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I have fears of all the normal nasty fears but this is something that will keep you well and healthy.
JUST think about it that way. It actually could be a lifesaver for some of us.
Go for it don't visualize it.
Now I am visualizing terrorists and scary movies. emoticon emoticon

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Thank you again! I love that I can get support here. I ran out of the sample lancets and testing strips and I put in an order for more, so I'm going to pick them up tomorrow. I think I'm going to try rewarding myself (non food) somehow.
So far this week I've worked out 1x a day every day, and 2x most days. I know that will help lower my sugar as well. My motivation is going to be the family I want to start. I really want to conqour this fear. I hate that I have this phobia because it really is SUCH a small thing. I'm not afraid of terrorists, attackers, guns, hurricanes, the dark, scary movies, haunted houses, ghosts, etc. None of the normal fears, but I am afraid of something like a tiny needle, and the fear is so physical. I literally have a panic attack. I'm looking forward to a time when that won't happen.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


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BECKY, with the lancing device, you literally DO NOT SEE the lancet.
I too use theAcu chek Aviva and I love it.
I was diagnosed with many allergies and I had to go weekly for shots. I told the Dr our insurance was not happy with this, he said ,"Do the allergy shots yourself we will show you how". I was fearful but I felt the need to be in control and not need weekly visits.
That is the key, you are doing this for yourself and your family too. You must take control of as many health issue as you can. If you look at this huge site you will see the growing numbers of people who take control of their lives and bodies and it really makes you proud and more self confidant.
Many of us have been there and even more will encourage you to take charge you are young and you can do it for sure. GO FOR IT!. As others have said EDUCATION will help a lot.

DIABETES EDUCATION WILL HELP PUT YOU IN CHARGE AND HELP YOU TO ASSUME CONTROL. emoticon emoticon emoticon for asking for help. Pat in Maine. emoticon BECKY !

Edited by: NORASPAT at: 12/12/2012 (15:34)
Pat in Maine.
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Kathy,
good point about the orange, maybe even a banana. I guess it depends if you want to simulate the finger prick or an injection. As far as injections, subcutaneous (under the skin) injections are easier anyhow than in the muscle. If you have pets you can practice by learning to give them vaccinations. Most vets will be happy to teach you. emoticon

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Hm... my mom once told me that when she was a nursing student, they used oranges to practice injections, because the texture is more like skin than an apple's... testing blood sugar isn't the same depth, and I don't know if you can pinch the skin of an orange-- but the idea is sound. Give it a shot--yes, pun intended, and I know it's bad! LOL

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Becky,
Please talk to someone experienced in behavior modification as phobias like that of needles and blood are actually fairly simple and straightforward to treat once you know how and it does not even take that long. If a counselor is not an option you can learn to gradually desensitize yourself to this fear. The key is to make it a gradual process, starting with thinking about the whole process, then watching it on video many times (youtube is probably good for that), then watching someone in real life doing it. Once you don't feel anxiety at one stage then you move on to the next. Break the process down into as many baby steps as you can. At first it may be helpful if someone else can do the testing for you. Then you can try it yourself. Before you prick your skin, practice the move many times on a piece of fruit, like an apple, to get the feel for the movement. You can also give yourself little rewards for facing your fears or have a family member do it for you. It could be a back rub, a nice cup of coffee, some time to do something fun...
The ultimate reward may be to improve your diet through cutting out most carbs to where you will ultimately not need to test any more at all.
Most people whose type 2 diabetes progresses to needing insulin have not taking the necessary steps to cut most carbs out of their diet.
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It is worth investing the time at first because once you have overcome this fear you will save a ton of time.

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All true! LOL
One thing to keep in mind too... insulin is actually a lot easier to maintain control with than oral meds. Fewer side effects, adjustability... you can increase or decrease doses as your condition changes, on a minute to minute basis... like when your blood sugar spikes because you're sick. You can't do that with oral meds...

And, a lot more doctors are prescribing insulin as a first line of defense now too, as they learn more about how diabetes works-- I know it isn't easy to overcome a phobia--I have GAD, so I totally get it!-- but at least you're not like my FIL was. He used to faint dead away at the sight of a needle, but he tests regularly now.

