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thanks for sharing

185 on my fourth anniversary of July 7, 2010
Joined weight watchers on 10/18/10 @ 188.0/after multiple 17 week passes took a break on 2/11/12
Weight Loss in 2011--24 lbs.
01/01/12--162.0
02/08/12--159
Plan to lose 12 lbs in 2012
4/19--157
5/18--150
7/07/12=6th anniversary
2012--lost 12 lbs this year!!!
1/04/13--149 :-)
4/11/13--147
5/28/13--145
9/29/13--138 50 lbs
1/13/14--131.5
3/26/14--diagnosed with diabetes
7/26/14--a1c 7.1

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Hey Bobby. Thanks for the update. Sounds like you are taking some good positive steps to get things going for you.
emoticon on bringing down your A1C.

When I first started insulin, the worst part was remembering! You may have to set a timer, or put a note in your lunch box at first, so that you remember, but eventually you will get there.

Best wishes to you.....

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Hi Y'all. :)
I apologize for not being in touch lately. We've had a lot going on around here but I figured I would give an update.
Well I seen my doctor a couple weeks ago for a 3 month follow up since starting on Insulin. My A1C has gone from 9.7 down to 8.8. It's coming down very slowly, but at least it's coming down. My doctor is still very upset with my BS readings. So he wants me to start going to see him once a month now. :(
I woke up to a lovely email yesterday from the Diabetes Educator that said she spoke with my doctor and apparently he wants me to start taking meal time insulin now. So, I get to start all that in the beginning of April. So, I've been pretty bummed out.
I hope this post finds everyone well.

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my dog, hello dolly, was a rescue of the aspca from an abusive breeder..she spent more than four years in a cage probably having really beautiful puppies..it took her six months to come out of the crate but she is a wonderful dog she picked up on the diabetes and made it her job as she is a aussie no training wa necessary and she even has the cat doing it..i was surprised the first few months but she does it consistly and she is such a wonder to havve for sure..i got her a kitty for a pal since dogs who work should ot be distracted by their own kind so now i have both of them such a blessing
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I have heard about cats and dogs who seem to sense the drop in sugars, apparently they can smell it on our breath. You are lucky you have a dog who can catch it. My cat never could..... The hardest part about living alone and not being able to sense the drops..... (and not having anyone around to help) Scary, scary....

We are back to having a cold snap again. January was so warm and often above freezing. I am so looking forward to spring when the sidewalks are clear so I can go out walking without worrying about falling..... (or freezing to death)

Hope everyone is having a great day......

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hey girl
i'm glad you caught that for sure and glad you are here..the information gotten here comes from other diabetics like yourself and the drop does just about the same for all of us..sometimes when you have been a diabetic for years and years like some are the drops become harder but you learn to roll with things..it is easier to do with the insulin than with the pills because most of those pills are extended release things and it's harder to control than the insulin..you were right to be cautious and that means you are learning the body signals really well..you are lucky that someone is around looking out for you..good control comes with time and it's like learning anything else just scary sometimes..it is for me also
you are doing great for sure
the lady mary!!
you might keep those little juice boxes that children take to school in the fridge along with the glucose tabs the liquid will work a tad faster to get things back up quicker but generally 10 to 15 minutes no matter what you do is the time it takes..just that long to get in there

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Linda,
Oh my word! I couldn't imagine!

I spoke with my DE last Thursday I think it was, and after reading off my numbers she told me to go from 34 units up to 38. When I got off the phone with her and sat and thought about it, I thought wow, that's a big jump. So, that evening at insulin time, I thought I'm not going that high, I'm only going to 36 units and see how that goes before going to 38. Bedtime came and I checked my BS and it was alright. I laid around watching some tv and as I was dosing off to sleep, a really weird feeling came over me, and I immediately sat up and checked my BS and seen it was around 100. I'm so Thankful I had purchased glucose tablets, and ate like 3 of them and it brought my BS back up to a comfortable level. Once that happened, there was no way I was able to go back to sleep right away. I ended up waiting for my Hubby to wake up. I sat and drank some coffee with him and re-checked my BS and finally felt comfortable enough to go to sleep.

Can you imagine if I would of taken the 38 units she originally wanted me to take? Ugh!
My Hubby was so upset when I told him what had happened. He was all... That makes me wanna wake you up every couple of hours to check your BS. lol. I do worry about having something happen the way it did for you. It terrifies me!

This winter is horrible! This is the coldest winter we've had in 20 yrs!

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i have a dog that works for me and although she doesn't always catch it higher i usually am able to save myself but i binge for sure i have been known to eat 25 glucose tabs before i pass out and then wake again several hours later i end up sleeping all day the next day or two it gets harder and harder to come back and i no longer have any symptoms of the drop because of autonomic neuropathy so for me it is scary sometimesit has to get down to about 20 before i can't get the meter together i hate the emts as they have not been taught how to do finger sticks properly and they leave your hands all bruised and bleeding and it's so simple mine drops out about three times a week now and i spend piles of time recuperating and i am weighing and measuring stuff and have become very brittle over the years and i live by myself i don't know how long things will go on like this but i have things all arranged already lol isn't this fun stuff??
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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Oh, my gosh, I had an experience where I bottomed out...... I had just moved to Edmonton and was staying with my sister until I found a perm job so I was working for a temp agency at the time.....

On a Monday morning, my sister came down the stairs and asked me if I was going to work that day because I was usually up and dressed and eating by that time..... I said yes and the next thing I knew it was 3 hours later and there was 3 EMT's standing over me and one had been taking my BS and my fingers were all bloody...... Apparently I was doing and saying all kinds of really strange things, and they were just about to take me to the hospital when I started to come around. My reading was down at almost 2 (Canadian Measure) My niece made some Kool aid with lots of sugar and they were trying to force that down my throat.... I have to say I never ate so much in my life and it took awhile before I found out that it is quite common to binge-eat after such an episode.....

Needless to say, that scared me so bad that I actually went the other way with keeping my sugars high. Especially once I moved into my own apartment and I was always afraid that if it happened again I would slip into a coma and no one would even know.......

I must say I am so grateful to be living out in the west this winter. I keep hearing about storm after storm after storm. I don't envy you at all!

Stay warm.....

