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I can sympathize with all of you because I also have alot of the problems you are describing. I have neuropthy in both legs and feet, it is so bad that I have gone through the pain and now have reached the point where there is no feeling at all there. I am also on neuronton and have been beginning to feel a small amount of pain at times, but not alot. I have hypothyroidism and am not responding to the synthroid and cytomel that has been prescribed.
AlsoI have a heart condition, stage 3 chronic Kidney disease, neuropathy of the heart, and chronic kidney stones, and gastropoesis. That is enough for now.

My husband was emotionally abusive to me and taught my 4 kids to be abusive to me also. I left him and my adult kids 3 years ago, divorced him and moved to FL from WI. Now I am alone and scared I will die alone. I need friends. emoticon emoticon


 


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I have heart disease. Had heart attack in 11/08. Had bypass surgery & had to go on Insulin-Lantus + Novolog.
I have NASH & stage 3 kidney failure.
My biggest complaint is "I'm sick & tired of being sick & tired!"
I'm Toxic from medicines, Insulin & my liver & kidneys not filtering the toxins like they used to.


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From my Type 2 Diabetes I have Neuropathy that causes burning and tingling in both feet, but my right more than left. It also has caused severe itching all over, especially at night. And it is causing stomach problems (primarily chronic nausea that is frequently worse at night). Because the neuropathy issues are much worse at night, I have trouble sleeping. I also have Severe Osteoarthritis (not because of the Diabetes), that I am on medication for and those medications lead to renal insufficiency, that because of my Diabetes, has to be monitored very closely. I am on Narcotic Pain Medications for the Osteoarthritis, but because it does not help the neuropathy, I am also on Neurotin (Gabepentin) as well. The two medications together really make me feel tired all the time, and I tend to fall asleep sitting up during the day. I had to stop driving a car because of all of this, as well as I ended up going out on Disability Retirement at age 57 (about 3 1/2 years ago).

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My most pressing complication right now is chronic renal failure, stage 1.

My eyes have been blury for the last couple of months

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I suffered from neuropathy also about 2 1/2 years ago. I had started going to a chiropractor/nutritionist and he put me on Alamax (alpha lipoic acid) two times a day. I don't take drugs. There are so many side effects to drugs and then you have to take something else to combat the side effects from the first drug and then there are more from the 2nd drug and so on. It took me about 6 months to be rid of neuropathy in my legs, and i still had it in my toes the he added borage oil to the mix and I do not have the pain in my toes either. That was a big relief.

I have chosen the vegetarian lifestyle and my sugars have not been above 223. If I do some walking it brings that level down too. Today my sugars have no t gone over 132 all day. I haven't checked it tonight so I am hoping that is does not go over that tonight either and I won't take any insulin tonight either. I am working on trying to be rid of insulin and syringes for good. I am getting there, slowly, but getting there. I eat a lot of greens and vegetables and lo GI fruits like berries, and beans, nuts and seeds. Grains raise my BG up, too. I can't have sweet potatoes either. I just have to remember to eat enough calories to keep my body from going into starvation mode and saving all t he food from the last meals I eat. Once I have reversed my diabetes I may add some meat and dairy, sparingly, back into my diet. I have had diabetes for at least 20 years.


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I have had diabetes for a number of years. I never took it that seriously either until I started realizing how many complications it can cause in one's life. In January (the 19th) my doctor put me on insulin as my blood sugar levels and were high and my A1c had gone up to over
9% !!!. Also my cholesterol levels were way out of wack esp. my triglycerides. I am not sure if I am understanding how the insulin is suppose to help as my evening BS can be in the 200's or 300's . That is when I take my Lantus. She also told me to stay on my Metformin too. But when I take it in addition to the Lantus, my BS is very often pretty low by morning. It was been all the way from 41 to 71 in the morning. Am I doing something wrong? I am trying to watch better and not let my evening BS levels get so high but my goodness if they weren't that high, looks like I would really bottom out by morning! Yikes.
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I take Gabepentin (Neurontin 300 mg) and only experienced a little dizziness the first couple of days until I got used to it. It doesn't take care of all of the neuropathy, but it has made it easier to tolerate it.

