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Old 06-19-2012, 02:53   #1
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Hello everyone, had diabetes for about 9 years
Gone from type II to type 1.5 to full on type I,
Started pump and continuous glucose monitor,
Sick of infections, but seems to help

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Old 06-19-2012, 06:19   #2
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Wow - too bad your initial diagnosis of T2 was so off the mark. You could probably avoided years of frustration had you been properly diagnosed in the first place. I'm assuming you were diagnosed as an adult and no one could believe that, given your age, you were really T1. I was diagnosed when I was 52+ years old....quite a shocker. At least I wasn't forced to try treatments that had no chance of working - I entered the hospital in DKA and emerged with Novolog and Levemir pens, a spiffy new meter and a whole new appreciation for my life!

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Hello, and welcome! I hope you will learn how to use the pump and CGM and they will help you to get good control. Let us know if there are problems adjusting to type 1, the pump and the CGM.

I have been type 1 for 66 years, and I am very healthy. Insulin is a wonderful way of having good control. The book "Using Insulin" by John Walsh is a good guide to follow.

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How did they finally figure it all out? What tests were being done as each diagnosis was made? How many docs did it take to get it right?!




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How did they finally figure it all out? What tests were being done as each diagnosis was made? How many docs did it take to get it right?!
It all started out at 28 years old I couldn't pass the dot physical. The doctor could not believe it.. So went through series of tests and oral medications. Numbers did not come down, referred to specialist who said type 1.5, tried more oral meds, diet, and exercise. After about two years I finally had to start insulin. Even tried acupuncture. I climbed poles and built powerlines as a career, until I could no longer maintain dot card with good conscious. I have never had an episode, wish I would have kept quiet about it ( dad always knows what he is talking about) now without the DOT card no employment. Can't take call without cdl, driving is only the way we get to work. Very discouraging. Spent 15 years climbing the ladder and a condition ( and laws prohibit me from providing for my family) I am still physically capable of all job duties except drive the truck.
I have been to at least 15 dr.'s in the past 6 years And most doctors act like your are asking for a lifetime script for OxyContin. I pass every part of the test except the urine, my current family physician states there is an exemption for every condition, but he won't put his license up for my license, understood. You can be blind and drive, you can have five heart attacks and still drive, you can have high blood pressure, he'll you can pop all kinds of pills and still drive. The ADA thinks that 1500 applicants approved for the diabetic waiver since 1993 is a great stat, I think it sucks.. Have to have six doctors sign off and then takes up to six months to approve and could possibly only be good for 3 months. When I discussed with endocrinologist why would you want to torture yourself. Because I know linemen with diabetes working, and that's my profession. I have talked to politicians, doctors, and ADA, basically it's not bad enough to be diagnosed with diabetes type1 with a wife and three toddlers, we are going strip you of you career because of this law insulin dependent diabetics are dis qualified for DOT card. Doesn't matter that you can still do your job, oh and by the way thank you for being honest about your condition.
I was in disbelief when my union said we talked to the lawyers about the American disabilities Act and boy things could get ugly, wouldn't you want to try another position? For some that may be ok. For me this is a family tradition( power lines and diabetes lol) so I moved out west and got lucky enough that a community college decided to hire me to teach, can't do it so I will teach it.
Guess I better get off my soap box... As the power goes out whether it is fires, blizzards, ice storms, hurricanes, tornados, or drunk drivers, very few individuals are going to leave their families. That's what makes us(lineman) different, willing to do things most can't or won't when others are in time of need. Any ideas currently I have the summer off. I feel that I have exhausted all options in Illinois and Colorado, the only other thing to do is lie about my condition, in order to provide for my family. Wow

