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Old 05-10-2011, 03:02   #41
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Why would you lose your job? And why would you tell them about it? NEVER do that! Diabetes discrimination is REAL, keep it to yourself - you're only pre right now, it's none of their business even if it turns into actual diabetes. I would never ever tell anyone I'm diabetic nor would I test in front of co-workers. My advice - not knowing your work situation - just tell em you got it under control and you don't have diabetes after all.
And what if something like a hypo happens at work and then you can't talk for yourself... How are they going to know what is wrong or how to treat you? Almost everyone at work knows I'm diabetic... In fact there are several of us who are... Only 2 of us are insulin dependent though... In fact as diabetics we are supposed to be allowed breaks to eat and test... I eat with my kids but only test when they leave

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And what if something like a hypo happens at work and then you can't talk for yourself... How are they going to know what is wrong or how to treat you? Almost everyone at work knows I'm diabetic... In fact there are several of us who are... Only 2 of us are insulin dependent though... In fact as diabetics we are supposed to be allowed breaks to eat and test... I eat with my kids but only test when they leave

It's a touchy subject. Employers today use any reason at all to fire people, that's why I suggested not saying anything. I've been laid off for three years now because of an unscrupulous employer - I don't trust any of them. But Rocky has since stated that he's in the military, so they would find out about it no matter what. I know for me, personally, when I'm back in a job situation, I'd never say anything. But that's me...

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It's appropriate to at least tell your boss that you have diabetes as they need to know what to do if anything goes wrong. Diabetes is serious and shouldn't be kept a secret as such... when your life depends on it, knowledge is power for those around you. I agree that to some degree there seems to be some discrimination in some form at times.... but hey that's what makes us toughen up and stand up for ourselves... I know I do. I have told my boss and colleagues that I have diabetes... I test and inject sometimes in front of them (when I can't avoid them). It gives them peace of mind to see that I'm looking after myself too. I also let them know if I think something is inappropriate... eg. excessive reporting on my condition. We just live in a world of 'accountability' where work outcomes are monitored... don't let diabetes make you feel any less equal than your fellow colleagues. I read that under what's defined as 'disabled' here I'm classed as having a 'disability' because of diabetes... but I didn't like that label and I declined the invite to attend a disabilities forum. Although when I think about it I could have approached it in a different light and in hindsight I should've gone along to that forum as I could have perhaps contributed or participated in a positive way. I guess just put some thought into things and know your rights at work.
Also with the way you're feeling physically, mentally... yes it's hard and we all go through this from time to time. I know I'm tired most of the time these days, and I push myself everyday. I have to start thinking 'healthy' too and not let all these symptoms get to me... it's easier said than done I know. You have support here as we can identify with what you're sharing.

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I'm a female by the way.

And i know yall say i gotta take it into my own hands and start making a change but it's hard for me to even grasp right now whats going on. This is a sudden change of lifestyle to me. I need to time to figure it out. It's hard for me to suddenly stop eating the foods i always craved and never had a problem eating. Now all of a sudden im supposed to keep track and watch my diet. I can't wait to see the doctor in an hr. I have another endicrinologist appt next month too. Once they give me a diagnosis ill figure out what to do next. right now all i see is crazy numbers and feel all these symptoms and not know where they coming from.

I really admire people who've been dealing with diabetes for a long time. Yall are really strong. I mean if I lose my job, ill find another. i got a degree. but still, its a lil too much at once. so many people are ignorant about this illness...they say its contagious like hiv, and just as bad cuz you can die... blablabla. they have no idea.

i also wonder why my blood pressure is high last time i was at the doc it was 130/92. Im too young to have hypertension so that cant be it. Im taking 10mg lisinopril each day to help bring it down.

But the thing about the lady losing her foot was scary as i read that... is that really true that you can lose a limb if you dont take care of ur diabetes? what causes for body parts to be amputated? is there no blood flowing through or whats up?

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I'm a female by the way.