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i remember cold like that on montana one year i think 1981 my girlfriend bought a nice fancy new car and the first time she sat in it at home the new leather seats cracked and broke open that was so weird..the vw seats were already like that i threw a blanket on them and hoped i's get the three blocks to the hospital before i froze because that was when vws had heat from the engine lol
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over the hurdles,
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The Lady Mary,
lol I have to say, at times it does feel like an Igloo! lol This cold weather has done so much damage to my truck. I've had to sink nearly $200 into it because the cold just keeps breaking something on it. Ugh! This has been some really miserable weather this Winter. Unbelievable. I can't remember when we've had these kinds of temps. Are you sure you want to move up here with your sister? At least down in the cities it doesn't seem to get as cold. lol
I'm afraid if the temps reach 20 above or more, we might have a heat stroke here! I better get reinforcement for the Igloo! :)

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Linda,
I give you props for tolerating this for so long. Frustration doesn't explain exactly how I feel. My DE had me go up on my insulin, and since doing so, I've been dealing with extremely low BS. So, I went back to what I was on before she had me go up. It's been a horrible last couple of days with dealing with all that, and then not being able to sleep because of being so paranoid because of the low BS.
On Tuesday, I finally get to go back in and see the DE, and at that time we'll be talking about counting carbs and all that stuff, plus discussing meal time insulin. I know the importance of doing all this, that's why I suck it up and keep moving forward.
I live in Northern Minnesota, about 45 to an hour south of the Canadian Border. It's been extremely cold this year with temps as low as 40 to 60 below zero!!! This is the coldest it's been in a very long time. So much so that the Minnesota Governor himself, has closed all Minnesota School's!!! We usually blame Canada for the cold weather!!! lol :)

Thank You for the continued support!
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that girl lives up in the north of minnesota and she's really been cold for sure!! she says she lives in a house or a cabin but i take it as probably an igloo sorry bobbimarie it was an opening for sure and i took it lol the lady mary!!


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there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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Bobbi,

I have been a diabetic for over 20 years and I still get tired of it all, the testing, the needles, the need to plan everything I eat..... Sometimes I just want to throw my hands in the air and say "To heck with it, I'm going out to eat!," lol So I hear you about being so fed up with it all!

I do allow myself one lunch out a month, that being on "paydate" when I go to the bank, etc. I stop off at a little café that is on the way, That way I don't feel completely deprived but still stay on plan. It helps.

Where do you live that it has been so cold? I live in Alberta, Canada, and January has been most unseasonably warm. We usually do get a short thaw but this one lasted for a couple of weeks already..... It is now back down to average minus 10 to 13 (celcius) so more normal.

Take care.

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my sister lives only 1/2 block from work and she almost froze the other day on the way home today here the sun is out and it looks to be another 50 degree day until it plunges again..these are the times in the winter time in a year like this we all get tired of being 'ited' down to routins but we will get over it for sure keep on with your quest for sure
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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yes, I know everything takes time. I figured it would. Sometimes, you just get to that point that you're tired. I'm about at my limit of giving myself a shot everyday, but I know I need to. Everything is just so out of whack for us right now because of this really cold weather we keep getting. When I talked to my cousin on Sunday, who lives down by the cities, they were also calling for over 50 below weather. So I hope your car is a trooper and can handle it. lol Drive safe! :)

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well they are corresponding to you so that makes them interestd in getting you stabilized..these take time (like the rest of your life lol) it will mellow out some but it takes time for everyone i don't know anyone who ever stepped right in and had all the answers still cold here in nashville minus 5 this mmorning..i'm surprised my car started but i was going to visit my sister in minneapolis and so it is good for 30 below in that radiator lol
the spring cometh for sure
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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Hi Linda!
Thank You for stopping and asking how things are going! I really appreciate that!

Well, giving myself the injection as gotten Easier, but I certainly am not impressed with it all. lol I haven't had a chance to get back in to see either the DE Or Nutritionist. However, I do talk often to the DE over the phone. We've been having extremely cold weather up this way as cold as 40 to 60 below zero!!! I live an hour away from them so just waiting for this weather to mellow out so I can get back in there.
My Morning fasting numbers are still all over the place. I think a lot is playing a part in that.. First off I have Insomnia, I never know when I'm going to go to bed. Plus I think I'm snacking when I'm half asleep. I've been calling it, Sleep snacking. lol Also, sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I'm not realizing what time it is, and I check my BS, and then fall back to sleep only to wake up and find out I had only been sleeping a few hours before I had check my BS the first time. So I'm trying to figure all that out.
My DE only has me checking my BS 4 times a day.... Fasting, Before Lunch, Before Supper, and Bedtime. I do my daily injection at 5:30pm everyday instead of at bedtime, because like I said, with insomnia, I never know when I'm going to bed.
I don't know if their giving me the best care or the best advice about how to do all this, so at this point the only thing I can do is trust them and hope for the best.
Everything is alright at the moment, just trying to stay warm!
Thank You!
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Bobbie, just checking up on how you are doing......

A couple of things I thought I would mention.....

First, the Dawn Effect that Mary mentioned. Your nutritionist should check your food log to see what you are eating and when. Often times, just having a small snack of about 15 grams of carb paired with about 7 grams of protein, just before you go to bed will help keep the numbers under control. Many suggest that you test before you retire for the night and depending on your reading, offer suggestions for a snack or even if one may be needed.)

But the big thing is knowing what foods have what kind of effect on your blood sugars.

Which brings me to the second point. Most DE or Nutritionists will have the patient test before and after a meal so they can compare what the foods were and how it affected you. Not all foods effect everyone the same way. For example, many people can have oatmeal in the morning, I cannot because it spikes my BS too much.....

I have had several people from various programs (depending where I was living at the time) all tell me to test before and after one or two meals in a day, not necessarily every meal, but say one day test before and after breakfast and supper, and the next day fasting, before and after supper and again at bed time. Of course, "Brittle" diabetics usually have to test as often as 8 times a day.

Taking mealtime insulin can be a good thing and the best way to measure that is by taking random testings after your meals. This can help your team decide if this might be needed and of course, how much......

Hope all is going well for you now that you have had a chance to get used to the whole idea of injections.

