I hate being diabetic

By gregsDAD Latest Reply 2010-02-11 19:26:38 -0600
Started 2010-01-29 19:27:16 -0600

There eare times when I feel ok about myself even with all my problems and then there are days like today that I feel cursed. I am sitting here writing you all as a way to somehow make me feel better. Diabetes is a very family oriented gift in my family at least. There were 7 of us children of which I am the youngest 5 of us are diagnosed diabetic 2 are not one of the five, my oldest sister has already passed on due to complications of uncontrolled diabetes. I know what complications diabetes can bring to my body. I resolve to do better and I do for a while and then I get to feeling like I'm so tired of this. It is expensive, I can't afford to eat well. Have you ever noticed the things you are not supposed to have are considerably cheaper at the store and the things you know you need are priced right up there with gold. I get tired of watching my bgs the finger pricks several times a day then the shots 4 or five times aday . I make good headway and things start looking ok then this fustration and I blow it. I really blow it! I have been trying for weeks to get things back to last months level, i mean i had the best A1c in years and if you took it now it is probably high again. my recent post about my weight is one of the things bothering me now. I told my dr i might as well give up eat what i want and get rid of the excess weight, nope he wasn't thrilled, but then this is why I'm writing tonight. I hope by voicing or typing what I'm feeling maybe I can regain lost ground and move on. I hope this isn't too depressing. I will overcome because I can do anything through christ who is my strength. I will encourage myself and i know that i will be encouraged by you all as i read your discussions and post. I pray for you all and wish you well.


25 replies

holisticdebra 2010-02-11 19:26:38 -0600 Report

things will get better as time goes on, like everyone says start each morning as a new day. try a little harder to change ur diet or drink a little more water, or even a short walk. don't try to make a bunch of changes at once it too much to handle, pick one thing to change n stick with it till it b comes a good habit, then change something else. I've been making changes for five years n included my whole family so their chances of diabetes decreases with every new day. know u r understood n have people who care. talk soon Debra

toowitchie 2010-02-05 17:33:13 -0600 Report

OH boy, to start with, I am new to this site. I signed up about 3 months ago then forgot about it til I got some email from the moderator. I know EXACTLY how you feel as I feel the same way a lot of the time. Mine started off as being gestational diabetes way back in 1989 and just like the enrgizer bunny kept on going and going and going. I have been thru lots of dieticians and counselors. My bgls went clear up to the 600's now TG they went down to the 200-300's. I am now being told I am having trouble due to all the other things going on with my health as well. I am now on new meds, so I will just have to wait and see what my diabetic educator says on my next appt on Feb 8th! Anyways, just wanted to say hi and that I understand. Take care you…

2010-02-05 13:53:31 -0600 Report

We all have good days and bad days. You can't change the past. be thankful you have people here that understand what you are going through. People who do not have diabetes try to understand but they just do not know the way a fellow diabetic knows. hang in there.

alanbossman 2010-01-30 08:34:54 -0600 Report

Robert good morning its a new day with hope love and encouragement. I know its hard i think all of us go through times like this. I hate when you go to the grocery store and the prices are so high on all the good things you need to eat healthy really make me mad. It seems like they know what you need to eat to stay healthy and rise prices on those good things you need to eat. So i know how you feel but i will cope with it bite my tongue and fight another day in this diabetic world we live in

gregsDAD 2010-01-29 22:54:45 -0600 Report

i appreciate all of your posts… just knowing someone is listening is a great help. I will try to again tomorrow and put my best effort forward. I am going check out the website and look at the other informnation given here and see what i can do.

thanks so much for your help and concern.

hbkunkel 2010-01-30 07:04:49 -0600 Report

Robert, pray for help and look for little ways you can change yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is conquering this disease. If you slip one day, give yourself a meaning lecture and move on. Been there, done that. It is not a kind disease to live with. But we are all here to support you and each other. Hang in there and look for the positives for you will find many.

Kirla 2010-01-29 21:42:47 -0600 Report

Its all about what you eat. I believe everyone can do better if they watch there diet.

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 110. 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, 3000 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. Got my latest results on 1/19/10 5.4


JulieC 2010-01-30 10:25:52 -0600 Report

I want to know…does kevin have that written some where..and he copys and pastes it or does he write that out every time! LOL

Kirla 2010-01-31 01:15:33 -0600 Report

I copy and paste a lot. I believe that if most people will drink 8-10 glasses of water each day and eat lots of low carb vegetables there blood sugars will be a lot easier to control. And insulin resistance will be greatly reduced.

