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Hi Robbie,

Welcome to the group! I'm like you -- I know most of what to do but getting it all done is the difficult thing. I manage my diabetes by diet and exercise and so far my A1C is around 6 or the highest has been 6.2. I also have high blood pressure and stage 1 kidney disease.

So far, I have it all controlled, but it would be so much better if I lost more weight. That's probably true with a few of us!

One of the teams I just joined is the Spark version of The Biggest Loser and I'm hoping that it really gets me motivated and moving. That's my big issue -- getting my body in motion. Honestly, it's easy to see results even with just a little exercise.

Happy New Year to everyone emoticon

Brenda - Washington State
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Eat well, move daily, hydrate often, sleep lots, love your body, repeat for life!

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Hello and an early Happy New Year to all!!

I'm Robbie. There's quite a bit of info about me on my SparkPage, so I won't go into too much detail here.

I take daily medication for Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol. I had open heart surgery in May of 2012. I have completely recovered and do my Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab twice a week with a personal trainer and all in all feel pretty doggone good!!

As with many, my problem isn't knowing what to do - it's doing what I know!! But usually, having someone to hold me accountable and to provide motivation is a big help. I hope and expect that will be the case with the various teams!!

Thanks in advance for any and all help, guidance, motivation, tips/ideas, etc.

Robbie

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12/10/13 4:41 P

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Hi,

I am sorry about your husband's difficulties. I have had a friend with a bad case of diabetes for years. He didnt take care of himself and didnt worry about his eating habits, etc. He has since passed, but not before he started losing his sight, losing his big toe, then his foot. Then he got a staff infection, got gangreen and succumbed to it. I dont say this to scare you, but to also reinforce for myself the necessesity to pay attention to the disease as it can disable us so quickly. Let's keep up with each other and bolster each other up. We can turn things around, with God's help, and our intentional way of living for our health.

Cheryl

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12/10/13 4:32 P

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Hi Debbie,

I am so sorry to hear of your current situation. If it is okay with you, I will keep you in my prayers for God to help you through this tough time. I am the kind of person who believes that God can fix all my maladies. I am now focusing on him to get me through these tough times. He has seen me through 4 heart attacks, multiple kidney stones, and now working on my diabetes with me. I have confidence that he will be able to get us both through our issues.

Thank you for coming to sparkpeople and sharing with us. I look forward to chatting with you more. Can I help with any of your immediate goals?

Cheryl

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Hi Snoop, Unfortunately, I am one of those people who have come to sparkpeople and then didnt pick it up again, so, let me apologize now.

I am in a place where I need to focus on my diabetes before I end up on insulin. I have been a diagnosed diabetic for the past 20 years or so. In 2012, I had 4 heart attacks and had 2 separate surgeries to put in 1 stent in each surgery. After putting in my first stent, I developed a 4cm blood clot. Shortly after my second stent, I found I had a 6mm kidney stone. I couldnt get it removed until 6 months after my last Attack. Now, I have been struggling with my sugar numbers. My heart has been good for the past year and 1/2 - Yeah. emoticon

I have made it my mission to focus on this now. I do need lots of help keeping on track. How does it go at your house, trying to get in all your water? I can drink a pot of coffee, but I struggle to drink water. Today, I wouldnt allow myself another cup until I drank a cup of water. Let's see how that works.

Have an awesome Christmas Holiday season.

Cheryl

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12/10/13 1:41 P

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Hi All,

I have come back to SparkPeople. I need to focus on my health. 2012,I had 4 heart attacks, I have had Diabetes type II for the past 20+ years, I also have low thyroid - which I never knew was something that could be caused by Diabetes. I have panic attacks, which I have been told low thyroid can cause. With that in mind, I need to work on the Diabetes - would you all agree? Lose weight, work on my thyroid, make my likelihood of getting another heart attack low, and get physically fit. It's hard for me to keep focus, so I could use some help there.

I am Divorced (since 2007), I am interested in getting back out there, if you know what I mean. I qualify as 50+, I live in Jamestown, NY - and believe it or not, I hate snow. lol.

