New to site need advice,motivation, and help

By suzyqsims Latest Reply 2010-07-19 10:47:52 -0500
Started 2010-07-18 10:17:49 -0500

MY name is Brenda I am a 43yr old nurse. I have had diabetes for approximately five years and I have not taken good care of myself. I have no problem taking care of other people but when it comes to myself its like pulling teeth. I also have bi-polar disorder so its a battle most days. I dont stick to my diet I love Mt. Dew and some days I dont even remember to take my meds. Im am always finding new diets and spreadsheets to help keep track of everything and I always have good intentions but never use them. I stop taking my glucophage because it gave me severe diarrhea Does anybody know what to do for this problem? I am just wondering if anybody else has or have had these problems and could give some ideas on how to overcome them. Any advice would be appreciated.

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monkeymama 2010-07-19 10:44:41 -0500 Report

Hello there and welcome to our community. I am a nursing student, wife, and mother of three kids with special needs. I have had diabetes for over 6 years now. I am also dealing with bi-polar/mood disorder along with ADD/ADHD. I feel the same way you do at times. It is easier to take care of others and place them ahead of your needs. I put myself and my needs on the back burner because I felt like I was being selfish if I was putting myself ahead of others. I hit a reality check this year and realizing I would not be helping others if I could not help me. Oral medications became a issue and stress to me (either bad reactions or body would reject it after a while). I made a choice after taking to my diabetic educator to seek a different treatment. I started on injections while I was waiting for my insulin pump. Now my dad is a diabetic and was having issue as yours with the oral medications (not to mention he HATES taking medicine). My advice to my dad was to talk to you doctor about what is going on with your meds and why your not taking them. If you have a caring and understanding doctor, he/she will work with you to help you. I have had to learn to make slow and gradual changes. reminding myself that I am going to have good times and bad. It is a matter of, if you fall…pick yourself right back up and do it again. Tell yourself, "you can do it…You will do it…" Have you tried the diet mountain dew? I am very picky when it comes to my diet soda and I have now limited myself down to one can or less per day. The diet moutain dew is pretty good to me. My weakness is stress eating and LATE NIGHT munchies (especially during my studying). With the diet thing, is there something you are having troubles sticking with or a matter of other things? When it comes to meals and snacks, I use the plating method and a small plate (toddler divided plate seems to be my favorite to help control my portions). I allow myself one special snack every other week. Mays also brings up a lot of good points as well. We are all here for you and I wish you all the very best. If you ever need to talk, I am just a short click away.

MAYS 2010-07-18 12:05:22 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

All of the advice and information in the world concerning diabetes management won't mean anything unless YOU put forth the effort to make them work for you, you can do this by TRYING to set a timetable (90 days) and document you progress and pitfalls, (yes there will be pitfalls) and after this time period ends, honestly evaluate your documented data and your physical wellness.

You may have to give up somethings, some you may have to take, or have, in moderation, others will serve as a reward for your good results.
Diabetes management is not easy at first because we are creatures of habit, but it can be done with the help of your diabetes management team, you, your doctor and medical staff, your family and your Diabetic Connect Support Group.

It won't come under control overnight, there is a great deal to learn about diabetes, the human body, yourself and about what works for you.
Everyone is different and requires different methods to control their diabetes.

Talk to your doctor, see if there is another medication that you can take, see if the side effects that you experienced are common to the medication.
Communicate with you doctor, document your findings and use them as your basis for discussion with your doctor, most of all, do what is right for you.

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Once again, Welcome to the Diabetic Connect Family !


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daniel velazco 2010-07-18 14:06:56 -0500 Report

Hi Brenda, Ican't anymore to what Mays said. It is good advise. In time it will
just become a steady habit following your diet, taking meds, etc. Read lots of disscutions and you will many things you can do. Don't be afaraid to ask questions someone will give you an answer. And welcome to diabetic connect.

monkeymama 2010-07-19 10:47:52 -0500 Report

I could not agree with you more on this. It is all about attitude and will power. We should all remember to celebrate (in a healthy way) these goals and accomplishments. Setting small and achievable goals and setting deadlines. Along with the fact, as I said before, we're going to have good and bad times. it is a matter how we bounce back…