my experience with diabetes by new member empathespi

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   Posted 12/6/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
He writes:  "Hello, I am new at this site, and I love it !! I am a 57 year old who has been Diabetic for 33 years. I had a 5x CABG in 200 at 46, One toe amputation, One bone surgery(5th Metatarsil), Osteomylitis in Sternum, Surgical Flap, Chronic Staph for 2 years,One resect to cure staph(and it owrked !!), chronic pain, including neuropathy, and anxiety which I am working on.Oh, and I have Congestive Heart Disease.
I didnt care about my diabetes when I was in my thrities, and being a Robotics Engineer, I guess I could control this disease myself, and I ran a typical 300+ everyday for 16 years, ubtil my heart failure. Wrong !!
I reversed all of this by following a few, BUT very important and crucial rules. Like the gentleman said before. NO Starches, Little carbs, for even tho my sugars may appear in control by my meter, I get severe neurapthy. I say that is a very good indicator that something is eating me alive.
Portion Control. Not for Cardiac, for Diabetes, for if I control the Diabetes the Cardiac will follow. No Bullcrap with myself. Portion Control. I will stay alive, hopefully, until they come up with a newer med, or procedure such as stem cell, and the least I can do is be there for experiementation for the children ..
Pain Control..No BS. I have no illusions about addiction or possibilities that my body will become tolerant to meds, as it does to everything else. I have been thru withdrawal, full blown twice, and I never died from this. The pain control is essential for a stress free, anxity free, and depression free life. This is a difficult task to take on, and I am fortunate to have the most wonderful , supportive woman in the whole universe to help me with this. I know the burden I can cause by moods, anxiety, and all of the related issues with Diabetes, but this woman loves. And to delve into CP ciontrol I need support, support support, for this is too pwerful for me to perform alone. I also have a wonderful, loving pain management doctor, a Dr. Erik Van Ginkel, in South Miami, Fl. He is on the radio also on WDFL on Sunday nights from 9 until 11 !!
Insilin Pump for type 1. Again, no illusions. There is no cure. I thought, being so intelligent that I could control this uncureable disease, so I didnt want any more "appliances" strung to me, for I had enough things to do. Worng. Get the pump, a good one with very good customer support.(j&J).
Take as few meds as possible (per your Doctor).Not because of vanity, but because the body needs it's own immune system to be in top priority.Period.
NO ALCOHOL. PERIOD..Don't you even try, ro you will be facing death sooner than you think..
Read and Listen to: Eckardt Tolle's ,"The Power of One"....EVERYDAY !!
As of today my A1C is 7.2
Creatinine is 1.4
Cholesterol in Limits(I am still overweight and this is my current proejct) I need help.
Average Glucose as of today with new pump(one week).174, one high and one low in a week.
10 years ago, I was almost dead.Don't wait as long as I. I was afraid.
I have no answers, but this sure felt good getting this all out and sharing. This is numkber one. Learn,Learn, Learn. You can get medical help in America. If you have no insurance, beleive me, there is help from fellow diabetics with EVRYTHING..ASk any helath care provider that deals with diabetes. They will help you find someone..
Point is:: I need help with this disease, and I thank everyone of you, for letting me express. I read all of this, and I have learned something tonight.Now I can sleep..
Please excuse any spelling erros. I am fallible.I am.."
(Kirk, I moved these posts to a new subject for you because they would have been lost at the end of another member's post.)

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diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet

Post Edited (LanieG) : 12/6/2009 8:11:58 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/6/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
On his second post, Kirk writes, "
Hello again. I forgot the most important test tool we have in our Diabetic Toolbox..The Glucose Meter. I hated testing. I found a meter in which I ddin't have any more excuses left to NOT check my glucose. The Accu-Chek Compact Plus. The lancet device is attached to the side of the meter. The strips come in drums. When the drum is placed in the meter, it reads a barcode on the drum and sets the lot number automatically. It also counts down to let you always know how many strips are left on the drum(17 per drum). Insurance pays for these.. All i have to do is test. And the meter keeps running 7,14,30 day averages, and there is software available. I used to think that I could get by as I could "Feel" my diabetes. Nope.If I don't test, I know Diabets will control the rest..I testat least 6 times a day. It takes hard work, and magement. This is the best job opportunity I have ever had in my long engineering life.

Now that I am feeling 98% better, I will just read, andd learn now, for this site sparks a desire in me to stay well !!


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   Posted 12/6/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Kirk.  You've been through a lot of medical ailments.  So, you're a type 1?  What is your diet like?  What are you eating everyday?
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   Posted 12/6/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! & Welcome!
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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   Posted 12/7/2009 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Kirk. Stick around, I'm usually lurking in the shadows, to hide my blue face but every once in awhile I jump out and say hi LOL
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   Posted 12/21/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Kirk! I am newly diagnosed diabetic and new to the site! Find it very helpful lots of support and great advice so far! Sounds like you have been through a lot! I am not quite 40 and so far not many health issues to speak of other then needing to eat healthier and cut down on the things that cause spikes in glucose levels. Have started exercising more regularly and starting to drop the weight...down 1 pant size already three weeks in. Prior to diagnosis started having tons of headaches which I now know are caused by spikes/dips in glucose! Anyway welcome aboard! Good luck!
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