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1/7/10 3:11 P

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Hi M,
I've got 19 years and no complications despite not-exactly taking stellar care of myself. Sometimes I think that means I'm in the clear, but at only 28 years old, I know I'm not done yet and I'd best keep trying to stay on top of it. I figure if/when they come up with a cure, I'd best be healthy enough to enjoy it, because what's the point of finally being off insulin if you don't have kidneys and you're blind and limbless? Not that I think those are inevitable, but I'll do what I can to steer clear either way....
It is a sometimes HUGE mental burden though, there's never an off day, and it absorbs massive amounts of time and energy to stay on top of it all the time. I don't know how to make it less burden-y, but I've figured out its less time consuming to just check your BG, take an injection/bolus or what-have-you and move on than to worry and obsess over NOT doing it.
I hear ya on the 'meh', though. I don't know how to make it go away entirely, but I can sympathize for what its worth!
Anyhow, welcome to the team. This is a good place for questions and venting and comparing and other stuff too.
Hope to see you around!
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P.S. Nice job on finally checking that BG : )

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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 848
1/4/10 7:22 A

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How old are your kids? I have to admit - although I'm not as motivated to keep track of my blood sugars, I am incredibly motivated to eat right and exercise BECAUSE of my kids. They are 5 and 7 and I really want to set a good example for them. Now if I could get a step or two farther and realize that when I'm watching not only what I eat, but watching my blood sugars as well - I'm setting a good example for them as well. Who knows... will one of them end up with type 1???

Not only that, but think about what it would do to your kids if something happened to you. It would completely kill my daughter. When I keep that in mind, it totally makes me want my H1Cs to be amazing... you know?

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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1/4/10 6:59 A

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Well, 'fess up' and let us know after your appointment. (Hoping you're happily surprised!)

Wilma
(Now that your children are grown, you need to stay healthy for your GRANDchildren.) ;)

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MSJOEYC Posts: 5
1/4/10 1:33 A

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I checked it this morning...yay me! I hadn't heard the statistic about kidneys, but it makes sense. I actually have an appointment with my endo on Tuesday so we'll see what my A1C is. Last time it was over 9. I'm a bad girl, I know, but like I said, it's just VERY hard for me to get motivated now that my kids are safe. Kinda sad, really.

P.S. Notice I didn't say what my BS was? :D

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1/3/10 7:23 P

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I was diagnosed at 17 in 1984 and my doctor just told me the same statistic - if you make it to 20 years the statistics are very much in your favor not to develop kidney problems at all. He did tell me not to let myself go - keep up the good work and all...

That said, I am now at the 23 year mark and I was extremely anal about everything regarding my blood sugars until after my 2nd child was born. I am on a pump, and although I do take my blood sugars - it's no where near as often as I used to (6-8 times a day in the past... only 2-3 now). My eyes just got the big thumbs up and my circulation has been great too. I also know that I am lucky... my sugars run much higher now than my pre-kids days, but I also get them down very quickly (as soon as I notice) by increasing my basal rate as well as a bolus. That might be part of my luck.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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1/3/10 3:23 P

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I consider myself very "lucky" also. I was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1973. I was 22 at that time (a rather odd age to contract Type 1). I was engaged and got married within the year. I did NOT take care of myself then and had a real scare in 1976. I was hospitalized with a blood sugar of over 700. That was my wake-up call. I didn't REALLY watch my diet until I got the pump in 2000 and had to count every carb. My eyes (so far) have been fine, as well as the nerves and circulation to my feet. I saw a resident the last time I was at my endocrinologist and SHE said that if you get past the 20-yr mark with diabetes and have had no kidney problems, you're probably out of the woods, as far as any kidney problems. I CAN ONLY HOPE SHE IS CORRECT!! Anybody else ever heard that?

Anyway, START CHECKING YOUR BG! (nag, nag, nag) Are you on an insulin pump?

Good to meet you.

Wilma

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1/3/10 12:03 A

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I've had Type 1 since June 1976, and now that I've had my kids I find myself unmotivated to put much effort into my diabetes. I was wondering if there are any other long-time...uh...patients(?) here who have been as lucky as I have to have NO complications. Even with less-than-stellar BS readings and A1Cs I've still got retinopathy-free eyes and good peripheral circulation. My endo says I'm genetically blessed, but I'm not stupid enough to think it might not all come back to bite me in the rear end some day. I don't even remember the last time I tested my BS. I just can't seem to work up the mental energy to make an effort. I dunno what I'm looking for exactly, but...hi. :D

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