The skin on my legs just above my ankles stays so dry. I have been using Suave's Cocoa Butter with Shea. It keeps my legs moisturized (has a nice scent too). Another lotion I used was the Neutrogenia Emulsion. That also helps to keep moisture in your skin.


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9/30/11 10:35 A

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Usually, if you are not drinking enough water, your skin will be dehydrated. I was told to drink half my wiefht in ounces of water. (200 lbs divided by 2 equals 100 ounces.) Try putting olive oil in you lotion, too.


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WHEN HAVING MY PRE-OP PHYSICAL TODAY, I HAD TO HAVE AN EKG. MY SKIN IS SO INTENSELY DRY THAT IT CAME OFF WITH THE STICKY PATCHES. THAT REALLY BOTHERED MY DR. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A CREAM OR LOTION THAT WORKS ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR DIABETICS? I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING ON THE MARKET INCLUDING PRESCRIPTION STUFF. IT ISN'T EVEN WINTER AND MY SKIN IS ALREADY CRACKING. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU/

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My nutitionist put me on ALAmax and that took my pain away. It help to build the sheath that surrounds the nerves and then you don't have the "electrifying" pain. I still have it in my toes and feel it when I get into bed and try to relax for the night. I told him that when I saw him Tuesday and he said to add GLA - 360 mg/day. So I am i n the process of finding that. I was told by a medical doctor about Lyrica as well )gabapentin), but I read up on it and I decided that I didn't want to deal with the side effects. A nurse friend of mine also said that you can put the gabapentin on topically. Just mis with a little water so that you wouldn't have to take it internally. You might try that too,. She said use a cotton ball or swab to put it on. Fortunately, I have not had it in my hands.


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I REALLY HATE IT WHEN THE NEUROPATHY MAKES THE PALMS OF MY HANDS AND THE BOTTOM OF MY FEET ITCH. THEY SAY THAT "LYRICA" HELPS BUT MY INSURANCE WILL ONLY PAY FOR GENERIC DRUGS SO I HAVE TO TAKE "GABAPENTIN."

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I haven't had to deal with the winter sun yet, just the summer sun. I have to block the sun coming in the window when I sit in my chair to crochet, knit, read, or watch TB. at least since I am retired I won't have to face it every morning to go to work. I can safely stay at home and do my thing. I have decided to not have surgery for either eye condition, because no one can guarantee me 100% that I won't end up blind anyway. Don't have the money for surgery anyway. I will leave it up to The Great Physician because I know when He heals me I will be permanently healed. Just have to have patience and wait on Him. As long as I have one eye I can see with, I will be OK, Not being able to drive o get myself where I need to go is a headache, but I have some friends that will help there.


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AWELLS - I can certainly relate to that as I am having eye surgery Oct. 6th. I only have 20% vision in one eye and they are fighting to save anything in the left. You're right - the HD sun glasses really make a difference. Sometimes the sun actually hurts my eyes - especially in the winter if it is shining on snow. Instant headache!
Erin

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My complication mostly is diabetic retinopathy. I am nearly blind in one eye because of it and have some in the other eye. I found a pair of sunglasses at the dollar store - HD sunglasses that have made a difference. It cuts the excessive glare of the sun out so I can see with the better eye better. I have also crocheted a circle of yarn to attach to the lens of my reading glasses so that I can see to work on my crochet better. I also have cataracts in both eyes, which doesn't help. I had neuropathy in my legs but that has cleared up with ALA about a year ago. However there is still some in my toes and is noticeable when I take my shoes off to go to bed. My nutritionist said to add GLA at bed time and that should help that. The retinopathy cost me my very good job in April. I worked through the neuropathy but couldn't work with this.