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m new here, I was on Spark a couple of years ago,the people on the team would post once or twice and poof thier gone. I got discouraged. But now I'm on Insulin about 4 shots a day,wasn"t as bad as I thought all these years. Maybe it was worst back when. I hardley feel a thing and I thought my boyfriend would have to give me the shots, nope I have no problem. But I do have Neuropathy,glad I can see it ,to spell it,lol Mostly its bad in both feet. It feels like I'm wearing Dishrags especially in the shower. My boyfriend works 11 hours a day and still comes home and asks Want me to rub your feet? I swear I'd probably lost some toes long ago.a couple of years ago I had a attack of nerves down one whole side. I couldn"t even sit up in a car. I've had open heart surgery 10 years ago,3 stent surgeries. Lost all of my teeth. Don"t smoke but I have a cold beer once a year,lol. I love animals,have a few,keeps my mind off the pain alot. I hope I picked a good place to stay.snoop

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2/26/13 8:05 P

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Hi my name is Debbie! I'm type II Diabetic since 1999. I'm a heart attack survivor. I had my heart attack Nov. 7,2008 & then bypass surgery 3 days later.
My diabetes complications are many! Heart disease, feet problems, NASH & now my kidneys. I'm in stage 3 renal failure.
I look on the bright side of life & feel blessed to be here, Looking forward to connecting,& sharing...with you all!
I'm a Mom of 6 adult children-my 17 year old is almost 18 emoticon & I'm a Grandma of 2 adorable girls. My oldest daughter is on SparkPeople too-(DAMAFISH) she introduced me to SparkPeople in Sept. of 2011.
I live in Sacramento, California!

Edited by: FISHER011 at: 1/3/2014 (08:49)

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Hello,

My name is chaya and shaul is my husband. I have just been diagnosed with diabetes. I have been put on metformin and told to "watch" my diet (which hasn't been going anywhere). My husband has type 2 diabetes and has been battling diabetes for 12 years. I have been married to him for 5 1/2 years and he has been in and out of the hospital every six months since we have been married. He has determined not to go back to the hospital this year. Unfortunately, he is also losing his sight. We were having trouble keeping his blood sugar down below 300 for several months. We switched doctors and discovered that his last doctor was increasing too much insulin into his body. He had several episodes where his body would crash but his levels would read high and flash keytones. The doctor took his A1C 8 weeks ago (it was 12.5). And this is why the eye issues.

He has lost sight completely in his left eye. And he is losing sight in his right eye now. He has to have surgery before the end of the month. I am hoping that all goes well, but only time will really tell. I didn't realize just how not only expensive it is to be diabetic but also how terrible the world makes a person feel for battling this horrible disease. People judge what you do and act like it is so easy to not get sick...all you have to do is lose weight, or eat right, or take the right meds. I have learned that it is so much more complicated than that.

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ALEXSTUART
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Hello,
My name is Diedre and I am Alexx's wife. He has been healthy his whole life and now at 61 has just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes with heart complications. We cannot afford to have the angiogram done which is being recommended because he doesn't have insurance until March when he'll qualify for the high risk pool in our state or until I am able to secure a job that will provide me with dependent health benefits. I'm joining this team for support. I'm staying positive but know I am feeling the stress of trying to provide low-carb yet heart healthy meals that satisfy his palate. After consuming high carbs and few vegetables all his life, this is a very difficult transition for him. He is not very much overweight - approximately 10-15 lbs but already has been losing weight quickly since we have switched to a low-carb diet and eliminated alcohol.
I have just ordered a "green" drink that will up his nutrition for green vegetables and fruits that are stabilized with a low glycemic index and have added a probiotic. It is supposed to have a better flavor than most and uses stevia for the sweetener. He was managing on the Bernstein low-carb diet but now that his arteries are seemingly blocking, we cannot have him eating the high amounts of fat that that diet allows. Staying heart healthy as well as low carb is a real challenge, so I'm hoping there is advice from others about this.
He is on MetFormin and Salsalate for his diabetes and baby asprin and a beta-blocker for his heart. We are hoping that will keep him safe until we can get insurance and can move forward with the angiogram. His doctor has prescribed no exercise for him until we have more information, but it was his 3-mile a day walk that was helping to keep his glucose numbers low. This is such a tough combination and is keeping me pretty confused. So I appreciate any suggestions you all might have. In any case, it helps me to just ask for help. Thank you. DK emoticon

Edited by: ALEXSTUART at: 12/16/2011 (17:30)


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10/8/11 8:36 A

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Leslie,
Where do you live? I take it with the "Flamingo", you may live in Florida? Check with your local hospital and see if they have a "Wound Center". They may have a specialist that can assist you with your open places on your feet. If those "open wounds" become infected, you could end up with an amputation. Also work on strict blood sugar control, that will be a big factor on them healing up.


Christine (SouthCentral WV)

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Have a good day today and a better one tomorrow!!


