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I have been a diabetic for 6 years. LADA pump wearer. I have passively accepted my diabetes. Meaning some days I accepted it some days I pretended like it wasnt there. I am a RN and spend my days taking care of blind amputated patients that had the same response to their disease as I have had. Time to wake up and move past the stages of grieving. So here goes.
I started watching everthing I eat because I want good bg control and I have about 15 lbs I would love to loose to make me happy with me. This wont make me look great on any chart but this is where I feel great. Low carb is always the way to go for me. So I am eating less than 30 carbs per meal planning smart choice snacks, walking on the treadmill 20 minutes everyday I am not working.
So far so good. I am feeling empowered and in control for the first time in a long time. Part of my new plan is also to goto my Endo once a month until I feel like I have battled all my deamons and feel comfortable with going it alone for longer periods.(having to be acountable for my readings once a month keeps me in line). So first month is up, time to proudly show her what I have done for myself. First my pump wont download so no readings to brag about and second after all my efforts I gained 4lbs. WHAM motivation sinking fast.
Well for the first time ever I got advice and not a well you should try harder lecture. She started me on symlin 15 at everymeal increasing to 30 on the third day. I am now 5 days into it and found myself yesterday adding carbs just so I could take it. This is not a good idea (I think). So I think I will keep it to meals over 25 carbs and see what happens. Its alot to think about and figure out but I like the challange. Joining a good community for insparation too is part of my goal. This is my first stop and I am loving it so far.

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Comment by Ren on February 12, 2013 at 8:38pm
Hang in there Kare ... the weight'll come off. Sending you good vibes!
Comment by brokenpole on February 13, 2013 at 2:00am
Kare I only have one thing to say to you. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
Comment by Tami on February 13, 2013 at 9:59am

You go girl!!

Comment by David (dns) on February 13, 2013 at 11:53am

Details are different, but you are in the same space I was about a year ago. That's when my mental wake-up call took hold and I decided that haphazard control was no longer acceptable.

You're at the start of a journey. Everyone's path is distinct and individual BUT -- from my own recent experience, and that of the people who contribute to our community conversation, there are three things I can tell you with certainty:

(1) Take small steps. Don't try to conquer this overnight; that's a recipe for frustration. You're going to be dealing with this for a long time. Learn a little bit each day.

(2) It WILL get better (and easier) as you go along and understanding increases and confidence grows.

(3) This one is REALLY important: don't get emotionally whipsawed by the mental roller coaster. When something doesn't go the way you expected, don't react to it as evidence of failure; use it as a clue to learn from. We all have days when this disease behaves the way we want it to, and days when it acts like a child throwing a tantrum. And -- most especially -- don't ever fail to acknowledge your own accomplishment when you get it right.

All of that being said, there are some outstanding resources available to help along the way. One of the best is this community. The wealth of shared experience here is mind boggling. Tap into it.

There are hundreds of books written about managing diabetes. A few of the very best are listed below. All of the authors have Type 1 themselves -- they're not just third parties giving advice but people with skin in the game.

Richard K. Bernstein, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, 4th. ed. (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011)

Gary Scheiner, Think Like A Pancreas (Boston: Da Capo Press, 2011)

Riva Greenberg, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It (Boston: Da Capo Press, 2009)

Riva Greenberg, Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s (Brooklyn: SPI Management LLC, 2013


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