And i know yall say i gotta take it into my own hands and start making a change but it's hard for me to even grasp right now whats going on. This is a sudden change of lifestyle to me. I need to time to figure it out. It's hard for me to suddenly stop eating the foods i always craved and never had a problem eating. Now all of a sudden im supposed to keep track and watch my diet. I can't wait to see the doctor in an hr. I have another endicrinologist appt next month too. Once they give me a diagnosis ill figure out what to do next. right now all i see is crazy numbers and feel all these symptoms and not know where they coming from.

I really admire people who've been dealing with diabetes for a long time. Yall are really strong. I mean if I lose my job, ill find another. i got a degree. but still, its a lil too much at once. so many people are ignorant about this illness...they say its contagious like hiv, and just as bad cuz you can die... blablabla. they have no idea.

i also wonder why my blood pressure is high last time i was at the doc it was 130/92. Im too young to have hypertension so that cant be it. Im taking 10mg lisinopril each day to help bring it down.

But the thing about the lady losing her foot was scary as i read that... is that really true that you can lose a limb if you dont take care of ur diabetes? what causes for body parts to be amputated? is there no blood flowing through or whats up?
Hi Rocky... etta!

Yes, it's true that diabetics can lose their feet. We can also go blind. There may be days when your vision is suddenly blurry and you can't figure out why, then you take a reading with your meter and your sugar is high. It's all connected. If you feel tingling in your fingers or especially toes - that's a bad thing. Take extra care of your feet! Diabetics are especially vulnerable to losing them. I've met too many people now in wheelchairs or hobbling on crutches. Again, read Dr. Bernstein's book - he has so much useful information in there.

Also - and the forum members have heard my story ad nauseum by now - when I was dx'ed I immediately changed my diet - immediately! I threw out hundreds of dollars of groceries and found this forum within literally 15 minutes of hearing the news and started eating the way I was supposed to. It took a while - probably a full 2-3 weeks to understand everything, and I'm still learning - but if a carb addict like me can completely change my diet and lifestyle in just under 6 weeks, anyone can. My numbers were all over the place for the first few weeks - I reckon it's because I shocked my body so quickly with cutting out virtually all carb that it was trying to adjust. Eventually things did even out and my numbers are mostly steady these days. Understand that it will take some time, it's way too much to comprehend in just a couple of days, but it will get better as time goes on. Keep your chin up and let us know how your dr. appt. goes

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And i know yall say i gotta take it into my own hands and start making a change but it's hard for me to even grasp right now whats going on. This is a sudden change of lifestyle to me. I need to time to figure it out. It's hard for me to suddenly stop eating the foods i always craved and never had a problem eating. Now all of a sudden im supposed to keep track and watch my diet. I can't wait to see the doctor in an hr. I have another endicrinologist appt next month too. Once they give me a diagnosis ill figure out what to do next. right now all i see is crazy numbers and feel all these symptoms and not know where they coming from.

I really admire people who've been dealing with diabetes for a long time. Yall are really strong. I mean if I lose my job, ill find another. i got a degree. but still, its a lil too much at once. so many people are ignorant about this illness...they say its contagious like hiv, and just as bad cuz you can die... blablabla. they have no idea.

i also wonder why my blood pressure is high last time i was at the doc it was 130/92. Im too young to have hypertension so that cant be it. Im taking 10mg lisinopril each day to help bring it down.

But the thing about the lady losing her foot was scary as i read that... is that really true that you can lose a limb if you dont take care of ur diabetes? what causes for body parts to be amputated? is there no blood flowing through or whats up?
Yeah it's quite hard at first Rocky with all the info to take in and learn and the new habits to form... we've all been there (some here are still going through it). One of the first things I got told by my endo was diabetes is a 'stressful' disease... and I thought immediately that I wasn't interested in the idea of being stressed. lol. I had to learn (and still trying to really) that BGLs aren't always looking so great... and not to stress about that in itself. I think all of us can confidently say we really wish we were diabetes free. But along with the bad, you get the good too. Eg... you learn what healthy eating is and you focus more on keeping yourself healthy in general than most. I know when I was first diagnosed I was really hard on myself and strict. Any advice we're giving hopefully will help you to stay focused. We all know how hard this time would be for you (I remember even though it was some time ago for me, I went through denial, anger, etc.). I hope your doc appt goes well and you get to know what you're dealing with. That's the first big step really. Let us know how you go

 
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I just got back from the doc appt. She told me that they still can't give me a diagnosis cuz they still cant tell for sure what i have. she did say that my GL are in the pre-diabetic range but she doesnt know for sure if it's caused by diabetic related issues or something else causing my sugar to act up.