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It all started out at 28 years old I couldn't pass the dot physical. The doctor could not believe it.. So went through series of tests and oral medications. Numbers did not come down, referred to specialist who said type 1.5, tried more oral meds, diet, and exercise. After about two years I finally had to start insulin. Even tried acupuncture. I climbed poles and built powerlines as a career, until I could no longer maintain dot card with good conscious. I have never had an episode, wish I would have kept quiet about it ( dad always knows what he is talking about) now without the DOT card no employment. Can't take call without cdl, driving is only the way we get to work. Very discouraging. Spent 15 years climbing the ladder and a condition ( and laws prohibit me from providing for my family) I am still physically capable of all job duties except drive the truck.
I have been to at least 15 dr.'s in the past 6 years And most doctors act like your are asking for a lifetime script for OxyContin. I pass every part of the test except the urine, my current family physician states there is an exemption for every condition, but he won't put his license up for my license, understood. You can be blind and drive, you can have five heart attacks and still drive, you can have high blood pressure, he'll you can pop all kinds of pills and still drive. The ADA thinks that 1500 applicants approved for the diabetic waiver since 1993 is a great stat, I think it sucks.. Have to have six doctors sign off and then takes up to six months to approve and could possibly only be good for 3 months. When I discussed with endocrinologist why would you want to torture yourself. Because I know linemen with diabetes working, and that's my profession. I have talked to politicians, doctors, and ADA, basically it's not bad enough to be diagnosed with diabetes type1 with a wife and three toddlers, we are going strip you of you career because of this law insulin dependent diabetics are dis qualified for DOT card. Doesn't matter that you can still do your job, oh and by the way thank you for being honest about your condition.
I was in disbelief when my union said we talked to the lawyers about the American disabilities Act and boy things could get ugly, wouldn't you want to try another position? For some that may be ok. For me this is a family tradition( power lines and diabetes lol) so I moved out west and got lucky enough that a community college decided to hire me to teach, can't do it so I will teach it.
Guess I better get off my soap box... As the power goes out whether it is fires, blizzards, ice storms, hurricanes, tornados, or drunk drivers, very few individuals are going to leave their families. That's what makes us(lineman) different, willing to do things most can't or won't when others are in time of need. Any ideas currently I have the summer off. I feel that I have exhausted all options in Illinois and Colorado, the only other thing to do is lie about my condition, in order to provide for my family. Wow
Not trying to play poor poor pitiful me, I just can't imagine I am the only one this has happened to, and would like to join forces to help others in future, and learn from my mistakes. A lot of people are under the impression if you have insulin pump you can drive a truck, I would like to talk to this doctor... It's all in the interpretation, until there is a vehicular accident. Ada and Ada kind of confusing American disabilities act and/or american diabetes association. Hell if I knew I was going to have me career stripped away, I would have spent time becoming a doctor. I became a tradesman because there is security in electricity unless you can't drive a truck!! Little did I know

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You have my utmost respect & admiration . . . I wonder how many people realize how much they are dependent on the linemen of the world. Amazing, isn't it, the ignorance & inconsistency which abounds in this regard? How the common view of diabetes is of poorly controlled individuals, and yet the professional recommendations support poor control.

I hope you continue your campaign against this ignorance, and join with us here to educate people - medical professionals, legislators, and all the diabetics among us who have never heard the truth about their disease.

(and I SO understand that you are not staging a pity party - just the opposite!)




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Profpoco, you might want to contact Laura Anne Kilpatrick. The link below gives her Facebook home page. Look at the info just below her picture and you will see she is the founder and president of the American Truck Drivers Diabetes Assoc. She is a diabetic, and she drives a truck.

http://www.facebook.com/lauraanne.kilpatrick

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You need to find an MD that understands diabetics

The MDs have to understand that Hypoglycemic episode is different if your and MD OR DOT

for DOT a hypoglycemic episode is when you REQUIRE help or have altered conciseness. For MD its BG under 70

I got my CDL waiver after diagnosis. It is a pain in the.

and only ONE, MD needs to sign off.

This link will tell you how to get the waver. My'n good for 2 years
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/s...on-package.pdf

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Welcome aboard I am Martina from BC Canada i am a type 2 for seven years and i have delevoped compliances for it

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