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Most annoying things about Diabetes

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Dixon1995, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Dixon1995

    Dixon1995 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello, this will be an interesting diabetic discussion for us all. What are the most annoying or meticulous things you find about having Diabetes. What makes us tick most and get in a dicky fit. What do people say that annoys you? And anything else...

    For me it's when you're testing your blood glucose from your finger and you need a tiny bit more blood from your finger but it doesn't happen and your machine says ERROR :wacky: this stresses me out beyond belief for something so small it can certainly put me in a mood haha
     
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    HSSS Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Agree the waste of a precious test is infuriating. I get “user errors” that don’t even identify what I did wrong.
     
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  3. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    Change your meter to one that allows you to add blood.
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I can tell by eye whether I have enough blood for the test. If I don't have enough blood and think my meter might timeout, I remove the strip, reset the meter, get enough blood, re-insert the strip. It has saved me a good few strips.
     
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    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    "Type II, oh, that's the one you get from being fat". With thanks to the media, the plonkers!
     
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    Scott-C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    For me, it's when x units of insulin has a totally predictable and expected effect one day, and then the next day, the same amount will do something entirely different.
     
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    XxTinkerxx Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    When you end up having to prick your finger up to 3 times to get a sample for testing.

    My index finger is now useless for this. Unless I go really deep and painful.
     
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    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The most annoying thing about my T1 is the unpredictability, can do exactly the same thing two days in a row - one day I'll go high after breakfast and have to fight to bring it back down, the next day I'm having to snack to make sure I don't go hypo. It'd be a lot easier if it wasn't so unpredictable.
     
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  9. Dixon1995

    Dixon1995 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Mine does, but errors after about 2 or 3 seconds, but when I go to squeeze out more blood, my body says nope... no more blood from this area... and i'm not quick enough, especially if im hypo

    This happens very rarely though and I don't waste strips willy nilly, the few times it does happen, it annoys me
     
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  10. Dixon1995

    Dixon1995 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I find this with corrections, 2 units sometimes will lower my sugar, the next im having to take 4 units for the same sugar reduction in my bloods, so annoying
     
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    newjourney Type 1 · Active Member

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    Most of the above and will add one. never having a day off!
     
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  12. Dixon1995

    Dixon1995 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Great points so far, I personally hate how I feel now, I know before I got diabetes, even when I was 14, I felt great, I felt fine when I was in the honeymood period, when that ended and I had to start controlling it myself with more artificial insulin, I started realising how degenerative diabetes is. I mean I haven't experienced any diabetic complications yet (touch wood), but I do not feel like the person I was before I got diabetes at 15, and it is so hard to explain to people what I mean.. before then, I was the fun energetic young lad who had a different personality and after that, I just felt different :s maybe it affected my mental health as well

    Does anyone else feel the same?
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It’s usually the little petty things that get me annoyed.
    I need 8 units, air shoot 2 and the find I’ve only got 7 left in the pen. Even more annoying first thing in the morning.
    Finger prick which results in a fine, long jet of lovely red blood all over the worktop, units, clothing, walls etc which then needs cleaning up.
    Queuing in the pharmacists for my prescription.
    Eating jelly babies when I’m not remotely hungry.
    I don’t actually find being diabetic a problem, to much insulin under the bridge as it were.
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    The recurrent hassle with nurse, insurance, pharmacy, Abbott to get what I need, to ask if they remembered, to tell I need more, to explain my diabetes.

    The changed attitude to food. Never again will I be eating any food without any other thought than 'hey, I fancy that food and I'm going to eat it'. No matter if it's a guilty pleasure for which I'm not sure how much too inject or if it's something carb free I can just eat. Even in the second case my happiness doesn't stem from enjoying the food in the first place but from a giddyness that I can eat it without thinking.
     
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    karen8967 Type 1 · Expert

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    What annoys me is not being able to be spontaneous cant just get up and go somewhere need to check you have full kit with ye wrecks my head at times
     
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    edan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Having to wait at least an hour after a hypo to drive, especially when youve just done the shopping and it's all defrosting.
     
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    Tswa Type 1 · Member

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    I'm the same, diagnosed at 16 and haven't been the same since, energy wise and mental health wise. I think it made me have to grow up really fast. But you wouldn't be the person you are today without having gone through all you have!
     
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    Tswa Type 1 · Member

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    I get irked by blood smears all over my documents at work cos my finger won't stop bleeding haha
     
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    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As others have said, there is the need for vigilance - remembering that the BSL before driving is 5 mmol/l - needing to wait for it to reach that.
    Planning ahead for something one has not done before, to make sure they are supplies, ensure that the power packs to charge the pump are full, etc etc.
    The cafe where everything to eat is sugar +++ and they have run out of water and other low sugar beverages.
    When the pump alarms in the middle of something important (i shall let you fill in the blanks).
     
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    Dixon1995 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @Tswa Youre right!

    Squeezing the blood out to quick and it squirts everywhere or a previous lancet wound reopens :playful:

    @kitedoc Great answers you're absolutely spot on with the driving one! Never been on a pump but can imagine the extra brain load keeping it sorted properly and to control your BSL ! Most places are so full of sh-it (sugar hidden in all things)

    Hypos during late night spontaneous action time :confused:
     
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