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Hi all,
Well, I've finally decided I have to face it-4 years after being diagnosed with type II and trying my best to ignore it, thinking it would fade away of its own accord...and of course, you all know it hasn't. I've had momentary episodes of paying attention to my health, but they've all been eclipsed by my falling back into self-pity and denial. Now, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Here's the short sketch-I'm a 52-year-old mom of 7, have been a high school music teacher for 29 years, learning to live with and manage diabetes, low thyroid, and severe anemia. Taking 5 meds each day-or, more to the point, SHOULD be taking 5 meds per day. And for whatever reason, something over the past few weeks has finally made me decide to turn the corner, get moving, get reading, get eating right, get healthy-so here I am.

I'm ready to be challenged and I know I'll learn a lot here, and hopefully receive the encouragement I need to stay positive and begin this journey with renewed enthusiasm!
 

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Hi all,
Well, I've finally decided I have to face it-4 years after being diagnosed with type II and trying my best to ignore it, thinking it would fade away of its own accord...and of course, you all know it hasn't. I've had momentary episodes of paying attention to my health, but they've all been eclipsed by my falling back into self-pity and denial. Now, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Here's the short sketch-I'm a 52-year-old mom of 7, have been a high school music teacher for 29 years, learning to live with and manage diabetes, low thyroid, and severe anemia. Taking 5 meds each day-or, more to the point, SHOULD be taking 5 meds per day. And for whatever reason, something over the past few weeks has finally made me decide to turn the corner, get moving, get reading, get eating right, get healthy-so here I am.

I'm ready to be challenged and I know I'll learn a lot here, and hopefully receive the encouragement I need to stay positive and begin this journey with renewed enthusiasm!
Great big welcome from your Texas neighbor! Glad you found us here...there are some really great people here with lots to share to help you along the way. I spent some time sailing down the river Denial myself, so I know how easy it is to do...until you are so sick and miserable you just have to do something about it. We have all been there :) Congrats on your determination to grab that bull by the horns and wrastle it to the ground. (Thats much better if you imagine my Texas twang along with it LOL)

If you dont mind...tell us about what meds you are taking, how your blood sugars have been, have you had a recent A1C? Please feel free to ask anything you need, or just rant and rave if ya have to :)

Glad to meet you and hope to be seeing you often :)
 

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Hi again!

Thanks for the quick welcome-and from a fellow Texan (well, I got here from Ohio in 1983!).

I am currently on the top dosages of Janumet and glimeperide for diabetes, also levothyroxine for thyroid, and lipitor and enalapril. For a while my blood sugars and A1C were pretty good-sugars between 80-140, and A1C moving downward from 8 to 7.1...but in the past year, I've been inconsistent with taking the meds, and when I test, my numbers are often in the 220 range! Last A1C was also back up to 8.2...I've felt so defeated that I've let everything spiral downward, but now I'm determined to fight back. I've got to lose weight, walk, and eat more regularly and with more attention to what I'm consuming. I've been to the diabetes ed classes, but I'm still overwhelmed with how to figure out my diet-but like I said, it's time for my "new year" to begin.

Send me good thoughts!
 

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Thanks for the quick welcome-and from a fellow Texan (well, I got here from Ohio in 1983!).

I am currently on the top dosages of Janumet and glimeperide for diabetes, also levothyroxine for thyroid, and lipitor and enalapril. For a while my blood sugars and A1C were pretty good-sugars between 80-140, and A1C moving downward from 8 to 7.1...but in the past year, I've been inconsistent with taking the meds, and when I test, my numbers are often in the 220 range! Last A1C was also back up to 8.2...I've felt so defeated that I've let everything spiral downward, but now I'm determined to fight back. I've got to lose weight, walk, and eat more regularly and with more attention to what I'm consuming. I've been to the diabetes ed classes, but I'm still overwhelmed with how to figure out my diet-but like I said, it's time for my "new year" to begin.

Send me good thoughts!
Its ok if you arent a native Texan...you got here as fast as you could! Did ya'll get some of that horrible rain we have been having? Just what I needed....more water for my weeds to grow even taller *sigh*

I am surprised you are not on metformin also. That is pretty much the gold standard for Type2 diabetes. Does a great job working on that insulin resistance.

Glad to hear you have seen a diabetes educator. Then you know that carb counting is essential in controlling your blood glucose. There are lots of good tips around the site for lo-carb eating and such. I am sure you will be able to find some good ideas :) Its really not so tough once you get the hang of it!

More good thoughts coming your way :)
 

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Oh...my bad...you are taking Janumet....that has metformin in it....my DUH moment...sorry about that :)
 

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Welcome, songgal! Happy to make your acquaintance & I hope we can be of some really good help for you. We all benefit from sharing our victories/defeats/experiences and learning from each other, so jump right in with all comments/questions/rants & raves!
 
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