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ericsmom
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   Posted 5/4/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Diane, and I have been frequenting the Lupus board, but I also have diabetes and was reading some of your posts/
I live in Canada, and our meters are metric, so your sugar levels I dont comprehend as yet. I did notice someone posting about the different number outputs from the same source..and I was wondering, do your strips have codes you have to put in when you first get the strips?  When I get mine, I have to read the code off the bottle and enter it into my machine..failure to do that will give conflicting reads.
Anway, I see that quite a few of you are controlling your diabetes with diet and excersise.. yeah  I was put on meds right from the start...but one of my doctors is convinced that my diabetes was brought on by massive prednisone doses.. well..of course..the dose is way down...but the diabetes is here to stay.
I can see that you have quite a support group going here!! :-)
Bye for now, and thanks for reading.
 
Diane
A/Fib, diagnosed Aug, 1997, R/A diagnosed in Sept. 1998, Pericarditis and Lupus in Dec, 2003, Diabetes, diagnosed march, 2004
 
sotalol, digoxin, coumidin, plaquenil, prednisone, metformin, diamacron, wellbutrin,fenofibrate
 
 
 
Courage is fear that has said it's prayers
 


AMM
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   Posted 5/5/2007 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the diabetes board. Sorry your medication has caused you to develop diabetes. I have had to put my daughter on a medication that may cause diabetes. When we try taking her off or cutting down her dose we get horrible results. The lesser of the two horrible evils is diabetes. But it rips my heart out. I feel terrible every time I had her that pill. I have lived with diabetes for 27 years and hate that I am condemning her to a life with diabetes as well. She has a brain disorder that causes extremely violent behavior without that pill. We have tried others and they just don't work. Her condition is very rare. There are, I believe, only hundreds of people in the US with the condition and only thousands in the world. She becomes violent to the point that she could cause herself extreme physical harm. On the pill she is a sweet, wonderful girl. Without the pill she doesn't even know why she gets so out of control. So, diabetes is the lesser of two evils. (but an extreme evil, nonetheless)

about the difference in numbers in the two countries.... to know what our results in America mean to you, you would divide our numbers by 18. To change your results to American measurements you would multiply by 18. For example, my reading or 100 would be your reading of 5.5. As for the calibration, it really depends on the meter. Some meters require calibration for every new bottle and some don't. Hope that helps you to know what we are talking about with the higher numbers. My father in law, who lived in England, was also a diabetic. His bs was measured the same way yours is. So he would tell me his readings on the phone and I would do the math and we would discuss our diabetes. He has since passed away though. (not from diabetes) I do miss those little chats!
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ericsmom
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   Posted 5/5/2007 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi AMA
 
THank you for the welcome. I am so sorry what you and your daughter are dealing with.  I guess the drug she is on is one of those "double edge" knives like prednisone, does wonders for certain conditions, but not without nasty side effects. You dont say how old she is, but, if she is still very young, it means she will adjust to the regimes of diabetes better than say, someone who has it come on suddenly?  WHat I mean is, at a young age, they havent picked up the bad eating habits that adults have.
I'm sorry she has diabetes, but I'm very glad that they have found a med that gives back her quality of life.  I hope someday they will find a med that doesnt do this to people with her affliction.
Thanks as well for giving me the calculation numbers!! 
In closing, I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for the loss of you beloved father ((((())))) healing hug to you.
 
Diane
A/Fib, diagnosed Aug, 1997, R/A diagnosed in Sept. 1998, Pericarditis and Lupus in Dec, 2003, Diabetes, diagnosed march, 2004
 
sotalol, digoxin, coumidin, plaquenil, prednisone, metformin, diamacron, wellbutrin,fenofibrate
 
 
 
Courage is fear that has said it's prayers
 


AMM
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 5/5/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter is 17 but is developmentally delayed. She pretty much eats whatever is put on her plate. I do have problems with her sneaking into food later though. Because she is in a wheelchair she is not very physically active, although we try to keep her as active as possible. The medication also causes her to gain weight. We pretty much have a rather healthy diet in our house because I have been a diabetic since I was ten. I just learned to eat healthy as a kid and always have.

Thanks for your condolances on the loss of my father in law
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


Phishbowl
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   Posted 5/5/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi & welcome, ericsmom! You're absolutely right about the Prednisone - it's one of the worst drugs for Diabetics. I was on a round of it a few years ago when I was diagnosed with Diabetes. I remember my first education class, the nurse said if there's one drug you want to stay away from it's Prednisone (and other steroids). Very hard to maintain good blood glucose levels while on it. Sorry I culdn't be more helpful.
Cheers,
- 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


stkitt
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   Posted 5/5/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello

I am Kitt and I have been reading and posting in many of the forums.  My husband has CD and has been on Prednisone several times but for short times so no diabetes.

My heart goe out to you with children that have to deal with disease processes so early in life.  God obviously gave each of your  children the right parents as you are doing a great job in advocating for your child.

My 21 year old son was the picture of health, worked out, ate only healthy foods and was killed in a car crash.  I asked my therapist "why me?"  the answer he gave me, was "Why not you?"

Gentle hugs to all of you.


 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
RN CCRN, Critical Care and Emergency Department Manager for 26 years.
 
Depression 25 years, Husband Crohns Disease 30 years
My Father and 5 siblings all died of Cancer. It is a subject close to my heart to help people with Cancer.
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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 


ericsmom
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   Posted 5/5/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Phishbowl, I am lucky that my doctor put me on Diamacron in place of glyberide, ever since I started taking the Diamacron my sugars are rarely higher than 8, whereas before, I had to almost starve to keep the sugars low.

((((Kitt))) I am so sorry for the loss of your son, I lost a son too, in November'03. Did you go through a time where you didnt monitor your diabetes because of the loss? I didnt get the diabetes till after my son was killed, and up until a few months ago, I really honestly didnt care.  But I do now. Feel free to email if you ever need to talk.

 

Take care,

Diane

 

 

 

 


A/Fib, diagnosed Aug, 1997, R/A diagnosed in Sept. 1998, Pericarditis and Lupus in Dec, 2003, Diabetes, diagnosed march, 2004
 
sotalol, digoxin, coumidin, plaquenil, prednisone, metformin, diamacron, wellbutrin,fenofibrate
 
 
 
Courage is fear that has said it's prayers
 

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