So, this is my first blog here at tudiabetes. Here’s a little about me:
I’ve had diabetes for 7 years (since I was 11). I’m in college now, finishing up my freshman year. I’m a psychology major and I love animals… a lot. I have two dogs back home, but none with me here in San Francisco. I just moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend (who isn’t diabetic). I have a, shall we say, interesting sense of humor. I find the funny in almost everything, which can be both a good and a bad thing. I love talking to people and often go off on long winded tangents and spews about random things…
I joined tudiabetes because I have lost sight of my health a bit. I know the consequences of letting my diabetes getting out of control… my mom is a nurse and my doctors have all given me the “your feet will fall off” lectures… I don’t want that sort of thing to happen to me, but I can’t seem to get the idea that taking care of myself is hassle out of my head. The methods that have been used on me before haven’t really worked. My parents have basically decided that it will take me going into a coma for me to start taking care of myself… I don’t really want to go there. And I don’t really don’t want to lose all feeling in my feet and go blind… I’ve heard stories. It doesn’t sound like fun…
I don’t really know what to do. I’m quite at a loss.
If anyone wants to chat about anything… please, I’d love to.
I think that you have come to the right place. There are a lot of diabetics here with near perfect control and many struggling to improve. It’s a great place to send out questions that you have and just to get support. It always helps to know that you are not alone! We all have ups and downs… and I find that it is A LOT easier to accept advice from other people with diabetes! It gets frustrating being told that YOU should control your diabetes from people who have no idea how hard that it! Here-- we know! and we know that good control is worth it!!! So best wishes to you… take things one step at a time and know that you are “on your way” to good control. I think that joining this community was a good step
One of the challenges I’ve found (and I’m a struggler) is that there are so many ways to improve. It’s hard to know which one to choose. Maybe the best way is to tackle one thing, perhaps waking up with a blood glucose between 90 and 130. That would give you a good start to the day. When you’ve got that working reasonably then try another goal.
One book that I liked, and that’s a funny and easy read, is Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner. He’s a smart guy who also runs a company that helps folks get better control of their diabetes. I’ve worked with him (by phone/email) over the last year or so and it’s been a BIG benefit to me.
I wish you the best of luck. Let us know how we can help.
I’ve just joined this site also, and I’m struggling. I’ve had type 1 since I was 3 years old, and I’m now 29, so I guess I haven’t done too bad, but most of that is due to my parents’ constant vigilance when I was at home. In the past 8 or 9 years, things have gotten worse as I’ve been slack about keeping track of things. I’m also looking for a support group. Perhaps we can keep tabs on each other and encourage each other.
Thanks, Bernard, also for the book suggestion. I’ll take a look – sounds interesting.
Glad you joined, Kelsey, and I hope we can both get on track and in control.
It’s so tough, Kelsey. You’ll find here, tho, that lots of people like you are struggling and also finding inspiration. Your sense of humor probably means you are smart…you’ll get it.
hi kelsey, i was dx at nearly the same time as you ( feb 2002 when i was 10). diabetes is really hard to live with and control (and can sometimes be tiring), however taking good care of it now makes u live a long and complications free life (with no regrets what so ever )
i spent the last couple of years giving my diabetes no care at all, but thank god now i started taking care of it again.
hopefully ill get my a1c down. and i hope i could live the rest of my life having my limbs and eyesight…
joining this site is a great step as u would get to know other people’s experiences and learn from them. feel free to talk anytime and remember u r not alone we r all here for each other
Kelsey…this old blog popping up made me wonder how you are doing. When I was diagnosed at 50 I actually felt fortunate…I knew how I would have dealt with it at your age…not at all! You feel invincible, immortal at your age. You have so many more resources now. Let us know how you are doing.