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HI - MY NAME IS ERIN. I USUALLY WRITE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I CAN SEE THAT BETTER. I HAVE BEEN DIABETIC SINCE AGE 3 AND AM NOW 64 SO IT HAS TAKEN IT'S TOLL ON ME. I HAVE HAD 7 HEART ATTACKS, HAVE A CRUMBLING SPINE, SEVERE NEUROPATHY AND AM NOW LOSING MY EYE SIGHT. I HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER EYE SURGERY OCT. 6TH THAT MAY TAKE THE REST OF IT COMPLETELY. THANK GOOD NESS FOR A TALKING COMPUTER WITH A SUPER ZOOM FEATURE!
I AM MARRIED WITH TWO GROWN DAUGHTERS THAT I NEVER GET TO SEE. MY HUSBAND HAS CANCER AND IS IN REMISSION RIGHT NOW AND STILL WORKING AT AGE 70. I WORK VERY HARD AT CONTROLLING MY DIABETES OR I WOULDN'T STILL BE HERE. THERE ARE TIMES I WONDER IF IT'S WORTH IT BUT MOST TIMES I JUST LIKE TO LAUGH, ENJOY LIFE AND MAKE THE BEST I CAN OF WHAT I HAVE. I DO LIVE IN A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY SO I DON'T HAVE TO COOK OR DO MY OWN CLEANING. BUT I AM SUPER NEAT AND MY HUSBAND - WELL, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN "HOARDERS"? SO WITH THIS NEW SURGERY, HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO DE-CLUTTER OR FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO STAY AS I DON'T RELISH BROKEN BONES IN ADDITION TO MY OTHER PROBLEMS. NOW I AM DONE WHINING SO LET'S GET ON WITH THIS FUN TEAM!
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Hello, My name is Carol. I have been a diabetic since getting out of the hospital( bs was 860) in May 2010. I am on insulin and metaformin. When I get stessed out BS goes up. I got upset 4 weeks ago due to a family member( brain cancer back), ended up 4 days later what I thought was a migraine. But the next day my eye was really red, it was like someone hit me. Went to the eye doctor and was giving three different kinds of drops, they also did blood work to see what was going on. Seeing better. But now been having trouble with hypoglycemia. A nurse yesterday said I might need to lower my insulin so I need to see if my doctors want me to do that or not. Love and Light Carol


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Hello, I'm Cathy. I have had type 2 for 30 years--and much of that time I have been less than compliant. I do well for a while, and then I fall off the wagon or get depressed and I slip into my boat and go for a ride up de Nile. I have neuropathy in my hands and feet, I have had a heart attack, 9 stents, 2X bypass, and bleeding problems in my right eye. The amazing thing is that I am doing better than I have for a while. My eye issues happened when I was hospitalized for the bypass. The night before my surgery my eye filled up with blood and I was blind in that eye. The eye surgeon in the same hospital performed a laser procedure, and it took 2 years with more laser work, injections, and many office visits to get my eye back in the condition it was in when it all started. I thank God for that. It was a horribly helpless feeling.

I understand how anyone can feel helpless to control this disease. I have nothing but admiration for those who can. Since I started SP I've done a lot more research on eating according to GI loads, and I believe I'm on the right track finally. At 65, I pretty much have to be facing up to my fears, laziness, and denial. In my boat, I pray for good winds to steer by and God's hand on the rudder. I'm not going down the Nile again.

Cathy emoticon

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Hello All!
My name is Leslie and I have been a Type 2 diabetic (diagnosed anyway) since 1989. It goes back as far as we can trace in my family from Mother to son to daughter! I am 52, have always been fat and non-compliant. I know better I have been an RN for 20+ years and have seen first hand what the worst case scenarios are. I have already had several "minor" heart attacks, a mild stroke, have peripheral neuropathy, venous stasis, congestive heart failure and had a quadruple bypass in Nov 2008. I take medicine for all of that plus I have suffered from depression for YEARS (I hide it VERY well), my youngest son died by suicide in Nov 2003, he was 20 years old. I am an only child and am married to a great guy as long as he stays away from the booze, I have one 30 year old son, Ryan, my DIL Christie and my 2 wonderful grandchildren, Kaitlyn (will be 20 on Wed. & Spencer who is 6 years old). That is basically my entire family with the exception of some cousins who I seldom or never see or hear from. Sounds bad, huh? I haven't been able to return to work since my heart surgery and my husband (in engineering) got laid off in Feb 2009 and hasn't been able to find a job that he can physically handle. The MD that did his back surgery messed him up pretty bad! His unemployment ran out a long time ago and we are BROKE!!!
I am also a Christian and so thankful that there are so many things to be thankful for. God has blessed me beyond measure and I guess He still has something for me to do cause I'm still here!I should have died at least a dozen times!
I'm so glad to find this site, maybe someone has been through what I am going through and can give me some advice! I have open areas on 3 of my toes. They are not diabetic foot ulcers but they are open and will not heal. They bleed or drain all of the time. I have been to my Podiatrist twice and my Internist several times and nothing is working! Last week he said that maybe I was OVER treating them so just wash & dry them 2x daily, use a pumice stone and good lotion and change white socks frequently. Well, I've already done that too so I am very frustrated and nobody knows what to do. I have tried to research on the internet but can't find what I am looking for! If anyone has any suggestions I would REALLY appreciate them! Nice to meet you all!-Leslieemoticon



