Is it Hard or Do I just make it that way?

By Doc79 Latest Reply 2010-05-27 12:11:01 -0500
Started 2010-05-22 22:03:00 -0500

I attended a funeral today of a good friend. She, like me was type II Diabetic but I was told she had to have both legs removed and she even lost her eye sight-but she never complained. We have follow Doctor’s orders when it comes to our medications, but once we start feeling better , our sugar levels are lower, we starting having more energy, is it then that we think that “I’m ok-now, I’m feeling better” that we stop taking care of ourselves. We stop eating right, excursing, grill vs. fried, we even stop taking medication. Sometimes, my days are harsh, sugar levels up and down; eye sight goes from crystal clear to a blur, it’s hard to keep a constant level of just maintaining good habits. Then I ask “What happened in my body?” Thanks for listening. Doc79.

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Lakeland 2010-05-27 12:11:01 -0500 Report

I'll admit after getting my a1c from10.3 to 5.4, I started to cheat, Knowing in the back of my mind if my blood sugar was high I could always go for a walk & drop my numbers by 30 points.

I didn't take too many chances because I seen my dad go through kidney trouble & dialysis.

the instructor even told me to stop calling what I did cheating. I'm alowed so many carbs a day & I'm allowed to choose the carb, the body can't tell a piece of bread from a small piece of cake. ( if I understood that wrong, someone please correct me). So I really wasn't cheating, I was just choosing my carb.

When my doctor explained that high sugar makes the blood like syrup & it can't flow properly then the result is damage to many of the body organs, I see how my dad made mistakes but my dad also had information from 40 years ago. So his choices & his dated information added to his problems.

I remember how angry I got at the classes, because they were telling me I could eat breads & things. I told the instructor, you either lied to my dad or you're lieing to me because that was a no no years ago. She explained things did change, medicines are better & I had to take a fresh look at things.

after seeing what troubles my dad went through it's not that hard to stay within a reasonable range. With being able to check my sugar levels, it's helped me stay on course & lose 30 lbs without trying to "diet"

Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-05-25 10:50:18 -0500 Report

To be honest, we often times make it that way. When you take the time to weigh things out, it is not hard.

Let's see....
Exercise or eyesight?
Plate of pasta or a big toe?
French fries or a leg?
Meds or kidneys?

We make it hard because we see our life as one of denial now. Can't have this or do that. What we fail to realize is that the way a diabetic is supposed to live is the way every person is supposed to live. Eating healthy, exercising, keeping calm, approaching life with positive attitudes....we are trend setters. I am not saying that there are times when a back slide won't happen. I have had my share, but they don't last long. I keep working to make myself better.

Richard posted a great story that everyone should take a peek at. It kind of makes it all clear.:

Emma2412 2010-05-23 12:10:07 -0500 Report

Hi, Doc79 — no, that's not the time to stop taking care of ourselves. Diabetes is a lifetime thing. Even if you're lucky enough to have your doctor take you off your medicines, doesn't mean you can now go without exercise, watching what you eat, and doing what we have to do everyday to stay healthy. Diabetes is a lifelong thing and once we accept that and move on with what we're supposed to do, life improves. You're doing the right thing about expressing your trepidation and anxiety to us here. We all know what you're going through, believe me. But please remember that there is hope for all us. As to the eyesight, have you had your eyes checked by a good doctor? I mean there are such things as cataracts which make the eyesight blurring and they can be removed. So, please don't give up hope. It keeps us going. God bless you.

Harlen 2010-05-23 06:56:17 -0500 Report

It can happen. I have seen others do it.
For me I know having diabetis is like neededing to take a breth it's for life.If I wish to live a happy long life I need to take care of it.I am the only me there is and Iif I let me down then I let down the one person that loves me the most.
As with menny of you out there a lot of peaple depend on me getting things done,so if I let me down then I am letting them down too and that I will not do.
Best wishes all

petals 2010-05-22 22:09:57 -0500 Report

I think you should never stop taking care of your diabetes! Ever! Always take your meds. unless the doc says other wise. I am scared of this disease, I have seen first hand what it can do if you don't take care of yourself and if you deny that you have it. My Grandma had both of legs removed and years later she died from heart disease , complicated from the diabetes. Also most of my family and my husband's family are a very good example of what NOT to do! So take care of your self, no one else can do it for you.

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