Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 1/10/2006 11:02:49 AM (GMT-7)
how do you really know short of the doc that exercise and diet is no longer working to control the diabetes.
all my food is making me sick again. if i manage to keep it down then for at least 2hrs i'm nauseous, dizzy, crazier headache, the shakes and sometime the sweats,disoriented. i have fm, ibs and a host of other things so at first this didn't phase me. but these are not my normal fm symptoms.its getting so i don't want to eat just to avoid the above but skipping the meal has it own effects as well.
because the diabetes doesn't has not been squeeking like the other stuff i have not paid much attention to it. I was told i needed to test after eating and exercise and watch diet intake.
The easiest, quickest, most direct way to tell how your diabetes is doing is to buy a blood glucose meter at the drugstore or online and start checking your blood sugar. Read through the forum and you'll find lots of tips from what meters are good to how to take your readings. Oh and yes theres even a few threads on what numbers are a good range and what numbers are not; so get that meter and read down a little farther into the forum!!
PS - when you stick your finger to get that drop of blood to test, stick it on the SIDE not on the finger tip (thats where all the nerves are and it hurts more).
thanks for your response. I went back into the threads to find out some meter information and about the numbers you spoke of. The numbers are very confusing I'll have to do alot of research to understand.
can't believe i let this go for so long I told my husband i thought the new symptoms were diabetes related and then we realized i hadn't even said i had it. could have sworn i did but i stay in a fog most of the time besides thought he was there when the doc told us. glad i didn't say anything about the blackouts, that's what really got my attention. I was losing time. after more thought I realized my diet and exercise has changed greatly in the past couple of months. I'm glad God still watches over fools!
A quick guide on Blood sugar numbers. A normal person is going to stay between 70 and 120 regardless of whether they eat or fast. But those of us with diabetes are looking to have our fasting blood sugars in the morning at 120 or less and 2 hours after a meal (like dinner) at 160 or lower.
160 isn't ideal but its at least managble for a 2 hour number for a diabetic. If you can shoot for or do better than that, thats a good thing.
My MD told me today that she seels I have Type II diabetes probably related to chronic prednisone use for my asthma. My HbAc1 was 138, I started checking, my sugars today and it was 160 which surprised me. My MD gaave me a presription of Metformin 500mg 1xday. I am skeptical schocked at this diagnosis. I have been chronically ill for the lasts 6 months fatique respriatory infections slow healing of tooth extracion. My plan rith now is to monitor my glucose multiple times a day to try and convince myself that it is real. I don't know I guess I think I have to have blood sugars in the 200's to be diabetic.
I read people don't feel good with diabetes and of course that makes sense but what does it realy feel like to be hyperglycemisc, I really don't know of anyone with the disease to talk with them about it.
Is what I'm going through common, of course I LOVE Sugar!
I've only just read your message here - we sound so very similar it's scary! I'm not new here anymore but thought I'd add here...
I am 26, was diagnosed when I was 11. I was very strict at first, mostly because of my parents, but then during my teens I let go of my control and carried that on into my 20's. I was very scared at what I was doing to myself and so I just chose to ignore it. I didn't go to the hospital for check ups for a good few years (probably at least 5). An eating disorder didn't help matters much!!
I've been making more and more efforts lately to look after myself and after the last trip to the hospital a week ago it just clicked in my head - all the battling I've done to try to get this under control is with myself and NOT the disease. I'm closer to getting control of myself than ever before but I'm struggling a little with the eating disorder which has come back to bite me recently. I think that with diabetes we focus so much on food that it's pretty easy to let food become too important. Sure, we need to watch what we eat and to know what it does to us but it's become a bit of a fixation for me!
I'm lucky that I, too, don't seem to have any complications (even though for the past 10 or so years I've not looked after myself so I'm a bit worried something will creep up on me eventually) but so far so good.
Like you, too, I've recently gotten engaged!
It's great how much support you can get from this forum, but for me what's even better is offering others support and advice.
One more thing - I've heard a lot of diabetics develop eating disorders - can anyone tell me whether there's any truth in this?
Hello , I am new here .I came looking for answers on how to deal with the fact that my 14 year old grandson has just been diagnosed with type 1. He also was diagnosed with aplastic anemia when he was 4. The doctors saved his life then. And now he has this. The news was devastating.I guess I am just looking for some one who can help me find a miricle cure. But I guess I know there is not one. I read about something called "Diabeticione .Does anyone know if this works? You see I believe that god put something on this earth to cure anything. We just have to find the right thing. I would also rather take natural meds than the chemical ones if possible. I guess I am just grasping at straws but I am so terrified of what this is going to do to my Zach I am having a hard time coping. You see he is my heart. Can anyone help me?