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BUDDYSANGEL
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6/19/10 11:01 A

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Katy,
Welcome to Diabetes Complications! I know we chat on the WV Team, but you will find an open forum here in dealing with diabetic issues. Have a great day!!

Christine emoticon

Edited by: BUDDYSANGEL at: 6/19/2010 (11:02)

Christine (SouthCentral WV)

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Hi Katy! Welcome to the team. Congratulations on finding and taking care of the tumor. Its wonderful that your life has returned to such a great level.

Keeping our numbers under control is always a challenge for me, as well as many others. I got mine consistently under 150 which was my goal and now am focused on below 120. My endo works closely with me and the dietitian is a key element of my goals. You will succeed. You've got the right attitude.

We're all in this together. Come back soon and post often. That is known to improve success rates here on SP.

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Hello, I'm Katy and I'm from southern WV. I've been a diabetic (type II) for about 9 years. I exercised, monitored the quality of my foods, took my meds., tried to do what I should. I kept everything under tight control, and then my glucose began escalating. I found a good endocrinologist and diabetes specialist. I'm on different meds. which are better at regulating the glucose, but not the tight control I first experienced. But I wasn't losing weight; I wasn't gaining either, but I couldn't even shed 1/2 lb.

And then the past nine months came...I started having a tired, run-down feeling, slight weight gain, bone fractures, minor trouble with memory, sleeplessness, etc. Finally I was diagnosed with a thyroid tumor, which was recently removed. Since then, I've had energy, good weight loss, not falling, remembering things, etc. But I'm still jiggling with those glucose numbers. I am doing really, really well on three days, and then a really bad day with extremely high numbers.

I'm working with my doctors to see what I must do. And I will do it. I'm not sure how much of the complications I understand, but I will learn how to work and live it.

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Lorri,
Welcome emoticon to our tesm! You will get both understanding and information. We like to discuss a lot of issues, and if you want something to be discussed, feel free to ask.

Have a good one! emoticon

Christine


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Welcome to the team Lorri! Your multiple complications are not written in stone. If you haven't had a meeting with a Diabetes Educator and a Diabetes Dietitian, get you're dr to refer you. Even if you met with them before its valuable to go for a 'refresher' course every year.

You didn't mention your dr, but I trust you seeing an endocrinologist to work with you on winning this battle. What is your A1c? How many carbs do you eat daily? How frequently do you experience highs or lows with your blood sugar?

Education is what helps us own this disease. No one else can do what needs to be done but you. Get yourself on track to an improved condition.

We're here for you. Come back soon and post often. Whatever help, support and encouragement you need is right here!

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Hi everyone. My name is Lorri. I have been diabetic for about 17 years now. For the first 12 years I just ignored it and pretended it would go away. Now I am paying fro that stupid decision. I have severe vision problems, neropathy, some kidney damage, insulin resistance and about a year ago a toe ampution. I really need the support of someone whp really understands what its like. My husband and family try really hard but it is hard for them to understand sometimes. I hope to get to know all of you soon.

Lorri

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Teresa,
Welcome to the team! emoticon I'm sorry to hear about your eyesight, but you can get control over your blood sugar levels.

Are you on any specific weight loss program where you can get control over your blood sugar levels? Are you on any oral meds in addition to the insulin? Do you work with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)?
If you don't, will your doctor put you in contact with one where you can have someone work with you on a "one on one" situation?

Please participate in our discussions. It's like a potluck dinner, everyone is bringing a dish and everyone finds something new that they like.

Edited by: BUDDYSANGEL at: 3/10/2010 (21:07)

Christine (SouthCentral WV)

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Hi I am Teresa and i am a diabetic i am new to the team but not to sparks, just today dr moved me up to taking insulin 4 times a day, i am also losing the site in my left eye, all because of sugar being out of control yesterday and today sugars wont go out of the 300 range, other than that i am glad i am here.

