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How to control BG for all 3+ hours at church?

Started by Kirk. Last reply by Christine Shaha Apr 15, 2013. 1 Reply

I often can't last all 3 hours -- hour do you manage control all 3+ hours?

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Comment by Ali on September 28, 2013 at 10:21pm

I gotta tell ya - I just plain ole don't care what others think of me.
I AM a diabetic. I have to have snacks sometimes and unless you're my kid - I'm not going to share (and maybe not even with my kid!) Go into the Mother's Nursing room or outside to snack or test.
I can't shake hands - my neuropathy is so bad that it just isn't possible - so EVERYONE gets to know I'm diabetic right off.
A non-hand shaking Mormon.
Do what YOU need to do. Passing out will draw a lot more attention than a quick glucose test.
Your Bishop or other auxiliaries aren't helpful - hand them out some literature on being a diabetic! After going through the "official" group - get an appointment to see the Stake President.
Why NOT?
This is YOUR Eternal Salvation - right?
(Can you see the soapbox I'm standing on?)
Do NOT get me started!
Too late.
I agree with Larbabe. Every Ward has "them." The judgemental. The uninformed. The unchallenged.
The Church of Jesus Christ is true.
People are just people.
Feel sorry for them, and move on.
I've ranted enough for one day.
My work here is done!

Comment by Larbabe on May 21, 2013 at 1:21am

To Christine...
There are folks in the church, and out, who don't have experience and understanding when it comes to some struggles, like diabetes, depression, etc. They make "suggestions" like you're not praying hard enough, you don't have enough faith, snap out of it, etc. They don't realize how unproductive and even hurtful they can be. Every ward has them. I've known a couple like that who eventually had to deal with major issues and changed their tune. Just remember we're all human, imperfect. The reason we keep going is there's one who IS perfect, who loves us more than we can imagine. He understands us. Knows our pains and our joys. Wants us to serve but expects us to be sensible about our limits. He's the reason. The rest is secondary.

Comment by Christine Shaha on April 13, 2013 at 10:48pm

Hi, i just joined this group and I have been diabetic for 4 years now. We move around a lot because my husband is in the army. In my previous ward is when I became pregnant, shortly after the birth of my daughter Hallie. While my husband was deployed I started experiencing lots of hypoglycemic episodes, the Dr there were much help, they told me metformin wouldn't do that, but I was still having them, my family lives in ca and I was in fort hood, TX and my ward wasn't very understanding. I think it can be hard to understand a young person with T2 I am only 29, 25 at the time. I was 2nd counselor in the primary presidency at the time and when I began having problems and the was not very understanding, the began to accuse me of having no testimony and not wanting to serve the way the lord required. Which really was hard on me because I didn't and I still dont really know how to handle my diabetes at church. I am a convert of 10 years and have been very active the whole time. I love the Lord and the church it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. After numerous email from my husband to the bishop about how I was struggling and under the expectations i wasn't fulfilling the calling( because he was still deployed) they finally released me and gave me a new calling ( this was the first calling I ever asked to be released from)they put me in a nursery with 24 kids in it no this point I went to see the bishop and explained my health problems in detail, and how i didn't feel comfortable being in a room with so many kids when I would have to eat during the two hours and I have needles in my purse that i have to test and give meds with ( now they have me on insulin) The bishop wouldn't release me and then my daughter got really sick. She ended up needing surgery and we were able to get it done a few days after my husband got home from deployment, during this time we didn;t go to church much because on top of my health problems, Hallie had chronic diarrhea before her treatments. I don't mean to sound offend because i know that this ward had a lot of needs, but we didn't receive any contact during the months this was going on. I didn;t have vt or ht, but Dan and I continued to do our VT and HT and he would go to church with Hallie when she was well, I didn;t go as much, partially from diabetes issues and partially I was afraid to go...I couldn't handle anymore requirements when I felt like my life was so crazy. During this time i was also told i shouldn't have anymore children. Finally last august we moved here to wiesbaden and the ward is really nice, but they put me in nursery again and i started to feel like it would be the same thing. After we explained to the Bishop about diabetes he was very understanding and changed my calling. Since then however even though we were told i couldn't get pregnant again, I got pregnant, the dr here told me that that the other dr was ridiculous and that i am doing great. Now I am struggling with diabetes and pregnancy and I don't know how it all fits in with church and callings and doing everything expected and needed of me. My mother in law says i just need to have faith, but she also thinks i wouldn't be diabetic if i had more faith. I just don't know what to do anymore, I miss my old life, especially how it was in the church and i am scared and overwhelmed. Sorry for the long post.

Comment by Katey on April 6, 2012 at 2:27pm

When I first went back to church after being diagnosed I found it tricky. I was also in a new ward because I moved. Luckily I met someone visiting who was also a diabetic who was my age. It made it a lot easier. I don't generally like to tell people about it. I only tell close friends and family so they are aware in case something happens.

Comment by Chaplain ET on June 13, 2011 at 5:05pm
I would like to know if you, any of you, have had problems at church with your diabetes? If you've been recently diagnosed, have your relations changed with anyone at your ward? Have you had the opportunity to explain the disease, the 'symptoms,' and the treatments?

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