I posted this on the Diabetes Mine page and found it rejuvinating to think about how I get through life with the Big D:
After being diagnosed at 25, and now being 38 and NO ONE around me having diabetes (work and family)- I've sort of been used to doing it all on my own. Here is what helps me stay happy and healthy.
1. Support team
- kids, husband, family, doctors, nutritionist, and (finally) online community! I'm not alone! I have never been alone with this disease!… Continue
Added by Dana Clark on May 8, 2008 at 10:47am —
So, I just got back from an endo, and I'm really excited!! My A1c was 7.2, which is a little high, but not nearly as high as it was a year ago when it was tested. I went to a Diabetes America place and it was awesome. The team there was great and I had no problem with them whatsoever. They were young too so I didn't feel like they didn't really know about type 1 or young people like I did the last time I went to an endo. They understood, and encouraged me, to change my insulin how I saw fit.… Continue
Added by Anna on May 8, 2008 at 8:50am —
I was diagnosed on October 2nd, 2000. Its been a long struggle one that I sometimes want to give up on but I haven't yet.
When I was first diagnosed it not only scared me but it also made me wonder how people were going to treat me. I was sixteen years old and in my junior year of high school. It was in October of 2000, the week of homecoming and I had been having some symptoms for over a week. My mom decided that I needed to get into the doctor's office and quick. I went to… Continue
Added by Cherise on May 8, 2008 at 7:22am —
I have been wondering this every since I started college again. I've noticed that public places, not like grocery stores or little stores with no public restrooms, but more like universities do not offer sharps containers for their diabetic students. I attend the University of Phoenix-Salt Lake City division in Taylorsville UT. There is two campuses that I have been for the UOP's campuses, one is the main campus located in Murray UT but is called Salt Lake City because its easier to find and… Continue
Added by Cherise on May 8, 2008 at 7:17am —
I have had some personal issues with my weight. The last doctor's visit I had, which was on April 11, 2008, my weight had dropped from 145 lbs to 136 lbs. Understand that I am around 5'10" tall and the average weight for someone at that height is 150 lbs. I have no idea why I have lost the weight only that I have been eating small meals all day instead of three meals which is supposed to be better than three large meals a day. There are times that I don't get up until 11am, but get up at like… Continue
Added by Cherise on May 8, 2008 at 7:11am —
I am from New Jersey, and moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2005 to start a doctorate program in clinical psychology. I'm in my third year now, and almost done with the academic part of the program!!!
The program got extremely hard during the summer of my second year. I lost about 20 lbs without moving a muscle, was constantly thirsty, and went to the bathroom every ten minutes. I was also extremely tired. I typically get up before 8:00, but during this time I wanted to sleep until… Continue
Added by Kim on May 7, 2008 at 4:10pm —
so it is 2:00pm and I just finished my pump class about an hour ago. so far I like this little device. I was worried I would feel the insulin going in, but that's clearly not the case. I still feel pretty nervous with the pump. I'm worried I'm going to imput something wrong and have a massive sugarlow. I guess it's just a matter of building up my confidence with this little thing.
Right now, I feel like this pump is the greatest thing ever, and I wish my doctor would have let me get on it… Continue
Added by Diana on May 7, 2008 at 11:00am —
My husband and I went to the Caribbean last month and had a FABULOUS time. We were on a cruise that left from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and went to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola, and St. Thomas. It was great, but too short! In Antigua, as soon as we got off the ship, taxi drivers were everywhere, trying to get the cruise passengers to hire them for the day to show them around the island. We took a guy… Continue
Added by Katie I. on May 7, 2008 at 6:30am —
I gave myself my last injection this morning. Had I remembered, I would have done a little dance...or a funeral procession. Hopefully the OmniPod works for me in the long run, but based on my blood sugar readings from today, I'm hopeful.
I did a pod change over the weekend (saline), and surprisingly, it didn't take me too long. It took about 3 minutes (this was while doing a "demo" for my mom and boyfriend). My squeamish-around-needles boyfriend heard the click of the needle… Continue
Added by faye on May 6, 2008 at 11:30pm —
I always heard that is takes 30 days to make a habit stick. I have to agree with this philosophy. On April 1st, I had my A1c done and it was a little high at 7.4%. I have since then made a lot of changes. I have been eating really well, eating quality protiens, low glycemic carbohydrates, as well as plenty of fruits and vegetables. I have also been hitting the gym, or finding ways to exercise at least 3-4 days a week. Has not been easy, but I am finally getting there.
I have recently… Continue
Added by Chris Haro on May 6, 2008 at 12:18pm —
HEY EVERYBODY . .