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MY COMPLICATION AT THIS POINT, IS THAT I AM BRITTLE. I CAN DROP 200 POINTS IN 30 MINUTES FOR NO REASON AT ALL. NORMALLY THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM AS I TAKE MY MINI METER WITH ME EVERYWHERE I GO AND CAN TELL THE SYMPTOMS. BUT NOW I AM ABOUT TO LOSE MY EYE SIGHT. WE LIVE IN A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY THAT ONLY HAS "MED TECHS" AND NO NURSING STAFF SO THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN THIS HAPPENS AND I USUALLY HAVE TO TALK THEM THROUGH IT. I HAVE A VERY COMPLICATED SLIDING SCALE THAT INVOLVES AN ALGORITHM THAT MY DR AND I UNDERSTAND BUT NO ONE ELSE DOES. I CAN GET ALL MY PILLS PRE-SET UP FOR ME BY MY PHARMACY BUT THE INSULIN SHOTS SIX TIMES A DAY WILL BE TRICKY. HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS? HOW ABOUT YOU MELISSA? I AM THINKING I COULD MAYBE GET A HOME HEALTH AGENCY IN TO DO THIS BUT I HAVE MEDICARE ONLY AND DON'T KNOW IF THAT WOULD BE COVERED. I HAVE TO GET LOTS OF INFORMATION BEFORE OCT. 6TH SO I AM ALL SET IF I AM COMPLETELY BLIND INSTEAD OF JUST PARTIALLY LIKE I AM NOW.
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Hello Everyone.

I am not brand new to Spark People, but I am new to the team. My computer crashed about 3 weeks ago and I could not find my information, so I am assuming I was kicked out. I don't mind starting over again. I am glad I found a team that can relate to my problems and complications with Type 2 Diabetes. I have a been Type 2 Diabetic for about 20 years. Since I was diagnosed I have developed heart disease and had heart bypass surgery about 2003. A few days after being discharges from the hospital, I developed septic shock and almost died. I was in a coma for a few days but then the antibiotics kicked in and I started getting well. I was an invalid when I came home, but through the years I have come back a long way. I still have mobility problems plus it is almost impossible for me to lose weight. I am also in Stage 3 kidney failure. Between following a diabetic diet and a kidney diet, it gets quite interesting. I just found out I have cirrhosis of the liver and I don't even drink alcohol. I am in pain most of the time for arthritis, but I am unable to take NSAIDS or any other arthritis medicine because of my kidney failure. I am also not supposed to take aspirin or Tylenol because of my liver. It really gets me down sometimes, but somehow I always bounce back. I look forward to getting to know you all.
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Hi everyone! My name is Fran. I've been a Type 2 diabetic since 1995.
I've had one toe on my left foot removed and a partial foot amputation on my right foot. I currently have a sore on the bottom of my left foot that is taking awhile to heal.
I have severe nerve damage in both feet and I'm having some trouble working out. My feet are hurting more since I've started working out and my balance is wayyyy off.
I take neurontin and it doesn't seem to help much. I take 800mg 3 X day.

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Hello my name is Shaun,
I am a 46-year-old male who lives with many long-term complications from diabetes at midlife. The hardest thing is that they came in a rapid succession one right after the other when I turned 41st cells in 1 foot which led to my first metatarsal amputation. Then a year later my other foot started with a diabetic would alter this time turning into MRSA and getting into the bone and then came TV antibiotics for the next 321 days. However the infection did come up my leg and I suffered a below the knee left leg amputation and the stump was infected, which to this day cannot wear a prosthetic without friction will making mobility very tough. Right after that my right eye became very blurry and my eye doctor sent me to a retina specialties, I was told that I had severe bleeding in my eye in the surgery was to be performed to try to repair but it was a 50-50 chance and of course it did not take civil I have lost the vision in my right eye only correctable to 20/200. Of course with the neuropathy my fine motor skills with my hands make it hard for me to button up shirts or any little hand projects. And then of course some kidney issues however I was placed on dialysis for 12 weeks only to regain some function. So as you can see this disease can come very quickly and can make a very independent person disabled and change your life in a blink of eye. That's the part that's so maddening. Trying to find advocacy for this special group is very hard and frustrating as I have looked everywhere and seen come up empty it brings on much depression and anger to the disease and if you are not careful this disease will control you. So I would love to talk to anyone as talking is the best therapy for both parties involved and who knows maybe we could help each other and someone else out. Thank you for your time Shaun Cronin Littleton Colorado



