I have had diabetes since about 2001. There are some medications I've been taking, but mostly I completely ignore all else that comes with this disease. I have paid no attention to my diet and do not exercise, I don't test my sugars, and do not take the insulin prescribed to me. I have just not worried about the consequences of my actions.
Is there anyone out there who can relate to this? If so, how did you get out of this mindset and where do I begin?
I fully understand as I struggle with similar issues each day. I also was diagnosed in 2001. I must admit that I have been relying more on the bandage of medication than lifestyle change.
The choice is yours (and mine). Continue on the path you have chosen to travel and suffer the known complications and an early death, or change your lifestyle and improve your health. Increase your activity, follow a healthy diet and take your medications for now, or suffer the inevitable consequences.
It is is simple as that. The old "just do it" commercial applies to those of us with diabetes. You and I must make that choice each day.
I pray you get motivated and can change your lifestyle.
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Kitluca, welcome. I wish I could relate because I can feel your pain.
I was diagnosed in '07 with "uncontrolled diabetes." My A1C was 13.2. Needless to say, everyone was shocked, most of all me. I had no symptoms whatsoever. I was underweight. Thought I always ate healthy. Exercised five days a week. Yep, total shock set in.
My mother had diabetes, insulin dependent. Unbeknownst to me, I had no idea she did not have control. No control for years. She either had her head buried in the sand and/or was lying to her doctor about her sugars.
Talk to a professional. This is not good for you. I mention my mother and she didn't fight. Her kidneys failed and she was put on dialysis three days a week, four hours at a time. She never exercised or did physical activity to help her numbers. Her blood circulation started to go bad. The amputations started. All of us kids were besides ourselves. What was happening to our mother?
Dialysis can only be done for so many years before the body just gives up. She passed away from diabetic complications. If she took care of herself, it would not have happened. I still get angry thinking about it.
My own diagnosis had my head reeling, thinking of what my mother went through. I am also insulin-dependent. Heredity. My first thought was that I was going to do everything in my control not to go down the road my mom did. It's not necessary to put yourself in pain and everyone around you.
I have been successful in my endeavors to keep my blood sugar in control. I take two insulins, keep active and cut down my ingestion of carbs. My A1C has come down to 5.6.
It's a daily struggle, I admit. Some days, I don't even think about it, other days I get aggravated trying to think, O.K., how many carbs is this, how much insulin should I take.
Luckily, I have a very physically active job. First-hand experience has shown that your BS numbers can come down drastically with physical activity.
You've already taken the first step. You came here and vented. Take it one day at a time. Don't crowd your head with everything all at once. Day one: take a look at the food in your fridge and pantry. Take an inventory. Is this good for me? That's a start. Then relax and tell yourself "I've done something today to help me with my diabetes."
I cannot believe what you are saying. I was walking around with a BG reading of over 500....over 500 and did not know it. I was very weak and couldn't do much and then I was watching TV, Dancing with the Stars, and Donald Driver was up for the finals. I am a Packer fan all over!! I was having trouble seeing the picture good--seemed all blurry. Nobody else thought so. I put on my glasses and that was better, The next day my eyesight got worse. I never thought of Diabetes. I made an eye doctor's appointment for 3 weeks down the line. Meanwhile I couldn't see good enough to drive and had a mamo appointment and then a blood draw for a physical. (this all had been scheduled weeks earlier) I had to have my partner drive me. I couldn't see good enough to drive my car!. My answer was in the blood draw. 500 test on my blood glucose reading. SLAM DUNK IN THE HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. I was dehydrated, sick, couldn't see good anymore, drinking like crazy and piddling the same. I got straightened out in the hospital and introduced to the life of diabetes. Being blind is not one of the things I plan on taking lightly. Picture that being you!! I would sure hate to see what you are in for by not following your routine for the disease. What you are doing isn't even funny. If you keep that up you will be short of 2 legs very soon. You are on the road for amputations of your limbs. How does that sound to you? Looking forward to the wheel chair life? Do you have a monitor to do your own testing? And do you not follow up with your doctor and him with you? GROW UP AND START TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF. Once you know what you are doing, it's easy to adjust to this life and it's not so bad. You said you were taking some meds. What are they? And why did you decide to just let this disease go? I hope I have given you some serious things to think about!! Now get going and makeall of us proud of you! Let me know how you are. Brinerlady
Who wants to obsess about what foods to eat? Who wants to exercise, everyday? Who wants to stick themselves with needles 3 or 4 times a day?Who wants to see a doctor every few months to find out, "Am I getting better or getting worse?" Who wants to spend hard earned money (often times, money they don't have) on drugs that make them nauseous or worse? Who wants to despair over the need to lose weight when they've tried countless times, before, only to fail each time.