You can get past this, just be patient with yourself and keep trying. There's going to come a time when you'll wonder what the fuss was all about--been there! LOL

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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Thank you all. I'm really encouraged. I'm going to start trying to test more. When do you guys test? I've been able to test first thing in the morning and before I go to bed. Should I be testing before and after meals? I think I'm going to make an appointment with my doctor and tell her I'm ready to start being aggressive with this, and I want to try everything I can to get it under control. This week I've been writing down all my numbers when I test and everything I eat. I've also been working out before work and going on walks during my breaks. I hope I can keep up the momentum.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


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I'm so glad Sulablue mentioned testing on the sides of your fingers, NOT the tips. I still can't believe how many diabetes educators expect people to test on their tips. Crazy. The other thing you can try is the alternative site testing, like your outer forearm arm, near the elbow.

You may have to do a little behavior modification in order to get past the testing, because as everyone else has said, knowledge is power; you simply must know what your blood sugar is at various times of the day.

Now, keep in mind, there's no guarantee that you won't use insulin someday. Fact is, most type 2s do progress to needing insulin; it's what your body needs, after all. Insulin delivery has become so sophisticated that it's really very simple. I don't mean to scare you but want you to realize that insulin is not a punishment; using it does not mean you 'got worse' or screwed up.

The other thing is that if you're wanting to become pregnant, or do become pregnant, you absolutely must test more frequently and maintain very good control. The risk to your baby is too great if you don't. I can tell you for sure, the easiest times I've ever had in being 100% compliant were when I was pregnant with my boys; they were counting on me and I wasn't going to jeopardize their health.

Learn everything you can about type 2 and feel blessed that you live in the present, when so much is known about it!

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BTW. I'm 38. I was diagnosed in 2001. Right now I have little to no complications. I've been having some numbness in two fingers on my left hand, but I think that's actually some sort of nerve entrapment/irritation from either sleeping wrong (I keep waking up with my hands asleep) or from the way my wrists rest on my laptop's edge. It comes and goes when I have my hands in certain positions, too, so I'm fairly sure it's not diabetic neuropathy ;) I have a bit of numbness in one leg on the outside and atop my foot, but I'm fairly sure that's related to my sciatic nerve issues (Hello, car wreck!) than my diabetes also, as it, too, comes and goes.

So, I know how you feel. I think I was mmm... 27? when I was diagnosed. I test - a lot-. Up to 8 times a day, and I credit that informational feedback and adjustments to what I eat and how much meds I take based upon that reading (as well as CHOOSING to go on insulin very early on rather than trying lots of different orals) with having gone 11 years with no complications that I'm aware of.

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12/11/12 5:50 P

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Thank you so much for the encouragement! I guess I'm just freaked out because I'm still pretty young, and was even younger when I was diagnosed. I'm going to try some of your suggestions. The needle thing is just insane. In my mind I know it's insane. I have been hurt MUCH more than a little needle, and I've shrugged it off like it's no big deal, but any time there is a needle or blood involved I dissolve into a blubbering idiot. I hate that about myself. It's not the pain at all. I could care less about that. I know, in my mind, that it's not really going to hurt, but I still sit there with my finger on the trigger unable to push it down. My husband told me he'd do it for me, but I want to be able to do it myself without hyperventilating. I get so mad at myself about it because I've done MUCH worse and gone through MUCH worse, but a silly little needle makes me panic.

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12/11/12 5:34 P

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Welcome, Becky. Sorry you need to be here, but glad to have you!

Now, as to that needle phobia. I'm saying this to give you a mental image of preparing, and not to be mean: You're just going to have to tell yourself that it's time to put your big-girl panties on, as they say, give them a good tug, and get to gettin'.

With the right lancet device set at the proper depth/pressure you really shouldn't feel a the finger prick. This is ESPECIALLY true if you take your thumb and press down -firmly- on the pad of your finger. Then, put the lancet device to the EDGE of your finger, not your finger tip!!! They always say use the finger tip, but that's just crazy talk - there's far, far, far more nerve endings in your fingertip than the side of your finger! Trust me. Check it out! Put your fingers like I suggest and then poke your fingernail against the tip of your finger and then the side, and feel the difference. There's also less likely to be calluses on the edge of your finger than there is the tips, so you can use a lower depth on the lancet device.

The other thing that can help is washing your hands with warm water right before you check. That gets the blood flowing closer to the surface and again, you can often use a lower setting. I use the Accu-Chek lancet device, and using this method I'm able to set it at it's very lowest setting, which makes for a MUCH more gentle prick. I rarely ever even feel it.