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Hi all ! Joined this team a few weeks ago and just read all your posts in this Forum. I've been Type 1 for just over 14 years now. My diabetes is somewhat brittle... fine for days then a run of unexplained highs... increase all the insulin, or a run of unexplained lows, reduce the insulin... makes me feel a little crazy at time. However, I know there are more things I could be doing for myself to make myself heathier!

I have side effects just starting, so now is the time (since it wasn't before!) to get serious. Retinopathy starting in both eyes, as well as cataracts (and I am not QUITE old enough to be getting those), neuropathy in my left leg and foot started, just had a steroid injection into the base joint of my middle finger on my left hand for a diabtic related problem, high blood pressure (and I'm not heavy). I am also on thyroid medication, have fibromyalgia,and a B12 deficiency. So... just enough of a stick over my head with the universe saying "watch it, you, pay attention!". Glad to have this group!

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emoticon Everyone
I am new to this team. I have had neuropithy since Oct. After my Drs. took me off all my meds. But I have been on Neurontin since then. So far has done little good all they have been doing is increasing the dose. I gues I am at about maxed out at 600ml 3 tabs 2 times a day. So far no bad affects
emoticon for now I hope you have a emoticonday.

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2/19/10 7:51 A

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I have a question. I had surgery on my right lower leg in July of 2008. As a result, I have had nerve pain off and on since then. On Wednesday, my doctor put me on Neurontin twice a day.

Has anyone taken this and have you had any side effects from it? Has this medication helped with the nerve pain or at least lessen it?

Edited by: BUDDYSANGEL at: 2/19/2010 (20:03)

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I read your posting with great concern. Please make positive affirmations. Post them online. Write them on papers in your home and tape them where you will see them. For example, "Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better." Good luck.


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Hi! I'm a 46 yr old male who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes back in March 2004! I never really took this disease seriously. I figured that if I take my meds I will be fine. I am here to tell ya that I was so wrong. All, and I mean all my bad choices have put me in a place where I care not to be today. I wear glassses, I have neuropathy, I have a nurse coming in everyday to wash, medicate, & wrap my legs. And again, all b/c of bad choices!!!

My sugars are out of control! My kidneys are functioning at a level of 44% when in fact they should be working at less than 5%!! My kidneys are having a tough go at eliminating the waste from my body!! If I keep going down this road of bad decisions I will be blind, lose a limb, and or on dialysis very soon. The very thought of any of the above happening to me scares me to death and yet here I am still fooling around with my diet.

It's time to get serious. I hope it is not too late for me.



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I have recently been told I have diabetic neuropathy. I have sever pain in my feet and legs, loss of sensation and pain meds don't seem to help much. Was put on Lyrica and not much help either. I hope was I lose weight it will get better, I hope!! I weight 214.5 and only 5 feet tall. Does anyone have any suggestions to lessen my pain? I want to walk on the treadmill, but I am in pain. I have been told if I lose weight it will help. I am scared because my grandma lost her leg to being a diabetic and later died. I don't want this to happen that's why I am trying to change myself. :( but the pain is so bad and I can't stand it.