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HI, I am new to Sparks, diabetic also have RA, neuropathy, eye problems, several joint replacements. just looking to be in a group with similar problems. I do walk a mile every day, weather permitting. Do exercises at home. Curves when I can get there. Merry Christmas to all of you folks.


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BUDDYSANGEL
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Wendi,
What part of Canada do you live in? Do you like their medical system where everyone is covered?

I'm glad that your eyesight is doing better, and getting your A1c from 17 to 7 is fantastic. Did you go on a really low-carb diet or did you make subtle changes along the way?

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I am new to this site and group. Log on long time ago but never followed thur. I am a Live in Care Provider for a 89 year old type 1 insulin depend . I used to be type two and used to have to take pills but now I control mine with what I eat. So I been off mediation for a some time now. I am hoping to help my client move to pills from shots but I been caring for here now for two years and does not look like it will happen.. I shall try and log on when I can but times get busy here.


 
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Hi everyone! I am new to this team but definitely qualify. I am 61 years old and have been diabetic since I was 3. I have had 7 heart attacks, open heart surgery, congestive heart failure, am losing my eye sight and now my kidneys are failing. I take 28 different prescriptions a day and 6 shots on insulin. To keep myself informed on what is new in care for us, I took several courses and became a diabetes educator. Although I gave that up two years ago, I still keep informed. I live in a large city that has one endocrinologist but he and I work well together. And in view of the fact that I am now brittle, my last hemoglobin H1C was 5.7!
So I work really hard at this but an now having problems with the renal diet.
Any one else out there on the purine diet for diabetes associated gout?
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Hi everyone! I'm new to this group. My partner and I are both type 2 diabetics. I just spent 2+ hours in the ER because she thought she was having a heart attack. They tested her sugars and they were over 400!! It wasn't a heart attack but it was a wake up call. Tomorrow we call the doctor and get started on new meds for her, I have mine, I just have to take them regularly. Well there's my intro and my situation. Diabetes is NOT going to take another person I love.

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Wendi- I use Medtronic paradigm 522 with the CGMS. You can go to: http://www.minimed.com/ to see more info. I've had good luck with it, and I really like to realtime BGL sensor. It's not always totally accurate but at least in the ballpark of what my BGL really is. Good luck. Denise


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Denise- i used to use the Disetronic several years ago but it was defective and I nearly died.I stopped using that one and Have a brand new Cosmo but haven't started using it yet. I'd really like to use one again though.the one you have sounds great. Could you tell me more about it? If you can just send me a message here or in a message to my page. I'd love to know more about it so I can tell my doctor about it when I go back to see him. thanks a million--Wendi


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Wendi, do you use an insulin pump? I've been on a pump for about 6 years now. I recently got the continuous blood glucose sensor that works with my pump, and I love it. It always gives me an idea of what my BGL is. Hope you have a good evening. Denise


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Denise0 compared to what it was a year ago my vision is pretty good. I can now read on my own if I wear 2 pairs of 4.0 reading glasses but if I can read on my own thats ok with me.Some days my vision is pretty clear and cam read a lecense plate on the car in front of us but others I only see a white rectangle.I think they are getting better a little all the time so i'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will continue to improve. Good luck with your surgery in June and thank you for the kind words. It's very appreciated!--Wendi


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Hi Wendi, welcome to the group. Wow, you sure have had some problems. Good job on getting the A1c down from 17 to 7. That's good. How is your vision now? I've had 3 vitrectomies and multiple lasers on my eyes. My next eye surgery is June 11.(Lt eye) and I will still need another on my rt eye at some point. I looked at your sparkpage and you're doing great on weight loss. Keep up the good work.emoticonDenise

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Hello everyone!I understand completely about the eye complications from diabetes along with neuropathy. I've been Type 1 for 19 years now.I have a very strong family history of diabetes too. I'm the 4th generation of daibetics on my mothers side and the 3rd on my fathers side.When i was 21 I had cataract surgery and could only see white light then. In the past year and a half I've had 7 "under the knife" surgeries on both eyes.4 years ago I went into a diabetic coma for 8 months and had to learn how to do EVERYTHING again.I burned my foot with a heating pad and had to have a skin graph done and just a week ago I got a blister on my foot and don't know how it got there. I had to do a few days of IV antibiotics to clear up the infection.I grew up in North Carolina and my A1c was 17. I moved to Canada 3 years ago and now its 7 so its getting better.my eyes are the only thing I've really had problems with. so far my kidneys and heart are good.


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Hi Denise. Several of us have retinopathy. I am blind due to my diabetes. Type 1 for 40 years this May and I am also on the pump. I also run a team for folks with vision problems.... It is called The View... More Or Less. I never had trigger fingers, but a friend of mine has had them twice also. I have had frozen shoulder twice with surgery on one. That was miserable!