A new friend of mine (Meg Murphy) is participating in the Bar Harbor Maine ADA Tour-de-Cure May 18th.
I am awestruck by her energy and commitment as she has no personal / familial ties to diabetes. (Nor is she big into bicycling . . )
If you don't know anyone else riding, and you'd like to donate to the ADA, please consider helping her make her fundraising goal of $500. Her website to donate is;… Continue
Added by Deb on May 6, 2008 at 10:24am —
I've come to a sketchy, off-the-wall, hypothesis that thermoregulation -- more to the point, recurrent drops in body temperature to near-hypothermic levels -- may be either a primary
issue, manifesting in secondary
hyperglycemia (aka diabetes), or a trigger
for the expression of T1 or T2 diabetes.
Since in most people, body temperature tends to drop to its lowest about 2-3 AM, the same time as the infamous "middle of the night lows", I further insinuated (but did… Continue
Added by tmana on May 5, 2008 at 7:29pm —
So this fabulous article was published saying the insulin pumps can be dangerous. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-nat-insulin-pumpsmay05,0,5969969.story Of course EVERY news media in the country has picked it up. So I just got my first call from a relative to "let me know"...THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP! Being type 1 diabetic is dangerous!!! Where is the news about that? Insulin is life support. I happen to think that an insulin pump is still the best form of delivery. Sure, if it… Continue
Added by Michelle Curtis on May 5, 2008 at 6:10pm —
I've never done this before; I want to quote a news article. Maybe just the date, time I saw it and title? I hope you will look it up and read it.. I dont know how to link articles. Here is the title
" Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers" by AP Associated Press.
Date : May 5,2008.
Time 8:00pm est.
We as diabetics are 5th on the list. sigh...
I know we're all gonna die some day. To put this out like this makes me angry,frustrated, hurt etc... Why… Continue
Added by MeadowLark on May 5, 2008 at 5:00pm —
"The experts" say that by the time one is diagnosed with T2 diabetes, over half of one's islet cells have been compromised. "They" also say that our diabetes can exist in a subclinical state for years before diagnosis. We'll probably have to wait another generation or two for researchers to piece together the interactions of genes, environments, and triggers for all
types of diabetes before clear paths of development emerge. Once that happens, hopefully we will be able to "catch and… Continue
Added by tmana on May 5, 2008 at 3:27pm —
Last night I had one of those terrible lows... woke up and was in the 40s.... sweating and needing to get to some juice ASAP. This doesn't happen often but it does happen. I'm also dieting so I wasn't happy about "breaking the diet" and having juice and some toast with PB on it. Of course, I wanted to eat up the entire fridge because I was out of sorts. I will wake up my husband and tell him to come looking for me if I disappear for a while. I always feel just worn out and like I have a… Continue
Added by Dana Clark on May 5, 2008 at 7:48am —
hmmm... Today is not like most other days. I'm looking at not running out of insurance for another month and a few days... Yet, I can't afford the trip to the Dr office for a simple A1C that should have been done in Feb. Here it is May. Time for another one! sigh.... I am not using the insulin the way the dr prescribed it to me. 1 unit per 15 carbs. It does not bring my number down or even it out when I eat and count the carbs. I'm still hungry when I follow the instructions.
On the other… Continue
Added by MeadowLark on May 5, 2008 at 5:53am —
During the last 6+ months I've learned a lot about the carb content of food. Somedays I eat a few more carbs than I should. Other days, I eat a lot less. I usually try to make "good choices", when it comes to selecting my "carb choices". Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm human, but I don't see myself sitting down to a HUGE milkshake.
I'm terrible because I memorize numbers well. If I've looked at a food's carb content I usually end up knowing it offhand, the next… Continue
Added by Jody on May 4, 2008 at 6:08pm —
Just got word about this from the folks over at DRI:
Novelist Brenda Novak's 4th Annual Online Auction Adds Diabetes Research Institute as Beneficiary
(Sacramento, CA), May 2008 – As the mother of a child with type 1 diabetes, bestselling author Brenda Novak uses the creativity and vision she calls upon regularly as a writer to create the 4th Annual Online Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research. Held each May in honor of Mother's Day, the month-long event can… Continue
Added by Manny Hernandez on May 4, 2008 at 12:00pm —
For those who have been following my annual spiritual journey through spring cleaning (aka my pre-Passover kitchen rants), the Passover stuff finished getting packed up on Monday, and two thirds of it is still awaiting its annual trip back to the store room.
I haven't gotten all of the non-Passover stuff back out of the bins, and I don't think I will. At this point, until some of it is eaten down, I will still have four bins of snacks, tea, etc. neatly stacked under the kitchen… Continue
Added by tmana on May 3, 2008 at 4:24pm —