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Hello all!
pe 1 diabetes since 1990 and insulin dependant.My diabetes is VERY brittle to the point that my doctors couldn't even keep it in contol keeping me in the hospital for 3 weeks at a time. They had a conference on me at Kuke University and all my doctors including myself had to go from Asheville,NC to Duke. They said I was a very rare case and are at a loss.When I was 21 had to have cataract surgeery on both eyes. Have had several laser surgeries since then .I was getting injections in both eyes to stop the growth of bloood vessels and they stopped working. So since 2007 I've had 7 surgeries in each eye because the vessels started rupturing and lost vision. The surgeries would clear my vision for about a week so my doctor won't do them anymore so i'm getting Evastin injections now and they seem to be working somewhat.In Feb. I had to have a stint put in my left eye to keep the pressure down.my veins are shot so just to get blood drawn or an IV i have to get a chest line or PIC line.I've had ketoacidosis so many times and the hospital Igo to they know me by name and have gotten to me me very well.I've nearly died several times now. I was in the hospital one time for pancreatitis from a medication I was on and the night before I was to be released my blood sugar dropped too low too fast and I started having seizures that they couldn't stop and I was in a coma for 8 months.My brain waves were barely moving and they saidI would never come out of it and if I did i would never talk again and be severely brain damaged. They wanted my mother to put me in a nursing home and let me die peacefully but she wouldn't do it.They put in a feeding tube and left me in ICU. When I came out of it 8 months later I had to learn how to do everything again. walk,talk,count,dress myself, eat with a fork and spoon again...EVERYTHING!I have lost alot of the feeling in myfeet. i had to have a skin graph on my foot from a burn from a heating pad. About a week ago i got a quarter sized blister on the bottom of my foot and don't know how i got it and just got through doing IV antibiotics 2 days ago. my arms are black now.3 years ago i moved to Canada so they aren't familiar with me and my veins here but they are now lol.My doctors at home said my issues with high blood sugar was due to stress and stress for a diabetic is like feeding sugar by the spoonful. I met my now husband online and when I moved here he makes sure I have no stress and boy what a difference its made. My hemoglobin A1c was 17 at home and now its at 7. i've been really working hard for a month now to get it even lower. I only need half the insulin I was taking since I've started on SP.And still have trouble with lows.which for me is very unusual.
Telling of my complications could take a while but here goes:

My mother,grandmother and great grandmother are all diabetics since childhood and my fathers mother was one too soI was just bound to get it.I've had Ty




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Hi to everyone. Well with my diabetes I have diabetic retinapathy. I have had cataract surgery and vitrectomies done on both eyes. I recently had to have a YAG laser surgery done on my left eye. Also have neuropathy in both my feet. Have lost three toes due to bone infections, one on the left and two on the right. Have HBP and High cholesterol. And I have edema in both my feet and legs due to repeated infections in my feet. I also receive monthly shots in my eyes to control abnormal blood vessel growth. That way I can keep what vision I have left. But my worst problem has nothing to do with my diabetes. I have a very high pain tolerance. This can be quite a problem. The last three times I ended up in the hospital was because of being real sick. My doctor told me eveytime that I end up there is because I am really sick and have an infection going on along with whatever reason that brought me to the hospital.


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Well.... I have diabetic retinapothy (sp) real tired right now and my eyes are blurry, I also have diabetic naropathy, I am slow to heal, I am now scarring as my cuts don't really heal fast . I have PCOS and my feet are always cold. I also have rosacea, and something that my DR would like me to use a growth hormone, but insurance won't cover it.

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FROGGZ101,
Do you wear compression stockings to counter the poor circulation?

In July, I almost had to have my right leg amputated just below the knee for the same type of problem. I had those blisters, the fluid was poisoning my system and the surgical department had to take me in for a debridement of the tissues. It took me 4 months to heal from the incisions (and that was with meticulous care for the wounds).

Check with a vascular surgeon to see if you can wear compression stockings. They are tight and uncomfortable, but you may very well save your legs/feet with the pressure on the poor veins in your legs.


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Yes Dr saw them, "just a part of being diabetic! Because of circulation problems. " same thing each time!

I didn't have cellulitis at the time.

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I wonder if it is some kind of cellulitis? Did you have your MD check them? YOu don't want to mess around when it comes to ulcers/blisters on your legs. Also, do you have excessive swelling in your legs? When I broke my leg, the swelling got so bad that I had huge, egg sized blisters come up on my leg. The fluid was clear, but it left reddish, brown spots that the MD said would take a long while to go away. Good luck!

