i try but its hard

By giojuju Latest Reply 2010-02-06 10:03:25 -0600
Started 2010-01-27 13:41:07 -0600

my dr says i have to eat alot of small meals so my bg dont go way down with the insulin but its very hard. ive had many stomach problems for about 2 yrs and honestly i dont know ive gone this far. last yr from mid july to mid november all i ate was lettuce salad and lots of popsicles thats the only thing that would stay n my stomach sometimes. i lots so much weight my husband feared that something severe would happen to me. (thank god notting did) ive never been over weight (only when i was pregnant) so when i got to weighing 90lbs it scared me too. i did go to so many drs but they all said it was an ulcer acting up but it didnt convince me. something inside me said it was something else but what? i didnt know and the drs didnt either well anyways down the street a new dr just opend an office, so i told my husband hes my last hope, (just recently finished his resedency) he was a very new young dr. so i told him wut was goind on and he orderd some lab work. to his suprised my bg was in the 500 (this is when im dx with d2) and also told me that my pancreas was making everything into acid as well as not enough insulin, i immediatly started insulin and my stomach problems magically disappeared but where im getting to is that he told me to eat a lot of small meals but i guess that my stomach has been to so much i cant do make it adjust to so many food. i used to eat maybe once or twice a day so im thinking its so used to that routin that every time i try to eat more meals it cant handle it and i throw it up, ive talkd to him about it but all he tells me is that i should keep forcing myself more so my stomach can adjust again. it scares me becuase i know that my bg will go down, like last nite i feel bad so i checkd my bg and it was 36 my husband ran to the kitchen n got me a soda i dont want to go throu that it scares me and my family. i do keep lots of prepackaged fruits, veggies, n other foods so it would be easy just to get them. so what can i do about it? (i tried to make it short but i thought it would help to tell about some of what has happend)

23 replies

giojuju 2010-01-29 16:16:59 -0600 Report

thanks guys every lil advice i will take in consideration it helps me alot to read them i will do it. patience is the key, but do i have it????

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-06 05:54:02 -0600 Report

I figure patience is one of the lessons I'm supposed to learn in this life - because the universe keeps throwing opportunities to use it at me!

Sixty years and I'm still working on it…!

Heard this once and it made me laugh: "Dear God, Please give me patience - and please give it to me NOW!"

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-06 10:03:25 -0600 Report

Yow, Pam!! My teenaged son bought me a coffee cup once with that very saying on it, still have it and look at it every day!! ha hh__PR

rankearl 2010-01-29 13:04:33 -0600 Report

hang in there this too will pass evrything you do and eat can effect your blood sugar too much exercises too many carbs then there are the things that are hard to control stress pain and cold and flu season right now none of us are prefect we all have good and bad days and each one of are different so find what works for you resarch and find what works for you hugs julie

giojuju 2010-01-28 16:11:03 -0600 Report

im actully on lantus right now. i usually take it at nite and try to adjust my food during the day depending on how my mid day reading is cuz i know that sometimes my morning reading is out of whack.but once i do my morning jog they get to where they should be for. im still tryn to get the hang of all this. its too much for so little time ive been on it.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-28 18:58:32 -0600 Report

Even in my own, small way, it has taken TIME, our body doesn/t always react like we think it will—that is why, testing is so important. Hugs, PAt R

Sweet tea
Sweet tea 2010-01-28 21:29:58 -0600 Report

Hello giojuju I know that it is hard but I can tell you that you will do just fine. I'm one to talk because I'm the worse at eating. I was on Lantus and I took it in the mornings and now I'm off lantus and yes it is very hard but you can do it just write down what you eat and you will see and know when it's time to eat and yes test test test, dont give up you have won already.
Sweet tea
type 2

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2010-01-29 12:53:44 -0600 Report

So in a healthy non-diabetic person, the pancreas produces a little bit of insulin throughout the day. That is exactly what Lantus tries to duplicate. It is a long-lasting time-release insulin that is supposed to produce a steady basal rate of insulin over a 24-hour period. (Some people find that it's more like 21 or 22 hours.)

When a healthy non-diabetic person fasts for more than 6 or 8 hours, he/she can start to feel shaky and weak.

In your case, if you're eating very little and/or skipping meals the Lantus in your system will continue to work to lower your blood sugar. You'll see the same symptoms of feeling shaky and weak. But in the case of Lantus, if you don't eat something, it will slowly take your blood sugar lower and lower.

If your dosage of Lantus is too high, you'll find that you're fighting that dropping too low feeling all the time--especially if you're not eating regularly.

Do all you can to find a way to eat three balanced meals a day, even if they are small meals. Try to incorporate protein, carbs, and fats. (Here's a good article to learn more about that: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/264-controlling-type-2-diabetes-with-diet)

Make sure you're testing before each meal. If you're eating regularly, you shouldn't be dropping too low before your meals. If you are dropping low before meals, that's a sign that your Lantus dose may be too high.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2010-01-28 14:11:36 -0600 Report

Welcome, goijuju.

First of all, what kind of insulin are you using? Is it a fast-acting insulin like Humalog or a long-acting insulin like Lantus?

You can make some adjustments. You are in control of yourself, your diabetes, and your treatments. But when on insulin, you do need to try to eat regularly. That doesn't mean you have to eat six times a day or anything. But skipping meals can get you in trouble (like you saw with the 36).

