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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 08-23-2009 07:59 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2009 07:59 PM

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I’ve been a type II diabetic for about 15 years, controlled with oral medications. Over the years, my blood panel work has indicated a gradual decline in pancreatic activity, and now my A1C’s indicate, and my doctor agrees, that my next move is a switch from oral metformin (glucophage) to insulin injection by needle.
Now, I’m sure that a few of us here have already made the leap to insulin, and I need to ask…did it improve the quality of your life? Did it make life more difficult? How did it affect your woodworking skills? I’m naively hoping that getting my blood sugars lower and more managed will give me back my edge, which lately seems to come and go. Sometimes I just feel like putting off the intricate jobs like hand-cut dovetails or fussy joinery, until I feel more totally in the mood for it. Scary!
Please share your experiences with me! How has the shift to insulin affected your life?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 08-23-2009 08:16 PM

Are you telling the truth if you are I feel for you my friend?
That is why maybe we don’t see any of your projects on here. Don’t pull my leg now, I hope you feel better. I have adult leukemia so I can feel what you have, in what age group are you?

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 12:16 AM

notottoman;
Once diagnosed, the best thing I did was attend the counseling classes, to get an understanding of how insulin works, the receptors, and all that stuff. I hope you are doing your meter test daily, and adjusting to those subtle but continuous lifestyle changes, because it will be the elephant in the room for the rest of your life. My only real fear with insulin is the possibility of having too-low blood sugar, where your perception gets distorted and you could become disoriented. Not a good thing if you’re working machinery, and it has a way of creeping up on you before you can react to it. I saw a good friend go through episodes of this, though he was a type I and had the problem of a pancreas that occaisionally start working spontaneously, thus double-dosing what he’d already injected. Keep those numbers low, notottoman! We need you around!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 03:40 AM

Looks like your not joking I wish you the best.

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