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Sometimes just reading what others have to say here is calming. Other times I gotta let it out.

Was talking to a coworker of 20 yrs duration and describing my diet ... she has to be > 400 lb, just lost 86. Has been up and down all her life, I feel for her. Said something about insulin resistance and she said, Oh, yeah, I have that. She was talking about oatmeal or something and I said well once you use a meter, you know what bothers you (meaning spikes you). She said, well I don't use a meter so it doesn't bother me.

Went on to say that she used to be on metformin but does not need drugs.:violin:

She works in a MEDICAL LIBRARY. So thank you for being here and keeping me SANE.
 

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i know that i am new to my travels with T2, but this would be like me saying yep i know i have dabetes, but ya know i would rather eat all those foods that i know are bad for me. instead of controlling my carb intake.

i had a similar converstation with my dad. i told him on the phone that i was diagnosed as type 2. he was like oh really, me to. i told him how i manage my diet and exercise to along with metformine to manage my numbers. he told me how he just really likes pasta and potatoes to much, so they have him taking other medication to help keep his BG down around 160. :-O i know lets see my diet and exercise has me down in the 90's most of the time now.
 
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I have a friend who is a on couple of meds and complained about her weight and sweet tooth when she shopped. I suggested she use her meter and go low carb and she'd see things turn around. She sent me a copy of her diet and it's the high carb ADA version and her doctor has her check her FBG only. She thinks I'm really taking huge risk with my 20-30 carb a day diet.

Scary, huh?
 

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A young friend of my son's (he's 21) is a Type I diabetic who's having trouble getting his A1c under control. He's NEVER had it under 9.0 in years.

I asked about his diet and he says he LOVES potatoes, corn, breads, etc., etc., Anything starchy he loves and eats with abandon.

I told him that's what's keeping his diabetes out of control, and he basically says "but I bolus for it" ...

Obviously with an A1c that can't get under 9.0 he's not doing something right... personally, if I were him I'd start by cutting the starches, but he refuses to do it...
 
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A young friend of my son's (he's 21) is a Type I diabetic who's having trouble getting his A1c under control. He's NEVER had it under 9.0 in years.

I asked about his diet and he says he LOVES potatoes, corn, breads, etc., etc., Anything starchy he loves and eats with abandon.

I told him that's what's keeping his diabetes out of control, and he basically says "but I bolus for it" ...

Obviously with an A1c that can't get under 9.0 he's not doing something right... personally, if I were him I'd start by cutting the starches, but he refuses to do it...
Hi Beefy, He may have been given a high carb diet in his early teens and not bothered to adjust carb intake after he stopped growing. I had one teenage boy on 270gms of carbs a day and his A1c sat around 5.5 :cool: But he is young and if like most young guys I know today. They know everything:rolleyes:
 

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I got an email the other day from Carb Smart and it was an article by Dana Carpenter with a clip of the Dr Bernstein/ Hope Warshaw debate over carbs. Hope Warshaw believes diabetics should be able to eat all the carbs they want and just keep taking metformin. The look on Dr. B's face was amazing. She is a CDE and advising patients. So many D's don't want to give up their favorite carbs, I guess they would rather deal with all sorts of complications. I don't understand the not testing thing. My husband is a D who is like that , he refuses to test and just relies on the doctors visits once ever 6 months. He thinks he can feel his blood sugar. He is lucky I only cook low carb.
 

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B-b-b-but we have a RIGHT to eat those carbs . . . we DESERVE to be able to fit in & eat like other people . . . sound like anyone you know? (where's that sarcasm font when I need it the most?! :mad:) Y'know Linda, you had a perfect opportunity when your colleague bent over to stick her head in the sand . . .
 

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Bearing in mind that I am a bit of a negative person to begin with:

From a health stand point I feel that there is something wrong with a 30 carb a day diet like I am on.

From all the garbage I have read, your body must have x amount of carbs and x amount of insulin in the morning to clear the overnight fat that has accumulated in your blood caused by your metabolism converting the glucose in your blood that you were not using while asleep into fat. Otherwise your insulin sensitivity will be inhibited by that fat for much of the day. My insulin sensitivity starts out at about 5 mg/dl per unit insulin and rises to 15 mg/dl per unit insulin later after that overnight fat has been cleared out of my blood stream. Through out my life I have preferred the sedating effect of that excess fat in my blood stream and preferred not to eat breakfast so as to stay sedated longer. This may not be a healthy thing to do. Guess I am a fat junkie, huh?

If you were healthy, that "Dawn Effect" blood sugar rise would trigger a corresponding release of insulin. This would clear out that over night fat from your blood so you would have your normal insulin sensitivity during the day.