Hi Zach's Granny,
A few random thoughts. Firstly, your grandson is very lucky to have you in his life. That said, because you two are so close, you have a very big responsibility ahead of you -- and how you handle it can make a life-long difference in Zach's life.
I'm 48 and have been Type 1 since childhood. My grandfather was my best friend my whole life. More than anyone else's reaction to my diagnosis, I remember his. I overhead him saying to my mother: "She is a brave little trooper and she's not going to let this get her down. She's figuring it out and I'm more proud of her than anyone I've ever known in my whole life."
I knew from then on that "figuring it out" was exactly what I would do! I played softball in high school, worked over twenty years as an executive in the software industry and gave birth to a healthy daughter.
Would I wish this on my worst enemy? No. It's a life-long, day-to-day challenge of enormous proportion.
But part of how Zach will process this in the first few years of his experience with it will depend on you and his immediate family members. He needs support, understanding, and encouragement -- always. He doesn't need to feel pitied. His future can be as bright as anyone's.
One of the many things you can do for him is to make certain that you fully understand his disease. Make absolutely sure that you and his extended family members understand that Juvenile-Onset (J-O) Type 1 is an entirely different disease than Type 2. Nothing can be more frustrating for an adolescent Type 1 than to hear a bunch of misinformation from well-meaning people about how Aunt Myrtle cured herself from diabetes by loosing forty pounds and giving up Dunkin Donuts. There are millions of Type 2's and very few J-O type 1s.
90% of the headlines you will read, the media reports you will hear, and the book titles you will see, with the word diabetes in them will have nothing to do with Zach's disease.
Nothing Zach did or didn't do -- nor ate or didn't eat -- had anything to do with his being a Type 1 diabetic. There is no "natural" nor "chemical" products that will cure his disease. There is no cure yet. Cures have been on the horizon my whole life and even islet-cell transplants are a long way off. Will there by a cure in Zach's lifetime? I hope so. But for now, it's all about his ability to inject the right amount of insulin at the right time in order to metabolize the food he consumes in accordance with what's happening to his body's needs (factoring exercise, stress, etc.)
This is probably longer than it should be. The main thing I wanted to share with you is that a grandparent who is close to Zach can make a magical difference in his life. I know my Grandfather was (and is through his memory) the magic in mine!
Hi Zachs Granny,
It's really nice to see someone who cares so much. I'd just like to say, though, that Zach is going to be dependent on insulin for life. There isn't anything that he can take that will mean he won't be taking insulin unless there's a cure. Everyone is insulin dependent as everybody needs it but diabetics have to inject it that's all. It's not a scary drug, it's a hormone which our body needs so please don't be worried about him having to inject forvever. I was diagnosed as t1 diabetic when I was 12 and let me tell you that the injection really is nothing to me now. People will say that's it's just second nature after a while and it is so very true. I even get to the point where in the back of my head for a split second I almost ask if my friends have taken their insulin even though they are not diabetic! It's just the norm now.
This is going to be a lifelong learning process for Zach - I've been diabetic since 1991 and am still learning something new all the time. It's the scariest thing realising your own mortality and having to deal with that, but please don't listen to all the scare stories. There are people who've had t1 for decades and are still healthy!
Maybe get Zach to look at sites like this as he can ask all the questions he wants?
I know it's tough early-on for you to deal with Zach's diagnosis. It's a tough disease and takes a lot of work to manage, as you are ever-so-diligently finding out through your own research. I suspect from what you've written, he's going to be the kind of young man who can step up to the challenge, and one whom has a family full of loving support. (Not to mention a Grandmother who's already the President of his fan club!)
One of my daughter's closest friends is a fifteen year old Type 1 named Rachael. Rachael has been diabetic since the age of 2. She wore an insulin pump for a year, but has since opted for traditional shots. Anyway--Rachael is a beautiful, active, funny, bright, and hugely popular young girl. For the homecoming dance her mother found a gorgeous dress that would accomodate wearing her pump easily. For the Turn-about dance a few weeks ago, she didn't have the pump, but she had a cute little purse just big enough for her supplies. Her friends all carried purses the exact same size. They all know about her condition. She doesn't hide anything. She tells them when she's not feeling great and they know what to do and how support her. She's amazing. She misses out on nothing by sharing the information her friends need to know, and by taking good care of herself.
I bet Zach is going to handle himself the same way.
Sunday48 years oldT1 for 40