I am so tired of everything!

cheryllynn romero
By cheryllynn romero Latest Reply 2010-04-30 20:44:33 -0500
Started 2010-04-18 17:38:31 -0500

I was diagnosed over 23 years ago and was in great health until 5 years ago. I have grown so tired of testing, shots and doctors, that in the last six months or so I have not been doing very good at all it takes every day too control my health. Am I the only one that has just grown so tired?

40 replies

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-04-28 23:20:33 -0500 Report

I think that if we can openly admit that being a diabetic gets so tiresome, and see that others feel that way too, can be cathartic—-it helps to not feel that everyone else accepts their diagnosis and is PERFECT in their acceptance and habits! Some may think that they have no problems with it, but sooner or later, as one person on here once said, "emotions leak"—-it is OK to admit that you are tired! That very fact can lighten your own acceptance and give you the courage to go on "trucking"! Hugs, Pat R

Rader 2010-04-28 19:22:19 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in 95 with T2 diabetes I was 25yrs old. by time I was in my early 30's I was so tired of being a diabetic that I just stop acting like a diabetic and did what ever I wanted to do and stopped my medications. It caught up with me when I was 37. It contributed to me having congestive heart failure which disabled me and I now have neuropathy in my legs and feet. I cant feel 90% of my feet now and some times the pain is too much to bare. so here I set 39yrs old and disabled. my mind wants to be a 39yr old and my body doesn't. yes I got sick of it too. but I regret it every day of my life. please take care of yourself : )

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-28 22:37:42 -0500 Report

Diabetics - me included - need to hear testimonies like yours to remind us that we're playing with fire when we ignore our diabetes. I'm so sorry you've had to go through this at such an early age, altho no age is really good, is it? In any event, thanks so much for sharing your story. Let's hope it inspires the rest of us to do all we can to control what we can control as well as we can. God bless you.

Rader 2010-04-28 23:03:15 -0500 Report

Thank you, I also hope my testimony is helpful to others. Even in my sickness I still praise God because I have learned many lessons and am truly a better person because of it.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-28 23:21:24 -0500 Report

Good for you! I sometimes wish He hadn't "blessed" us with the freedom to choose, don't you (LOL)? Amazing that He still loves us and cares for us even when we screw up so horribly. All is not in vain, however, as long as we learn from the error of our ways and come out stronger as a result. Wishing you well…

Rader 2010-04-29 22:00:30 -0500 Report

"coming out stronger as a result" I believe thats the reason for it all : )
Thats why I praise him in everything. He loves us enough to allow some things to happen to make us stronger. Its just sometimes I dont catch on so quickly LOL

forrest3s 2010-04-22 23:26:26 -0500 Report

I am also tired of testing and having to give myself shots. I was diagnosed about 4 years ago and I am already tired. We have to do it to stay healthy but iT can be very frustrating. Some days I have to force myself to test myself. I want to know if it is painful for anyone else to test because when I test myself here lately it is kind of painful to do.

Roger1966 2010-04-26 02:38:12 -0500 Report

I've been a type 1 diabetic for 45 years now. Something I learned a few years ago that has been very helpful for me in reducing the pain of blood glucose testing is this: The pads of our fingers have many times more nerve endings than the sides. It is therefore much less painful to test on the sides of your fingers than on the pads. If you test on the pads of your fingers as you go throughout your day you also continue to contact those puncture sites which irritates them. As people we don't do anywhere near as much contact on the sides of our fingers generally. No, It's not pain free but it sure seems to make it much more bearable for me. I hope that this helps and encourages you as it has me.

angelblueeyes1967 2010-04-22 06:14:56 -0500 Report

I got type 2 in 2002. I am now 42. I don't like it either with everything especially the testing, having to control what I eat and exercise but it is worth doing to stay healthy. My A1C went down to 7.8 from 8.6 in 3 months. So it is getting better but it needs to be under 7. I am doing my best too and I agree it is very frustrating to get healthy but it will be all worth it!

KarenH 2010-04-21 23:19:42 -0500 Report

Hi Cheryl,

I have been diabetic for about 15 years now. My a1c numbers fluctuate quite a bit but for the last year I have done somewhat better. It's a constant battle for me with craving foods that I should not have. I do so much better when I don't bring those dangerous foods home so I make an effort not to grocery shop hungry. You are definitely not alone!


Robbibird3 2010-04-21 19:11:11 -0500 Report

I so agree with you. I have been type two diabetic for maybe ten years now. I had it so under control but at today's routine checkup which I have every two to three months. My doc tells me my A1C was 20 points higher than usual and this is after he upped my glucotrol xl 10 mg from 1 to 2 a day. I swear all I do is eat. And all I have been wanting lately is chocolate milk 1 or 2 %, licorice, oranges, bananas, soft pretzels with mustard and canned fruit.

If I just had the diabetes I guess I could deal but with all the other medical problems I have very limited choices. The same diet day in and day out becomes boring and blech.