Note that these are just the idle thoughts of a decrepit old man with one foot already in the grave. :D

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I think it's unfortunate that there is this notion that we can take a pill/drugs to fix anything. It takes the responsibility away from the person with the disease/problem. So they think (often because professionals have told them) they can do what they always have and the medication will 'fix' it.

If the medication doesn't work them they can blame!

I have trouble understanding why people let professionals treat them like they are naughty children and allow them to be told what to do without question.

It's a very paternalistic approach, I find that offensive. As an adult I want facts, I want all the variables and that is the only way I can make an informed decision about my health and my future.

So there are a few problems with all this...

1. professionals/specialists that don't give us facts and just tell people what to do
2. people that want to be told what to do and accept what they are told without question

Then there are us lol...I went for my HBa1c blood test last week...the nurse tried twice to take my blood and she couldn't...she then blamed me lol..after telling she she wasn't very good at it....I said..."then find someone that is" I am over being polite as people dig around in my veins...another nurse came in and did it perfectly....it is tiring to keep pushing...but if we want a say we have to push...
 

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Then there are us lol...I went for my HBa1c blood test last week...the nurse tried twice to take my blood and she couldn't...she then blamed me lol..after telling she she wasn't very good at it....I said..."then find someone that is" I am over being polite as people dig around in my veins...another nurse came in and did it perfectly....it is tiring to keep pushing...but if we want a say we have to push...
Exact same scenario with me last week . . . first tech tried both arms & couldn't hit the vein; next nurse hit it in nothing flat.
 

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lol was annoying was the first nurse said..."you're dehydrated so it's your fault"

I've heard the exact same words from a different nurse who had the same problem...I'm glad she was there when the next nurse had no trouble getting the blood...I pick my results up on Thursday and will tell the doctor....they have a lot of elderly patients there and they don't need that kind of crap

lol I must be feeling good because I'm get feisty
 
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:Cry: Today I told a medical receptionist to think outside of the box. I asked her for paperwork that I required from my Doctor, just need it in the next 4 days. Any time in the four days that suits the Dr. But NNNOOOOOOOOOOO, that would be too hard. They want me to sit in the waiting room for 1 hour and pay $30.00 for the Dr to press about 50 buttons on a computer. I will pay the $30 but don't expect me to sit there for an hour. I have better things to do with my time. Like have a blood test, adjust my insulin pump, take my heart medication, ring another 4 specialists for appointments that are a must. Over it Over it Over it. I would love to be doing her job, and I am dam sure I would be more understanding, but unfortunately going blind is not a physical attribute that is required for a receptionist. Maybe I just need to up my anti-depressants. The world of Diabetes is doing my head in.

I need a night on the drink and a tour of the cadbury factory.

Don't panic, I will stay at home, drink my water and have my small peice of meat and vegies. WooHoo!!!!!!

God I hate feeling like this.
 

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I like the idea of sending a SCREAM!!!! to someone that's annoying you...
 

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I have the exact same problems when I have to leave blood samples and because of the study Im participating in, I often have to leave about 7-10 vials of blood. The nurses are very nice and friendly here but they can never find a vein. There is only one that can and thank god she's usually around when I have to give blood! Last time I was there they tried twice in each arm, apologizing profusely for all the "misses" and the eventual bruising before getting "the pro".

Also, I ran out of strips yesterday and called my medical center to get more and today I got a bill for 10 dollars for the phone call! Yet, I still don't have the strips!

One more....a friend called yesterday needing help with her Mac...I agreed to go over to their place to help her out and she then sends me an sms to say she will cook something for lunch for us....I tell her thanks but I'm diabetic so I'm on a strict diet and that she need not bother...today she sends an sms to me saying that she has made us some Indian Naan bread. *sigh*
 

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I would definitely report abusive medical staff ... I KNOW they were trained to not act like that and their bosses need to know.

I did report one once. long ago -- she was a tech who told me I was losing pregnancy, and that my doc needed to give me progesterone. I had already ready many study that disabused me of THAT false hope. Ridiculous. And I think it was said to make HER feel better. :(
 

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*nods* it sucks! This nurse was a phebologist ... that means she is s specialist at taking blood....I'd hate to see someone that can't...
 

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Phlebotomists get on-the-job training, only. They do not even have to have a HS diploma. And they NEVER admit they are inexperienced .... which blaming a pt would point to.
 

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wow I had a feeling they weren't very trained...when I heard the exact same excuse from 2 different ones I started getting suspicious...I think I'll be going to a pathology with a trained nurse from now on...

when I see the doctor on Thursday I might ask him to let her take his blood to see how bad she is...we end up being called 'difficult' patients because we want some respect....it's so wrong
 
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Well VERY few practices are willing to pay anyone with any certification -- too costly! Just gotta hope for an EXPERIENCED one. At least that is how it is in the US.
 
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