My blood sugar went down fast the first few weeks after being diagnosed. I started by drinking lot of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables. It wasn’t always easy. Sometimes I had to force the vegetables down. Still do sometimes, but that’s what I believe.

I continued to eat bread, oatmeal and other high carb foods for about 4-6 weeks after being diagnosed. By testing I soon realized that they were spiking my blood sugar. I decided to stop eating foods that spiked my blood sugar.

I know people get tired of my posts. But I believe if people read them, they can get an idea on how to get started on controlling there blood sugar.

I followed the advice of people who have succeeded in controlling their blood sugar and its worked for me. My advice will not help everyone but I believe that it can help most people.

I don’t know if what I do, has helped anyone. I just keep on posting and hope I can help someone.

Sometimes I think that I’m wasting my time. I not only post here but I post the same message on several diabetic sites.

I wish everyone could have the success I have had; it’s all about blood sugar control. That’s why you need to test, test and test. Stop eating the stuff that spikes your blood sugar.

Best wishes

Ps. I don’t spell all that good and I use Microsoft word to write most of my replies. I have saved most of it. Other than the, I was diagnosed speech, I usually write out most replies each time. Its very time consuming. I sometimes spend an hour or more writing each reply.

JulieC 2010-01-31 07:46:54 -0600 Report

Well Kevin…You are right…about eating low carb and drinking water…the fact of the matter is alot of people just are not strong enough to be so disaplined…me included. I was joking you know about your posts…they are so long…and say the same thing…I had to make a joke…cause thats me :-) I think most of us just have to get that inner strenth…to do what we need to. Most of us with type 2…ate ourselves to it…hard to break those eating habbits..it took a lifetime…to get them…now its going to take the rest of our lifetime to change them!

spiritwalker 2010-01-29 21:20:50 -0600 Report

Robert, just start new again today. Don't beat yourself about
the past. We all have good and bad days.Do the best you can
for today.

ptsparkle 2010-01-29 20:40:35 -0600 Report

I call myself Whammo sometimes because I am like a yo-yo. Up and down, good and bad. We just have to pull ourselves up and start over trying to do better. Good luck, and hang in there.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-01-30 10:45:15 -0600 Report

I call mine the lottery, Jim…I never know what numbers are going to come up! LOL… This morning when I checked my BS when I first got up it was 291; I gave myself an adjustment on my pump, it gave me 3.8 units of insulin, within 2 hrs., it was only down to 180, so I changed out my infusion site with some fresh insulin…I am now keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that it will continue to go down…

SkipT 2010-01-29 20:13:02 -0600 Report

I really don't think my diabetes is so bad. My wife has MS. She has to take a shot every other day. The shot gives her a bruise at the injection site. Her meds cost over 12,000 dollars a year, only half of which is picked by by our insurance. I can test myself to see how my disease is progressing. She has to have an MRI. Diabetes doesn't seem so bad.

holisticdebra 2010-01-29 20:18:16 -0600 Report

there's always some one who has it worse off, than ur own problems do not seem so bad after all. i'm thankful to do as well as i do with no doctor or medicine

JulieC 2010-01-29 19:38:15 -0600 Report

Ohh Gregsdad you are feeling what I think we all are…and do what we all do..The ups and downs are well..they suck. My finger has a callous on it from pricking it so much! You just get fed up! Im with you…Cant give you a whole lot of great advice..cause Im a bad diabetic…as much as I try…Im starting all over again for the like 10th time in 5 yrs…have to wait and see what happens this time. But I can tell you…dont give up!! :-)

JulieC 2010-01-29 19:40:35 -0600 Report

PS…And yes I hate it, hate it, hate it too!…I tell the doctor all the time…I wish it would just go away!

mspeggy 2010-01-29 19:52:20 -0600 Report

You are so right about the frustration of being diabetic. For so many, myself included, who have no insurance. the care you receive is based on what you can afford out of pocket. They encourage you to eat a certain way, which you should. However, look at the prices of groceries in the diabetic section. Its scary. So we do the best we can and then pray it will be enough.

JulieC 2010-01-29 20:04:12 -0600 Report

Yes cost is so bad! They tell you to eat Steel Cut Oats…for example…7.98 for a one half pound can..what the heck is that?

holisticdebra 2010-01-29 20:12:10 -0600 Report

try online or a food co-op in ur area as people by in bulk an split things like steel cut oats and the cost for one pound comes down by half, and u don't really need to eat diadetic u just need to eat living foods. i don't eat anything that's sugar free or low fat because they actually put more sugar in low fat and more fat in sugar free.

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