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I would like to take a second and intro myself! I am a loving mother of 4 of the most wonderful boys on the planet!!! Ages :13,8,6,3!!! Yes a handful and yes stressful but I do believe that I was god handed me exactly what he thought I could handle -- of course no one mentioned it was at the redline of life!! LOL

Anyways that out of my system I will begin my journey into the poking, injecting and sometimes crazy world of what we have all come to call Life with diabetes!!! My father was a type I diabetic diagnosed at age 2.. He passed away 5 yrs ago after many years of battling many obstacles that came along with having diabetes for many years and without the technology that has come to play in today world... I would have never dreamed that at the ripe age of 30(almost 31) I would hear my doctot announce the news of " Meagan your a diabetic".. talk about shock.. talk about a slap that hit soo home that I actually hit a bottom that I didn't know how to overcome... That was Feb or 08... after many attempts at different oral medication because my doctor believed that I was a type II.. but had NO classic signs of type II... I have never been overweight (other than pregnancy and even then not overweight just pudgy lol) ... so the thought continued to linger in the back of my mind that I HAD to be type I .. no other explanation for 40 lbs weight loss, bathroom breaks that left me NOT wanting to leave home in fear of accidents ( yes I have had 4 kids remember a sneeze is a scary thing).. being tired ALL the time even with 15 hours of sleep a night and a nap the next day , to the thirst.. wow my goodness couldn't get enough of water to save me felt as though I was in a desert and there was no water around. I kinda just went along at first because I mean I am NOT a doctor I only knew what I knew about diabetes from my father's own experiences.. So started the journey on Metformin 500mg once a day .... well that did nothing for me so she bumped it to a 1000mg a day ... still nothing .. then onto 1500mg of the wonderful pill that was suppose to change my life.. the only thing it did was REALLY make me NOT want to leave the restroom haha!! I sat down with her and told her that I thought I was going crazy.. that I am still sleeping, eating and my body feels like I am drunk all the time.... so I was then changed to 1000mg of Metformin and 2mg of Amaryl... you would have thought that there would be some type of response from those meds.. nothing other than this HORRIBLE after taste that lingered in my mouth for what seemed like days in reality it was hours after taking the Amaryl. I finally started to search the internet (what a lovely tool) and to my surprise wow my symptoms pointed closer to type I and not so much type II.... I have to say that maybe it was the months that had passed or the abuse my body had taken over them but I had finally had it and made an appointment.. breaking down in her office telling her that I have WAY too many ppl in my life that count on me for their needs everyday that I can NO longer be this sick.. I can NO longer sleep or be sleepy all the time.. I can NO longer have that hungover/drunk feeling as it is dangerous to myself and my family. And that the feelings of going crazy where real.. I was going crazy popping these pills everyday with no results.. I was crazy cause I couldn't think straight.. that I couldn't feel normal... She finally agreed that it was time to draw a C-peptide and that she believed I was still type II I "might" need insulin... that yes it would make me feel better but it was not a cure for type II! I didn't care less really at that point what type I had ... I just wanted the right treatment and to feel better... I felt as though I was in a concentration camp and that there was two paths-- one would be death and at that point in all seriousness I didn't care if I followed that path.. the other was the path that finally she agreed to ... I started Lantus in May and since then have felt 100 times better than I did for months BUT I am still not 100% just yet...
I went to see an endocrinologist yesterday and he put my mind at ease... took the time needed to explain things to me further.. listened to my fears .. and basically took me from a state of fear to a state of OK this is MY new life I need to learn how to live again.. how to take the control back in my life and how to live a better life with to the ultimate. I left his office and felt as though I could breath again for the first time in 6 months!!! I know that being diagnosed with any type of life altering disease can be stressful and a fearful thing to live with.. at this point I will NOT allow this to consume me.. I will fight just like my father did and take his stride in life like he did never complained .. never worried just live it day to day as there isn't a cure for it yet.. there is no "go away " pill and there is no chance that this was a bad dream.. this is me.. and I have accepted and learned to love the new sugar free me!!! Thank you to whomever started this site as I have been a side seater for awhile and finally decided it was time to intro myself and be active.. and it is wonderful to meet all of you -- BTW the endocrinologist agrees I am not a type II.. and pls do NOT think I am dogging my PCP I just think that most primary doctors are not capable to treat this condition! Guess that is why there are specialists for certain treatments!!!
 