Take care......
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you will find once you are counting the carbs and on mealtime insulin the need for the long acting will probably drop some it all takes time and as was said we are still doing that with me and it's been over 20 years..my blood sugars have been up off the wall no matter what i do this past 40 days or so i am under so much stress that the blood sugars are way off and the tummy isn't emptying properly so it sits there and then the blood pressure went up and the kidneys reacted..generally speaking i have fallen apart lol
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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Hello!
I'm so happy to be back into the swing of things again! I finally got a new laptop!
Anyway... My diabetes is still giving me a hard time I guess you could say. When I first started on Insulin the beginning of November 2013, I was on 10 units of Insulin... Today I'm up too 34 Units. :( I'm sure I'll end up going up again. There also talking about starting me on Meal time Insulin. Ugh! So I'm still dealing with all that. It's slow going, but hopefully we'll get some progress going here soon.

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ok bobbimarie.. high morning fasting numbers are generally not from what you ate but the 'dawn effect" (it has a more scintific name that starts with an s but i can't spell it so we use dawn effect it does the work very well)
what happens is you go to bed and that is a long time to go without eating your brain has to have those carbs to function ie. sugars and it calls out to the liver..where those carbs are called out of storage there and pushed into the blood stream automatically in those early morning hours..but there is no measuring cup there and it just puts them out at command from the brain..so you end up with you r liver just doing it's job that woman should have known that and i am glad you didn't up that insulin yet because that is the cause
don't be afraid we all get that even after the period of adjustments (which by the way hardly ever ends really)
solutions to this for me were to never go to bed without the blood sugars being at least 140.make sure you have that bedtimetime snack 15 grams of carbs and a little protein (it 1/2 an apple plus some peanut butter for the protein or or anything that is both carb plus protein)
i'm sure when you tell the the other de what happened she will nnot take the part of her co worker this is very hard fine tuning and she is doing a really good job for you i too had one of those fill ins just as bad and with time you will figure things out on your own because yu will have enough nknowledge of what is happening
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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Hello! I figured I should check in since it's been awhile. Things have been going alright for the most part. I'm up to 16 units on insulin now. Wednesday was a rough day though. I had to call my DE to check in and give my BS numbers and to see if I needed to increase insulin. Unfortunately, my DE was called out due to a family emergency. So I ended up talking to the lady who was covering for her. Let me tell you, the phone call did not end very well. I'm really starting to think this lady was the same one who I dealt with 2 yrs ago, and I ended up not going back after a couple visits. This lady was so rude. I had a couple high morning fasting numbers, and she was asking me what was going on that it would be up so high a couple times. I was like I don't know, could be a couple things I guess. This witch proceeded to tell me... "Anyone can out eat their medication"! I was shocked that something like this would even come out of someone's mouth who has had no interactions with me, and not knowing what's been going on between me and my regular DE. She told me to go up to 18 units, however I made the decision to just stay at the 16 until I can talk to my DE on Monday. Plus, I plan to tell her what had happened. If she says nothing, or takes this persons side, Then I plan to go to the hospital management. She made me feel like I was doing everything wrong. Made me feel like dirt! Unreal! Other than this happening everything else has been going good. I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a good day!

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Hey Girlie!
Oh no, I'm not using Alcohol pads on my finger tips. I was told to use them, on my insulin pen before putting a needle on, and to use them in the area I plan to inject myself. Just to make sure everything is clean. I'm not comfortable enough yet not to use them. lol With my anxiety and panic disorder, I would sit and stress out that not using the alcohol pads I'd get an infection or something crazy. lol My neighbor doesn't use the pads either, so he brought me over 3 boxes! So I should have plenty for awhile now!
The beginning of the month, I go back into see the DE as well as a nutritionist. So I'm sure she'll be teaching me how to count carbs and all that. Before I got on insulin I was only having to test my BS 2 times a day. (When I was actually doing it) Now, they want me to religiously check it 4 times a day. (in the morning, before lunch, before supper, bedtime) Right now, their concerned about my morning number (Fasting) She said once they get that number taken care of, they'll be looking into my bs number regarding my meals. So I'm hoping I don't have to start injecting myself every time I eat! UGH. However, I'm not going to worry about that right now. I only have to inject myself once a day right now, being that I'm on long lasting insulin I guess..... My doctor wanted me to start on 20 units, but the DE started me on 10, and now changed it to 12 units once a day.
Anyway, I'm glad i'm here as well! Y'all have been wonderful, answering my questions, letting me vent, or just to come update. I appreciate it!
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are you alcoholing your fingertips??? if so stop it and go wash your hands with warm water and soap instead alcohol dries out your skin and makes it hard and it starts to hurt are you poking your fingers in the right place do not poke on the pad there are so many nerve endings there and it hurts after a while poke the area on the side of the nail bed halfway down the length of the nail blood everytime and it tends to heal faster..is your lancet adjustable spend a day adjusting it to where it just draws blood and not a doantion to the red cross lol ok for that use those only one time my friend
alcohol pads i rarely use them..lots of people even just stick through their clothes..i am not going there in my life i value my skin however you can use baby wipes with nothing on them or and of those things like that but with no aloe or stuff like that but the alcohol wipe are cheap but again dry out the skin the most ever i paid for alcohiol wipes was 2.37 fot 100 or use a bottle and cotton balls
i'm glad you are with us this is where you will get it down and all and once you have this insulin adjustment going we will be on our way soon you will be carb counting like a pro once you learn that you will find things easier..i use insulin andi test fasting in the mornings only i count carbs all day and adjust my insulin to the number of carbs consumed..this is a learning process all it's own but i am here for you the de is having you call and she must be a good one because she has just not blown you off and is adjusting for you at this time you will get it don't worry about that..have a great day bobbi!!
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Howdy y'all!
It's been another rough couple of days trying to get use to this whole insulin way of life now. The past few days have been rough, just disgusted with everything. Sick of checking my BS 4 times a day. Eating 3 meals a day. (if not more... snacks... etc.) Dealing with the Diabetes Educator. She's much better than the first lady I had to deal with, but she has me calling her every 3-4 days. Which I understand, making sure everything is ok, and she has now changed my amount of insulin, from 10 units to 12. UGH! I'm thankful to my neighbor, who is also diabetic. I ran out of the alcohol rub thingy's... So he ended up bringing me over 3 boxes! I guess he never uses them. I guess my doctor didn't stop to think about this whole thing. lol He ordered the insulin, but no needles or alcohol pads. So I had to contact the nurse and tell her to order the needles or the insulin was useless. I gave up when it came to the alcohol pads. lol Anyway, each day gets a little easier, even if I'm frustrated with the whole process!

