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Old 05-15-2012, 17:13   #161
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RB, I am so sorry to hear about Grandma! I hope she continues to make improvements and they get her stabilized. Do these people not understand that a diabetic can never be "healed" only controlled? Wow. At least your Grandma seems to get it. However, the fact that she took her Amaryl med without eating is not good. Did she just forget to eat or just wasn't hungry? Because of her age, and the fact that dementia and Alzheimer's are a greater risk for those who are diabetic, I would certainly make sure she is checked for any signs. Perhaps she needs a daily caretaker to make sure she is eating when taking her meds. But, my prayers are with her and hoping she recovers quickly.

As for you, do not let people, regardless of how close they are to you, deter you from doing what you know you need to do for your health. You are the only one who lives in your body, therefore nobody can tell you what you are doing is wrong or not. Just you. You know how your body should feel, and how you should feel physically, emotionally, and mentally. Disregard those who tell you "you can eat anything you want". How do they know? Are they testing your blood sugar daily? Are they feeling how you feel when you eat carby foods? NO! I've learned to ignore those who "poo-poo" my way of eating. My husband is also one of those skeptics, but he does cook for me the way I ask him too. Of course he's lost over 70 lbs eating this way while I still struggle to take off a pound! Hate him sometimes

You hang in there and just keep believing what you are believing. You have experienced better bg's and feeling better, so that is what speaks louder than all those nay-sayers.

We are always here for you. Hugs to you RB! Again, we may never have met in real life, but in this virtual world, you are all my "family".

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Old 05-16-2012, 18:39   #162
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I also live in the Phoenix area and I am not happy with my endocrinologist. He has yelled at me numerous times for various reasons and talks down to me. I really need to find someone else with whom I can better communicate.

Thanks for sharing so much of your story rudeboysti. You've been through a REALLY tough time and my heart goes out to you. I wish I could offer some great advice, but I'm still too new to this entire diabetic experience myself. I can tell you that when I was first diagnosed, I was put on Metformin and I couldn't tolerate it either.... and I can usually tolerate ANYTHING. But I felt sick all of the time. I was actually relieved when my diagnosis was changed to Type 1 and I started insulin instead. At least it doesn't upset my digestive system!

Hope you get your health back on track soon... and your grandmother is okay, as well.

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Old 05-16-2012, 21:54   #163
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Well, Grandma is doing ok. She still has some issues with remembering people but she is out of the hospital. She will be living with my aunt from now on. My aunt is a diabetic as well but does nothing for it. I can't get back there soon enough. Everyone in the family is going to get a lesson on D.

I went to the doctor today to get the paperwork started for STD. The doctor says I definitely have a case and that she will approve it but she doesn't have all my medical records yet. Some of the doctors are dragging their feet.

She also wants me to see a Gastroenterologist as my stomach still has not recovered from the amaryl. My mother has ulcerative colitis and the doctor thinks the reason I have so many problems with medications is do to a gastro problem. Great, another doctor appointment. Monday I have to see the people for the neuropathy and I have to see them again on June 4th. I still haven't found an Endo. I went to one but he didn't think I needed insulin so I am done with him. I haven't made it to the other I had set up. I have an appointment with my ophthalmologist June 6th. I am supposed to have another appointment with my current Endo on June 6th. I have another appointment with my new PCP next week.

I have daily headaches now. I have loose bowel movements 4 to 6 times a day. I feel like I could throw up almost everyday. Insulin is wonderful but I can't keep my numbers under control even without carbs. I think it is all the stress. My ears feel like they always have pressure. I can't sleep at night. I am exhausted and fatigued everyday. I am still losing weight and about to go into the 130's again. My strength is depleting as can be seen by my workout. I am getting weaker rather than stronger. I have been getting slight tremors again. I sweat profusely, even in the ice cold ac. I fight back tears on a daily basis. I start every morning in a panic. My heart rate is never below 90bpm anymore.

I think that about covers it. I am catching a beat down right now. Still willing to fight though. That's what we do.

Appreciate all the comments and concerns. They really mean a lot.

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Old 05-17-2012, 00:23   #164
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Glad to hear that some things are improving altho' you aren't yet able to see them. Good to hear you are going to keep up the fight...way to go!

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Old 05-17-2012, 05:01   #165
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RB, you are doing fine. Just need to destress. Do whatever it takes to make yourself calm. Whatever that is. Mine is some very soothing music, a cup of coffee (I know counterproductive on that one) and just relaxing all my muscles. Maybe some nice candle light or aromatherapy, or going for a nice hour long massage.

