Diabetes Support Group
Helping a loved one with diabetes manage his/her diet and blood sugar levels? Medication(s)? Related health concerns? Get tips, advice, and support in this online support group for diabetes caregiving concerns.
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6 days ago
Hi. I can relate to caring for a diabetic.
I'm 55 my husband is 64. We've been married 20 years. He got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 19 years ago.
He refuses to watch his diet, eats what he wants, eats sweets and doesn't care.
The first thing to go was erections. He's been impotent for 18 years. He didn't care, never did anything to change that. Didn't care how that affected me.
Now he's suffering from chronic leg sores, failing kidneys, failing heart, neuropathy. All complications from diabetes (uncontrolled blood sugars).
He doesn't care and obviously it affects me as a caregiver. The chronic stress is ruining my health. I have fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease in my spine.
We are both on disability for years so we're stuck in the house with each other. I have no life. It all revolves around his sickness. My life consists of doing everything around here and carrying the stress of everything. It's always running to doctors.
Is it wrong to want my life back? I'm a very young at heart 55. I still have wants and desires but have not gone out on my husband. I want a life free from caregiving, a life where I can regain my health, have fun, enjoy life again.
3 months ago
My partner has had type 2 diabetes for 8 years and just recently started working on lowering his blood sugar. Over the last couple of months his sex drive has disappeared. I tried to talk to him about it and he got upset and said there's nothing he can do about it. I love him and want to be supportive but I'm starting to feel horrible about myself and take his rejection personally. He says it's not me but I still feel like it is. It's starting to cause distance between us and I don't know what to do. Has anyone else dealt with this problem? Please help...I don't know what to say or do anymore.
3 months ago
My father has been diagnosed with diabetic amyotrophy. He is scared that he will become paralyzed because his doctor said that was the worst case scenario. Have any of you successfully managed this condition? If recovery of some or all function in his leg is a realistic possibility then I want to encourage him to start physical therapy.
4 months ago
My husband and 14 year old daughter have type 1 diabetes. Living with them, I know when their blood sugars are high, but when I mention that, they get angry at me. I am right about 80% of the time. Should I even bother anymore? But if I don't the rest of us pay for the attitude that ensues due to their blood sugars
5 months ago
I'm very new to being a "caregiver" of someone with type 1 diabetes. It's almost 30, and was diagnosed around 15. He is on an insulin pump, and is on that monitor that can watch for trends in your sugar levels, that you can track on your phone. I may be new to this, but I'd like to think the highs/lows can be controlled to some level and shouldn't happen as often as it does. Last night he got home from work, checked his levels and he was good at 129 (he's 6'1" and about 150lbs. He had a can or 2 of juice, some chicken noodle soup (I want to say he said he gave himself some extra insulin so he could have another sugary can of juice but I could be wrong) and went to bed. At 11:30 I woke up to him in the kitchen, cracking 2 cans of juice, coming back in the bedroom to check his levels and he was at 41. And he wondered how he was even up walking around and talking with them being that low. He has a shitty diet. Works 10-12hr days 4 days a week, at a restaurant but eats 1 meal a day when he works, 2 when he doesn't, and snacks on crap (chips, for the salt), gummy bears, etc. am I that naive? Or is he not doing what he should to manage this better? I've been with him 3 months, almost 4 and it worries me. I know he's a grown man, but since we've been together, I've heard of him having levels between 200-550 3 different times, and last night was the first time I was there where his levels were that low. He could have gone unconscious, from what he's told me, if they got any lower. What would have happened if I wasn't there?
6 months ago
Left my insulinin car and didn't realize it was ruined resulting in something I have ever experienced before. Very high sugar level resulting in such strong muscle cramping/fatigue that I still hurt 5 days later. I assumed it was acid but it has not gone away. Any thoughts?
7 months ago
I am concerned about both of my parents who are diabetic. My mom has pretty much stopped driving because of vision issues BUT she is dragging her feet going to the doctor. My dad is complaining about pain in his feet and fear of falling from imbalance or numbness. Both of them are fairly young, 65 & 63. I'm currently caregiving for my husband who has a lung disease. I attend his doct appts to stay on top of what's going on with him. Now I feel like I need to do the same for my parents, though neither has asked me to. For my dad, especially, because even though he talks about what's going on with him, I suspect he's not getting himself to the doctor in a timely fashion because he's scared. In addition to diabetes, he has Krohn's Disease, which he hasn't had properly treated in 10 years and my cousin, who is a nurse, told him that left untreated that could develop into cancer. So now he's really scared. I've heard that diabetes is a silent killer and my husband has two cousins who have both had limbs amputated due to diabetes.
Please advise on how I can and should get involved in my parents' medical care.
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