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Question?

So, I’m not a diabetic, but I’m dating one. It’s been over a year, and I’ve walked in on him being so low he could barely regain consciousness, so high he couldn’t stand to get to the bathroom. And it’s been incredibly scary, and it’s not even happening to me. My point is, what is the best way to support a diabetic when the fears sink in. I know I can’t say “it’s all going to be okay” because I can’t guarantee anything, but I want to be there for him so BADLY, and have no idea how sometimes

 

"Endurance. You have to continue to show up and let him know that someone cares about him. When he’s too low or too high or angry about being a diabetic, you gotta make sure that he does what he needs to do and when his blood sugar levels out you gotta talk to him and make sure he knows that you’re supportive of him and that you’re there for him. Make sure that the right thing is happening, even when he doesn’t want to do it. And make sure that he also knows that it’s only one part of him, that being diabetic doesn’t define him." 

- This is a guest answer, from my ex-girlfriend of 3 years. She has and still does stand by me and support me. Even when my blood sugar is high and I’ve had two bad sites and I don’t ever want to stab myself again. So I thought she’d be a good one to give you some input.

Any other opinions/ideas?

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So I was just diagnosed with type one, right before starting my junior year in high school. It makes me feel soo lonely and literally no one gets it and I wish I had a diabetic friend to talk to at school. the only other person in my school that is diabetic is this senior boy whose super popular and attractive so I feel like he would normally never be friends with me, and I can’t just walk up to him and be like “hey, I’m diabetic too!” But I really want to be his friend what do I do?

- Anon

Just try talking to him! Go up and say, “hey, I was just diagnosed with type 1, and I was wondering if you had any tips for me or anything, I’m so new to it all.” Chances are he’ll be really kind about it, and that could develop into a friendship =) -Admin

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My boyfriend of two years tells me he loves me every second he can and I love him too, more than anything. Yet I feel like I’m dragging him into a relationship that will end horribly for him. Because truth of the matter is, even if we get married, I will die a lot younger that he will. I have always hated making friends or getting close to my family for that same reason. But some how he ended up being the love of my life and I don’t know how much longer I can hurt him for.

- Anon

**Note from admin: Diabetic lifespans are actually much closer to non-diabetics now!

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carb counting kinda sucks

I was diagnosed ~18 years ago and I’ve had my pump since last May. I’ve also done a year of culinary training at college, which basically gave me the skills to work out the carbs for any recipe. However it involves measuring absolutely everything.

I used to do it a lot but it’s only easy for single serving meals. Or things like muffins so you can just be like, “okay 12 muffins per batch, divide the total recipe carbs by 12, bam it’s X carbs per muffin”. Sandwiches are easy, it’s a single serving and it’s just like, bread + fillings. But to measure a multi serving meal I need to find the volume of the whole pot of chili or w/e and do tedious math on it and eat out of a measuring cup. So, I COULD be really precise with my carbcounting but ugh, its a lot of work.

So, for that reason I hardly ever try new recipes and tend to eat easy-to-measure prepackaged stuff a lot. And then my dad recommends cookbooks that give nutritional info for the recipes, except then they don’t even say how much a “serving” is, and blah blah blah. I feel weird because everything I eat has to be measured. Anything that has carbs, I drink out of either 125mL or 250mL measuring glasses.

tl;dr diabetes involves math, carb counting sucks.

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i use diasend to share my pump data (sugars, boluses, pretty much everything) with my diabetes nurse. but since i know she’ll see everything, i find myself lying to my pump and putting off testing because i don’t want her to see i’m being “bad” (eating too much carbs, going hours with no insulin in my pump, etc) i know i should just change my habits, but its difficult. plus sugar can sort of make my adhd easier to deal with in the short term so i tend to go heavy on carbs.

- Anon

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this is such a simple thing, but i’m canadian and i always get confused when american diabetics say their sugar was like, 300 or something. i’d need a conversion chart to even guess whether thats a good or bad number lol. its literally the fahrenheit/celsius thing but with blood sugars

- Anon

ME TOO! But the reverse. lol Here’s an awesome conversion chart by the Joslin Center: BG Conversion 

- Admin

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I’m in college and I don’t drink, and I don’t really understand the appeal of drinking until you’re throwing up or passing out. You know you’re gonna feel bad, right? But then I do stuff like putting off changing my pump set and snacking without taking insulin, which is fun at the time but makes me feel physically awful once my BG is thru the roof. So, yeah I’m kinda hypocritical.

- Anon

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