I hate to say this, but everything you are feeling sounds hormonal. I know I know, you are male, but everything you explained is many of the discomforts I am going through with perimenopause. I'm sure it's not, but just an observation.

I hope you get everything straightened out while you are on leave from work. I pray that you get hooked up with the right doctors, and that all your physical and mental problems ease.

Hugs to you RB! I'm still praying for you!

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Old 05-22-2012, 18:33   #166
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RB, you are doing fine. Just need to destress. Do whatever it takes to make yourself calm. Whatever that is. Mine is some very soothing music, a cup of coffee (I know counterproductive on that one) and just relaxing all my muscles. Maybe some nice candle light or aromatherapy, or going for a nice hour long massage.

I hate to say this, but everything you are feeling sounds hormonal. I know I know, you are male, but everything you explained is many of the discomforts I am going through with perimenopause. I'm sure it's not, but just an observation.

I hope you get everything straightened out while you are on leave from work. I pray that you get hooked up with the right doctors, and that all your physical and mental problems ease.

Hugs to you RB! I'm still praying for you!
My hormones are all messed up. That is why the doctor thinks I may have a tumor on my pituitary gland. My Prolactin and TSH are elevated and my testosterone and some other hormone are low. I don't know if that will cause all the issues but I suppose anything is possible.


Again, thanks to everyone for letting me vent on here. It is kind of like my journal. Also, sorry for being such a basket case. I share because nobody else I know seems to relate.

Well, my c-peptide is now below normal. I was tested again and this time it was 1.0 on a scale of 1.1 to 4.4. That's down from 1.3 earlier this year. The doctor wants to see me but I want a new doc. Didn't have luck with the first potential replacement and haven't looked further. I tried to avoid thinking about my medical conditions for a bit and just have some fun with my kids and it has helped. They had a great finish to their football season with a game that went down to the last seconds. Very exciting. So proud of them. My 6 year old is a natural QB and my 4 year old is going to be quite the back or maybe linebacker.

Once I relieved some of my health anxiety, the insulin started to work. I love this stuff. I do think I will need a separate basal/bolus regimen though. I am having trouble with my mid day numbers now but they aren't horrible. I am still very low carb and intend to continue so we will see how goes it.

I had the first part of my neuropathy testing done. This was for my upper body. The lower body will be done June 4th. The tech did say that he was having to give me quite a bit of juice to stimulate some of the nerves in my right arm. He kept asking if I could feel it and I just couldn't. Don't know what that means though. My concern is with the legs. It seems to be progressing. I am now having issues behind my left knee and down the calf. The pins and needles are getting more frequent as well. The burning happens anytime I go for a walk, workout, work in the yard or am on my feet for extended lengths of time. It feels like I have icy hot on the bottom of my feet. Cold water gives relief but comes back as soon as the feet are dry. I also have been getting some discomfort around my waste. Mainly the lower back and around where I inject in the waste. I don't believe it is from the injections as the discomfort is deep inside.

My headaches are continuing. Some days are OK but most are bad. It is really becoming annoying. The stomach problems are also still around. Fatigue is kicking my butt as well. I try to ignore it and soldier on but sometimes I got nothing. On Sunday, I slept for 14 hours. Woke up and still had a headache.

Good news is that I stopped losing weight at 140lbs. I really didn't want to drop into the 130's again.

All in all, I am feeling a bit better. Baby steps. I am confidant I will regain control again. Just need a little more time.

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I think one of the best things about a forum such as this is being able to get things off our chests. I've always known that writing it out helps me relax & think more clearly. This place has the additional benefit of connecting with others who actually know what's going on.

Glad the insulin began to work, and it's great to hear about your kids too.




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I think one of the best things about a forum such as this is being able to get things off our chests. I've always known that writing it out helps me relax & think more clearly. This place has the additional benefit of connecting with others who actually know what's going on.

Glad the insulin began to work, and it's great to hear about your kids too.
Yeah, writing it out here puts it into perspective for me. After writing it all out, I actually read it and thought "hey, things are getting better".

It's funny how the only people who take D seriously are some of those who live with it. When talking to others about it who don't understand, they make it seem like it is nothing. If I had a dollar for every time a family member said "Oh you can have good food again now that you are on insulin". That is why I love this community. The people here are dedicated to controlling their D and not being controlled by it.

I wish you were more northern Missouri Shanny. I am going back to Iowa and would have loved to take you up on that dinner you invited me to. I am sure you could teach me a few things about low carb cooking.

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