I seen a post about this on another diabetic website and thought I’d write a post about it being a diagnosed “brittle” diabetic. I was told I was a “brittle” diabetic from the beginning when my numbers were all over the place. I wasn’t this way when I was on the insulin pump but because of a loss of insurance I am not able to be on one anymore. I have to get my medicine either generic or through patient assistance programs. I only qualify for this as long as I am living with my mom, her husband, my brother, and my husband. My husband is the only one that works. My mom’s husband gets $600 for Social Security Disability. I am currently not able to work and waiting to hear about Disabled Medicaid (that’s what Utah offers to those of use who don’t have kids), my brother is 17 (high school drop out, can’t understand anything for the GED, won’t get a job and is partially blind because of a hereditary disease that hits the males in the family) and there has been no jobs for my mom’s area of work so she is going back to school. So things are a little difficult money wise to spend on medications.
I was told a few months ago by my doctor that I am a “brittle” diabetic after looking at my log books. I am fine in the morning then raise up, then go back down, then go back up and so on, so forth. Its always been like this. That’s why it was a joint decision for me to talk to a diabetes educator about Symlin since the doctor that I used to see has just finished his residency and is leaving the clinic that I normally go to. He was really good for being a resident and if I had insurance I could go and still see him at his new clinic. But seeing a new endocrinologist would be a lot better for me. I used to see one before I lost my insurance and they always had better luck with it. Though I know that they are going to push for an insulin pump.
Anyways, I don’t think “brittle” diabetic is an out-dated term. I think its because people who have good control over their diabetes have good insurance and are able to control it. I also think doctors’ don’t see it because there are diabetics without insurance that can only go to the doctor to get their refills on the medicine.