This is a warning to all diabetics: kidney infections hurt like hell. I’m not even kidding right now. I got a tiny, kinda annoying bladder infection saturday and went about curing it with all the usual home remedies (peeing a lot, tons of water, tons of cranberry juice, AZO pills, and a heating pad). I woke up in the middle of the night sunday night in excruciating pain and could barely breathe. It attacked my kidneys. I’m now in agony. Diabetes compromises. Nothing cures “normally”.
Sometimes I get tired of being diabetic so I take a day off. I unplug my pump and eat anything I want without testing or counting carbs. I’ve had diabetes for 7 years, I’m 14 and I’m sick and tired of doing it. Sometimes Ill go like that for more than one day, and frequently ill end up with my blood sugar high enough that my meter can’t even read it. No one else knows I do this.
To the previous few comments: I think it’s most important to remember that we shouldn’t play the “who has it worse” game. We all struggle with different aspects of non-functioning body parts. The only way we all win is if we are a strong, supportive community.
Confession: I HATE when type 2’s act like they’re the same as us. Type 2 and 1 are completely different and it’s been said before that type 2 shouldn’t even be called diabetes- because they’ve learned since naming them that they aren’t the same. They could have prevented theirs. We couldn’t. They can manage theirs (sometimes) with simple pills or diets. We can’t. We depend on shots. They don’t have to. I absolutely hate it and can’t stand when they act like we are going through the same things.
**I do want to emphasize that not all cases of type 2 are preventable, and also that they do go through a lot of the same physical symptoms and feelings that type 1’s go through.
Ive had diabetes since I was 7 years old, and I turned 16 the other week. I’ve stressed about my type1 so much, as well as coursework at school, family, friends etc and when I stress I lose weight and my bg is all over the place. I’ve never made my bloods high to lose weight, and all my friends tell me they’re envious of my body. My mum and doctors have all accused me of deliberately making my bg high (my HBA1C had gone up from something like 7.2 to 7.6 idek) and that made me stress even more. I know I have good control. I know I’m not the best, but at least I know I’m somewhere near safe. My parents are ECPs in the NHS so they’ve been helping me, but it’s like I still have more of an idea about MY disease. I’ve only had tumblr since last night and I already feel like I can relate to people on here, regardless of whether I know them or not. I know I’ve not got it worst, and I know there are people out there who can’t really look out for themselves because (for example) their doctors don’t know shit. But I want to tell the followers on here to keep strong. We’re always going to feel like shit. Just like we’re never going to be able to get rid of this ridiculous disease. But keep strong. Keep fighting. Don’t let it take over you. Keep strong, because one day, we’re going to get that cure. And then we’re gonna be free…
I had to grow up when I was 8. Everyone still tells me “You need to grow up” and “it’s your responsibility” and “if you don’t take care of yourself, you could die”. I don’t want to grow up this fast. I never wanted to grow up this fast.
I used to not care about being diabetic. Eventually, though, I got tired of feeling sick all the times, so after a lot of hard work, my A1c was finnally just under 8. But I’m tired and I hate it and I just don’t care again. I’ve been trying, but my numbers are so crazy and I’m having a really hard time seeing the point in trying if my numbers are the same whether I work hard or not.
I’m skipping my lantus tonight because I’ve gained 22 pounds since diagnosis, and my endo just doesn’t seem to get it. I keep telling her I’ve been trying to exercise more and eat less, but all she keeps telling me is that I need to up my insulin units because my sugars are still way out of whack. Sometimes I feel like my endo doesn’t even get what we diabetics are going through.
They key to losing weight as a diabetic is maintaining a good balance between exercise, food choices (not eating less, but making balanced choices with plenty of protein and less of foods with products that have a high glycemic index like high fructose corn syrup and such). It can be very difficult to reach that balance but it’s absolutely worth it when you do. The up and down roller-coaster of restricting insulin can actually make you gain more weight and make you feel sicker.
Try to explain to your doctor/endo that you’re scared of the insulin making you gain weight and that you’d like to get a referral to a nutritionist - they can help you manage things better in regards to weight loss. Stay strong! <3
I feel alone in my diabetes and it’s making me miserable. There is no support for me anywhere. Tumblr is full of young t1s who need to make a point to either shame or exclude t2s, and the rest of the internet is old t2s. There’s absolutely nowhere for a young t2 to go, and I’m just so done with all of this.
Anybody have some T2-specific blogs to suggest? Or some of my T2 followers want to share some support?
This October has marked my ten years of having type one diabetes, and I just wanted to share with you a fool proof to keep your diabetes under control and your doctor happy. It isn’t a secret tip or anything your doctor hasn’t told you. It is only dedication. Don’t skip your insulin, ever. Never slack with checking your blood sugar. […]
*[Please note: As Admin, I removed the last 2 lines of this submission, because I felt that they would be upsetting/shaming to some of my followers.]