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I've given up the unequal struggle

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Patrick66, Nov 5, 2020.

  1. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    As well as oral medications there are also injections (such as bydureon, or victoza). Metformin on it’s own is the first step, I was on 2 other medications over and above those, others are on more

    insulin is a last step for many surgeries, and my nurse was doing everything she could do to make sure that wasn’t the plan, hopefully you will be offered other options depending on your hba1c

    Many people do take insulin, it has its challenges but they are manageable. So I hope whatever the outcome you start to feel better
     
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  2. lessci

    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No, you only have to notify with insulin, but you do have to test before driving (It's the one I want off of most, but it means I get "free" testing strips)
     
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  3. VashtiB

    VashtiB Type 2 · Moderator
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    Hi @Patrick66 ,

    I agree that you shouldn't be blaming yourself- I don't know if you have heard of the spoon theory - if you haven't google it. It is something that made a lot of sense to me. Basically what we an do on any particular day can vary signifiantly.

    With all that you are trying to balance you can only do the best you an do on any given day. The current world situation has made life very different for a lot of us. As a diabetic the added stress does n opt help- and that is even without the other challenges that you face.

    no-one hear is going to think any less of you because you are finding it harder at the moment- if anything the opposite. I think it took real courage to post and I always admire courage.

    Good luck and take care of yourself.
     
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  4. Harys1990

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    It is symbol of struggling against disease that is giving message to everyone who suffer any disease.
     
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  5. Patrick66

    Patrick66 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Needles and I do not mix. We move in different social circles and I hope to keep it that way.

    I have got my HbA1c down from 78 to 41 in the past so know that if I have to go 'cold turkey' I have done so in the past.
     
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  6. Patrick66

    Patrick66 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. Very kind.

    Yes I'm aware of spoon theory. Its quite commonly referred to amongst us Autistic folks.
     
  7. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear this but sounds like you are hanging in there even though it is clearly overwhelming you some of the time.
    Don't know the solutions but thought you might like this episdoe of 'Doctor in the house' re fibromyalgia. The lady here isn't diabetic but is suffering the lack of time from her GP who just saw her as a bunch of symtoms/diseases one of which is fibromyalgia:

    Might give you some inspiration/hope perhaps.
    Take care.
     
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  8. Patrick66

    Patrick66 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you
     
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    nutribolt Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry to read about your struggle and I hope you will find strength in all the lovely words from wonderful people here. I can relate to your experience as I went through a period of despair in last 10 years not once but about 4 or 5 times. I was doing everything the diabetes team told me and then some but nothing really worked. At one point I remember just giving up on Metaformin as it was making life so difficult but it is at times like these that our support mechanism kicks in.... my wife in my case is my rock and helps me overcome my downs. I will not assume your circumstances but I do hope you have a support mechanism you can turn to, talk to and help you stay motivated. I also hope that what I have just told you helps you realise slipping every so often is to realise we are humans and not robots following some algorithm. It will get better and every "down" comes with the assurance that the "up" is just round the corner.

    While i am new as an active participant on this forum, I have found particupating here is allowing me to be more concious of what I am eating and sharing my daily reports and getting insight on others, allows me to stay motivated as well. So I would definitely encourage not to feel ashamed if and when you fell off the wagon. The people around here I have found are lovely folks willing to help and not judgmental in the least. I cant even say the same for some of NHS staff I have dealt with in past 10 years.

    Stay strong and have faith in yourself. You will come through.
     
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  10. JenniferW

    JenniferW Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    After my 2019 annual review with the diabetic nurse, I went on to contact Shropshire Psychological Therapies service. I had a telephone appointment and the diagnosis was that I had mild depression and needed to address my relationship with food, but that I was not eligible for counselling. I went on to some private counselling sessions, but at £40 a session, as a low-income pensioner, I really didn't feel I could keep this up. So my experience of support hasn't been great! And as you can imagine, the pandemic experiences have definitely made things worse. You're definitely not alone, Patrick.
     
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    Never be ashamed Patrick. You have no reason to be in the current situation . Live can be very hard . I think we all agree there ! I have had ME and fibromyalgia 24 yrs and counting. I can truly empathise with your pain and fatigue. And the struggles you endure. Do be careful working if you are not feeling great. Also be very careful not to push yourself too far with exercise. I struggle daily find having some structure and routine each day is helpful. And pacing. I do hope things ease for you soon. Brighter times will be there for you . Take your time and take care.
     
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