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Well Hello There MissMeg: :D WoW! You sound so exuberant and confident. Good show! It will come in handy when you hit the occasional brick wall. ;) Most have felt the way that you felt before. It takes some People many years to accept Diabetes.

Yes, I'm sure that your Boys(all 4 :eek:)are the the most Wonderful on the planet. I can see why you would be totally exhausted.

I'm so sorry to hear that your Dad passed away. He sounds like he was a Very strong man. I know I complained about Diabetes occasionally through the years. So he died in 2003? May I ask how old he was? He was dxd. one year sooner than me.

Well, I'm sure Glad that your Dr. got you dxd. properly. It was pretty quick actually. I'm Happy that you complained about how you felt. Some People go for some time not realizing that they were dxd. incorrectly. There is also Type 1.5.

So you are on Lantus? I changed to Lantus(basal Insulin)-long-acting in late 2006. How many units do you take? I take 12 units when I awaken and 10 units, 12 hours later. One shot doesn't usually last the full 24 hrs. a day for many, like it was intended to. So we take 2 injections to have full coverage.

What fast-acting-(bolus Insulin) do you use before meals or to correct a high? I use Humalog. Both work Good for me.

We're Happy to see you here. :) When you need an answer to a question, just ask. We'll do our Best to answer it for you or find it elsewhere.

Merien is the Wonderful Man(although he takes on too much) that started this Forum for all of us who have Diabetes. To share experiences, information, laughs, meet Friends, create Good memories, to "get us "out of the closet" so to speak, etc. I'm Really Happy that he did too. :) Welcome!!
 

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hoi miss meg.

i wch you also welcome here.
4 boy's thing you have a very busy also nice familly.

hope you find answer to all your questions.

gr ria
 

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Welcome

Hello Miss Meg, Welcome to the happy family who can answer your questions so you are in the right place for advice. Now being diagnosed a type 1 you would need to look at D.A.F.N.E. Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating as this will be the basis of good control and control is everything for long gevity.

Learn & live. ;)
 

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Thank you Peter-- I am using google to look that up right now!!! And to everyone who as Welcomed me Thank you !!!
 

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Hi there Miss Meg! I get the impression you might be from the UK. Is that right? Just curious. It seem that you are on the right path now. That's great. I assume you are using a fast acting insulin prior to each meal. Good control is impossible for a Type 1 without it.

I have been Type 1 for 62 years and I am very healthy. If we Type 1's haver good control we have a good chance of leading long, healthy lives without serious complications. Good luck to you!

Richard
 

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No Richard I am from the USA -- Farm country to be exact!! Illinois!!! Yes I am using my novalog before meals and my lantus each evening before bed. I have my days that make me scratch my head and think how cruel a joke it is for some to live their own way for 30 years and all of a sudden over night that person has to re- learn to live. I have accepted it and have to live with it and try not to complain about it.. but I do have my good and bad days... I am also having days where it is more psych. than anything that makes me not want to eat and I have to force myself to eat. Almost makes me wrench when I put food to my mouth... and I think in my mind it is cause I know that anything and everything will effect my blood sugar.. No worries I do eat and make myself do it when I need to -- I have spoke with my Dr. and was told that this sometimes happens and that it will go away I just have to get into a pattern and learn that this is my life now. Plus I am learning that there are many elements that effect my sugars... hormones, to stress (good or bad) to sleep to food everything does it!!!
 

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Great attitude!!!

Way to go there MissMeg!!! as you make me proud to see people who will make changes to take good care of themselves and to be active and be happy. High five MissMeg. :D :D :p
 
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