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welcome. couple of things to consider. As for fear of needles, well, the best way to know what's going on with your blood sugar is testing. No way around that one. Doesn't mean you'll be on insulin. I had a blood sugar of 330 and an A1C of 12. The Dr. was going to put me on insulin and an oral agent. I asked for one month to work with diet and exercise, along with the oral agent. I did and that's what I remained on . . . controlling my sugar with nutrition and exercise. It takes that commitment to both those things . . . that has to come from within you.

Take it a day-at-a-time. Have you gone to a diatetic educator yet? That can be very profitable thing to do so to learn to properly take care of yourself, which may help reduce the fear. I "get" being afraid, and I think all of us are or were so you're not alone. But if we take charge, it happens less.

Keep posting. Keep reading. Keep tracking, Above all KEEP TESTING!

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Hi Becky and welcome to the team. As long as you still have your limbs, your eyesight, and are not on dialysis, it is definitely not too late. And even if you have started to have some complications, you can still make changes to keep from getting others. As long as there is breath in your body, it is not too late. You are not the only one who has gone through the denial stage. I think that the majority of us do. emoticon


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Hi Becky..I too have PCOS, and type II diabetes, and 1/2 doz. other problems. But I've been diagnosed for 25 yrs. In pretty good control. So, calm down...take deep breaths...You can do this.
First learn everything you can about diabetes. YOU have a lot of control of your diabetes, you, in partnership with your Dr. or CDE. So just start educating yourself
(~~ NOT by listening to "friends"~~ ) on how your body is reacting to your diabetes. Start to test more often, and write down that number, and what and when you ate, what was going on in your day, as in Stress, or illness, exercise..etc. Pretty soon you'll learn which foods trigger a spike (Pizza is one of mine~) .
Have your Dr. do an A1c test, it gives you an idea of your Blood Glucose/Sugar for the last few months. If Dr. things it's high, he/she will tell you how to get in under control..diet, exercise, maybe meds. See if your health insurance will cover a Diabetes Education Class.
Finger sticks are just a part of it..really, not such a big deal. You get used to them...you really will.

You can lose limbs from uncontrolled diabetes...or from car accident. So just like you take care to know how to drive, following traffic laws, and not being stupid, like drunk driving, to safely drive a car..you have to know how diabetes works, know the laws, (like don't skip testing) and getting familiar with how your body handles it's diabetes.

You are young and bright...you've got this! emoticon

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Hi!
My name is Becky and I have type 2 diabetes. I am now 30, but I was diagnosed about 5 years ago. I have to admit. I've ignored it.
I have an extreme phobia of needles, and I've neglected my blood work. I have also neglected checking my sugar each day. Recently, I've been feeling off, and I started checking my sugars the way I know I should. Of course, they have been high ranging from 117-157 in the mornings before I eat. That scared me, and I think I've reached one of those turning points that we occasionally reach (if we're lucky). I had a breakdown at my parents house. My dad is diabetic too, and he was telling me how serious it was and that I could lose limbs. I began to cry.
My issue is that I have ignored it out of fear thinking that I can eat normally as everyone else does. Acting with indignation, "I shouldn't have to deprive myself." That's been my attitude. Really, it's been a mask for fear. Whenever I've gone to the doctor and they ask me if I check my blood sugar, I am honest and tell them that I don't. So far, none of them have pressured me to begin. I'm not sure why. I tell them how afraid I am of needles and that it LITERALLY takes me an hour to get up the nerve to prick my finger (It's a rediculous process that is filled with crying, praying, crying some more, banging my hand on things, and feeling lightheaded and wobbly. I know how crazy that sounds, but no phobia is truly sane.). I've been proud of myself for doing it the past few days, even if it's wasted a significant amount of time.

I guess I'm just here for advice. I'm going to start trying to track what I eat, and I'm going to try to track my sugars as well, and make sure I get my normal lab work done. I'm also here for hope, because I'm terribly afraid that in these 5 years I've done irreversible damage that will end badly. Can anyone tell me if there is hope? I know it's silly. I shouldn't be scared. I should be determined. I am, but I'm also afraid. I worry I have messed up and I can't take it back. I'm scared that I will never get used to the pricking. I'm petrified that I will have to go on insulin. I don't want to lose my feet or my life. I don't even have children. My husband and I have been having trouble even conceiving because I also have PCOS. Part of me wonders if I should even try. A "friend" I know has a mother who died from diabetes complications, and she told me that it will eventually "get me" no matter what I do. What a horrible way to look at it, but it's in the back of my head constantly.

Thanks in advance.
Becky

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