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Is anyone ever too scared to do things because of your diabetes? I never used to let my diabetes get in the way of my life at all however in the past year for some reason i let it prevent me from doing things. For example- Sometimes i won't go out at night after i exercised because i'd be scared id get low.
Or if my sugar is high i won't go out until it comes down
Or I'm afraid to get an "active" job because of my blood sugars
I'm also somewhat scared of driving on the highway now because a year ago i almost blacked out.
Is this normal or should i seek help? lol thanks ;D
I was diagnosed four years ago with type 1. Through trial and error I have not stopped any of my activities. Since being diagnosed I have ridden my motorcycle across Canada twice and have been on scuba diving trips to the Caribbean and just returned from Fiji. I am on the Medtronic Paradign pump and just love it.
I also swim in a pool and it is no problem with the CGM. It can go in the water. I just unplug the pump and put it in a backpack and leave it in the pool area so I can keep an eye on it because there are no lockers in our community pool. Swimming is no problem!
I am lucky to work with a great team at the St Joseph Health Centre in London Ontario. Don't let diabetes control your life. It takes a lot of work but it is worth the effort.
It is tough to tell someone else what is right for them but I think it is sad to see diabetics reclusive because they are afraid of lows so I will just speak for myself.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 at 50 years old. I went from needing 24 units of Insulin a day to well over a hundred now (counting basil). It has never occurred to me to change the things I do. I am active in biking, hang gliding, airplanes and boating. I put 30,000 miles a year on my car, mostly for business and will ride my bike on a 60 mile trip in the country alone. Maybe I am stupid for doing this but like I said, it never occurred to me to change my life style because of Diabetes.
It is not that I am not scared of lows; I was hospitalized once several years ago because late at night I took Novalog when I thought I was taking my Lantus (don't try this at home, not recommended). That was a mistake I only made once and it taught me to have a great respect for insulin induced low blood sugars. I have sugar and my meter with me everywhere I go (even Hang Gliding and that is a trick) and check at least once an hour (often every 30 minutes) if I am flying, biking, boating (unlike a car, the boat will not stop if the driver passes out) on an extended drive, before meetings, etc. I do have a CGM now but am not that impressed and still test very often.
My question to those concerned about doing something because of concern for lows is this; what is your concern if you test often (as often as necessary) and carry a source of sugar with you. I think diabetics would be much happier if they would test often, carry sugar and go have some fun.
I could be all wrong so I look forward to your response.
Oh, way to go Mike.
I don't know, I mean I've just never let it control my life. I don't know if that was more stubborn rebellion or just a fly by the seat of my pants attitude and hope for the best. I think as I've gotten older and have had this longer, I am probably more cautious, but no I dont let it control me, if I want to go somewhere or do something I do it.
Oh darn, not at all? Not even in a pool? I swim an hour a day on the pump, but don't have a CGM.. do you, and does that make a difference?
I have gone swimming and took surfing lessons the summer of 2010 but, to me, I didn't enjoy it that much and I don't go out of my way to swim.
Rocky I cannot even imagine what that is like m8! But now, HNAG GLIDING. you can do that eh?
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I think it is normal to be apprehensive to do things with this disease. However, we have to live a long life with this so I think you must confront your fears and try to work through them. It's possible you might want to talk to a professional who can help you deal with some of your anxiety. We live with so many inherent constrictions with this disease it would be a shame if you let it rob you of all your freedoms.
To me it's normal now. Like u I really didn't let it bother me too much for like 35 years into being a Type 1 (maybe more I honestly don't know) but for the last few years (after a wreck that I did black out b/f due to a really low low that I didn't feel coming on) I do loads less now. Like something everyone (or atleast I did when I done it) takes for granted like driving. I found that a car can be a bad thing if ur not in controll. But it's kinda like Cinderfellla says if ur alone ur at the mercey of strangers so I kinda like knowing I have someone who knows what's up with me incase I get to being too "strange" LOL!
I work in high tech industry and bicycle. Sometimes I mountain bike and sometimes I road bike. One year i was so scared cause I kept getting lows all the time because of changes in my meds. It got to the point that I did not want to go to work or bike. I was always on my blood pressure monitor cause I had high blood pressure and the doctors kept telling me that I would have a stroke if the blood pressure did not come down. After being like this through out the summer I could not stand being at home worrying about things and how it was impacting the people around me. So as I had done before when I used to mountain bike I got up and started to get back to life. The one thing I did was constantly test. Since I am a type 2 we are not given cgm's so I am stuck testing with meter and strips. I test like 12 to 14 times a day to make sure I dont get lows while in meetings or exercising. A little excesive but its what I need to function. I rather stab myself in the finger repeatly than sit at home.
So my suggestion if you want to get back out and do things find a way that will make you comfortable when you are out and about or doing things. Testing was my safety net, so if you are alone testing may be a good way to make you feel better. As long as I know the number I know that it may just be allergies or sinus problems and not lows. I had issues with allergies feeling like lows for a while so I would over treat and wind up high for hours.