Francie's Blog (9)

Don't let fear decide your fate

Have you ever sat quietly, maybe after a good book or a glass of wine and started soul searching wondering what you would have accomplished if you didn't let fear decide your fate? Obviously being a definite type A personality and always looking for the next project to conquer, or souls to save, I truly believe everyone has a calling, and they need to find it and conquer all fear that stand in the way to get there. After all, fear is the only obstacle in your way. Financials can always be…


Added by Francie on December 30, 2012 at 6:44am — 3 Comments

Good Times. . . sorta . . .

It's hard to write about the sucky aspects of diabetes when things are going good:) I can proudly say, that the last 3 months are going well, bs control is in check, new tools to control both T1 and T2 are still working (knowing damn well that can all change in a heart beat.) Craig made a comment to me the other day that I have been very "feisty" these last couple weeks, and I must agree him, but why? So I started pondering on that statement. When a T1 gets glimpses of feeling good, and…


Added by Francie on November 27, 2012 at 7:05pm — No Comments


I have been a type 1 diabetic for 35 years and on top of that a type 2 diabetic for 3 years. I am on an insulin pump and metformin. While the type 2 was untreated I had a miserable time managing my diabetes with compounding complications which threw me into a dark depression. When the Metformin started working and I felt good enough, I started exercising again, with eating much healthier, follow a more strict diet, counting carbs, etc. I understand the cards are really stacked against me as…


Added by Francie on September 25, 2012 at 4:15pm — 1 Comment

Trials & Tribulations

Type 1 diabetes causes many trials and tribulations, throw in type 2 diabetes on top of that and WOWSA, your world is turned upside down. Three years ago, I was writing my eulogy for my funeral, because I knew it was not going to be far away. Dealing with the depression that accompanies diabetes along with some pretty mean snide remarks some family and associates made along the way, really p***ed me off but also started to beat me down. I was trying to "pick" the next wife for my husband,…


Added by Francie on June 25, 2012 at 5:55pm — 4 Comments

Food - Friend or Foe for Diabetics

**This is solely my personal experience & opinion:)

This morning it was suggested to me, to write about food. As an emotional eater, this was a welcomed challenge. To a Diabetic, food is a life saver or killer. Most diabetic would agree, somewhere along the line you lose the joy in eating. I cant remember the last time I ate something while I was truly hungry, or was actually craving what I ate. Most healthy people classify their foods in usual food pyromid (now plate) manor,…


Added by Francie on May 31, 2012 at 8:29am — 11 Comments

Labeled as a "BAD DIABETIC"

I had quite a day today, an MRI, ABI, Physical Therapy and appt. w/ Surgeon. So as the nurse takes me back to see surgeon she goes thru the usual rigamarol. . . weight, height, medications, etc. and I tell her that I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 35 years and a Type 2 diabetic for 2 years. She looks at me and says "You cant be both." So I explain to her how yes, i can, then she responds w/ "Well you must be one BAD diabetic!" hmmmmm. . . . the "Arnold" side of me wanted to tell her to F***…


Added by Francie on May 18, 2012 at 3:48am — 10 Comments

Certain Loved Ones Around a Diabetic

While reading other blogs, I read a lot of "woe is me" in between the lines. I do agree a lot of heavy thought & effort goes into managing this chronic disease, only to find out that the complications will eventually get ahold of you anyway. Most people around diabetics do not notice the daily struggle, except for those certain loved ones. For me personally, those certain loved ones are my husband and kids. What about their feelings and concerns? Every time one of the boys display being…


Added by Francie on May 9, 2012 at 6:22am — 4 Comments

detachment from pump

Well i did a good one today. . woke up timely, changed out my port, primed up my pump and out the door to do yard work. . . a couple hours later, im not feeling so good, so i check my pump and its detached! i check bs. . 550! ruined my whole day. . i am ill and trying to shake it. . .

Added by Francie on April 22, 2012 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Double Diabetes

In February I was diagnosed as a Double Diabetic. I have been a T1 for 34 years and for the last two years dealing w/ IR. it has thrown my blood sugar control into a tail spin and every day i have BS highs. Is there anyone else who is dealing w/ this same scenerio?

Added by Francie on April 4, 2012 at 4:38am — 6 Comments



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