If you have any questions about the site or anything, just ask! One of us should be able to help you out!

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Hi, I'm new to SP and still trying to figure all of this out. I'm a type I diabetic for 17 years now and been on a pump for about 5. I love having a pump...I would never want to go back to injections. Right now I'm dealing with retinopathy problems. In the past 3 years I've had many laser treatments, injuctions, and 3 vitrectomies. Both eyes have oil in them right now as the fluid as my eyes heal from the surgeries, which makes vision blurry. I haven't been able to drive since last Oct which is when the 1st surgery was. Some of my other complications have been carpal tunnel surgeries on both hands, 2 different fingers have had trigger finger surgeries, and a "frozen shoulder". I'm currently in therapy for the shoulder and it is very painful. I'm so glad I found a group of people who understand some of the problems of being a diabetic. My A1c is 6.6, so at least I'm doing right. Thanks for listening, and good luck to all of us with this disease. Denise


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Thanks---after I posted I tried again and it worked.
Hard to tell what it was.


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Carol-- You huddled here today.... I'd check to be sure you are still a member. Spark gets a little weird at times and you may have been accidently taken off a team or it may be that Spark is just being weird and not letting you huddle! You usually have to confirm that you want to join a team too, so it may be that you missed a confirmation. Other than those suggestions, don't know! Let know if it keeps happening.

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I think diabetes is what took my Grandma's eyes too because she would never doctor and I found out years after she died that her mom and sister both had diabetes and that is one cause of their deaths.
I have tried to 'huddle' with my groups and it won't let me---don't know why---says only team members can. Any suggestions?


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Diana, Weird how some bad things are truly blessings in big ol' disguises! But, they found it now and now you can treat it! I had a friend who went years without knowing she was diabetic and it ended up taking her eyes first, then her kidneys and she ended up dying. No one knows how long she had diabetes before someone finally picked up on it. She lived in a small mountain town with an old timey general doc who didn't test! It was a shame and a terrible waste of life!

Glad you're on the team! Melissa

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Melissa,

I think my neuropathy saved mine, too! I wouldn't have known I had diabetes unless I had gone to the peripheral neuropathy specialist. That was my only warning sign. My doctor didn't pick up on my glucose numbers and ignored them. The specialist did a 2-hour glucose test and that's where the diabetes showed up. Now I'm finally taking care of myself!

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I didn't read all the posts until just now....

T. makes a very good point. When it comes to diabetes and the complications that can and do come along with it, you do have to grieve in order to accept. And, acceptance doesn't mean you have to like it! Any loss takes a grieving process to finish it.... Even the loss of weight b/c the weight was a comfort zone you had to escape! Read Lori's quote about the bud.... Hahaha! Lori knows why I laugh!

T., for me, losing my eyesight saved my life. I was 23 at the time and feeling pretty invincible when a true eye opener came along.... No pun intended!

Life is funny. And, complications certainly don't make you a failure.... Pre-diabetes can cause complications and if you don't know, you get complicated!

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Glad I can make you laugh, like you make me laugh, but I bet when you first heard it it was really funny!

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Uh oh, Lori! Another person with the tight butt quote!

T.-- I use a voice program on my computer and I kept thinking Lori's quote said soemthing about being tight in the butt! It still catches me off guard and makes me smile!

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Oh Yes, You can use it, I got it from the motivational quotes here on spark people I love it too!

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Can I steal it from you to put on my Spark Page?

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Lori,

I love your quotes. Especially the one about the bud. Really hits home for me!

T.

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Yes, Melissa is a sweetie !

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Jax,

Thank you so much for your encouragement! It really helps. I was just feeling cranky and frustrated, and you really inspired me. It feels so nice to talk with other people who have diabetes w/ complications. Most people I know with Type II don't have complications so early, and it just makes me feel like a failure of a person. My doctor says that Pre-Diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy and he thinks that's what caused mine. I think I could have prevented it if I had taken care of myself, so I have to grieve that I didn't do that and accept it and move on.

I'm so sorry you lost your sight to diabetes. It is totally unfair. I used to be an Executive Director for a chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, so I understand how hard it is to live with Type I.

I offer my support and understanding to everyone on this board. Let's be active and help each other. I know it is going to help me in my journey to lose weight and get in control of my diabetes.

Thanks Again!

