you make the changes necessary to control that meal and then go on to another meal until you get them all under control.

I have good insurance. I work for the State of New York and so far they have allowed me to test all I want. Strangely enough it was not my doctor who told me to test. I called the insurance company and said to press 5 to order testing supplies. I was transferred to Liberty Medical. I told them what I wanted to do and they got my doctor to sign off on it. Now I test 6-7 times a day for the last 10 months. My A1C is 5.6 and I no longer take any Meds. Haven’t taken meds since the end of April.

The way I figure it if you are testing once or twice a day at a predetermined time because that’s what your doctor wants, you are wasting your time. If I followed my doctors advice on testing (which was nothing ) I would probably be on several diabetic meds with blood sugars way out of control.

I believe you need to test each meal to determine what foods are spiking your blood sugar and stop eating them. That’s what I did and it works.

Once blood sugars are under control you don’t have to check as often. I wanted to do more testing and asked the insurance company for more strips. My next shipment I got the same supplies as always. So I was determined to stock pile some strips so I could start experimenting with different foods and try and raise my carb level a little bit. So for about six weeks I tested only once a day. All the testing I did in a day I spread out over a week and one day a week I tested 6 times. I was able to determine what was going on with my blood sugar and a box of strips that I used to use in a week now lasted a month. Now I have extra test strips so I can test more often to try and to fine-tune my diet.

I think Liberty Medical couldn’t get my insurance company to approve 7 tests a day. I was upset because I wanted to test more. Then I noticed they are filling my testing supply orders a few weeks earlier than before. I realized I’m getting the same supplies just getting them sooner. I’m happy again and have been testing 7 or more times a day for the last month or so.

Best of Luck

NewTerry19 2010-01-15 16:23:35 -0600 Report

I hear ya, I feel the same way at times, I think those feeling come with the diease, eveything else does.

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