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11/25/15 1:46 P

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Thank you, I hope so too. He's only 8 and I've never lost one that young...

"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!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

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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11/24/15 9:45 P

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I hope that he will get better. That is just so hard to take.



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11/23/15 7:58 P

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I have a cat who wakes me when my levels drop in my sleep... he's really sick right now, and I'm worried too. If I have to put him down, I'm not sure what I'll do!

"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!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

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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11/15/15 12:07 A

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I have a cat and a dog, but I don't think either one of them knows detection like that. Many of them have the ability without any training. A lady on the ACD list several years ago had one that did that. Another lady had one that was a seizure alert dog that was only supposed to be a therapy dog going to the hospitals, but every time someone was about to have a seizure she would run to their room. It is amazing how they can do things without even any training.

A lady living with my friend now has a cat that is completely therapy for her it seems. I don't think any training. She has sleep apnea apparently, and every time she has moments of breathing stopping, he wakes her up. She has anxiety and panic attacks, too, and her cat is always right there for her.

I think about those life alerts, but they are around $45 or $50 a month and there is no way I can afford them. I realized after I got Cassie (dog) that I couldn't afford to keep her or feed her, but her breeder that gave her to me said she would supply the food. I am having some problem with Orzo because he kept having problems with the different foods. I finally found one that he does good on, but I don't think Pet Food Pantry ever gets that kind. Guess I can check with them. Cassie's breeder has also given me food for him before, so I have help that way. Orzo is very good at therapy, too, but I don't think he was ever used as a therapy cat. He just is such a lover and if I am upset he is right here in my lap and giving kisses.



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11/14/15 1:48 A

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I was just thinking, there are cats and dogs who are able to detect lows and have been known to "worry" at their humans (lick faces, nudge, etc) until they wake up and this is before the low gets to dangerous levels. Once the person wakes up, they can take some corrective action and test until the levels have risen to acceptable levels.

I used to have a cat and I really miss him. I have wished that I could have another but I am not able to afford one, much less keep a litter box clean, etc. But if I was to get one, it would be one that was trained to detect lows.....

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11/14/15 1:41 A

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I can relate. I tend to have my numbers run higher than they should for that very reason.

A couple of months ago, I woke up and was thinking about getting into the shower to get ready for church, the next thing I knew it was noon and I could not move, hard though I tried. I knew my sister and her family was at church so I didn't even try to call her so I don't know if I could have had I tried. I usually keep a drink box beside where I sleep and I remember thinking I had to get some juice in me, and I couldn't reach the box even though it was just inches away from me. Most of the afternoon was very jumbled up and foggy, and it was after supper before I could move and call my sister for help. By then the worst of it was over and I was recovering already.

This was not the first time I have had a low, and each time it happens, it gets scarier and scarier.

So I know how you feel because I have lived through it, and it is a constant fear of mine as well.... But I do have my sister on speed dial and I have been thinking about getting one of those call buttons that one wears around the neck or on a wrist band. They are meant for people who fall, but I think they could be used for any emergency where medical help is needed. I need to check that out....

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11/13/15 5:26 P

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Linda, I have close church friends here, just no family. My one friend I am so grateful for and she treats me as one of her family. I would totally worry if I had to go on insulin or on one of the drugs that will often cause lows because there would be no one around who would notice if I went into shock from that. There was a lady on a list I am on that was found about a week after she passed because she had no family around (her family wouldn't have anything to do with her and it was her ex-boss that got a memorial together for her). I think that is what worries me about my future. I won't go on any of those drugs for that reason. I will work better on my diet changes. Learning to see things about me from the Bible studies are helping some with that. I can't judge people smoking when they are already on oxygen and then keep eating sweets when I have diabetes.

Thanks for the support.



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11/13/15 1:34 A

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Darlene. I am so sorry you don't have a network of support. I know it can be hard. I lived alone and did not have any family but I had long distance and called my sister a lot. Finally, I got a severance package from where I worked and used it to move closer to her. It has been a God-send because they are so good to me.

It is not the same, I know, but please use us as your emotional support. We may not know exactly the right thing to say, but our hearts are in the right place.....

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11/12/15 1:40 P

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How do you deal with all these problems and the future when you are alone in the world for the most part. I don't have any family other than cousins and the nearest are 2 1/2 states away. I don't know what I am going to do if something worse happens. If it weren't for one of them I wouldn't have a place to live, but I can't depend on everybody else for everything and not being able to work I can't handle matters around here.



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11/11/15 10:09 P

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Kathy, so true...... But I have been on blood pressure meds a lot longer than I have been (a known) diabetic. Of course, I could have been diabetic for several years and not known it.