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Hello TRIUMPHANT2009 & welcome to the team! So glad you joined us and we do understand.... You know, chronic and terrible pain is a disability, so you do what you have to in order to care for yourself! Let people look and talk and hope they never have to wal a mile in your shoes.... Most of the folks on this team have neuropathy in their feet and legs, so they will understand.... I don't have neuropathy (yet), but I lost my eyesight to diabetes. I also have a broken leg that is going on a year now in healing!

The team is sometimes slow, but people do check in and chat.... I'm working hard to get people active on the team! I'd love any suggestion you have to help me get people active here again!

Oh, I'm Melissa by the way and I'm a co-leader on this team. My co-leader has not been on the team much due to some personal things going on in her life, but I hope to see her back here and active soon! Feel free to ask questions, leave comments and join in our games!

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Well, congratulations! It's amazing and it will slow down the progression of the neuropathy no matter what stage you're in!

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I lost the weight before the other stuff kicked in, I was just plain diabetic then, Thanks!

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Wow Lori! I am so impressed at how much weight you lost! How did you do it with the neuropathy?

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Hi! I'm a Type II Diabetic. I was diagnosed in July 2006 because my feet were hurting so much. I found out then that I had diabetes AND that I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet. Thank god I'm still in the stage where my feet hurt, but they are getting numb as well. I'm glad to be in a place where people will understand how hard it is to walk and exercise with peripheral neuropathy. People always say, "Just take a walk!" But I can't without severe pain. Sometimes I have to use the electric cart in the grocery store and people look at me like I am just being lazy because I'm not disabled, my feet just hurt! Anyway, hi!

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Hi Lori & welcome to the team! Glad you joined this team! We will all be here to support you no matter what the doc says in January! Take care, Melissa

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Hello, I am Lori, I got the information for this team from another members spark page.
I have been diabetic for several years, Howver I am now facing what I feel are the very bad parts or problems of diabetes.
I have sever diabetic naropathy, diabetic retinopathy, My feet are always cold and are starting to feel numb, I will be honest I am scared!
I take novalog and lantus, and am probably going to have surgery on my eyes soon, I go back to DR in January to see if they have gotten worse, but MY Dr acted like they were advanced already.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Hugs,
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Wow, thanks for all that info Christine!

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Hi,
I'm a newbie to this site. I have type 2 diabetes and take Lantus in addition to Metformin and Glipizide.

I would like to recommend that you have your primary care physician refer you to a nutritionist or Certified Diabetes Educator at your local hospital/medical center's Diabetes Center. Usually at a Diabetes Center, they have a Registered Dietician, a Certified Diabetes Educator (they cover several issues not related to food), and sometimes a Social Worker who can help you with the different agencies you may need to get the services you need.

I'm lucky in that with my employer's coverage, once I reach my deductible on my prescriptions, then my insulin, syringes, testing strips/lancets and my other diabetes medications, quarterly A1C and some other lab tests are covered at 100% to keep the diabetes under control. I also get to see a CDE for counseling on a bi-monthly to quarterly basis as needed. My CDE is also my pharmacist so she knows what medications I take and how frequently.

Check your medical benefits booklet to see what services you may be eligible for if you have a "Well Care" or "Wellness" program. A lot of Self-Insured Employers will also have a "Well Care/Wellness" program that will pay better benefits if you keep your diabetes under good control, you are not a smoker and your weight is in a desirable range because in the long run, it will cost the employer less in medical expenses and lost time off the clock for you.

If you can't tell from your medical benefits booklet what you may be eligible for, check with either the Insurance Coordinator in the Human Resources department at your employer's or with your state's Insurance Commission (Consumer Service Division) where they should be able to explain what is covered under the plan. If you are covered under an HMO or a traditional insurance company, it is possible that the insurance commission may intervene to see that you are able to get the services defined under the employer's plan.

Note: If your employer is self-insured, the state insurance commission cannot direct the employer to do anything as the employer is exempt under the ERISA Act of 1974.

Hope this info helps. emoticon

Christine

Edited by: BUDDYSANGEL at: 12/7/2008 (18:15)

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Hi Babe. It is common to hit a stand still after a dramatic loss! How much are you able to move? I bought some Chair Aerobics DVDs and they really help.... But, I will do jumping jacks from the wheelchair just moving my arms above my head and moving my legs as much as I can.... I will march in my chair too, just pumping my legs while seated. Sometimes a change in activity will boost the weight loss and a change in your food. Just eating different foods than what you have been will sometime kickstart a loss! Check out the Spark Recipes and browse through the Motivation articles and Nutrition articles for ideas. The series of DVDs I got are called Chair Aerobics for Everyone. I got the basic aerobics, the chair boxing and the chair belly dancing.... So far, I like the chair boxing the best. It has a lot of arm movements and gets my heart rate up! Just don't give up and it will happen! Drink more water, eat more veggies & fruits and move as much as you can! You will see it happen! Maybe others can give ideas I haven't.... The SP articles have been very helpful for me, so check them out! Good luck!

