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    An_257346 posted:
    brunosbud responded:
    Regardless of what anyone says, good or bad, what difference does it make? You're gonna do what you usually do, anyway. Do you normally pass the buck and make your problems someone else's responsibility? If so, you're in for a rough go. If you like control, revel challenges and believe that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, you'll do fine (like always). Either case, what you don't know, you have plenty of time to learn and improve. Is that "good" or "bad"? I don't know? Is it?
    flutetooter replied to brunosbud's response:
    ????? to the reply
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
    An_255018 replied to brunosbud's response:
    Your reply is rude, offensive and considered a personal attack. For whatever good it does, I have reported your post. You need to learn how to play nice with others.
    bigred53 replied to brunosbud's response:
    An_255018. Sometimes the truth is rude and offensive. I'd rather have the truth however brutal than the sugar coated version any day. Sometimes a person needs a slap in the face to wake up and get down to the work of being healthy. And it is work. Medications are easy. Research and a healthy lifestyle are not the easiest things to do but anyone who truly wants to be healthy will do it.

    I for one appreciate Bruno's answers/comments no matter how caustic they may be.

    An_255018 replied to bigred53's response:
    There is no support of any value in this community. Just bullying and criticism. Good bye.
    brunosbud replied to bigred53's response:
    Thanks, Michelle...I think.
    The truth is neither brutal nor humane. The truth is what it is. It's people that insist on painting it a different color. If it's any consolation, I think I could have worded my original message in a friendlier, more supportive way. My bad...
    bigred53 replied to An_255018's response:
    And just what have you done on this thread to make it better? It seems to me that you threw the first stone at Bruno. I was merely defending him. I guess for you if you can't stand a little bit of heat. ....

    Just saying. ...

    bigred53 replied to brunosbud's response:
    Bruno I could have used a better word myself. A lot of people prefer to sugar coat and be nonconfrontational. What is really going to get someone's attention? You get my attention every time you post. It makes me think outside the box.

    Imo most people are basically lazy and want someone else to do the research for them. If they have a computer or a smart phone they are capable of doing their own research. If they don't understand something that is the time to ask questions. Of course they should be talking to their doctor first.

    I work with several other type 2 diabetics and I am appalled by the way they eat. I try to talk to them but it does no good - so far. I'm not perfect by any means but I'm in pretty good control. They are Hispanic and none of them want to give up white rice or flour tortillas.

    When I was diagnosed I wanted to learn everything I could. I'm still learning. I read every news article I come across that is about diabetes and diabetes meds. It's not that difficult.

    Bruno don't change to please another. Please keep doing what you've been doing.

    flutetooter replied to bigred53's response:
    This reply is to the ideas from all the above posts. I now understand better what Bruno meant in his original post, and also wonder, myself, how some people can be so uninformed when information is plentiful. But then, it took me a number of months-years, to try to sort out all the different approaches to treating diabetes when even doctors don't agree.

    NONE of my friends with high blood sugar do much of anything at all to control it, other than take increasingly larger doses of meds. A close friend started on minimal Metformin, and is now on heavy insulin and carries an oxygen tank everywhere he goes. He never once cut back on his sweets. I also often wanted to blast out an outspoken reply to posts here, and several times I think I did.
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
    brunosbud replied to flutetooter's response:
    Thanks for the post, flute. An_255018's post has reminded me of something I need to pay far more attention to (and I thank them for telling me).
    You, Michelle and I have posted numerous comments to this board to the point that we're reasonably comfortable and confident to share our thoughts on a wide variety topics relating to diabetes. But, that's not the case for new members visiting this board for the first time searching for answers to serious concerns they have about their future. The person who began this dialog is worried... So much so, he/she capitalized every letter. In retrospect, telling them "don't worry" is probably not what this particular person needs to hear. Thus, I'd like to start over...

    An_257346, if you have not visited a diabetes specialist, yet, now would be a good time. Please ask your primary care physician to provide you with a referral.
    The specialist will undoubtedly ask you a series of questions related to family history, previous medical history, present drug use and lifestyle. I strongly suggest you answer every question as thoroughly and accurately as possible. The success of your treatment depends on it. Finally, after the specialist has asked these questions, they'll provide you a list of recommendations for you to follow. I suggest you listen very carefully, take notes, if necessary, but do not leave that office until you fully understand every recommendation that's given. This is the time to ask your questions so come prepared.

    If you follow the specialist's treatment instructions to the letter, that 6.3? It's good! But, if you choose to ignore or discount your doctor's orders, that 6.3? It's bad (and will likely grow worse). It's just that simple. Good luck!

    bigred53 replied to flutetooter's response:
    Flute I'm with you in wanting to blast off a caustic reply too. Sometimes it's all I can do to hold back as I don't want to be banned. Not only here but other communities as well.

    Several years ago I allowed myself to get closer to being out of control. My A1c got up to 7.0 and my doctor increased my Metformin to 2000 mg per day along with 10mg per day of Glyburide. My last A1c in November was 5.9. I continue losing weight slowly but surely and I've been going low quite often so I've been cutting back on the Glyburide at night. I don't like waking up to 40's and 50's. I have an appointment with my doctor June 5th and we'll have some things to discuss.

    It is my belief that everyone must be proactive when it comes to their health. I try to find answers and learn on my own before I ask questions. If I can do that why can't others?

    Flute, you, nutrijoy, auriga and Bruno have taught me so much. In the beginning of my journey it was David, Hooty, nixie, missy and Smip and others who were very helpful. In dealing with diabetes we have to learn to think outside the box. Even though we're all diabetic we're all different in how it affects us and how we take care of ourselves.

    auriga1 replied to bigred53's response:
    Bigred, well thank you very much. I'm glad to help. It is through experience that we can get others through and our own research.

    If was wholly ignorant of this disease when diagnosed, even though my mother had it. I was young and I thought healthy. My sugar levels started climbing when I was in my 30's. I was thin and had no idea that this disease could strike anyone at any time.

    I am still learning. Have much to learn, too. I haven't seen the original poster come back as of yet. I do hope that they do to try and find some answers.

    Bigred, hope you get some satisfactory answers from your appointment. Sounds as if you are doing much better, and I am happy for you.

    As an aside, I need to set an appointment myself. I have health insurance now. I have been using over-the-counter insulin and it's beating me up. Too many lows. I have had to adjust the dosage, but my a.m. fasting is much higher than it should be. If I want my fasting lower, then the lows hit during the day at work. As I said, a learning experience each and every day.
    bigred53 replied to auriga1's response:
    When I was diagnosed I didn't know anything about diabetes either. That first day as I was standing in line at the pharmacy I saw a book about diabetes. I took it as a sign. All my doctor told me was no white foods - bread, rice, potatoes or pasta.

    Then I thought where else can I get good information and I came here. I checked out the ADA website and all the others mentioned here. I googled natural ways to ..... whatever.

    I hate it when another diabetic tells me 'I can't' when I try to help them. Or ' you don't understand'. Sometimes I feel like telling them that they are committing slow suicide because they are.

    Eight years ago I weighed almost 350 pounds. I'm down to 235 now and I still have a way to go. I feel better and look better than I have in years. I still have food issues and I probably always will but it's getting easier to resist the triggers. I figure if I don't buy it I can't eat it.

    My grandmother told me that we all should learn something new every day and I usually do - about myself, my work and life in general. A person does have to be willing to learn though and so many people just don't care it seems. They want someone else to do it for them. It's so sad when it is so easy to get information about anything these days.

    I'm getting off my soapbox for now. Thanks again all you wonderful regulars!


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