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Just wanted to pop in & wish ev1 Happy Holidays!

I get these brown, round blister-like places on my legs. They are full of puss looking fluid & when I rub across them they bust open & the fluid runs out. Also when I exercise & sometimes they just leak.

the brown circles don't go away & sometimes they re-fill with fluid. Sometimes they end up in any open ulcer like sore & I have trouble getting them healed.

I've got some I've been fighting with for over 3 months.

Any info would be great!!!

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HEY EVERYONE
I HAVE BELONGED TO THIS TEAM FOR A FEW MONTHS NOW-BUT I DO NOT THINK I EVER REALLY INTRODUCED MYSELF OR POSTED --CANNOT REMEMBER--I BELONG TO ALOT OF TEAMS AND I HAVE TO WEED THRU THEM AND LEAVE SOME--I HAVE TO DECIDE WHICH TEAMS ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE. OF COURSE THIS TEAM IS DEFINITELY IMPORTATN TO ME--
i AM SUSIE SMITH AND I LIVE IN PA..i AM 46 MARRIED AND BECAUSE MY DIABETES WAS OUT OF CONTROL FOR SO LONG I HAVE ALMOST ALL THE COMPLICATIONS.. I EVEN COULD NOT HAVE A BABY BECAUSE OF IT..
I HAVE STAGE 3 KIDNEY DISEASE--DIABETIC RETINOPATHY IN MY EYES AND NEUROPATHY IN MY LIMBS--HBP--SLOW THYROID--ARTHRITIS--AND MORE..
I WAS MORBIDLY OBESE FOR MOST OF MY LIFE AND 1 YR AND 9 MONTHS AGO I HAD WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY AND I HAVE LOST 200 LBS IN THE PAST 2 YRS AND I AM STRUGGLING TO GET THE LAST 50 LBS OFF--I AM TALL 5 9 SO I GET AWAY WITH THE EXTRA WEIGHT MORE THEN SOMEONE WHO IS SHORT..
I AM ON AN INSULIN PUMP AND I USED TO TAKE 250 UNITS OF HUMALOG INSULIN A DAY BEFORE MY WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY (RNY) NOW I ONLY TAKE 24 UNITS--I AM CLASSIFIED AS TYPE 2 INSULIN DEPENDANT-SINCE I WAS 33--BUT I WALKED AROUND ALL IN MY 20s NOT WANTING TO SEE A DOCTOR AND REALLY NEVER BEING SICK --BUT I DISCOVERED THAT I WAS A WALKING TIME BOMB WITH VERY HIGH SUGARS AROUND 500-600 AND VERY HIGH BP..IT STARTED WHEN I STEPPED ON SOMETHING AND GOT A NASTY INFECTION CALLED CELLULITIS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DEC 95--I ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 2 WEEKS AND ALMOST LOST MY FOOT.
IN 2006 I LOST MY RT BIG TOE TO MRSA --FOUGHT IT FOR 6 MONTHS--WOUND CARE TRIED EVERYTHING --BUT CELLULITIS TURNED TO A NASTY BONE INFECTION AND I CONTACTED MRSA AND I WAS THANKFUL TO THE GOOD LORD THAT I DID NOT LOSE MORE THAN MY TOE..
I WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR FOR 7 YRS AND NOW THAT I LOST WEIGHT I CAN WALK WITH A CANE OR MY WALKER/ROLLATOR..
WELL I TALKED ENOUGH NOW--CATCH YOU ALL LATER..

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Hi. Introduce yourself and then tell us how diabetes has complicated your life.... What problems have you have to deal with as a result of diabetes and/or your weight issues?

I am blind thanks to almost 40 years of diabetes and not taking the best care of myself! I also have some of the more common complications like low thyroid, hypertension, slow healing and frequent yeast infections of both the personal nature and of the skin! Right now I have had a broken leg for over 7 months and it still has not healed!

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