Let us know about the insulin type.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-28 15:50:17 -0600 Report

Listen to John, he is our wise mentor! I so hope that you do work thru it and start feeling stronger. I fix a salad, when my colon isn't angry, or cottage cheese—low fat—, easy on the stomach, at least it is soothing to mine if you aren't lactose intolerant—something simple, I baked a large sweet potato, then just slice a chunk off when hungry , it satisfies my hunger but hasn't upset my numbers that I know of—-

What got me into trouble the past weeks that I was slighting breakfast—just HATED to even get started on that eating part—-but by eve I was poppin crackers, bits of this and that—nothing filling or nutritious, checked my BS and it was 235 one eve, then I took 1/2 of my Glipizide. BUT I HATE TO TAKE THAT MED as it drops me so fast, so far, then I really have to test to get it back up, at 40, that was low enough to get my attention, where before the med, I didn't experience lows—-it seems like it can become such a war—-I must make more effort to eat more filling yet low carb meals—but I hate to cook—so must force myself to think beyond the end of my nose! I also have a small piece of ham, or tuna, that I eat a few bites of between meals, try to think Protein, Protein, my problem is I have always resorted to BREAD products for fillers, or fried taters——so am learning new habits!

It can be so frustrating, one reason I have hobbies to help detract my thought processes—-or I would really get CRANKY!! And I can—-unfortuantely! hah—Pat R

MsShamrock 2010-02-05 15:52:50 -0600 Report

I have had it a long time. But just recently took it seriously. Now i'm trying to watch what i eat and when and take my blood sugars. My Big problem is writing it down… I forget-to. My Doc. gets mad at me and that i can't handle. When he fusses with me i get very upset and start feeling very bad.I have short term memory problem because of a wreck i had. He doesn't seem to understand that. So i am asking for all the help i can get on remembering .

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-05 16:13:41 -0600 Report

Of course, so many of us have short term memories, I haven't had a car wreck, but I do know that I just can NOT think FAST anymore, I USED to be a WHIZ, and it is really difficult for me to admit,"The old gray mare isn't what she used to be!" But I am no, don't feel badly—-just come here and get the frustrations off of your mind, then write down info for the Dr and surprise him with your NEW take on your problems!! Hopefully, he will settle down!! Anyone knows that if a person gets rattled from someone else's anger, It tightens the mind so that NONE of us can think straight—-and then I get mad!!! As I know that I am not stupid and really don't care for ANYONE to put me in that position, but am learning to crawl out of it!! Thanks for your honesty, MsShamrock. We are all here to learn and vent and to feel better and LEARN as we go!! Best Wishes!! Pat Roth

jayabee52 2010-02-05 20:37:54 -0600 Report

Howdy MsShamrock and WELCOME to DC! Hope to see MORE of you on the discussion boards.

Your Doc needn't fuss with you! MOST glucometers now-a-days have a memory functionn sometimes going back 90 days. If you have the time and date right you can just hand the meter to Doc, and say "Have fun!" If he complains about having to read the meter, point out to him that he'd have to read your log book too. And remind him of your short term memory deficit. If he STILL fusses, then maybe he's just not rhe right Doc for you. After all YOU're paying him, and he should be working for you, not the other way around.



Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-06 00:01:31 -0600 Report

Hey, James, as usual you got to the heart of the matter with a sensible answer!! I have even done that or taken it to the drugstore to PROVE I did need more strips, that their use was warranted!! Pat R

imsuzie2 2010-02-06 04:49:19 -0600 Report

Do you have a bs diary? I use the Accu-Chek Plus meter, and Roche sends me bs diaries once or twice a year when I need one. Free of charge. I am sure other meter manufacturers do the same. Call the customer service # on the back of your meter. And, I bet if you put "blood sugar diaries" in your search engine, you will find them. I leave my diary under my meter, so I write down the number when I take my reading. Then I don't have to remember to write it down. Hope these ideas help.

Monalisa 2010-01-27 19:10:43 -0600 Report

Hi, I'm sorry you are going through this, have you seen a dietitian or nutrisionist? maybe one can help you figure out what you can eat in very small quantities that will maintain your BG levels within a normal range, also remember you have to test 1-2 hrs after eating, this way you can see the tendency of your BG if it is raising or lowering and adjust the type of food you are consuming, I would advise you also to see a gastroenterologist he can order some more specific studies of your digestive system and treat your ulcer.
Please keep us up to date and feel free to vent, on this site we are like family and you will get good advise and support,
Good luck and best wishes, Hugs…LISA

cc9 2010-01-28 11:08:03 -0600 Report

they will be able to give you some ideas. its scary to be in that situation and if you keep at eating tiny amounts at a time, it may help. stay in contact.

giojuju 2010-01-28 11:54:18 -0600 Report

i have lookd into tryn to get an appt with a nutritionist but they are lil expensive and dont have insurance. i do test alot just to keep it on the safe side.

cc9 2010-01-28 12:04:23 -0600 Report

i have made my sentiments known previously on this site about health care. it makes me so angry. i go to the library and find books about low GI foods. diabetic diets etc. as well google diets for sugar control or diabetes and there will be other links as well.
i had a dietician wheni was first diagnosed and she told me to eat six meals. i put weight on. and just could nt eat six meals. not told what portions just given a list.
my second dietician was no better. all she wanted me to do was eat and keep a food diary and exercise. most of the stuff i follow for my eating is based on what i read and of course corroborating with my bsl. and ask. everyone is so helpful and encouraging here.

ptsparkle 2010-01-27 14:29:13 -0600 Report

Sorry for your situation. Maybe you could try just a couple of bites on the meals you are not used to eating. You have to start stretching your stomach so you can take more in. just one bite at a time. Easy for me to say, but as Harlen said…test, test, test.
Best wishes…Jim

Harlen 2010-01-27 14:07:30 -0600 Report

Wow that is a hard way to go I feel for you. Doyou know how to carb count?
I use insulin and I base my use on carbs as well as a basel rate.I try to eat 4 little meals,You may not be able to do that. One thing I can tell you thats impotant is to test test test.
Best wishes