Hello everyone! I am a type II diabetic, and have been since 1990. I am one of those Type II's that does not fit the mold of mainstream media. I was diagnosed while in the Marine Corps and coincidentally also in the best shape of my life. I have never been overweight, and never had bad eating habits, however the family history has Type II's in every generation. Spending any time indoors makes me completely mental - I am into just about anything and everything as long as I am outside. From hiking, hunting, fishing, four wheeling, jet skiing, boating, etc etc.
Up until 9 days ago I was on oral medications only. Over the past 12 months my AIC went from a 6.1 up to a 14.2! This did not happen overnight, but because I was always so controlled on the oral medications I made the mistake of not checking my BG regularly. Long story short, my pancreas stopped functioning and I went on Insulin. I am taking Humalog and Lantis for a TDD of between 45 - 50 units per day.
My fasting numbers are now in the 80's and my after meal numbers are usually between 90 and 110. I attribute that success 100% to this forum. When I was advised that I would be starting Insulin I spent several days reading and reading until my eyes bled - who knew there was so much to learn? Myself and my endo are still dialing in the insulin, but I think that I am doing pretty well for using it less than 2 weeks - so I thought I would drop in here and give you all a huge Thank You! This forum has a huge wealth of information, and from REAL diabetics - that is very difficult to find.
I will be continuing to read and post as things come up, but I really want you all to know that this site really does help people, and I can attest to that! Thanks Again for such a great place!
fantastic DevilDog! so many type2s when starting insulin mistakenly feel it's been because somehow they have "failed". Glad you've found so much help here, and welcome again to the community.
That is a really great story. As a type 2, I started insulin 2 years ago. As Marie said, moving to insulin is not a personal failure, looking back, I now see that my efforts to control before insulin represented a personal success. I think you should too. And it sounds like you have already made huge progress with the insulin (it took me a fair number of weeks to get adjusted). Welcome.
Outstanding job! I want to second what Marie said about insulin not being a failure for a T2. I have made this analogy several times before, for a type 2 insulin does not mean you have lost the battle, it means you have brought in a new weapon to fight the war. A weapon that will help win the war.
I was like you when I was prescribed insulin I became totally obsessed with learning. This site is what I found most useful, not only for the wealth of knowledge but also for the enormous amount of support. I still come here several times a week (sometime daily) for those reasons.
This thing called diabetes is a never ending foe. My impression is that you are not the type that's going to let it get the best of you.
BTW I like your picture.
Thanks for the replies folks! When I first heard the news that I would be starting on Insulin; honestly, I just thought it was the next phase of fighting the disease. I have never thought of "going on Insulin" a failure, and NO ONE with T2 who lives a decent lifestyle and takes their oral medications should.
At Christmas dinner tonight I fired up my Android, entered in the food I was going to eat, and dialed in the right amount of insulin. I excused myself to do the injection and came back to wait for the festivities to start. Some of the family didn't even know I was on it and were all of a sudden "awwee...really? You have to take shots! That must be horrible!" I explained that it was just another treatment to keep me alive and healthy. They really thought that I had to load needles, stick myself with a 3" needle, and almost cry in pain..LOL! I showed them my pens and the needle that I use and they were shocked. Needless to say the conversation this evening was all about Diabetes Type 2 education to my family. It was actually cool explaining to them "what" the disease was and how I am fighting against it. My wife just won a battle with Cancer, so it was a nice relief to her to be out of the spotlight as well. She told me when we got home that she learned new things tonight as well!
DO NOT let this disease get you down folks - it is what it is. Deal with it, beat it and enjoy your lives. I have been fighting this B*&^h for 22 years and I will still enjoy all of the activities I like, eat well, and hopefully live to an old age. This is not a death sentence if you take the time to educate yourself, your family and friends, and incorporate all of that knowledge into a support plan.
Again - Thanks for the replies! All of you fellow diabetics have a GREAT holiday season, and take care of yourselves. Keep your head up and fight to win!
I like the way your handling taking insulin. I see that you're counting cards and calculating bolus injections. Are you also taking a basal insulin such as Levemir or Lantus.
I love the way you educated your family and got the "aawwe" factor out of the way. I still get it from friends and co-workers and I tell them to not feel sorry for me because I'm doing just fine.
Well put, Gary and Merry Christmas to you as well. To the second Gary, you do know that counting cards is illegal in Vegas? (Sorry, couldn't resist).
They really thought that I had to load needles, stick myself with a 3" needle, and almost cry in pain..LOL!
For these occasions I have one of the old glass U-40 syringes that used Luer-Lock needles, that they gave me when I was discharged from the hospital as a kid. Never actually used it (always used plastic syringes) but it was "standard issue" back then.
My brother and I are both Vietnam vets, and we are both insulin dependent, my brother was able to take oral meds for about 7 years before becoming insulin dependent, I tried oral drugs but they where ineffective and I was placed on insulin after becoming very ill (I was 34 years old, my brother was 55). We are both 5' 11" and weighed about 150 lbs when we started experiencing high BG. No one else in our family including our parents or children have Type1 or Type2 diabetes. We also have no heart problems, high lipids, or any other Bete's related health issues and both of use are also Cancer survivors...)
I bet you have climbed steeper hills...the Bete's is nothing...;-)
Interesting response. I am one who does not accept the gene fracas as being a sole/major important factor in Type 2. Yes, I can see where genetic issues can acerbate the problem, make some bodies more resistant to this fracas but in no way account for all the numbers and growth of T2. They may account for some of the tough issues of pancreas aging and dropping insulin or pancrease and its islets doing a Rip van winkle and going to sleep and some other key medical mis fires.
My read is that after second world war and from 1970's on science and agriculture improved grain, rice and corn production and calorie content and made all sorts of super refined foods ( nee -high test fuel) and now available 24/7. In fact prior to this improvements , there was serious concerns that the world food production was not sufficient to stop massive starvation.
Next we dropped exercise loading massively - computers, lap tops, cars and appliances and couch potato entertainment.
The hunter gatherer gene/digestion system has not kept pace with these latest changes and improvements in science and I am told is still running with all its century old system with very little gene/organization change after thousands of years.
Under this regimine, a super efiicient digestive system designed to run along the bottom of food quality/supply and prevent starvation has no tools to prevent glucose overload and saturation when running on our current low exercise 24/7 high test fuel. Good luck there. Explosion and growth of T2 numbers world wide would seem to support a different view than is currently held.
Greetings. I find it interesting and "funny" that we can be so controlled, and "poof" we are not. I was on two orals for 11 years, and then needed to go on Humalog on a sliding scale to be used with cortizone for my arthritis. It worked so well, I decided to ask for it full time. It has kept my "D" more under control and I feel 150% better, So I guess we have to change with our bodies and the way it is dealing with the "D". I learned much here too, and took much to my doc and diabetic educator,,,now they are members too. Hang in there folks this doesn't define you, it's just part of your life,
Awesome! Hiking is my method of choice for exercise to keep my BG under control.