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OctoberGirl 02-26-2019 15:30

Hello from Minnesota
 
Hi! Another Minnesotan here!
I am not sure if this is the right place for me or not. I don't have diabetes but my husband does. He was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 36. Always a very active and fairly healthy person. Diabetes runs in his family. His older brother was diagnoses at age 8. Passed away due to complications of diabetes and poor management at the age of 38. His mother was diagnoses as Type 2 in her early 40ies. She too has recently passed (at the age of 74) from again mismanagement and overall poor lifestyle. My husband is the opposite and tries hard to keep good control of his disease. For almost 12 years he had very little issues but just under a year ago had a DKA event that rocked our world. Hence why I am here. Like I said, I am not a diabetic but I live with diabetes every day. It would be nice to be able to share and chat with others that understand.

rsfletcher 02-26-2019 15:40

That's one thing that often goes unnoticed in the diabetes world - much focus is spent on the person with diabetes (understandably so) but spouses often endure a lot - thankfully my spouse has given me a lot of great support and understanding and as a Type 1 that makes life easier.
Hopefully with your husband the DKA is just a bump in the road. I know throughout my life I've found myself having to re-examine my diabetes management strategy and often make changes when I noticed my BGs are becoming more difficult to control. I just went through this exercise by changing Basil insulins which made a remarkable difference in my BG control.
It's easy to become complacent but as the body changes so does the diabetes. Your husband is lucky to have such a supporter.

itissteve 02-26-2019 15:53

Welcome from one of the Minnesota denizens of this forum! This is a great place for you, too, as someone who has a loved one with diabetes. Among the posters here are Type 1s, Type 2s, diabetics with LADA, Type 2s using diet and exercise only to manage blood glucose, people using various oral medications and various kinds of insulin, people who were diagnosed years ago and people who were diagnosed last month.

What we have in common is an interest in managing our diabetes actively rather than just it happen to us -- and a strong belief that what and how we eat makes a difference in managing the condition.

I hope you find the information and support you're looking for. Take a look around the forums, feel free to contribute what you can, and ask away on the topics which interest you!

VeeJay 02-26-2019 16:36

Welcome, October Girl

It is to nice to see spouses being supportive of the diabetic. We'd love to help you in any way we can, so ask away.

Cassie2922 02-27-2019 02:21

Welcome to the forum. How much insulin does your husband use?

mbuster 02-27-2019 10:50

Welcome to the forum OctoberGirl

OctoberGirl 02-27-2019 15:45

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Originally Posted by Cassie2922 (Post 1317029)
Welcome to the forum. How much insulin does your husband use?

I guess it depends...he uses a sliding scale for every 15mg of carbs he eats. He uses Novalog

He also takes 22 units of Lantus (14 unit in the evening and 8 units in the morning.

I'll ask him what his scale is right now as he alters it when necessary.

He keeps pretty tight control and is very mindful of his blood sugar levels. He works hard to keep them under control but there are times in which I think he over does it as his lows have been quite scary a time or two.

He doesn't use a CG monitor or a pump although his doctor said he'd be a great candidate for one. He actually still uses his daily log book and records everything and has done so since day one. Still has all his log books.

Cassie2922 02-27-2019 16:23

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Originally Posted by OctoberGirl (Post 1317051)
I guess it depends...he uses a sliding scale for every 15mg of carbs he eats. He uses Novalog

He also takes 22 units of Lantus (14 unit in the evening and 8 units in the morning.

I'll ask him what his scale is right now as he alters it when necessary.

He keeps pretty tight control and is very mindful of his blood sugar levels. He works hard to keep them under control but there are times in which I think he over does it as his lows have been quite scary a time or two.

He doesn't use a CG monitor or a pump although his doctor said he'd be a great candidate for one. He actually still uses his daily log book and records everything and has done so since day one. Still has all his log books.

Being a fanatic when you're diabetic is a good thing. I'm also a type 1, and it's frustrating to try to anticipate what your blood sugar is going to be at any given time. I have a Dexcom, and it's a really good tool for tracking your ups and downs and what your bs does all during the night.

OctoberGirl 02-27-2019 16:32

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Originally Posted by Cassie2922 (Post 1317055)
Being a fanatic when you're diabetic is a good thing. I'm also a type 1, and it's frustrating to try to anticipate what your blood sugar is going to be at any given time. I have a Dexcom, and it's a really good tool for tracking your ups and downs and what your bs does all during the night.

His doctor said the same thing about being a fanatic!
He said it's nice to see someone that tries to take control of his diabetes verses letting his diabetes control him.

The frustration of course lies in the fact that it's not an exact science and sometimes no matter how right you do everything, the results don't work out the same.

I can't imagine how difficult it is dealing with the swings in glucose readings. He's had a reading of 23 all the way up to 350 all in one day and watching him deal with the physical fall out is hard.

The hard part for me then is empathizing when that happens because I know how hard it is but yet I don't because I don't have diabetes know what I mean? I feel bad even saying something supportive as I couldn't possibly understand what it's like.

That last paragraph is what led me to this forum.
It's hard being a spouse of a diabetic but I sometimes feel like I have no right to complain or vent about it because it's not even remotely the same as having diabetes.

VeeJay 02-27-2019 17:28

Are either of you acquainted with Dr. Richard Bernstein. He's a T1 and has been quite successful in keeping his BG at normal levels. He has written a book about how to manage diabetes, much of which he puts on his website:
Read Online - Diabetes Solution - Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. A Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. Official Web Site

Now, I'm a T2 without meds, but having been on this forum for a few years, it is often mentioned that sliding scale is difficult at best for BG control and that using separate basal and bolus insulins are a great help toward controlling lows (some of which might happen because if one is on sliding scale one absolutely must eat enough to match the bolus dose in the combo insulin).


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