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10/19/08 8:39 A

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Hi. I am new at this so I have a lot to learn. I am in Wheelchair so there are not many thinmgs I can do. I have lost 71 pds. since nov. For ythe last 2 weeks Iam at a stand still. Any ideas what I can do?


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9/20/08 12:18 P

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I think your doctor should refer you to a dietician! It is so important in protecting those kidneys! Maybe you should ask. It is pretty dismal as far as diets go, but there are always ways to spice things up a bit! I wish you well!

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Thanks for that encouragement! I've been on a pump for 14 years. I haven't been referred to a dietition, but I've researched CKD on the web and have found out that a lot of healthy foods are not good for CKD. Too much phosphorus and protein in things like healthy brown rice and beans and also milk products is a kick in the pants!!

That's great about your friend so I think I can make great improvement and maybe lose weight by following a strict eating program.

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Hi Margaret. Welcome to the team! I'm not sure anyone here has kidney disease or not, but I have a good friend who got full function of her kidneys back affter going on the insulin pump. At one point, she was looking for hospitals to do a kidney/pancreas transplant and through better glucose control she avoidied that! The iron should help with the anemia. Dark green veggies are good for iron levels too. I know you have to watch your potassium levels with kidney disease too. I think following your dietitian's guidelines can get you back to normal function, but it may be pretty strict! I've been Type 1 for 39 years myself. So far i have avoided kideny problems, but it took my eyesight!

Join in anywhere on the threads and ask about kidney disease in all of them.... I'm sure one of us has the info you are seeking!

While checking us out, play a game, answer a question, join in on the goals! Nice to meet you! Melissa

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Hi! I'm an old SP, but new to this group. I've been an insulin-dependent diabetic for 35 years and was diagnosed this week as having kidney disease, Stage 3, and acute anemia. I haven't found anyone on any boards/teams that have kidney disease and was hoping to chat with anyone whose kidney functions have improved through good diet and iron supplements.
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Hi Kulagirl,

Welcome and good luck on your journey!
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Hi Kulagirl! Welcome to the team! Jump right in and make yourself at home! We are happy to have you join us!

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hi i'm new here i have nerve damage in my stomach, legs and feet almost lost all mobility in my legs in january hope everyone is being greatly blessed kulagirlemoticon



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Hi & thank you. I'm not going to force you into anything, but just know that research has shown that those who participate in chats/threads are more successful with meeting goals! Feel free to join in anywhere! Take care!

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Hi Melissa,
I wanted to compliment you and your co-leader for setting up an excellent site. There really does seem to be a little something for everybody. I'm not usually much for chatting, but please know I appreciate the site and the hard work you've put into it!


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Great! Let me know of any other great ideas you have! I want to get this team going!

Melissa in VA (EST)
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Yes, you have met my suggestions very well. And thank you.


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Hi Johnna! Happy Anniversary! I like your little kitty names! Nice to formally "meet" you and I thank you for your suggestions for the team. Hope I have met your suggestions so far! Have fun here! Melissa

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Hello Melissa, my name is Johnna. I have been a Type 2,I was diagonsed 2 1/2 years ago, The blood test they did said I have been diabetic for at least 15 years and did not know it at the time. I am married to a wonderful guy, we just celebrated nine years of marriage last month. And I have three fur babies, all cats. They are Bubba(11), Blackie(11) and Toby(2). And I live in Michigan.


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Hi Kathy! Nice to meet you! I look forward to you joining us more often once your life settles down a bit! Take care!

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hello melissa co-leader, I am kathy, not very consistent with my membership. my computer went down for over a month, I had to wait for my son to fix it. now i have family visiting from florida. they are moving here. they just singed a contract on a house. I am pretty happy about that. I have been diabetic for about 20 years. I have most of my problems are with my feet. so many surgeries I have no balance. /Right now I am healing from surgery on my thigh because of bypass surgery. nice to meet you.

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Please take a moment to introduce yourself or reintroduce yourself here! I just want to see who is active on this team now! Welcome to the team and please take some time to explore our threads and join in on any conversation! We are here for one another!

I'm Melissa, co-leader, and Type 1 Diabetic for 39 years. I was just turning 4 when diagnosed. I've never known a life without it! I am blind from the disease and that is my main complication. I am married to a great man and have 1 dog baby named Captiaan Jack! He is NOT a guide dog! That would be dangerous!

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