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i just love sucess!! hapy happy dance!!
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Thank You! Thank You! my friend! I really appreciate It!

The insulin shouldn't of been cold. I got it sitting on my coffee table. So It should of been at room temp. Now, Last night when I injected myself, It didn't hurt or nothing. so, your probably right, I probably injected into a sensitive area. So, I'll try to stay clear of the area. lol

I honestly could not have gotten through this whole process without you and Linda. I appreciate your help and encouragement so much! Your friendship means the world to me!

Thanks! big ol' bear hugs, followed by Happy Dance!
Bobbi

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wowee bobbi i am so proud of you and so glad you accomplished that..my friend you are on your way for sure now!!!..was the stuff in the pen cold??? sometimes close to a nerve and with cold contents in the pen that happens..sometimes you can even hit a blood vessel but you have the needle in now for sure ..wowee happy dance for you my girl!!!
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Hello! Sorry I haven't checked in since Monday. Been a rough few days.

Monday night I couldn't bring myself to do it. I was crying hysterically, It was a horrible sight. lol Tuesday came, and I started freaking out again, Then I got up and walked into the bathroom where I was alone and I brought the needle up to my skin.. and kind of looked up and when I looked back down, the needle was in! So I hit the button til it got to 0 and then counted to 10! I did it! I came flying out of the bathroom, screaming, I DID IT! I DID IT! lol Today marks day 3 of injecting insulin! Yesterday, I'm not sure if I injected into a sensitive spot on my belly, cause when I injected, it kind of burned. Infact, I just gave myself shot number 3 in the middle of writing this! :)

I am on 10 units of Lantus which is the pen. I give myself the shot in the belly. I was told to "Pinch an Inch" give the injection, and just before pulling the needle out to let the inch go and then pull the needle out. I was told I could give my shots in the arm and thigh, however the belly is the best place to give it. So that's what I've been doing. I'm actually embarrassed at how freaked out I got the first night. I even had to admit to my fiance' that it truly doesn't hurt. You don't feel a thing!

Thank You so much for the encouraging words! I DID IT! woooohooooo!!!!!

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have you got a pen??? where are you injecting?? think about this bobbi you CAN do it my friend why are you pinching up the skin??? where?? do you have a little roll of fat that hangs over your jeans if you do midway between your belly button and the side is a good place you are not going to slide the needle in at 90 degrees..you will ease it in at a slight angle you shouldn't feel it at all once you have it in don't look at it just push the top of the pen..i don't have enough strength and need both hands..i was never taught the pinch thing and that is nnot necessary if you are using the pen when you get the tips for the pens ask for the purplr tops b/d's they are truly so small you have to look to make sure they go in they make them even smaller in nano size but the insulin because so hard to push in the purple tops are better if you got one from the nurse my feeling is it's a grey tip as that is what comes with the trial pack purple tops are much less than even that
listen to me you can do it..you can do it and i am here thinking about you right now hoping today you will get it done my friend..i think it will surprise you once you do it the first time you will wonder what all the hoohah was i guarantee it you will laugh at how funny and fearful you were ..and let me say this you will still get wild about other shots and blood and i still get goosebumps but this will be a cake walk for you
remember you can do it CAN..just go sit down and do it if you want i'll tell you a little secret rub some ambesol teething oil on the spot after you clean it and give it a few minutes to get numb works every time and you will not feel it ever they used to have alsohol preps with benedryl in them those did the numbing effrctively also and you can get that in liquid form also it good for mosquito bites also lol
now get it done girl and i want to see it on my page real soon if you wanna cry that is ok too i did that for about a week it relieves the tension..stick your head out the door and scream and then go back and do it after shaking yourself..think of all those young type ones who do it five six times a day and they do it themselves (personally those kids are even far braver than myself lol)
so waiting here for the go and the YEEHAW i did it from you
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OMg, I couldn't do it! I freaked out so bad, I nearly made myself sick! I was suppose to give myself the shot she said between 5-7pm... It's now nearly 8:50pm and I finally gave up. I was freaking out that I wasn't going to do it right, that I wasn't pinching my skin right, Mostly, I was freaking out it was gonna hurt!!! I even tried to have my fiance' do it, but then I freaked out he wasn't going to do it right either! OMg, this is horrible!

Is it easier to give your first shot in maybe your thigh area first? omg, I don't know. Now I have to wait till tomorrow and I have to do it. But I'm freaking out so bad. ugh!

My fiance' is handling this better than I am. He was sitting next to me the whole time I was freaking out, encouraging me to do it, but like I said I was freaking out so bad. He's not deer hunting, cause the doc has him off his knee right now. So I doubt we'll get a deer this year. Unless one decides to jump out in front of my truck by accident (smirks) lol

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you are on your way bobbi!!!!
and a different ds also and that is really good because you were worried about that also remember today was essentially a holiday and maybe the doc is not back yet tomorrow morning for sure and that was me talk to the needle you can do it!!
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how is yourother half dealing with this?? out hunting?? i'll have some venison jerky lol my sisters boyfriend will be up there for his deer with all his friends they own a cabin somewhere and several years ago he installed (he's a plumber) a hot tub for them up there
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over the hurdles,
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Well, I made it to my appt. Today with the Diabetes Educator. Surprisingly it was a different lady this time! She went through asking a ton of questions. Then showed me how to use the insulin pen. I was freaking out! lol My doctor originally prescribed 20 units for the morning. however, because I deal with insomnia, and never know when i'm going to bed or when i'm going to get up to take it at the same time everyday... She changed it to only 10 units, and to take it between 5-7pm. She said the main blood sugars their really concerned about at the moment is my morning fasting blood sugar. She said in the days ahead, they'll keep an eye on how the insulin is working and if I need more, or need to also take with meals. but we're not there yet she said. She's going to call me in a couple days, to make sure everything is going ok, and to check on my blood sugars. So now, I'm freaking out cause it's a little after 5pm here.. and Need to do this shot anytime now. lol I have a feeling I'll be like Linda, and talk to it for an hour. LOL (I think it was Linda) Anyway... Now the only thing I'm still dealing with is my doctor or nurse never called in my prescription yet. So that's frustrating. Anyway... I'll keep y'all posted how this goes for the first time! Yikes.. I"m freaking out! lol
The Lady Mary!.. I'm glad you're staying warm! I hope you get that furnace fixed soon! :)