So she said that i need to go to the lab when i feel the symptoms at most and get tested. they wanna see what my insulin and other things look like at that time. she said i gotta do it only 2 times before i see my endo next month.

my blood pressure was high again today. 133/91.

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my blood pressure was high again today. 133/91.
I have a history of good blood pressure, but they always take it immediately upon arriving at the doc's. When I get a higher-than-expected reading, I always ask if they will please come back and take it 10-15 minutes later. Invariably it then drops to my more usual 115-120/70-80.

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YOU NEED TO EAT!

Yes, I'm shouting so you hear. It sounds crazy and backward, but not eating can mess up your blood sugar. The dizziness and weakness is a sign your body is giving you to tell you to feed it.

As the others have said, it is very important. Really, eating small amounts regularly, like every two or three hours, is much better than eating just three big meals. Spreading the food out over the day helps to keep levels more stable.


MAKE A PLAN.

If you are so tired that you cannot get out of bed to eat, then you need to have a plan BEFORE you get in the bed. Keep food near the bed. Put a basket with foods on your nightstand and pack a cooler to keep near the bed. Put some ice packs in the cooler and some hard boiled eggs, cheese, cold meats, etc. Things that would be quick to eat.

Keep some pre-cooked foods onhand in your fridge, so you can quickly put together your cooler.

Go shopping today. Buy yourself a small cooler, 4 ice packs, snack sized zip bags, Chicken, a dozen eggs, cheese, nuts, etc.

Come home and immediately boil the eggs, cool them in cold water, dry them off and put each one in a snack sized baggie.

Cook the chicken. If you are too tired to cook the chicken, then just buy a rotisserie chicken. Cut it up and separate it out in the baggies.

Put the nuts into the snack baggies.

Anything else that you are going to want, like veggies, should also be packed into the baggies now. You may want to include some items with carbs, too. Your symptoms sound similar to mine. I cannot go super low carb, I do need some at each meal, otherwise I will get dizziness. Read the label on the bread and crackers and check the carb content. Bread/crackers that say wheat still may be high in carbs. Look for whole grain options, then read the label.

Now, pack your cooler for bed AND your lunch bag now. Put one egg, a bag of chicken, a bag of nuts, a cheese stick, and any other things you are going to want. Put 2 frozen ice packs in your cooler and put your lunch bag in the fridge.

Before you leave the house for work, empty the cooler (put uneaten foods back ion the fridge), put the ice packs from the cooler back in the freezer, and grab two frozen ones and pop into your lunch bag or your cooler. You now have no excuse for not having a proper lunch with you.

If you are too tired to even do the shopping and cook the eggs, please call a friend and ask them to do it for you and bring it over. You can just copy this info and email it to them. I know it is tough to ask for help, but sometimes we have to. People want to help each other.

Don't worry about trying to make fancy foods right now. You need to get used to having a food prep routine right now and getting your energy back. In a week or two, when you start to feel better, you can do more. Keeping it simple will make you more likely to take food with you. Never leave the house without taking food with you so you don't run into a problem.

I think if you eat regularly every few hours, you will start to feel much better and won't have to take food to bed after a few days.

Don't let yourself make excuses, you CAN do this!

By the way, age has nothing to do with your blood pressure. My blood pressure started to rise in my twenties, and that is about the same time I started to have the blood sugar issues (being really low then.)

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Oh, I forgot to say, make sure to eat breakfast every day.

You should be eating within an hour of waking up.

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