There is no diabetic "out there" that doesn't want to have to deal with this disease (as you have)...We can all relate to how you feel. It's just, the value of life is not equally precious for everyone.
How do you get out of the mindset (you have)? Find a purpose to live, longer, I suppose...
bruno, I LOVE that response! I sat on my hands for several days because I didn't have the guts to write exactly what you did! I love life, and do allow myself a "pity party" every now and then, but then get out the food scale and measuring cups and "Complete Book of Food Counts" and get back to the business of living-----while sadly watching more of my diabetic friends making another choice.
There is no right way or wrong way to go about one's business, diabetes or otherwise. Each person exists in a different environment with different rules & different resources. If I lived in your world, flutetooter, I'd likely make the same choices and reach the same conclusions as you. But, I don't. That's the beauty of life. That's what makes it's so precious. Just because a person likes french fries and German Chocolate cake does not make them crazy. I should know...I use to be "that" person. No guts; just sayin'.
First thing to do is see what damage has set in from ignoring your medical condition. Then you can start from scratch with the Dr. and Dietitian and once you get a grip on it you will do just fine. You have to be motivated though to get it right! We have all been there and done most of that while learning about our Diabetes but I am sure the majority did not wait over 11 years to challenge it. If you need therapy as to why you choose to ignore it that may not be a bad idea before all the damage starts to set in if it has not already. You made the first step now by expressing yourself on here and that might mean you are ready.
I would begin your journey with therapy and us for support. I am surprised your Dr. has not called you in about how you are doing? If I were a Dr., and a patient told me I was going to ignore my Diabetes or did not show up for another appointment about it, I would be a wreck.
Get proactive on this. I am sure all of us relate to the frustration you are feeling. You just have to learn to accept the fact you have Diabetes and get ahead of it
Good luck and keep us informed, we are here to help walk you through it but be sure you get to the Specialist and Dietitian right away and we can support you while you make the lifestyle change that was recommended for your situation. Type 1 or 2 with insulin is easy once you know how much you need based on diet and exercise. Keep it simple and listen and do not freak out about it!
Thanks for your Reply!
I just didn't know what to do. But I found a great class with the county extension service. It was for newly diag. diabetics. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. It was a very inexpensive class and I learned more there than any place. The first thing to concentrate on is amount of carbs a day. Don't worry about calories or anything but carbs.....Once you've got the grasp of the amount of carbs per meal and snacks.....then you can concetrate on the rest. ....It will help so much.
The thing that made me decide to do some thing for myself, is I watched my aunt lose one foot, then another, then die because the didn't care for herself. She was only 47.
I'm 69 and I think more of myself than to just sit back and die......
I could have written this myself, Kitluca....I take meds and do nothing else...I have neuropathy in my feet and now some nerve problems in my bladder...night incontenance. I take my meds religiously...glimipiride and mettforman....each twice a day. My A1c is rising....7.5 right now. I do occasionally check my BC at various times...very seldom is it below 250. Sooooo, why don't I care? Losing weight, watching carbs, walking..all would help. There is no magic pill. For some reason, I really don't care! I will be having double knee replacement in August and am extremely afraid of infection. I really need to try to be proactive or I will definitely be sorry. I have dysthymia, which is chronic depression that does not respond to treatment. This could have something to do with it.
My mother-in-law had much the same attitude as yours going into that surgery. With proper healing, rest and serious rehab work those joints shouldn't loosen for years. But, if it doesn't heal properly and complications develop...believe me, two more surgeries, later, my m-i-l wished she had "cared"...
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