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well the little heater has the house all warm again i have a fireplace also but you know how older houses tend to shift and i couldn't get an inspection to make sure mine was ok so i put candles in it gotta get the furnace done anyway as it is a heat pump and i need air conditioning in the summer fortunately we had no summer here in nashvile this year so i got by with fans but i can't rely on that and all that extra heat makes the refridgerator work harder also so it is give and take here and mostly make do..i see it is still snowing up there!!
have a great day my friend!!
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off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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lol Well good thing you tucked it away for a chilly day! We got a fireplace in our house that we use during the winter months. The only time our furnace turns on is late at night when we've gone to bed and when we're away from home. The fireplace helps us tremendously on saving on propane. Seeing as everything in our house runs on propane.. the stove, hot water heater, dryer, furnace. lol Usually a 500 pound tank lasts us a year. Usually the key word! lol We got dumped on for snow over the weekend. I'm just hoping that the snow plows are out early tomorrow and cleaning up the highway before I go see the Diabetes Educator in the AM. My nerves our on edge, so needless to say, I don't know how much cleaner my house can get. lol Oh well. I'll let y'all know how things go tomorrow. :)

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no snow here yet furnace is down opportunity to use that oil-filled back up heater i purchased so many years ago finally out of it's box and the whole house is warm again lol

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i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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I had to go to the Pharmacy to get refills on my meds today. It wasn't too bad going, but the temp dropped while I was waiting _ almost 2 hours for them to fill it because they only had 2 people working and one had to go on break (now I don't mind when they have to take their breaks, but it was so busy today, they really should have had at least one more person working!)

It snowed last weekend and stayed, it was a very heavy wet snow, then we have had snow off and on all week, same today of and on all day. Sitting at the bus stop waiting, man I almost froze my fingers off, not to mention my ears and they were both well covered. That bit of a breeze can blow right to the bone...... Sometimes I wish I could still see well enough to drive and then I wouldn't have to sit at cold wet bus stops, but then I hear about all the problems people have while driving, and think maybe I am better off not driving....... lol

Sadly, the Pharmacy did not have all the meds and they shorted me on both the Lantus and the NovoRapid as well as one of the pills, so I still have to go back........ Urrrrggggh. I was hoping that was done for this month!

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Yes, it's snowing! Since last night we've probably gotten about 4 inches of snow! Had to run to town last night, it wasn't snowing when we left our house, the closer we got to Orr, the more snow. We figured the Highway wouldn't be to bad since there was a lot of traffic from all the deer hunters coming up for the weekend. Boy were we wrong! I drove about 30mph all the way to cook. It was a total nightmare. Roads were really slippery. It started with a wet, slushy type of snow, which turned to ice once it hit the roads. So, needless to say, on the way home, I took the back way and took the dirt road and put my truck into 4 wheel drive! Glad I did, someone went into the ditch on the back road too! I don't mind the winter's and the snow and the cooler weather, but my anxiety can not handle winter driving when the roads are snow covered.

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way out in the middle of nowhere and you didn't have this prize piece of info good golly ..is it snoeing there??
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The lady Mary!
I was thinking the same thing! lol It's crazy how something can totally throw everything out of control.

I just want to Thank Y'all again for all the support you've given me. It truly means a lot to know I got others in my corner cheering me on! I never knew how important writing a post would be to me! I'm so grateful I did!


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hey bobbi
BREATHE AND THEN BREATHE AGAIN
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i can do that, but not on a tuesday
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over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

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Hi!
I think he prescribed the pen needle to me also. We had talked about it a little bit when I was at my appt, and he first mentioned putting me on Insulin. Also, I looked up Lantus and you're correct, they do call it Solarstar! :)
Unfortunately this whole process is becoming a nightmare for me! Today (Saturday) I called my pharmacy to make sure my prescription was there so I could pick it up on Monday on my way back home from seeing the Diabetes educator, and come to find out, the doctor or nurse never called in the prescription for lantus! I'm pretty sure it's going to be a drawn out process, with the insurance company wanting a PA (pre-authorization) Nothing has gone right at all since this process started Last Sunday with me making this decision. lol My anxiety is out of control, I'm barely sleeping, and My OCD is in over drive because nothing is going right. lol I'll be so happy and relieved when this is done and over with. Outside of worrying about this appt on monday, I have to stress about all the darn snow we're getting! The roads were horrible last night! ugh! However, I'll let y'all know how things go. Thanks for staying in touch!
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go bobbi!!!
happy saturday!!
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over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

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Hi, Bobbi. That is one of the insulins I am on....... Lantus. It can come in vials that you draw up the insulin in a syringe, or in a pen needle. ( I think they call mine Solarstar) It is so easy to use as you just apply the needle tip, dial up the dose and inject. Super easy......
I used to be on the syringe but when I had problems getting my insulin due to being laid off and no money, my nurse arranged for me to get mine free through a compassionate program of the manufacturer. That's when I started getting the pen and it is so much easier to use, especially when I have to be away from home......

I started off taking it in the evenings before bed, but more often than not I would forget so my endo at the time told me it was ok to take it in the morning as long as I took it at the same time every day...... so now I take it in the mornings. Much better ! But I moved since then and a new doctor was so mad at me for taking it in the mornings...... I said it's better to take it in the morning every day than to fall asleep and forget most nights......

Anyway, it will all come together for you as you work with your team for what is best for you. I am so happy that you are making headway.......

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Hi y'all,
Well, after talking to my doctors nurse yesterday, and waiting for the diabetes educator to call me either yesterday or today, I had to take it upon myself and call them! I go in Monday morning to the Diabetes educator. This sitting around waiting for people to call was driving me nutso! lol Anyway, I even had to email my doctors nurse to find out what he put me on! All she emailed me back was the DE would let me know, and would teach me everything! So, the smart gal I am, I logged into my account for my clinic and went and looked at my medication list, and found out he put me on "Lantus" I guess I inject 20 units every morning! So, once a day shouldn't be to bad! I'm guessing that's the pen style of insulin? I know nothing about this stuff. lol So, that's where I'm at right now. I'm finally getting some where! Now if this snow storm will stop so the roads will be good for Monday Morning.. all will be great!

