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Type 1: I'm a horrible diabetic

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by jessirene, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. jessirene

    jessirene Type 1 · Member

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    My health insurance is being so difficult with approving my insulin, I drove to my doctors office yesterday to ask for insulin samples..

    My BS are doing good today though I woke up at 244 but I'm always high in mornint. I haven't been above 130 for the rest of the day.
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    that is terrible you are having problems getting an essential life saving treatment :(

    good thinking on at least getting some samples from your doctor !!

    not above 130 the rest of the day is a great result too !!
     
  3. maxdaz

    maxdaz Type 1 · Newbie

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    Jessirene, please be regimental with your health. It is never late to start. My sister played on for years with no insulin control, eating badly and now she is partially sighted, with feet and hand neuropathy as well as autonomic neuropathy on her whole body. She has been diabetic for 26 yrs. please do take care of yourself, try low carb and you won't be hungry, nor would you gain any weight. Invest, if you can, on continuous monitoring systems like freestyle libre and take control. Doing it will improve your self steam and the results will give you the power to stay strong. Remember, never too late.... start today. Btw, I am also diabetic type 1.
     
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  4. jessirene

    jessirene Type 1 · Member

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    It's days like today that get me discouraged... had a great 2 days but today has been so high stressed that my BS won't come down.

    My insurance company called my pharmacist and told her that they will not pay for my insulin because they don't like that the doctor wrote it down as a sliding scale. They want set doses on my script. I've never had this issue, all diabetics are sliding scale! Now I have to wait for doctor to write a new script that has set doses. It's ridiculous.... I love my country but pharmaceutical companies and insurance out here sucks.
     
  5. kenneth_SW19

    kenneth_SW19 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi JessIrene,

    You received a Whole Lotta Love here (as Led Zeppelin would say).
    Might I most kindly urge you to read afresh each posting here from all, and most especially JuicyJ, Azure, GlamD, PaulK and TorqPenderloin (Nice pun buddy! You obviously know your ass from your elbow AND a good joint of meat - ha ha).

    I suggest you listen to GlamD and PaulK advice that is far better to gain a few pounds and LIVE to see your children grow up admiring a loving, caring mom - rather than blow it over ignoring your own Health NEEDS?

    It seems that both your health systems and Medical Insurance cover sucks over there in the good ol' USA.
    Here in the UK ours may currently be broadly speaking far better, but with the astronomic burdens of Diabetes and other such problems (both disease/treatment wise, and also Hospital/medical authority structures et al - [*** does 'that mean?])... our UK services may well be headed down the pan within the next 5-20 years too. Much of the diabetes increase can in MY humble opinion be cast at the door of food manufacturers who have collectively been adding ever increasing sugar levels into wide food ranges for past 5 decade. Indeed cereals these days are circa 5 times more sugars in them than was the case when I were a stripling of a kid back in the 1960's... Oh yes and we (most of us) are far too lazy like fast/microwave processed food and no longer exercise enough - Political Ranting Over. Apologies if I exceeded polite limitations.

    We all here wish ourselves and others a better health, lifestyle and longest pleasant lifespan available to be FULLY ENJOYED.
    Good wishes for success in achieving your ambitions for good diabetes control and a happy balanced life style, filled with happy memories shared with your child/ren

    PS. If you're a horrible diabetic, then I am simply ATTROCIOUS....
    But I am far more "lucky" than you - because I am Type 2, so whilst mine can be similarly damaging, I suspect it is much less Life-Threatening.

    But in the end, if neither of us take sufficient care of OUR OWN NEEDS, then we are both making poor choices and headed in the wrong direction.

    I DO BELIEVE that we are both making the better choices and headed in a good direction! Being HERE is evidence enough of your desires. Go For it with zeal .
     
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    LauraNoraLoo · Well-Known Member

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    Your not alone. This is me also. I have spells where i give myself a kick up the arse and im perfect for about 2 weeks then i slip out of it and back into bad habits.
    Diabetes is a life style and thats what i struggle with - i hate that something other than me controls my life.
     
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    Lifeissweetenough LADA · Member

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    This sounds balanced and do-able. Thank you ❤️
     
  8. Manders39

    Manders39 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi there I never post on this website but just wanted to take the time to reply to your post.
    I have been Type 1 diabetic for 18 years now and can understand everything you are saying. I wouldn't say you're a bad diabetic I just think it's the nature of this illness. I fight with it every day, every hour almost, and it is exhausting. Up until 3 years ago my diabetes had been totally out of control, it was just constant ups and downs and I could get nothing right. My HB1c was always between 11 and 12 and I used to get so depressed because I felt like I was giving it my all and nothing worked. I also put on 4 stones from being diagnosed and my weight just kept going up. Im sorry to other users who go by the DAFNE concept but it was definitely the worst thing I ever did, because essentially your told you can eat whatever you want as long as you take enough insulin. Well that was all I needed to hear and I DID eat whatever I wanted and put on 3 stones doing it!!! Eventually I realised something had to be done. So I went on a low card diet (60g daily) and started exercising and my HB1c gradually started to come down. After 2 years of this regime I have lost 5 stones and my HB1c is now at 7, the best it has been, ever!!!! I can totally understand you not wanting to put weight on, but in my experience I lost because I was on a low carb diet. You will have lots of people telling you different things but find what works for YOU, for me DAFNE DIDN'T work for me. I wish you well but you are not alone if you are on this site and pray you can find something that works for you
     
