Hi, I'm Greg . Not only do I have diabetes and depression, I'm in sobriety 25 years in a row.I've found the 12 steps of AA to work on all 3 diseases- admitting I'm powerless over diabetes being a big challenge. I must do as I'm told, not what I think works best.
i take my car to a mechanic and do as he says- why not with the diabetes too?
I'm now seeing a diabetic specialist for the 1st time in years and it's paying off bigtime.
Thanks for letting me post.
hi greg, welcome to the madhouse! just kidding :) i have corresponding stats to yours, diabetic 48 years, depression close to that, sober 18. i also very recently went crawling to an endocrinologist having had bad experiences with them in the past, & have found that listening to a professional beats the heck out of listening to what rattles around my head. anyway, i'm glad you're here, i'm sure you'll meet many interesting people, liz
Congratulations to both of you on your sobriety! That's really a toughie, and making that commitment for that long says something about your strength!
Let me tell you about the 4 D's: diabetes and depression: the deadly duo. I know when I'm depressed, my control goes out the window. And it can last a long time. So I need to get a handle on the depression quickly whenever it rears its ugly head. When I'm depressed, I can't even listen to an endo or CDE or anyone else. When I'm not depressed, I'm pretty conscientious, and I do a pretty good job at diabetes. So I know which one is my major illness. And it ain't the diabetes!
that's very true for me too natalie, although for me the addiction comes before both of those. luckily i consider that under control at this point, i had gotten to the point of real hopelessness & 'i don't care anymore' with the depression over the last couple of years although i've been on anti-depressants. my boyfriend got tired of watching me miss days & having seizures from low blood sugar, my doctor finally said why don't you go to an endocrinologist, so i said ok. taking a little over a quarter of the levemir i was taking seems to make a big difference :) thanks for you support & thoughts, hope we can all stay on top of it all.