The Lady Mary! I will certainly update y'all on Monday afternoon when I get home. :)

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keep checking in girl tell us about what you learn so we can update ourselves with you go get 'em!!
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
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Hey Y'all,
Sorry I haven't checked in the last couple of days, but it's been very stressful for me. All this stress and anxiety, I've barely slept since Sunday. I'm exhausted and wore out!
I just heard back from my doctors nurse, Finally! She is sending a Referral to the Diabetes Educator. The nurse told the DE that I'm anxious and just want this over with, so they are doing what they can to get me in as soon as possible. I'm just happy, that I'm finally getting some where. The not knowing has been driving me nuts!

Thank You everyone for the continued support and your patience while I get through this stressful time!

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So, I just got a message from my doctors nurse. She said she is working on it, and would give me a call tomorrow. emoticon

So, hopefully I do actually hear something tomorrow so I know what the heck is going on!

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OMG I couldn't even imagine! How terrifying! I think I would of had a heart attack! good grief! I've been given cortisone shots in my Hip, lower back, and my elbow. I wanted to keel over with that! I couldn't imagine something like that with the eyes. My goodness!
Everyone I've talked to now, has reassured me that the needles for insulin are very small, and you barely feel it. I'm slowly coming to terms with that idea and hope! lol I think my anxiety is just waiting for the doctor or nurse to call and the initial getting started and use to everything. The nervousness of learning everything.. making sure I do everything right. I'm sure over time I'll become a pro with it, but like I said, it's just getting started I'm nervous about.
Thanks for sharing your stories!
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another story this time about waiting i rarely wait as all my docs are on the same computer at the hospital and blood test results are usually available on their website before i can get back home and if there is anything i need to know about they write to me email and send it same day so waiting the worst time i ever had was with my eyes i had cataracts and they put new lens in and then i deveoped a allergy to the lens and things had to be done all over with something else and then i bleeding in the back of the eyes yep both of them and they had to wait several weeks until things settled down and they could use laser to stop the bleeding and then they would inject avastin into the eyes that would take care of it oh boy all i could think about was needle in the eyeball and you've seen the horror movies eyesball rolling across the floor and stuff well i have two weeks to think about that injection for sure and you talk about high anxiety jeez right off the one chart and onto the next one..my cousin always took me and for the whole summer i was almost in darkenss and when you are deaf with no balance that's hard so i was inside this proscribed little world waiting for someone to come and fix dinner and everything and in silence so of course i was scared NEEDLES lolabout to have a heart attack for sure needle in the eye that was the only thought..well of course they numb your eyes for laser with drops of course and then they take you back and do laser and then put you in a room and the doc comes in and they bring the kit from the pharmacy as those injections are in the range of 2,500 dollars and they have to be made just before injection and cannot be held over..so they take is thing out with the longest needle i ever saw and i was a bit faint by that point not even dariing to breathe almost and he asked for more anesthetic for the eye and left the room for it to take..when he walked back in i couldn't see but i felt him come in and he just put whatever to hold the eye open and it was done..i never felt it coming needless to say the other four injections over the next month weren't too bad..i guess it helped because i could see mmore light and by the end the vision was 20/20 with no glasses..my miracle but not anything i would wish on anyone..know those needles are so short and so then you have to make sure they go in or you will have your insulin on your skin indtead of under it lol
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Thank you! I still haven't heard nothing back from my doctor or nurse! I'm starting to go stir crazy! My Anxiety is extremely high today. I just want to get this over with! lol

Once I hear something, I'll let y'all know.

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I'm rooting for you, Bobbi

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you know dobbi another story here lol i had the same problem with the nurse practioner in the endos office she lumped me in the regular group of no shows even though i called and cancelled (the snow was up to my kness and i had no way out and the police told us to stay home) when it snows that much in nashville and there is 6 inches of ice underneath all that snow you do as you are told..she threatened me with no more service in the clinic and boy was i mad about the way she treated me so i remade the appoinrment and she walked in saying well i'm glad you showed up this time (mind you i never miss my appointments and as i said i called) i i looked her in the eye and i told her i wasn't going to tell the endo this time but we were gong to have a little talk and i told her just what i expected from the linic and when i call and cacel i'm not everyone else and she will not be putting me in some no show group or i will have her job
and then i said i am gonna forgive you this time but it had better not happen again and next time i don't show they need to find out why i'm not there because each of these sessions is important to me now what is it gonna be??
well she found out the reception didn't note cancelled appointments of anyone and she wrote me a letyter of apology and had the endo sign it because she had a talk with him also and to make it short we get along hug and all the things we need for my support sometimes those things happen and we have to go on so give it a try
anyhow have a great day!!
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over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

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Hey y'all,
Very oddly I got my lab results back at 3am! lol Anyway... it's not good. My A1C was 9.7 and my estimated Average Glucose was 232. So my doctor is not going to be very happy, and I'm pretty positive with these results, he'd be putting me on insulin whether I wanted to or not. Once I hear back from him or his nurse, I will update y'all more.
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Linda,
When all this started a couple years ago, and after having the experience I did with her. I told my doctor I didn't want to ever go back to her again. So, maybe he remembers that and maybe that's why he mentioned I would have to come back in to learn how to do the shots. So, maybe with any luck, maybe my doctor will just do it. My doctor is located an hour away. A long with the Diabetes educator. I think she's the only one unfortunately in that area. There might be on in the next town over which is about an hour and a half away.. however, I drive a big ol' chevy 4x4 and gas isn't exactly cheap in that gas hog. lol So, If my doctor doesn't teach me, then i'll have to settle for the DE. Oh and I will stick to my guns. I don't have time for people to waste my time a long with my gas money! lol
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I don't know how they do things where you live but can you not tell your doctor that you want to see someone else rather than her?

Seems to me that a person must be comfortable with their medical team and a DE is an important member of that team......

But if you have no choice and do have to go back to her, stick to your guns and lay it out for her. You don't need censure, you need support and education!