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    nessa1970 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was 57 kg an now am 69.4. I'm on lantus 12 units twice daily. Novorapid for bolus. I eat lchf about 40 to 60grams a day sometimes less. I just can't seem to lose anything but slowly week by week gaining. I'm 46 so it's pretty hard as you get older to lose weight without type 1 diabetes. I use to not take my insulin but I've been 2 months now being perfect and keeping between 4.5 and 8... I am unsure what else to do I feel quite trapped... I see my dn an endo 22 Feb re pump etc but I'm actually scared a pump will put more weight on me as its out of your control except for the meal time bolusing. Hands up in air.
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Just to provide a counter to the weight gain stories - I am 42, and under 50kg. My weight has remained constant since diagnosis. I do not low carb.
    Sorry that I have no advice to give but just thought I would add my experience and send you a hug.
     
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    knighthoppers Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi Jessirene, I am 47 years old and have been Type 1 for 30 years now. I lost control of my diabetes throughout most of my 20's and was lured into thinking that stopping my injections was the answer to weight-loss and happiness! About the only time that my blood sugars have ever been under 10 was when I was pregnant and lived in an almost permanent state of hypo to achieve my 6.2! Anyhow, as I've got older, my body can't cope with high blood sugars and I feel instantly tired, thirsty, sick/nauseous when the ketones kick in. I've had problems with my eyes and have pains in my hands but you know what - I'm still a young, working, Mother of 47!!

    It gets harder as your body ages and the longer you've had Type 1. I now eat a balanced diet and do more exercise to keep the weight off - I'm not a perfect Diabetic and never will be but sooner or later you have to start listening to your body. I'm sure you will be fine. Do it for your child because I want to be here for as long as I can now for my daughter and that is my motivation to look after myself - for her.

    Keep at it Hun and you'll soon reap the benefits - more energy and happier. Good luck xxx
     
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    Liverlad Type 1 · Member

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    you may need to come off LANTUS , and try an alternative , my issues were similar to yours . When I was taken off LANTUS and put back on LEVEMIR I regained my control , my confidence , my well being and got my weight increases back to normal . I have just had my 40 th year as a type 1 diabetic . hope this helps , can go into much more detail if requested
     
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    nessa1970 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi I'm in new Zealand an we don't have levimar. Unfortunately. Booo
     
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    Jade0106 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I like you are type 1 diabetic, I've got neuropathy of my feet and lower legs and neuropathy of my digestive system and gastroperisis, so not able to eat most foods, only small quantities.
    I also have bipolar and severe depression and anxiety. I'm on a lot of medication and medication for my mental health, I also have very strong pain relief.
    My bs are all over the place and I've got myself a new good bg machine called the accu-chek expert, which is very good but waiting for my dn to help me programme it properly next week and I will have to learn about counting carbs of which I'm going on a course Monday morning.
    If anyone knows more about my b-sugar machine I would be most grateful for your advice and any on carb counting also would be really appreciated, many thanks to you all and if I can help anyone just drop me a line.
    Thanks Jade
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Hi @Jade0106 Good luck for your course :)

    If you haven't already got it, the book Think Like A Pancreas is a very good general reference book for Type 1s :)
     
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    bridia12 Type 1 · Member

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    I do carbcounting but cannot get used to the ratio [of one insulin to say 10 carbs] changing over each and every day; can anyone advise and help me here? Eg I just inject 3 bolus regardless of how much dinner and puddingI eat. That messes up my bedtime bgm reading and the following awakening morning I am usually too high. Thank you if you can.
     
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    Hi Jess, I too have been a horrible diabetic. I never read these type of forums because I didn't want to read about 'good' diabetics! I was in denial for about 20 years, until I started to get eye complications, and nearly went blind. If I could go back and change things... Looking back, I know that I used my diabetes as way to control my weight, having been a stone or more over weight for many years. The fear of further complications, however, encouraged me to try an insulin pump. I felt that putting on some weight would be better than going blind or having any more complications! Even writing that makes me see how ridiculous my thinking used to be. The pump has actually caused me to lose weight, as I am no longer 'oversteering' careering from high to low and back. I don't go hypo at night any more. Not that I know my sugars won't be crazy, (I got into lowish carb eating during my first pregnancy but not obsessive about it) I don't mind testing (it used to be like opening a bank statement, afraid to look,), in general, having a pump has made both my physical and mental health better. I hope this helps you, it's not too late to change, and managing it a bit better doesn't actually mean you that diabetes takes over every aspect of your life. Feeling better about your control will actually free you up in every other aspect of your life!
     
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    Peppergirl Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much exactly the same experience for me too! I put on weight, initially liked DAFNE because I could eat what I want...did not work. Now low carb like you and results dramatically better. I would recommend it to anyone.
     
  20. mist

    mist · Guest

    Don't be so hard on yourself, you should see my numbers! :joyful:
     
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