i was born bipolar, diagnosed when i was 15, and ended up with gestational diabetes with my third pregnancy when i was 21, and again with the fourth pregnancy at 23. i've never lost any pregnancy weight, and with my mother having a seeming difficult case of type 2 diabetes, i decided it would be wise to get formally checked out to find out if i managed to inherit it from her. i was 25 at the time, but insurance failed, and i never really followed up on my situation formally with the doctor. i tried to manage things with a self diet, but little exercise, and now at 30, i feel as if things have just gotten too out of control.
The diabetes is something that has the potential of going away, but not my bipolar, and so i would like to focus on fixing the issue i have some control over. My concern is, however, when i did have the insurance, i was going to doctors for both issues, but there was not a single medical personnel who would acknowledge both diseases together.
And now with my renewed efforts to control my diabetes, i've been reading things, and one of the things i read was something about … mood swings!! Well, dammitall, i thought, now what?
Luckily in my efforts i stumbled across this community, and one of the messages in my inbox from John to welcome me here, with the suggestion to jump right in. So i am!
Can anyone empathize with this particular situation? i couldn't seem to impress upon the diabetic staff that i am bipolar, and so the basic chores, simple diets, all the things that most diabetics take for granted, get rather twisted and warped when i try to do them. That may sound a bit dramatic, but when i am depressed and don't eat for 36 hours cuz i'm sleeping, or incredibly manic and don't feel like eating, and then i gorge and consume sugars that could probably kill a small dog, and then this repeats itself erratically … you can see where i would be a bit concerned.
If anyone could give me any little hints or tips or tricks or *anything* i'd really like to get tings under control, i have four little boys i'd like to see graduate high school, maybe some grandkids, you know, all those future type things that i'd like to do!
Thank you thank you! And thank you for these forums, and making this entire thing so easy and inviting!!
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