Changing old ways... Helpzzz?

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 3/18/2009 1:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,
 I'm 17 and I've had type 1 dibetes for 10 years, (my anniversary was in February!). Sooooo, I was just wondering what adivce you guys could give me with my issue here...
 My last A1C was 12.4 or something like that... I don't remember exactly, but it was 12 something. I don't have a pump, and they won't let me get anywhere near one because my numbers are so high. I've been trying to eat healthier lately, but we don't really have that many 'good food' types in our house right now. We haven't gotten a paycheck in almost 6 months, (my parents own a 3 person real estate office), so we don't really look at what's best for us when we buy food, but at what's cheapest.
 So that's on the food side, but then we move onto the fact that I've almost completely gotten out of the habbit of testing my bg's anymore. I probably test once every two weeks. I know, I know! It's a horrible thing to do! But it's not in my routine anymore, and I forget about it...
 I also don't do as many shots as I should... I take my Levemir twice a day, every day. If I don't take those, I get really really sick, and I've done that enough times to know that I don't want to do it again. I'm not taking as many of my Novolog shots as I'm supposed to. I'm on a sliding scale with those, and I'm supposed to take them any time I eat, but... I've had diabetes for a while now, and I've got lots of scar tissue on my stomach. I don't want to add any more to what I already have, so sometimes I avoid my shots... I've also got it on my arms and butt, (O_o) I'm not overweight, so it really sticks out, and it's annoying as all get out.
 Ok, so basically what I'm asking is if anyone of you guys has any ideas or tricks or whatever, that can get be back on track? Even just a little bit would help a ton... Ok, I've rambled here long enough! Thank you for listening!

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/18/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
What you're going through sounds like a lot what I did when I was younger. I just turned 41 years old today (yes my birthday is today). I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 6 years old, plus I'm also profoundly deaf since birth. So imagine, becoming a diabetic at the age of 6 years old, and not understaning why suddenly I was restricted to certain food, and had to take shots.

I am on an insulin pump right now, and I am doing a lot better than when I was younger because now I know so much more how to control my diabetes. I did become legally blind in my right eye (just one eye) at the age of 22 years old right when I started my 2nd college, and went on to graduate from college with a B.A. degree in Deaf Studies. I'm not saying that this will happen to you - every one develops complications at different times in their lives. I've been blessed that I have not had kidney failure this far nor hope this will happen to me at all in my life time. I've been on the path that you are doing now, and I'm telling you this now, please seek some help and lower your A1C. Your A1C is awfully high, and you could easily develop complications very early in your life like I did - I regret that I didn't take better control of my life when I was in my late teen/early college years. It wasn't untill when I was pregnant with my first baby when I learned how to do the "formula" - counting carbs in order to take the right amount of insulin. I could not believe I did not know this for years. I was on a sliding scale like you are right now, taking 4 shots a day.

Managing diabetes doesn't have to be hard once you find something that works for you. It may take some time to get it under control, but at least this will help set you for life to live as long as possible and complications free. I don't know where you live, but I KNOW there is help for you somewhere if you will take the time to call around or check on the interet. Perhaps you could contact America Diabetes Association, and talk to someone there about your situation. You shouldn't have to live this way all because you don't have the money for it. I bet if you will search, you will find the help you need. There was a time when my husband and I were having financial crisis, ending up having to file for bankruptcy, and had no health insurance. I was surprised to learn how much help there was that helped me tide over for the time being until I was able to get on Medicare. Also you could check out This is where I go to now to one of their office, and I LOVE their service - the best in years. I think what would really help you is aside from knowing food choices, but perhaps find a mentor or an accountable person that will support you through this. You are so young, and if there was a way for you to see how my life turned out, you would not want this to happen to you.

I have found that the more you test, the more you know what is going on with your body. Jot down what you ate, and how much insulin you took. When I was pregnant, I had to test up to 8 to 10 times a day - testing before I ate, and two hours after I ate, and that was the way to be able to know if the amount of insulin I took was enough for the amount of carbs I ate. I don't know if the ratio is the same percentage in insulin pump as for shots. I realize you may not have enough strips to test often, but usually that is the key to know what time of the day you are usually high. This informatin will help the doctor or diabetes educator find a pattern, and correct it. With no information, they can't help you so that is why testing is very important.

It's gonna take more than just selecting the right kind of food to make that work. You need to take the right kind of insulin, and if you're relunctatnt to do that, as well as not testing enough, that doesn't help any. Don't stop trying - seek help and find something that will work better for you. It is NOT too late, and you still can lead a normal life. Remember YOU control diabetes, not diabetes.
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