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Linda,
Thanks! I'm not sure when I'll hear back from my doctor. I think he said he was out of the office on Monday, so, I might here from his nurse though. So, I'd say Monday or Tuesday.
I know my doctor wasn't thrilled about putting me on another oral medication, so he should be happy with this decision. I know when I was in his office on Friday, He mentioned if I was to be put on insulin, I would have to go back in so they could show me the ropes. So I don't know if he would do it, or as you mentioned send me to the diabetes educator. Remember, I'm not very Happy with her. However, If I do get sent back to see her, I will certainly be vocal about being there to be educated! I know my fiance' is thankful that its bedtime for him. I haven't been able to shut up since I made the decision this afternoon. I've been a nervous wreck! lol!
I'll keep y'all posted!
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Congrats on making the decision. When will you hear back from the doctors office? I am sure they will also send you to a Diabetes educator who will teach you how to give yourself that needle. In fact, I did it in her office as she watched. No there was no insulin in it at the time, but she wanted me to be comfortable with the needle before I found myself at home with a vial and not a clue..... well I am usually without a clue so that is nothing new for me, lol

You will take to this like a duck to water...... And be more than ok. You will do emoticon


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Thank You for sharing your story! I have to admit, I giggled and it put a smile on my face, because I so see myself doing the same thing! I get so mad at myself sometimes, because I don't understand how a grown adult can be a big ol' baby when it comes to needles, but I am terrified! I won't even get a flu shot. My doctor mentions lab work, and I nearly faint walking to the lab. lol It's horrible! Between my fiance' and the lady taking my blood telling me to breathe, are you ok? Breathe, Are you ok? It's ridiculous! lol Anyway, The more people I talk to who has gone through the same thing, I'm starting to feel a little better about my decision.

Thanks for putting a smile on my face tonight.. I needed it!
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and keep coming here we are here and i promise we won't laugh at your stories because we all have them when i started for instance for several weeks i had to talk myself into every shot every one of them..and sometimes i sat talking to that needle for 45 minutes lol everyone thought it was so funny but i got oveer it one day i had looked at that needle for so long it had grown in my mind it isn't anything like the one my grandmother used and made sterile in a pan with a needle so long you couldn't look at it lol mine is so tiny (purple top bd needle and so short i have to put on my glasses to make sure it went in so come and tell us your stories and we will laugh and cry with you..also make sure you have the handy bottle of glusose tabs the orange and raspberry are the best and they are under 3 dolloars at walmart for a bottle of 50..you will know when the sugars drop out for sure and hopefully it won't be often by the way you should have those already anyhow and always remember this no matter what you use it takes 15 minutes to start working so be patient
these are things no one mentions it seems ever but in time the stuff you learn is amazing and all of it useful to a degree we are here 24/7
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off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

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The Lady Mary,

Thank You! Today I made the scariest decision of my life. I decided to go on insulin. emoticon After taking a couple of days since my Doctors appt on friday, I had time to let everything sink in, talk to some people, do some internet research, and everything I've read came back the same, You have better control of your BS when you're on insulin. (plus there is other benefits as well) So I messaged my doctors nurse to let her know of my decision before I chickened out again. lol A few of you from SP have also told me that insulin had been better for them. So I appreciate the information Y'all share. It was very helpful in my decision making. I just pray the whole process comes easy for me, and I have no problems!

Thank You everyone for the continued support!
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same insulin story for me terrified of needles who would believe ity now and i am so happy with the control makes it worth checking the sugars lol again welcome bobbi
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off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

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Well tough day for me today! Went to my Dr. Appt today. Because I was having problems after restarting my Diabetes medication, The Doctor is talking Insulin! He knows how terrified I am of that, so he's gonna try me on a new Pill called "Januvia" He wants me to try it for 30 days and see how my blood sugars read. They've been reading over 260 lately. Within that time if nothing changes, or I have a problem with the meds, He's going to put me on the Pen thingy of insulin. emoticon emoticon

Like always, he did lab work on me. to check my A1c... When I had it done back in March, my A1c was 8.8! So, once I get my labs back, I'll keep y'all posted!

Thanks for the continues support! I appreciate it!
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Hi Linda,
I know If my doctor says I need to be on insulin, I'm not gonna have much of a choice. I'm horrible when it comes to needles. My doctor mentions lab work..and I instantly get sick. lol If my fiance' doesn't come in with me, then I usually throw my jacket over my head until I feel the person putting the band aid on. lol I'm a huge baby!

I just want to take a minute to say Thank You for responding to my postings with great advice and encouraging words! I really appreciate it! :)

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When I was a little kid, my mother would take me to the clinic for my immunization shot and I would start screaming before we even went in the door. They usually had a box of animal crackers to give to the kids, but they had to give me the whole box to shut me up.

I have been terrified of needles all my life and when my doctor first mentioned insulin, I would have none of it. I kept begging for "one more chance" But after several more years of not being able to get my sugars under control, I eventually had no choice and had to bite that bullet.

Now I wonder why I waited so long. Don't get me wrong, I still hate needles, and it still hurts like crazy when I go to the lab for blood work....... I actually went there this morning, and as usual, it hurt like ----. But I am able to give myself the needles I need on my own now, and it hardly hurts at all -- ok, maybe sometimes I feel a slight prick, but usually not, and it is never as bad as it is at the lab...... I was in the hospital a few years ago and the nurses always gave me my shots and that hurt too. I think a lot of it is because in one scenario there is someone else doing it and in the other, I am doing it myself. That seems to make a big difference.

You will get much better control when you are on insulin. You can correct so much easier if you are running high or even low simply by learning how to adjust your dosages (more when needed, less when not) (But you do have to remember that you need to eat. At first I would give myself a shot and not eat right away. That does the body no good at all........)

A pill dosage is set and you cannot adjust it at all.

So if insulin is what your doctor orders. just embrace it.... It can be a good thing....

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LMB Thank You for the kind words!

Your Fiance' is lucky to have you! That is awesome you want to learn more about diabetes to help him!
I didn't know that a Diabetes Educator could make Medication decisions for someone. I thought a medical Doctor only could.
I'm on 750mg of Metformin once a day. I recently started taking it again, and my blood sugar is still running as high as 261! I'm hoping it takes a few days to get into my system to start working, cause if It don't, I'm afraid of what my doctor might say and do on Friday! I'm absolutely terrified of Needles! I'm Horrified of being put on insulin and giving myself shots. I have no one to blame but myself if it happens.
I wish you both the best!

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Hi BobbiMarie, welcome. I'm glad you're taking charge of your health.

I'm here because my BF is diabetic. So I'm like your fiance, constantly getting on him about taking his sugar readings and his meds. We just started with a diabetes educator, who seems okay so far (we've only been to see her once and we have another appointment in early December) She took one look at his BS readings and immediately put him on insulin. Then she spent a good half hour explaining to us the difference between using insulin and using metformin. She was also not happy with his denial about his dietary needs, but one thing at a time. She's going to talk to us about diet next time. We also have an appointment with an endocrinologist in a few days, and he sees a pain management specialist for his neuropathy.