Miminv 2010-04-21 07:19:45 -0500 Report

I think we have to get low and bottom out for our sanity. This is a tough disease both mentally and physically. Our mind is constantly fighting with our body. We all need a pat on the back for getting this far.
I have had type two for 15 years and was surrounded by people who didn't get it or didn't want to hear or understand it. I am so glad we have this site to come to.

joni55 2010-04-21 16:16:07 -0500 Report

We all need encouragement. You need someone positive in your life that will give you credit when you accomplish something. If noone does, then of course you will be depressed. I am having an issue right now with a caseworker, who I call Stupid, behind his back of course. I have been working on getting my apartment shaped up. He never gives me any credit for anything I do. He only comes and complains about what I haven't done. I was discussing this with someone today, who may be able to help me out of this situation. They agreed that you need to have reinforcement to go forward. They told me that there are solutions for the problems I have. Wow! That picked me up so much.

I have found the Christian comedians on youtube very helpful in picking up my spirits.

Do you have a therapist to talk to? I have one and it really helps to be able to talk things out.

At any rate, if I can help in any way, please let me know. I love to talk so I am all ears, Cheryllynn.

Maybe it would help to set small goals for yourself. I know it has helped me. As you see yourself accomplishing things, allbeit it small, it will help you feel better.

Miminv 2010-04-21 23:14:08 -0500 Report

Yes counseling in a good idea. I started seeing a counselor two years ago when my whole wolrd came down. I no longer could work because of the severe swelling and neuropathy pain in my feet. My ex threaten to leave me after 12 years together if I didn't go back to work. He did. My mother had completly fell apart due to her new graves disease and a few mental problems too. She also was losing her house because she hadn't been working either because she almost died (congestive heart failure) due to being anemic because of the graves disease. Oh yes she had a three bed room town house full of stuff (hoarder, not kidding). I am the only child, father in another state so it was up to me to help her. I will put it this way, i went through 90 pain pills that year. I have had four surgeries and never had to go more then three days useing pain pill when I got home. Yes counseling has saved my life. The women I see is amazed that I even survived my childhood. She has made me see that the people around me were trying to control me and had no regard for what I was going through physicaly.

TommyFL 2010-04-20 22:23:32 -0500 Report

Hi Cheryl, I have had type 1 for over 32 yrs and know all to well how you feel. I have an identical twin who is fine so let me tell ya to grow up always dealing with this and thrn seeing a carbon copy of yourself totally healthy was so hard at times. But I can tell you my mom helped and my twin and all my Sisters and brothers who didn't let me get to down that there is much worse things I could be going threw. Im from a family of 10 kids and my twin and I are the last of the ten. With me being the only diabetic fo many years until recently with a few of the older ones becoming type 2. I just say keep the faith and to live for the wondeful things in life and that diabetes is just a bump in the road. There is an old saying I'm sure you may have heard and one I truly live by. You can either get busy dieing or get busy living. I chose the latter. Take care and I wish you all the best. GOD bless!

cheryllynn romero
cheryllynn romero 2010-04-21 03:16:09 -0500 Report

Thank you all of you for your great words and thoughts. The last few days have been a little better. I think loosing my Mom to diabetes (also type 1) this last January and her only being 62 years old just sent me into a tail spin. I have so much to be thankful for in my life and I do want to be here for my kids and someday their kids. My husband is type 2 just diagnosed two months ago so now I am even more worried about my kids. I am so glad I found this group. You all have been great and thanks. Big hugs.

GabbyPA 2010-04-21 08:32:42 -0500 Report

As a child of a diabetic family I know how important it is to get your life disciplines in order. Your kids will remember it. For me, my dad was diagnosed, but I was already out of the nest and involved in my own life, so it was kind of a mystery to me. My mom was also diagnosed while I was on my own, so even though they were doing things to control it, I was not "privy" to it all, I wish I was or had asked more questions. I might have been able to delay my onset longer if I had. I was diagnosed at 47.

So as you and your husband cook and exercise, include your kids in those decisions and events. Take time to explain the why's of your choices and most of all, have fun with it. It can really be a life saver, more than any of you may understand at this time.

joni55 2010-04-21 16:22:19 -0500 Report

It also might help you if they get warn out in the process. LOL (I am not sure if they are young or not, though.)

cheryllynn romero
cheryllynn romero 2010-04-22 12:45:10 -0500 Report

17 and 14. We bike ride together as a family 4 days a week. I have lost 58 lbs. in the last 8 months and it has helped alot. Thanks for your support.

Rader 2010-04-20 21:05:22 -0500 Report

I have days I feel so defeated that I don't even want to get out of bed. I just want to be like everyone else. I want to eat what I want, I want to have the energy to do what I want, I want to go to the store and not have to read every label of everything I buy, I don't want to carry the label of someone with health problems, I don't want my family to baby me. I just want to be like everyone else. But I cope with it with prayer and love from my family

joni55 2010-04-21 16:26:49 -0500 Report

Prayer is very important. You also may want to reward yourself in other ways besides food. Treat yourself to a new shirt. Go some place fun. Anything that does not involve food. I like to go to parks or shopping (a curse word for men, I know. LOL) or a game or car show. Anyway, you get my point. I was brought up on food rewards and we need to get away from that. You will find there is a lot of fun outside the realm of food. Good luck!