As a child, I had an excellent memory. I started noticing problems with my memory after I started taking BP meds in my 30's. It was several years before I was told I was diabetic....

So indeed, which comes first????

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
11/9/15 10:58 A

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Good question! I take blood pressure meds, am a diabetic, and will be 60 years old this summer. So is memory loss the meds, the diabetes or just getting older? Before I knew I was diabetic I thought it was because of age as I didn't realize BP drugs and also diabetes can cause memory issues!


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11/9/15 1:58 A

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Funny/odd thing about all this is that diabetes itself, as well as high blood pressure, can cause the same issues with memory. so is it the medication or the disorder it's treating? This could turn into something like discussing which came first, the chicken or the egg...
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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!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

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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11/4/15 6:25 P

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Oh, no. I can come up with a lot of crazy things when I am trying to talk or remember things. I wish I could do a better job at losing the weight without something going wrong and maybe I could get off the BP meds, too. I either get stressed like I have been recently, or I am around meals that have a lot of carbs and not much else and that puts me off the weight loss and back into gaining again.



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Apparently blood pressure medication can also cause some memory loss and "cognitive impairment"

I was on metformin for over 15 years before a new doctor decided it was not working for me and put me on insulin instead. Add that to the almost 30 years of taking blood pressure meds, it's no wonder sometimes I can't remember my own name, never mind anyone else's.....

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11/3/15 9:55 P

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Thanks, Linda. I never noticed that before.

James, I have a cyber friend who got hers the same way. She had cancer and was on the prednisone while on chemo. I read of other people getting diabetes from other chemicals, like bleach. I haven't seen anything on that for quite a while.

I never had heard of metformin causing cognitive impairment before. No wonder I have problems remembering things like names and words. I got hit double with that, chemo and metformin.



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11/3/15 7:52 P

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Well, I got my diabetes after taking prednisone for a month or more. My doctor at the time said it only exposed the problem.

Hmmmm. When I recently googled this, there does seem to be a connection, and I wish. Had never taken prednisone.

Then due to blood sugar problems I took metformin, and ultimately developed cognitive impairment. I now have poor memory. So, the moral of the story is to take control of what you can and avoid drugs if you can. If you can cut carbs and not need medication great.

My victories are smaller these days, but still victories.

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11/3/15 4:08 A

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There are 3 buttons above a thread, the third one says "subscribe to this discussion"

If you click on that button, you should get notifications of any future posts in that thread without having to make a post yourself.

Hope this helps.....

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11/2/15 1:11 P

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I would like to follow this topic since I am feeling the same way. My sleep problems aren't the stress, I don't think, but more pains. I get stressed easily, too, and worry about the future because I am here alone. I wish they just had a button on here for "follow" or "turn on notifications" like FB.



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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
11/2/15 1:07 P

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Thanks for the encouragement. I still have a lot to learn about diabetes. I'm grateful for all of my new friends on SP. We are stronger together!

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I am caregiver to my parents, who are living w/us. MOm has Alzheimer's. Ok, that gives new meaning to the word stress, but have to take it day-by-day. Even if it's just 10 minutes, I take some ME time.

I also learned that the best way to handle this type 2 is to LEARN all I can and do what I can for myself. LIttle by little things start to fall into place.

HUGS and know you're not alone.

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11/2/15 8:46 A

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getting older is not for sissy's they say. We are here to support you.

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I can really empathize with your feelings. I'm worried about my future with diabetes, too. And my life is so stressed right now, with serious medical problems in my family, that I'm having a really hard time sticking to a diabetes-friendly eating plan. I try to take it one day at a time, and lately have been meditating and making a daily list of things I'm grateful for. Everything is manageable when taken in the moment. Very hard to think that way sometimes, but it helps!

I've also stepped up my involvement with my spiritual path, which is a relatively new one for me. I'm trying to get involved with my church and develop a new support system, since the one I've relied on for years -- my family of origin -- is becoming increasingly frail and a source of concern and worry more than support.

I hope you start sleeping better soon! Not being able to sleep well is very hard.

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11/2/15 12:22 A

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Thanks Jan, I have been praying for peace of mind.

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My faith in Jesus gives me hope and peace regardless of the situation. Doesn't mean I am always thrilled with what can spring up but I have a place to turn to with my troubles.

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11/1/15 11:32 P

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I'm worried about the future now that I have diabetes along with some other recent medical problems. I can't sleep right and I can't focus on much of anything else other than my health issues. How does everyone else gear up to be in a good place mentally and emotionally as the new developments of getting older happen?

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