So, really, I'm here to learn, just like you. I'm not the one with diabetes, but it has sure affected his life, and by extension, mine. So I feel the more knowledge I have, the better.

Linda, thanks for sharing all your wealth of knowledge!

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You know I never looked at the back of the flavoring bottle. I do use all different brands.. but the Dasani I use has the same thing Sucralose! However it also says.. no sugar! hmmm. That's interesting. Either way, it's gotta be better than soda!?! I've been drinking soda for 25 yrs! It's so hard to walk away from. So easy to walk to the fridge and grab a can. Just gotta get my mind right and take the plunge and get rid of it.

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I don't know about the brand you use, but the MIO says it is sweetened with sucralose and the bottle says a serving size is 1/4 tsp and there are no calories.

However, the body sometimes tastes the "sweet" and acts as though you are ingesting sugars. The best way to tell is by testing to see if it has any effect on your BS. But I would think that as long as you use in moderation, it is perfectly fine.......

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Yes, I'm like you, my water has to be ice cold before I even think about drinking it. I recently bought a 16oz water bottle. Hoping that will help me drink more water. The water flavoring I really like is Dasani, Strawberry/Kiwi. I've found others like Grape and so forth.

My question regarding the water flavorings... Are they ok for people with diabetes?

Yes, the DE was horrible. I was so upset driving an hour away to go see her a couple times and got absolutely nothing out of it. I've resorted to the American diabetes association website for information along with asking my doctor questions. When I was first diagnosed, I had no idea what to do if my blood sugar dropped too low, or went to high. It was frightening!
I told my doctor I wasn't going back to her. I probably should of been more vocal with her and told her I was there to learn, not for her to contact my doctor and change anything. I was just too upset and wanted out of there. The diabetes education classes were located at the hospital! I'm not sure if there are any type of local support groups, but It's something I will look into! Thank You for the idea!

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I grew up in a small isolated town nestled in the coastal mountains, and we had fresh from a glacier water. When we moved to a larger town with it's processed water, it was very hard for me to take..... In the 80's I bought a water distiller and that was ok as long as the water was cold, but the distiller was stolen (imagine they thought hey had found a gold mine! lol)
Then I moved somewhere else and had home delivery, and since I moved to Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) I buy my drinking water from the grocery store because it goes through a good filtration system. At first, I still had trouble drinking it and it had to be ice cold, but I am more used to it now.

At one time I drank 1 or 2 of the 2 litre sizes of pop PER DAY, but now I go for days and days, if not weeks, without any pop. I also use the water flavourings, my favourite is MIO lemonade...... but I have to drink one glass of regular water before I allow myself any flavoured water. Either way, though, I still like it very cold!

When I first started on SP, someone told me to drink through a straw and because the water lands in the back of the mouth, it was easier to drink the water...... That didn't work for me because the water hit the exact spot that made me gag...... It may or may not work for you.

A little caution about Nutritionists. I went to one and she was so awful, very young and totally inexperienced with diabetes. I told my doc I would never go back to her..... So one thing you should question is how much she has worked with diabetics.

As for the DE, it is not her job to concentrate on your BS numbers. Her job is to educate you - not just in how to use a meter, but also the effect of various foods on BS, the latest developments, Things like foot care, sleep, ways to cook healthy, and so forth.

I attended a Diabetic centre at a local hospital that had a monthly support group and it was wonderful. There was a group of us, we had a lesson of about 10 or 15 minutes, we had question and answer periods, talked to each other about what works and what doesn't and we always ended with a 10 or 15 minute exercise class. Each session started with a weight in (if we wanted) and a few private minutes with the nurse if we needed to discuss any problems or questions or concerns we did not want to talk about in front of the group..

There was also classes geared to specific topics, such as how to get proper fitting shoes, how to choose which foods to choose in a restaurant, when or if we should consider insulin, the latest advances in medicine for the diabetic, how to handle sick days, and so forth.....

Sadly, budget cuts closed that monthly support group, and I have long since moved away anyway. But I am wondering if you have such diabetic centres and or support groups in your area. It may be worth looking into......

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Hi!
To answer some of your questions... :)
Yes, when I was newly diagnosed, my doctor had me go to a diabetes educator. However, 2-3 times I went, she never educated me. The only thing she was concerned about was my Blood sugar numbers and consulting with my doctor. So, I figured if that is all she is worried about, I'm not wasting my time or my gas to drive an hour for nothing. So, I've literally turned to the internet and my doctor for information. I have been to a nutritionist, but only once. In fact, I see my doctor on Friday, and was going to talk to him about going back to the Nutritionist!
Since I've started taking my medication I do check my blood sugar and I do keep a log of it. Which I bring in to my doctor to look at.. Needless to say, he's never happy!
Since joining SP, I've started logging my food and exercise.
Water! ugh! Water! I really have an issue drinking water. I don't know why. but I always have. I've recently discovered the water flavoring items. So, I'm hoping that will help with my water intake.
Yes, my insurance covers everything. Thank Goodness!
My fiance' is my support system! He's constantly getting on me to take my meds and check my blood sugar. However, you can never get enough support and encouragement! Which so far has been absolutely wonderful from SP.
I enjoy the advice and suggestions. Thank You!

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Hi, Bobbie and Welcome to the team. It is good to have you join us.

As you were diagnosed a couple of years ago, may I assume you have seen a diabetic educator and a Diabetic Nutritionist? Do you keep a log of your blood sugar readings? Do you keep a food log and exercise log? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day?

Do you have insurance to help with the cost of testing supplies? Do you have a good support system?

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have -- there is always someone around to answer. Check in daily, huddle with the team and let us know how you are doing -- join in any conversations, or start your own.

We wish you all the success as you travel the pathway towards better health.

Linda

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Howdy Y'all!
My name is Bobbi, and I'm new to SP. I decided it was time to get my health back on track and get moving. I was newly diagnosed with diabetes a couple years ago. However, Due to my severe depression, I haven't taken it very seriously. My intentions are good, but after a period of time I stop taking my medication and stop checking my blood sugar. Since joining SP, I've restarted everything. The kind words and advice has really encouraged me this time around. I come here several times a day to keep myself motivated! I look forward to meeting y'all, and getting the support that is much needed to keep going on this path. Any advice or encouraging words are always welcome! Thank You.

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