I am currently in graduate school working on my doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I started the summer of 05 and was diagnosed with Type I in 07. I also got hypothyroidism at that time. Needless to say I was tired! I finally got on insulin and started to feel somewhat better, but my stress shot through the roof. I had to slow down my program a year to be able to take care of my health and the ridiculous demands of grad school. Anyway, my schedule is crazy and it's been hard adjusting to diabetes during this kind of schooling. I see clients two days a week and am terrified I'll have a low in session. Imagine telling a therapist your deepest feelings or taking an IQ test, and the therapist sweating profusely shaking and obviously irritated. Part of the "blank slate" of the therapist is not telling the client anything about yourself, so they have no idea why I'd be acting odd. Luckily it's only happened twice, but I constantly worry about the next time it will happen. Grad Shcool life is certainly not conducive to dealing with the first years of diabetes.

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Thanks for clarifying. I've heard GI mentioned, but never knew what it meant. Yeah potatoes are bad, especially at a restaurant. I found I can eat a much greater variety if I eat it at home. Luckily my fiance used to be a cook. He enjoys cooking so I get the feeling of being out to eat without having to lift a finger ; )
Hey fellow stressed out smarties...

Don't mind my funny attitude, running a bit low at the moment and sometimes I get a bit silly. I read through some of these struggles and yes, they exist! I'm going into my third year of graduate school and my 32nd of diabetes. I experience the same stuff you guys are talking about - making health top priority, stress affecting bs's, debate between masters and doctorate, and not wanting lows during sessions (I've taught for years and low's then is also a big concern!)...so no matter how recent the diagnosis, we're not alone:D Guess my only benefit is I'm really used to the feelings (of lows, highs etc). I use a pump and a hard-won CGMS.

Anyway, I'm deciding about applying for the master's bypass option in my department, so that I can fold in all the research I've been planning and get a doctorate in the end. I'm in a program called Design and Human Environment. My degree, whatever it ends up being, will be in Human Behavior and the Near Environment, with an emphasis in Interior Design. My minors are Human Development and Family Sciences and Free-choice learning. I love it! BUT, I'm not so in love with the lows and the highs and the crazy crazy expectations and stresses! It'll be worth it when I'm done...

That degree sounds really interesting. Good luck with the process of getting through all the hoops. Loving it makes it much easier though. I read about your struggle with the CGMS. Good for you for not giving up. I bet the combination of that and the pump will minimize the highs and lows during the long days of graduate work.
Hey Kim! I was diagnosed last year. at the end of my first semester of Grad school. Talk about bad timing. It sucks to be working my ass off in Grad school and trying to be professional all while dealing with super high blood sugars and super low crashes.




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