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Old 01-05-2017, 17:52   #1
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It wasn't until recently, while I was chatting with a friend that is also diabetic that I realized that the challenges each of us face may be similar but DEALING with those challenges can be very different for all of us. Maybe we can discuss what the biggest challenges are for us?

What is your biggest challenge living with diabetes?

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For me, it is not wanting diabetes to define who I am, yet sometimes it feels like everything comes back to that. I need to learn that when someone is handing me candy, I don't have to explain that I am diabetic. I can simply say, "no thank you" rather than making everything come back to that.

When my older kids feel like something is okay for just one day or just one bite, I need to learn to say no, it does matter to me. As an example, some folks may be able to have just one bite of something on a special occasion. I am not one of those people. Once I give in, just a little, it can take me MONTHS to get back on track.
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Once I give in, just a little, it can take me MONTHS to get back on track.
I'm the same way, kind of an "all or nothing" girl. For me the hardest part is dealing with the Doctors, with them resisting in spite of what my numbers tell them. With the system, treating it as if it were a "one size fits all" problem with a "one size fits all" solution. In the beginning, my biggest problem was fear. My Dr missed my elevated levels on my 2015 physical, and I was not diagnosed til 2016. I was terrified that I had done permanent damage to my organs. I know now that I am ok, but for a long time that fear ruled my life.

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I'm the same way, kind of an "all or nothing" girl...
Over the years that has proven to be my biggest strength and also my biggest weakness.

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Until recently my biggest challenge was giving up on my beloved homemade pistachio ice cream, and yes - I thought about it often the last years (almost six). Looking back, adapting to diabetes was not as challenging as I would've thought, considering what a carb addict I was.

But that was then, and now - for the first time since dx I loosened my grip.

Had gone through a period of over a year where I didn't test. But, I didn't change my eating, and kept carbs very low. Made no exceptions. When I tested again, my bg was right where I left it. Not testing was a function of not wanting to think about diabetes, and coincided with not logging in here for about 1.5 years I think it was. None of that was a good idea, but fortunately I stuck to LCHF and it worked out.

Right now it's different and I'm wading through it. Have had some meaningful pain and fatigue issues, and shopping/cooking became a burdensome chore. So I went for freshly prepared comfort foods, none of which had labels. Mostly this was hot soups and salad bars, and fresh prepared hot foods like ribs. Ack! I wiped off the sauce before eating, but knew it still was pretty high-carb stuff. For soups I was selective, i.e. no chowders with potatoes, etc - but all those fresh hot soups have high carbs no matter how careful. Even the hot vegetables like the brussel sprouts sometimes would have a hint of sweetness - I'd tell myself it was balsamic, maybe it was.

What I need to do when energy allows is cook up a storm and freeze lots of portions. Both my finances and bg will thank me. Have a standing freezer for just that.

At the same time, am not beating myself up. I made better choices than I could've. I wasn't testing but do get monthly metabolic panels. My bg started averaging 20-25 points higher - not good, but not the end of the world. If I continue this, though, that number will climb.

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Boredom and fatigue. Both of which I suffer from more now than ever. When fatigued, my mind immediately goes to food in the vain hope that more food will give me energy. When not having anything meaningful to do or energy to pursue much of anything, I turn to eating. Always a lose/lose situation.

A few times in the last couple months I've even dug into my husband's always-present bag of Fritos. Sends my BG up to above 160 (which isn't so bad, but not so good either since it restocks my liver's store of glycogen).

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I think for me it is being defined and stereotyped as a "diabetic". I am still the same person, but my body just doesn't process sugar the same as other people!

Plus, to be honest, I love my adult beverages and not having them whenever I want is HARD!!
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For me, it is not wanting diabetes to define who I am, yet sometimes it feels like everything comes back to that. I need to learn that when someone is handing me candy, I don't have to explain that I am diabetic. I can simply say, "no thank you" rather than making everything come back to that.
I had to start doing this but it's almost like your hurting their feelings when you say no so I started saying "no thanks, I'm trying to watch my figure" and coming from a guy that always gets a chuckle and lightens the mood.

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When my older kids feel like something is okay for just one day or just one bite, I need to learn to say no, it does matter to me. As an example, some folks may be able to have just one bite of something on a special occasion. I am not one of those people. Once I give in, just a little, it can take me MONTHS to get back on track.
I found out I'm some what the opposite of that, if I keep myself from something for a long time that's when I'll go off the wagon and start over eating carbs/sugar. So over the last year or so I've learned by testing just how many french fries, how many chips or with my true love of mini snickers bars how many I can have and still test below 140.

My latest challenge has been not adding more carbs to my meals. My last visit to the doc I told her I wanted to up my met from a 1000 a day to 1500 to get my A1C lower so we did and I have to say I've been quite pleased with the results. Problem is the little guy in the back of my head saying "you're taking more met you can have more potatoes". So far I've been keeping him at bay and sticking to what I know keeps me under my target.

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It wasn't until recently, while I was chatting with a friend that is also diabetic that I realized that the challenges each of us face may be similar but DEALING with those challenges can be very different for all of us. Maybe we can discuss what the biggest challenges are for us?

What is your biggest challenge living with diabetes?
I'd say the ubiquity of Dunkin' Donuts.

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I'd say the ubiquity of Dunkin' Donuts.
Has no power over me lol, however, I have to plan my tractor supply runs after 11 am so I don't see the blasted "hot and ready" sign at my local Krispy Kreme lol

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