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[IP] Re: Frustrated with being diabetic
Clara - I think most of us have days where we are frustrated or hate being
diabetic. I went thru it a few weeks ago and now I'm just frustrated with my
life in general so diabetes is on the back burner. Maybe you just need a
break from the pump? A brief period with shots may help.
You mentioned a middle age rebellion with diabetes - I started menopause
right after I turned 40. I was having migraine headaches all the time and
feeling very irritable. Sometimes I would feel hot and sweaty which I
thought was low blood sugar even when my meter said otherwise. I didn't
occur to me that it was hot flashes because of my age but later I read about
a study where they said Type 1 diabetics started menopause 9 years earlier
than their non-diabetic sisters. What a surprise. My blood sugar seemed
better after I went on estrogen but then I was not following it so closely
and basically everything seemed better after that.
As far as intimate activities, I used to disconnect but was afraid I would
fall asleep afterwards. I wear it strapped to my waist at night and that's
where it stays during intimacy and mostly it is not in the way.
Age 43, Type 1 almost 28 years, pump for 2 years
In a message dated 8/17/01 12:10:09 AM Central Daylight Time,
email @ redacted writes:
> . I feel these days as though
> I am going through a middle-aged rebellion with my diabetes,
> and particularly the pump. I hate the thing. I hate wearing it, I
> hate that it interferes with my clothing choices, I hate that it
> falls on the ground when I go to the restroom, I hate feeling it
> twist around my body at night, I hate having to accommodate
> for 'intimate activities', and I HATE THE MARKS ON MY BODY.
> I have had 4 malfunctions in 6mo., each time sending me into
> DKA. I don't, at this point, feel this is better. I was VERY used
> to, after 26 yrs. of multiple insulin injections, which I could take
> care of with much less intrusion. I still have to adjust my carbs
> for exercise. What am I doing wrong??
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