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Married with Diabetes…

A support groups for diabetics and spouses living with a diabetic. A place to meet and share tips experiences and even a little humor for better mutual understanding.

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Started by Anthony Zyjewski. Last reply by Terrie Sep 8. 2 Replies

Devastating day.

Started by T2wifeofaT1. Last reply by Gayle Jun 23. 2 Replies

Scared!

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Comment by Madrileño on September 8, 2014 at 4:28am

Ahh - I've just seen that it is glucagon that the link refers to. We have that though the last severe low she had even that didn't work so we needed emergency services. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.

Comment by Madrileño on September 8, 2014 at 4:27am

Hi Gayle - thanks for that. I have a glucagon injection kit but I'll investigate the other one to. I'm seeing the diabetic specialist nurse tomorrow to talk about "carer issues" so I hope she'll come up with some new ideas too. Thanks for the suggestion.

Comment by Gayle on September 5, 2014 at 12:25pm

Hi Ataloss. I understand your frustration! You might try and solicit the help of his doctor. Sometimes hearing it from a "professional" can make a difference. Eating right and exercising are important for all of us, but I think more so to someone who is dealing with the challenges and issues associated with Type 1 diabetes. My husband has also been Type 1 for going on 35 years and wears a pump too (Omnipod actually versus a traditional pump). He does watch his diet and exercises as much as he is able to. He has had a major stroke and a few minor ones, and a few months ago had a heart attack. I think he has survived what he has had to deal with, and has been able to recover as well as he has in part because he has been diligent in working to manage his diabetes, and his diet/exercise. All of the potential complications that go along with Type 1 are scary, and for your husband there may be a bit of denial going on. That would be understandable too.

Comment by Gayle on September 5, 2014 at 12:19pm

Hi Madrileno. You might see if her doctor can prescribe and get you a glucose emergency injection kit. It's a single dose of injectable glucose to keep handy in the refrigerator in case of an emergency low blood sugar episode. My husband has had several VERY low blood sugars, and like your wife he often doesn't exhibit symptoms until he's at 30 or less. So far I haven't had to use the injection, but it's nice knowing it's there in case. I have a friend whose husband is Type 1 also and she has had to use emergency injections with him more than once. Here's a website about the injection kit: http://www.humalog.com/Pages/glucagon-severe-low-blood-sugar.aspx

Comment by Madrileño on September 5, 2014 at 7:29am

Hi - like Susan (below) I'm married to a diabetic and am worried about her care. Living in the UK there is no CGM available and pumps are quite rare. Our problem is that my wife has no symptoms of going low (which happens fairly frequently) and when she is low is very resistant to taking what she needs to come up again. So it's a 20 minute session each time of cajoling, pursuading, encouraging and pushing to try to get anything into her. I've tried forcing out of frustration and the need to do something but it doesn't work. Does anyone have any similar situation and how do you handle it?

Comment by Ataloss on September 5, 2014 at 6:27am

Hello, my husband has had type 1 diabetes for 34 yrs. He wears an insulin pump. He feels that he can eat whatever he wants just take more insulin. I feel that he should try to lower his sugar/carb intake. He starts his day with pop tarts! Also, he doesn't exercise. His father had type 2 and had several heart attacks and strokes and I am afraid that my husband is headed in the same direction.

Comment by BearBird85 on January 14, 2014 at 3:08am

Hello, married to a Non-D who sometimes doesnt quite get it. :)

Comment by Susan M on June 4, 2013 at 5:21pm

I am a non-diabetic, my husband is a type 1 "brittle" diabetic, who is 18 years older than me. He is having trouble because he only eats twice a day, usually, because it takes quite a while for his blood sugar to get low enough to eat. He has a lot of "non-absorbent" spots on his body because he has been giving himself shots since he was 3....for 61 years! I've been married to him for almost 3 years, and I'm concerned. He sometimes only eats once a day, because his blood sugar is too high, and his insulin is not being absorbed properly. I think he needs to get an insulin pump so that he doesn't have to give himself so many shots, and he could add short acting insulin to his regime. Apparently, the shots cause the non-absorbency, so I'm concerned. I hate for him to go hungry, he can't function like that, it wears him out! But his insurance is through his work, he is on contract, and only started in September...the insurance kicked in 90 days after that, and they say it will be a year before they will cover anything regarding diabetes....his contract runs out in July, unless they renew it, he will be without insurance again. I am an unemployed teacher, been substituting for several years and haven't found a job in teaching, probably due to alternative certification, and then so many teachers getting laid off and competing for the same jobs in this area. But in the meantime, I'm not sure what I can do to help him get an insulin pump- I'm tired of waiting for things to improve so he can have the things he needs! Does anyone know how much an insulin pump would cost without insurance coverage? And is there assistance available? I've been trying to research when the health care reform act will cause insurance companies to not deny coverage for "pre-existing conditions" but most sites say "it varies". Can anyone help point me in the right direction? I would appreciate it, and so would my husband. (p.s. I usually work at summer camps in between substituting, but this summer the one I've worked at the last few years closed down and I haven't found a job elsewhere, either....looking at different types of places for employment for this situation and for helping with my kids in college).

Comment by Jethro on October 31, 2012 at 9:23am

Wayne;
Does your wife eat healthy? Or is she afraid that supporting your desire to improve would require her to change as well?
Hopefully she has the heart to do the right things.

Comment by Wayne on September 24, 2012 at 10:51am

Thanks Bikette. right now the babies are the best glue.

 

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