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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ian Horne, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Ian Horne

    Ian Horne Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi all,

    Recently discovered the site and thought I’d best stop lurking!

    My name is Ian (sounds like the start of an AA meeting), I’m 40 (just) and was diagnosed with Type 2 last September. I must admit it came as quite a bit of shock and remembering how it affected my mum, terrified me. Despite all the consultations, appointments and such like with the diabetes nurse, dietician, GP etc I have to admit that it never really sunk in properly and I treated as more of an inconvenience and didn’t give it the respect it deserved. :evil:

    I recently read the book “Diabetes: The First Year” by Gretchen Becker and I have to say it gave me the kick up the backside I shouldn’t have needed. Totally revolutionised my way of thinking and attitude, and since then my diet has changed, my attitude to exercise has changed, my discipline in testing has changed, basically my whole mental approach. Thanks Gretchen!

    I had been consistently low, (3.0 – 3.8 on a good day) and generally felt **** all the time. My HCA1C when first diagnosed was 7.4 but after a blood test last week, has gone down to 6.4 so I must have been doing something right. Last couple of weeks it’s been pretty stable and the most it’s peaked was at 6.8 after a non diabetic compliant meal, just to see what the results were.

    The only major downside has been that I’ve had to severely curtail my love for Technical Diving, having had depth restrictions placed upon me, which pretty much means that my UK diving career has ended. The upside is that the sale of my specialist gear has given me the opportunity to spend a week diving off a liveaboard in the Southern Red Sea at the end of Feb, and also enabled me to start golf again. “Honest darling, I need to play golf this Saturday as it’s part of my diabetic fitness regime”.[:p]

    I have an appt with the nurse again on Wednesday and need to bring something up that’s a bit embarrassing, but maybe others have experienced something similar? For the last couple of months I get very emotional, something that I’ve never experienced before, to the point where I will just break down for no apparent reason. I have nothing to be depressed about as I thought it might be that. It may be something completely unrelated but I thought I would ask.

    Well, that’s about it, it’s been a long time since I opened up about anything like that, but I feel much better for it.

    Thanks for taking the time to read. I promise normal service will resume soon and I’ll post in a lighter mood in future.:D

  2. sami

    sami · Well-Known Member

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    hi ian
    and welcome i have just started to read the same book i would recomemand it to any one have you read diabetics for dummies thats good as well :)
    you are doing very well at keeping your blood sugar down i have only been testing for a week as i only found out 3 weeks ago but my lowes are 6.8 my highes are 11.9 so i have a bit of work to do:evil:
    sorry to hear that its stoped you diving as mush as you like but i do hope you have a great time next month :D

    just found out
    HbA1c 7.7
  3. sugarless sue

    sugarless sue · Master

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  4. ChocFish

    ChocFish · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ian, welcome to the forum.

    Congratulations on keeping your bg so well under control, you are doing well there.

    Dont apologize for emotions, you are a human being arent you, its perfectly normal, after all being diagnosed with diabetes is a shock, it also means that every single day you know its there, you know every single day that you have to be careful with what you eat and drink and all that, it has a profound effect on your emotions, lifestyle, etc because some changes will have to made.

    I admire you, ok you lost the deep sea diving so you went and replaced it with something else, I fought and struggled while in denial when I wss first diagnosed, no way did I have such a positive attitude as you seem to have, I made myself seriously ill by trying to sweep it all under the carpet.

    You can be honest in this forum, everyone understands, we have all been there one way or another. I became very angry for a while and drove my husband up the hat pole alright, no matter what he did for me, I still criticised him and then discovered how resentful I was, almost hated him for not being diabetic, I used to rant and rave yelling at him 'why me, why cant it be you' - charming huh? Deeply embarrassed now of course, luckily he was cleverer than I am, he is a psychologist working in the mental health field (clearly he married his job then when he married me...)
    Then came all the fear, its terminal, I dont want to buy a house I wont be alive in 10 years and all that. Sometimes just tears for no reason, anywhere.
    Ian bottling up your emotions will only build up and you have even more stress you dont need it because stress plays havoc with bg, so dont apologise, you can come here in this forum and let off steam, your emotions and all.

    Made me giggle your ref to AA meetings, I am going to one of those this evening, accompanying a very scsred client to his first meeting, part of my job.

    All the best

  5. · Guest

    hey there dude - i av just recently been diagnosed with type 1 and just want to let u know that i too have been very emotional n just cried at the smallest of things or nothing at all - my fiance is getin most of it n feel sorry for him lol

    but just wanted u to know ur not alone and its natural to feel down -ur goin through a life changin exprience - every1 here is full of advice n support

    email me nethime if u like

    Aidy xx
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