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T1 and lost in the Middle East

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Nicklenocky, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Nicklenocky

    Nicklenocky · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    My name is Nikki, I used to live in the UK but had to relocate when both my husband and I lost our jobs in England. We have now lived in the Middle East for 2 years where it seems I have lost all control of my diabetes.

    I am trying not to make this a long winded introduction but I feel I should explain my circumstances and living environment which may enable you to appreciate why I am having so much difficulty. In a nutshell, I have recently become depressed due to the frustration of not achieving good blood sugars, I don't receive quality care and advice here from the doctors (even though I pay obscene amounts of money),I stumbled upon this website and I must say that I have cheered up considerably knowing I am not the only one struggling with diabetes. It seems that I could learn a lot from the experiences of others on this site.

    I am 29 and have been T1 diabetic for 15 years. It seems I just about made it through my university years and had decent Hba1cs of around 7. Fast track to the last 2 years where I have tried to find a decent healthcare professional here in the Middle East (they don't exist) , having very erratic blood sugar readings, work in highly stressful environment, have Hypos on a daily basis, have a current Hba1c of 8.3, just got married, work in a different country to my husband, fly to see my husband every single weekend (so that's 2 plane rides in 3 days), try to count my carbs but its not working, and am now considering trying for a baby. The fact that I would like to try for a baby is the reason why I would like to get my diabetes under control.

    The one thing I bitterly regret was not pushing myself to go on the DAFNE course whilst I was in the UK.

    So I am not really sure where to start, I would love to get some advice on my current readings if there is anyone who would be willing to help me.
     
  2. ClaireG 06

    ClaireG 06 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome to the forum Nikki :D

    I can understand your frustration at not being able to get your blood sugars under control at the moment. Stress can also effect your levels, not making things easier for you.

    I know you are not newly diagnosed but some of the information in this link might be helpful to you.

    viewtopic.php?f=20&t=17088

    There is also an online carb counting course here that maybe useful to you

    http://www.bdec-e-learning.com/

    Please come back and ask any questions you may have, there is normally someone who can help :D
     
  3. Dustydazzler

    Dustydazzler Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nikki, Where abouts in the Middle East are you? I'm Type 1, on an insulin pump, DAFNE trained and also 29. I've just had my first wedding anniversary (not trying for a baby but will do one day) and also do lots of flying! I feel like we have a lot in common!!!! I'm in Qatar in a massive hotel just off the C Ring road (dont want to post name as it will only get deleted!!) I hope you are nearby and we could go for a coffee! I can introduce you to my friend who is also type 1, using daily injections living in a compound not far away xxx
     
  4. Nicklenocky

    Nicklenocky · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Claire, thanks for the intro and the link to the bdec....I will certainly have a look.

    To dustydazzler....yes it does sound like we have a lot in common! I divide my time between Kuwait (in the week) and Bahrain (on the weekends)...its a shame we are not in the same country!
     
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