Type 1 Diabetes Complications

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janetsinger19
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   Posted 2/15/2016 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I have written on here before and have gotten a lot of good advice. I have a new issue to ask about or let out my frustrations. I have been a juvenile diabetic since 1971 (when I was two years old) and I am now 47. I have done pretty well considering how I took care of myself growing up. This past September I was diagnosed with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which really took me by surprise because every year doctors couldn't tell i had diabetes. Well I went to see a urologist recently and they ran a test on me and said I had underactive detruser, which is I don't completely empty my bladder because of nerve damage. Then in December I started having these heart palpatations every day, so I went to see a cardiologist and I was given a heart monitor to wear for 14 days. I am scared it may be cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy since I have it in my bladder. Well I have become extremely depressed and feel like giving up. This disease has really emotionally taken a toll on me but I know I cannot give up. At least I have all my toes and can still feel them and have no kidney failure (yet). I also have a beautiful 17 year old son who is extremely intelligent and he needs his mother, so I can't give up even though I am so tired of getting bad news about my diabetes. It gets to the point where I don't know how much more I can take. Hopefully the heart test will come back okay but I have a feeling there is something wrong. I counted my pulse this morning and it was 139 beats per minute and that was when i had just woken up. I am terrified and lately i have been sleeping because I just don't care anymore at times. I am trying to stay positive but it is difficult. I have family who loves me and a great fiancee and great ex husband and wonderful mother so I know I am loved and would be missed if I just gave up.
Any advice from anyone would be helpful
Sincerely,
Janet C

couchtater
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   Posted 2/15/2016 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
(((((((Gentle hug)))))))

I feel the same at times with all of my health issues. It's like I'm one of those plate spinners you see on tv.
I've found a wonderful psychologist who has helped me in developing coping skills so when I'm blue or overwhelmed I can dig myself out.

It also helps to vent to them. 😆
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/16/2016 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Janet, I think you're weary at being hit with these problems all at once. Sometimes the mind is harder to manage than the body.

First, make sure you're completely confident in your doctors. And do you utmost to keep your blood sugar even and as normal as you can to avoid more complications. Are you seeing an endo?

Then, as Joy suggests, I think a good psychologist or psychiatrist is important to help you mentally through these times. You need to talk through these problems to get a perspective on how to deal with them. Sometimes medications help with that.

When do you see your doctor?
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

janetsinger19
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Date Joined Aug 2013
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 2/16/2016 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lanie G,
Well my primary doctor called me because she was concerned when I wrote her and told her I was so overwhelmed I felt like giving up. She thought I might hurt myself. I went to a gastrointestinal doctor today because I havent been able to have a bowel movement in about five days and sure enough she said i had a lot of poop in there and thinks it might be my nerves not working properly. So i cried all the way home and slept most of the day. The cardiologist thinks it is just panic attacks because of all these diabetic related things hit me too close together then I turned 47 in January and that's how old my dad was when he passed away tragically. I will never forget he mailed my birthday card the morning he was killed. After burying him in West Virginia, I flew back home to California and found his birthday card to me in the mail postdated the day he died. So this birthday was emotional plus all these issues I am having with my diabetes is overwhelming me. Yes I am seeing a psychologist but am not really sure if I like her yet. I guess my next visit I will decide. As for my primary doctor I see her after I see my endo next week. I am trying to stay positive and at least I have all of my toes and can feel them and have no kidney failure. It just takes a toll on you emotionally when so many complications come up with diabetes and I guess I wasnt ready for any complications. I thought I was wonder woman. lol
Sincerely,
Janet

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5924
   Posted 2/16/2016 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally realized that no one's health is perfect. I used to think I had everything or would get everything and everyone else's health was so perfect. But of course that's not true. Long story, but I also started to believe some of my health is really in my hands and under my control. Not all of it, of course. But I can do the best I can for myself and for the family. I want to see my kids have kids!

So, you need to do everything you know you should be doing for your health, and that also means your mental and emotional health. Therapy includes a lot of different things so I hope you do find that the psychologist is a good choice for you.

Don't let yourself be paralyzed by the past. Put it in its place and don't let it control your life. Speak to a person you trust, whether family, the psychologist or clergy, about your fears and emotional devastation about your dad. But try to see how you need to live your life in a positive way and take care of yourself.

You'll be ok. Just take care of your health and your doctors' appointments one day at a time. yeah

And come and post anytime! :-)
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating
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