Diabetes Burn Out

A group for diabetics who have had this disease for numerous years, who have had enough and are in need of support. This group is for anyone who is becoming burnt out from having to deal with the day to day struggles of living with diabetes.

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Define this "burnout" ????

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sick of it.......

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Symptoms changing!?!?

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Wish I never had this!

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Is anyone willing to help me out?

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"Diabetes Burnout" - William H. Polonsky

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Comment by Lee on February 16, 2011 at 12:38pm
Hi Natalie. I have read several different low carb diet books and had success. However, I can't stay true to the diets...eventually quitting the diet and making up for the lost carbs, ha. I have not read Dr. Bernstein's book so will give it a try. Thanks.
Comment by Natalie ._c- on February 16, 2011 at 12:27pm
Lee, have you considered a low-carb diet? There is a book called Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution (I think -- google Richard K. Bernstein), and he goes into detail about why carbs make it difficult to control diabetes, and has good suggestions on what to eat. I know any number of people who have had a lot of success with this, and there is even a Bernstein group on TuDiabetes that you might want to look into. Not everyone needs to go as low-carb as he advocates, but it's a good concept. I don't follow him exactly, but I have lost 20 lb. (all I needed to lose was 25 lb. -- working on the last 5), and my BGs have been in better control, and I'm NEVER hungry. A biggie, I think! Read it, and see what you think!
Comment by Lee on February 16, 2011 at 12:25pm
Hi Trish. I will mention the pump to Dr. on March 3. Thanks for the suggestion.
Comment by Trish on February 16, 2011 at 12:20pm
Have you ever considered going on the pump?? It is much easier to balance your eating with your insulin. It still takes alot of work and monitoring but it is worth it..
Comment by Lee on February 16, 2011 at 12:03pm
Hi group. New to this website (or any diabetic website). I have been diagnosed with the disease for 18 years. It has progressed to the point of having an A1c of over 12.5 and it may be around 15 when I return to Dr. on March 3. So far (I know I've been lucky) no visible signs of damage to organs or limbs, but know it is probably happening. I am tired of playing the blood sugar "surprise" as I call it. I want to try and get serious one last time before I just give up. I am currently using Novolog 70/30 pen, 85 units in am and 65 units pm, plus 1000 mg of metformin twice daily. I outeat it all. Suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
Comment by Sue R. on February 7, 2011 at 5:51pm
Yea! Glad to hear back from you.
Comment by PBLady on February 7, 2011 at 2:47pm
God Bless all of you who replied to my outcry. One thing for certain is although you all are burned out too, you are not burned out on giving support and love on this page. I am still struggling with depression and have not gotten back on meds, but will try harder since printing out your responses below (taped to my cube wall at work and on the home bathroom mirror). You all are very much appreciated --
Comment by Cheery Love on February 7, 2011 at 2:32pm
yes, robert. your last sentence is very very true!!!!! i have lost both of my legs & it was at a time when i was at the peak of my health. my weight was down & i was walking 2 hours a day. then - oops - i got a rock in my shoe & didnt know it. so - walk while you have legs & live while you can. like they say - things can always get worse. & with diabetes, they will!
Comment by Sue R. on February 6, 2011 at 3:29am
Yes, the weight gain is a problem.
What would it take to be a transplant candidate at your hospital? Don't your kidneys have to fail?
Comment by Robert G on February 5, 2011 at 7:50pm
Yea I know about burnout.. I have been motivated to stay under control some days and others I just don’t care. It sucks to be hungry and then know that you have to test before hand only to find out that you are close to 300. (for those on a CGM you will know what I am talking about) the ever so familiar buzz… buzz… buzz.. then you pull the pump out only to find out.. yep 270 with the arrows pointing upward.. And you thought you were doing good.. It Sucks!! Had one of those days yesterday.. but today something totally different.. 120-130 over night, 130-140 after coffee and breakfast, 120-130 for the rest of the day..

My thing is that every since I have been on the pump 2 yrs I have gained some serious weight. I have jumped up close to 40 lbs! My A1c has been consistently 7.7 down from 9.2 and I am on Thyroid meds. I have more energy but my damn knees.. jeeze!! Hurts like hell.. I have never had problems with them at all.. until now.. Makes working out a real Pain Literally..

I quit smoking over a year ago and with the money I save.. I ride a 2008 Harley Davidson SuperGlide!! SWEET! I love it! But when I was smoking, my weight was stable.. I am beyond the mindset that smoking will make me loose weight, so I need to go back.. I will NEVER go back.. I quit cold turkey after over 20 yrs and it took me 3 days to really deal with it..

If it wasn’t for the DOC and TuD I don’t know what I would do these days, I read about treatments, devices, others experiences, and make new friends.. This does keep me motivated. At the hospital I work and get medical care from, I have the transplant team bugging me all the time to get them my results to see if I am a candidate, many of the docs and nurses I know ask me how I am doing. I work in IT department and I have been asked to give my opinions on different technological devices on the market to our Admin staff. That’s cool too.

But I can tell you, this is a disease is something else.. I sometimes think. I would give my arm or legs not to be a diabetic.. and if I am not careful,. I could loose them as a result and still be a diabetic!!

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