I'm new to this site as well, but take heart, things are not as bad as they may seem!!!
I've been a diabetic for 20 odd years as well as having bi-polar disorder (both caused by the same car accident).
In regards to the diabetes, my specialist once said to me, YOU rule the diabetes, it does'nt rule you. I don't know how old you are, but if you are young, it will take some time to fully adjust your medication and life style to the disease. Once you become used to the way you feel e.g. too high or too low, it IS easy to live with. I have been a firefighter and ambulance office and my diabetes has not affected my ability to do my work, and I take insulin to control the disease.
As far as depression is concerned, the better it is controlled the better your diabetes will be controlled.
I hope I have given you some good news for your future, and if I can answer any of your worries or just be someone for you to to ask any questions of, please ask away.
Thanks so much for your quick response Mark. I am 54, 40lb more overweight, and very confused about all this. I am hoping that once we take the prednisone down lower that the diabetes will be gone. But I also have a strange feeling that I had it before the prednisone because of a alot of symptoms that I see now pertain to diabetes. How can I, we, people general not understand our bodies until it is almost too late. I guess everything else in life has taken come first, raising children, making sure their needs are met. , ect. , taking them to the doc when I feel worse. lol That is just being a partent, but it is also ignoring me. Oh well, it's here, lets deal with it. and so i will.
I have done a good job staying on low carbs.. heck didn't know much about what they were until all this so it's been a real wake up call for me. I've been reading some posts about insulin resistance. Interesting, but confusing too.. Guess I better take on thing at a time. I can see how that could happen though, and would like to find out more about it.
I had a steak last night so I do not do without fats. Actually, I have a good mixture Iwould say. I eat a lot of protein and some fat, try not to eat a lot of saturated, but I do get my fat, protein, and carbs (without bread, potatoes, and my beloved pasta) lol.
I do not touch sugar if it is not added to something already and I can't help it.
Oh, I use a hemalog pen. I do not know why I started the shots instesad of pills.
My MD decided that. It might have something to do with my liver.
Thank you so much for writing. It was very helpful. I am also bp2. so you are in good company.
I guess I am being pretty hard on myself sometimes. I've made this diet and working on keeping this insulin and diabetic thing under control. Instead I think I will give myself a big pat on the back.
Welcome! It's nice to meet you, even though the reasons aren't so good!
Also I'll take the opportunity to welcome Beau33 too!
Judy, I'm guessing that your type of diabetes is type 2 (also sometimes called adult onset - it's where insulin is still made in the body but the body cannot absorb or use it properly). There is also type 1 diabetes (sometimes called juvenile diabetes) which is different - it is where the pancreas no longer makes insulin and this is usually the one that is an autoimmune response. Type 2 is usually dealt with either diet alone, diet and medication, or eventually moving on to insulin too. Type 1 is ALWAYS treated with insulin injections and diet though in my opinion the diet is less restricted for t1s rather than t2s (I'm a t1, since the age of 12).
Please look through previous posts and the more you learn the easier it will become for you - knowledge truly is power with diabetes.
In my opinion you can't live life without having the occasional treat, but do keep it to that - an occasional treat!
On waking up with your blood sugars high, this could be caused by so many factors that you shouldn't dwell on it too much unless it happens again. You obviously need to keep this in check as much as possible but you also need to take into account that you can get the odd high number for no apparent reason. Stress can affect it, illness with temperature, eating a little too much...
I think you deserve a pat on the back - you seem to be doing pretty well, especially that diabetes is only part of it!
If you have any questions (or indeed anything info to share) then please do keep coming back - I know I for one have learnt so much since joining healingwell.
Post Edited (Jack Ryan) : 7/16/2008 11:38:30 PM (GMT-6)