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Hi to everyone! I'm new here, and I am new to the online forum/blogging/posting, etc. I don't know how to use facebook, twitter, myspace, or any of the other networking sites. I email friends and close relatives, and I pretty much keep to myself. But, the problem with that, is I'm pretty lonely.

I've been a Type 1 Diabetic for 20 years (diagnosed at 10), currently on the pump, take meds for high blood pressure and that's about it. I've always been very brittle and had uncontrollable diabetes, Doctors tell me it's a miracle I'm alive. But I just keep chugging along.....or trying to anyway. My diabetes is not under control, it never has been. I'm at that point where discouragement and depression often take the guiding role. You know how you get when you feel like crap and nobody understands, and you are just "irritable" and "difficult to be around". I've been told that I am on the irritable side, but to me I'm not- everyone else is (funny how that works). :croc:

Anyway, I don't know what to do on here- I have never done this before. I hope to find people who understand what I'm going through, and are there for support, not to make fun of me, tell me how stupid and worthless I am, laugh at my shortcomings- or to criticize because I'm not a perfectly controlled H1C of a 6.0 85 Lb 6 foot perfectly controlled diabetic supermodel. I'm just me. I'm trying to do the best I can, but right now I'm not doing a very good job at it. :baby: I want to gain control and be that perfectly controlled patient, but of 20 years of trying, it's easy to get discouraged. I hope someone understands. Thanks for reading my post.
 

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Welcome, PinkPanther . . . thank you for joining us! As you prowl around reading our boards, you'll find that none of us is perfect . . . we do the very best we can. When one method doesn't work or stops working, we tinker & tweak our regimens and keep moving on. What really helps is having others in the same boat with us who can suggest and support because they UNDERSTAND! Others here are pumpers too, and many of us have multiple medical conditions that complicate the issues. I hope you'll be happy you found us . . . :D

(oh - and by the way - I'm a bit of a hermit too . . . my husband & I have an email account called "We B Hermits" . . .)
 

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Hello, welcome aboard! This is a good diabetes site, where you can learn valuable information and find good support. I am surprised that you are pumping and still have poor control. Do you use carb counting to determine your insulin dosages before meals and snacks? My carb ratio is 1:6 (1 unit for every 6 carbs}. What is your ratio? I hope you see an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist). I recommend your using the book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh. I bought my copy online at amazon.com.

I have been Type 1 for 64 years and I am very healthy. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. I have been pumping since 2007.

Ask all the questions you want. We are happy to help.

Richard
 

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Hi PinkPanther. The grind of controlling diabetes can really get you down, no questions about that! Sometimes just knowing that there's a large community of people facing the same challenges as you do can help you turn the corner.

What's the biggest impediment for you? Diet? Setting appropriate insulin doses? Exercise? At one time or another each of these little monsters has plagued me.

Keep posting. You are not alone!

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Nice to meet ya PinkPanther! Glad you found us!

Don't worry, nobody will judge you on this forum. There are alot of nice people on here and I have learned so much from reading about their experiences and how they manage their own diabetes. Even shared a little of my own experiences. I am 2 yrs into my type 2 diagnosis.
 

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Hi to everyone! I'm new here, and I am new to the online forum/blogging/posting, etc. I don't know how to use facebook, twitter, myspace, or any of the other networking sites. I email friends and close relatives, and I pretty much keep to myself. But, the problem with that, is I'm pretty lonely.

I've been a Type 1 Diabetic for 20 years (diagnosed at 10), currently on the pump, take meds for high blood pressure and that's about it. I've always been very brittle and had uncontrollable diabetes, Doctors tell me it's a miracle I'm alive. But I just keep chugging along.....or trying to anyway. My diabetes is not under control, it never has been. I'm at that point where discouragement and depression often take the guiding role. You know how you get when you feel like crap and nobody understands, and you are just "irritable" and "difficult to be around". I've been told that I am on the irritable side, but to me I'm not- everyone else is (funny how that works). :croc:

Anyway, I don't know what to do on here- I have never done this before. I hope to find people who understand what I'm going through, and are there for support, not to make fun of me, tell me how stupid and worthless I am, laugh at my shortcomings- or to criticize because I'm not a perfectly controlled H1C of a 6.0 85 Lb 6 foot perfectly controlled diabetic supermodel. I'm just me. I'm trying to do the best I can, but right now I'm not doing a very good job at it. :baby: I want to gain control and be that perfectly controlled patient, but of 20 years of trying, it's easy to get discouraged. I hope someone understands. Thanks for reading my post.
Hi Pink Panthr

Wow...I am really new to this and do not understand at all how to use this site...but here goes

I live in Australia and have had Type 1 Diabetes for 25 years (almost 26) since I was 11....and to read your note made me smile because it is much like myself. I am on the pump...but have (as you) always been very brittle...same regimen each day does not mean the same results the next day....so getting very tired of it...I too do not have A1C of 6.0....and certainly not model material..but I have to say that I am happy..I am married and have 2 amazingly beautiful kids 9 & 7....but that is also where my stress comes in...because I know that I am not going to be around (healthily or at all) for long enough to see everything my kids do.....and that is not fair.
So I agree...I hope to find some inspiring information on this sit.
....Madjoshy2....
 

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Hi to everyone! I'm new here, and I am new to the online forum/blogging/posting, etc. I don't know how to use facebook, twitter, myspace, or any of the other networking sites. I email friends and close relatives, and I pretty much keep to myself. But, the problem with that, is I'm pretty lonely.

I've been a Type 1 Diabetic for 20 years (diagnosed at 10), currently on the pump, take meds for high blood pressure and that's about it. I've always been very brittle and had uncontrollable diabetes, Doctors tell me it's a miracle I'm alive. But I just keep chugging along.....or trying to anyway. My diabetes is not under control, it never has been. I'm at that point where discouragement and depression often take the guiding role. You know how you get when you feel like crap and nobody understands, and you are just "irritable" and "difficult to be around". I've been told that I am on the irritable side, but to me I'm not- everyone else is (funny how that works). :croc:

Anyway, I don't know what to do on here- I have never done this before. I hope to find people who understand what I'm going through, and are there for support, not to make fun of me, tell me how stupid and worthless I am, laugh at my shortcomings- or to criticize because I'm not a perfectly controlled H1C of a 6.0 85 Lb 6 foot perfectly controlled diabetic supermodel. I'm just me. I'm trying to do the best I can, but right now I'm not doing a very good job at it. :baby: I want to gain control and be that perfectly controlled patient, but of 20 years of trying, it's easy to get discouraged. I hope someone understands. Thanks for reading my post.
Welcome pinkpanther! Dont worry about being judged here. No one has every been anything but encouraging to me here and everyone is so nice and full of good advice. I understand about being uncontrolled....it happens. When I first joined here I came after a 2 year period of my living in complete denial and my A1c had crept up to a horrible 12.6 :( All we can do, is the best we can do! Look forward to getting to know you and hope you come back to visit often :)
 
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