Armourer 2010-04-20 19:55:08 -0500 Report

Hang in there! I'm in my thirteenth year with diabetes, and no closer controling it. Right now my BG average is 253. If I don't eat it's 253, if I eat right it is 253, if I eat wrong it's 253. I'm sick of eating the same things, so why eat at all, why check, currently it's the same. Again, hang in there for this to shall pass, eventually.

GabbyPA 2010-04-20 18:24:56 -0500 Report

I had gotten that way for a while this winter. I stopped checking my levels, ran out of my meds and just ate what the house had in the cabinets. Then I was feeling really bad and found I had gotten really high levels. I scared myself. I scared my family. Then I got myself back together. I felt so bad, even worse than before I was diagnosed. I don't want to do that again. So I do get tired, but I also got a wake up call that was not nice.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-20 13:08:46 -0500 Report

Lawdy, lawdy…how many times have I gone through periods like that! Sometimes I just say "to heck with it" and try not to think about it for a few weeks. Not bragging about that, of course, because I'm only hurting myself. BUT, I don't think it's uncommon to go through those periods. The main thing is that it doesn't go on indefinitely. Keep trying to "get back on the horse" and get back in the saddle again. Good luck!

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-04-20 10:43:02 -0500 Report

Been there done that!! I'm trying to come out of that period in my life when I felt like giving up. I messed myself up so bad that it's taken 4 months to get my sugars better. Hang in there you can do it. and it really helps to have the support here.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-04-20 08:49:00 -0500 Report

Hi Cheryllnn,
I have only been diabetic for 2 years, and I am already tired…LOL…I can only imagine how tiring and frustrating it can be when you have been diabetic for years…I deal with a lot of depression, and sometimes just want to toss in the towel, but I know I can't; I know I have got to keep going…It's not easy at times…

ston3xc 2010-04-20 07:25:17 -0500 Report

Congrats for hanging in there! I've been posting on this site for only two days and I was hoping to connect with other long-timers.lol! I was doing just fine until I had my 45th birthday. I don't want to go into all the problems I've encountered since then {unless you really want to know} but the point is, you have to come to terms that this is your life now. I too am sooooo tired of all the testing, finger sticks, drs, fighting insurance com., and all the things that comes with this incurable disease. Yes, I have have said the dreaded I word INCURABLE! But what else is there to do? Take a deep breath and calm down. I have already found a lot of great support on this site. Another thing, find your passion, if you haven't already. Something that you can get lost in {in a good way}. Reach out and use your experiences to lead others to the right path. Depression can get to anybody that has a chronic disease, reach out, help is here.

Zimoss 2010-04-20 02:28:29 -0500 Report

I feel your frustration. I have been diabetic now for 11 years… and it isn't getting any easier.

Find a friend to talk with or who you can vent to…sometime you just need someone to listen to you. If that doesn't help consider talking to your doctor about the possibility of depression… a lot of diabetics are also suffering from depression which makes it all worse.

MAYS 2010-04-20 04:39:27 -0500 Report

Very well stated (and seriously misunderstood) about diabetics and depression.

~ Mays ~

MAYS 2010-04-19 15:31:28 -0500 Report

Hello !

This may interest you as a motivational tool, as stated by Shorty31, this program will allow you to build that inner strength within yourself to combat the emotional aspects of life, and it's FREE :


Don't ever give up on yourself, if you do, you lose and diabetes wins !

~ Mays ~

shorty31 2010-04-19 14:49:48 -0500 Report

i get tired too. i get tired of people telling me that you know you shouldn't eat that or they ask me what did you eat for breakfast or dinner. taking you meds and texting your sugar level can get boaring.feeling tired but i have tied of different approach with a dear friends help. he recommended o very good book that on simple wins.com it caalled the 7 habits of highly effective people with diabeties it has helped me out of my slump maybe if you try it , it will help you.

Least 2010-04-19 14:28:14 -0500 Report

It's easy to get tired of it all. I've had diabetes for about eleven years now, and it gets old! All the checking and rechecking and eating and not eating :) I think we all go through phases of harder times were it's difficult to really care…

Hang in there! I don't know your background, but, it's my faith in God's plan for my life that keeps me going! I don't know why I have diabetes and not the next person, but I can see where it changed my life. It helped me to be a more sensitive person towards the needs of others. It taught me to cling more closely to God and my relationship with Him.


MAYS 2010-04-18 18:21:00 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

No, you are not the only one, nor will you ever be.

Unfortunately until major advances medically occur concerning diabetes, these are the things that must be done no matter how mundane they are.

What makes it so is the repetition involved, the same routine over and over is, after awhile, simply boring.
This is where the mind must become creative and brainwash you into a different mindset, or common sense and blatant logic must kick in, it's either do this and survive or don't do it and suffer the consequences.

If you can come up with another method or solution, post it here on this site and let us know, or write a book or blog and publish it, we would all like to know about it and will appreciate it (LOL) !

Until then, we are all in the same boat, so don't feel too bad, you are not alone after all !

~ Mays ~

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