Type 1 diabetes and depression

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Henry K
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/24/2005 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello.  I am the mother of a 22 year old Type 1.  He was diagnosed at age 10.  He has been on a pump for almost 3 years.  He has no health insurance and lives with two other fellows.  He insists he doesn't want to go to school and I think he is sleeping too much and his bg's aren't stable.  For the first time I hear him complain that diabetes is a nightmare that is taking over his life and he sees how he is limited, for instance pursuing construction or truck driving.  He had an accident while LOW and it really affected the way he looks at his independence. 
  I think he needs some counseling to learn to accept his disease. He is good about talking to me- but I don't just want to lecture him.    Any ideas?

Hey Hubby
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 5/24/2005 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
As the husband of a diabetic, welcome to Healingwell.

my wife is one of those people who needs to know everything about what is wrong with her, when she was first dx'd we joined a Diabetes Forum. There weren't that many around (AOL and CompuServe were the big info areas). Anyway, may I suggest that you sit your son down and have him go thru the messages on this forum and see what is happening and how other people are dealing with DM. My thoguhts being that if he knew where he could talk to others with DM, then could find out what others are doing with their lives. <caution, learning experience there>

Its a good place to ask question, too.

He should remember that he is capable of doing whatever he wants to. Getting his bg's stable is the first step. Learning how to keep them stable and listening to his body when he starts to go low would be next. Then go from there. Its not always easy, but its better then letting the diease beat you down.

<okay gang, correct me if I'm wrong>

Hope that helps.
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. - Albert Einstein

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. - Jacob Bronowski

Henry K
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/24/2005 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Hey Hubby.  Perhaps I'll invite him to dinner and then get on this forum to show him. He was pretty cooperative when he was a teen-regarding testing and injections, so it is difficult to see the rebellion in him now.  I am a different person because of this.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 7/20/2005 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that I am replying to this late, but I know how your son feels. I am 21 and I was diagnosed when I was 11. I am on the pump too, and I hate it. At this age it is a depressing disease. The pump is uncomfertable, and it is so much to think about. It is lonely because you feel like nobody understands how it feels, and people treat it like it is nothing or they are just completely ignorant about it. I am like him in the way that I sleep a lot and I feel like nothing can become possible for me. That is why I reaching out on this website. I just got out of the hospital for DKA and I feel like life can never be the fullest no matter what I do. I am sorry for you I know my mother has a hard time watching me and my sister live with this. Just remember that it is just so mentally depressing, and he is trying to figure out why something like this would happen to him. I know I am. And it has been 10 years
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