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Old 08-18-2013, 00:11   #1
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This is totally off topic. The past few days have been a nightmare, and my stress level is through the roof. Because of our "problem," my BG readings have been all over the place. I have been anywhere from 92 to 200+. Anyway, our home was built in 1958. In 1963, the original homeowners lived here (we're the 3rd owner). They tied into the sewers in the street in '63. So now, 50 years later, we notice that there's a part of our backyard that looks "funny." The ground isn't shaped right. What started out as a little weird looking about 5 years ago is now noticeably different.

So, my husband picks out the spot that looks the strangest and digs a little. Just because, well, you know, that male curiosity thing started. Just a few shovelfuls down, we discover what we believe to be either a 1,000 or 2,000 gallon septic tank. He removes the lid, and the thing is filled with water. Water! The past few days have been filled with nothing but stress. From all the people I've talked to, here's what I gather - back in '63, the homeowners were responsible for draining their own septic tanks and then having them properly filled and sealed (with dirt or some other solid medium), which is the proper way to abandon a septic tank. This was never done, and it is starting to collapse underground, in my backyard! I now have to get a septic tank company and an excavator involved in the pump - drain - fill process. So the excavator tells me today, he believes that the thing was never serviced, not even once, since its installation in 1958! Due to the circumstances, I apparently now have to involve the health department.

Due to the cost involved, I asked if I could leave it. You know, some things in life just self-correct. Apparently, that's not a good idea according to him, because it's already filled with water (and who knows what), and is starting to collapse. The city (mayor) tells me that it's not their problem, because it's on my property and that there were no formal inspections back then, so they can't do anything to help me. (of course...)

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. My BG has been awesome, and then started to completely skyrocket the other day, almost uncontrollably.

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Welcome to stressville. Sorry, Mary, I am wiped out with stress right now.

Yours is an obnoxious situation and I would be LIVID! But yeah not much recourse, it sounds like.

We live on a former septic lagoon, ourselves ... ick ick ick! It has well-packed clay capping it ... and that includes our topsoil. :-(

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I can't believe this. I don't think the 2nd homeowner ever knew it was here, and we bought this home out of her estate. If we knew that was there and never properly abandoned, we would have bought a different home. I am so overwhelmed with all of this. I know nothing about septic tanks - I was born in 1973, and have lived in the city, my entire life!

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What a nightmare! If it's really 2000 gallons, that's a big damn septic! Our old house was served by a 50-gallon drum from the late 1970s until last year when we had a new one installed - a 'real' concrete septic - not a 50-gallon drum.




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They found old pipes running off it, and think it may have served more than one home. I wish I knew more about these types of things. I really hope it's very small. This is going to be crazy expensive.

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I'm so sorry - nightmare indeed! I know nothing about abandoned septics, only about buying a property with one near death (a crooked company certified it was okay) and with which I battled for 10 years before installing a state-of-the-art system (county code cuz of living on a river) in order to sell my house.

This isn't helpful. I'm just saying: I sympathize with septic tank woes!

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Thanks moon. Not that there's ever a good time for this, but I totally didn't need this right now. Too many things going on at once. Guess when it rains ... (almost wish I never quit drinking!) My blood sugar went crazy high. I had breakfast yesterday (during all this chaos) and ended up at 505. I was eating a breakfast dish my aunt made me. She knows I eat low carb. Apparently I never mentioned my almond issue with her (which I think may be a severe allergy, actually). Her breakfast casserole had almonds in it. My husband actually got so scared that he called my doctor, and they said to take me to urgent care/ER. By the time I got there and was actually seen, it had dropped to 300, so they didn't treat it. I didn't even feel like arguing with them, so I just left and monitored closely, the rest of the day. By bedtime, I was down to 146.

Daytona mentioned once she thought I was allergic, and that may be why it goes crazy high from almonds. I might actually have that tested, after things slow down. At least that way, I'll know for sure. Almonds and cherries just send me to outer space levels, even from a few pieces of them.

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That's remarkable - >500 from almonds

Glad you went to the ER and glad it came down. Yikes.

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I had the same problem before, and went to 4-something from almonds. I have stayed away from them since then, since I know they're trouble. I wonder if there's a common property to cherries and almonds. Both are big danger for me. I have zero control with MG when I eat even a bit of either. At some point in the future, I may seek out a doctor who can tell me why, with both of those. We're talking crazy high ranges. So glad to see the sun starting to come down here. I totally need a good night's sleep after the day I've had.

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Oh Mary, that sux!! The home I lived in in the Sierras in CA, had a redwood septic tank from the 60's. It began to collapse as I was selling the house (2004). Of course at that time there were alls sorts of code issues with the old tank so it had to be dug up and a new concrete one installed. Cost me $18,000 out of escrow! Ouch!

Is there a septic company you can call that can come and pump the water out and then have it filled with dirt or concrete? It isn't going to be a cheap fix unfortunately.

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