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    My Diabetes Story

    Let's see where do I begin. I know that both of my Grandmothers were diabetic. Mom's mother was on insulin shots and Dad's mother was on the pill. I assume they were both type 2's since they were both dx in their 50's and 60's, but I really don't know. The only thing that was ever said to me was they were diabetic. Dad's mom cut out all sugar and wouldn't even eat any candy when she would go low, and she would go low alot. Mom's mother on the other hand ate anything that didn't eat her first(candy, cakes, pies, biscuits, etc.)but she would use her sweetner(liquid and pill saccarine) in coffee and drink diet rite cola and Fresca. My sister was dx when she was in her late 20's early 30's. I assumed she was a T2 since only kids were dx with T1's during the middle 70's or at least that is what I had been told. In the middle 90's I found out that Mom had been dx with diabeties when she asked me(I was visiting my parents for the weekend and we live 3 hrs apart(she died in 98))to give her her shot of insulin. How much I asked and she didn't know and the bottles in the frige didn't have the dosage on them. So we had to wait until my sister got there to give Mom her shot that was about 20-30 min later. I found out Dad was a diabetic in Nov. 01 after he'd had a stroke because his BS was very high and that caused the stroke(he died in May of 02)In July of 08 at an Uncle-by-marriage funeral I found out that his wife(Dad's oldest sister) was dx with diabeties. Oct 08 my brother-in-law passes and I'm trying to take care of my sister(not only was she diabetic but she had ashma, high blood pressure, had had at least 8-9 heart attacks, 5-6 mini-strokes, a quadruple by-pass, and dementia). She also lived 3 hrs from me so I tried to get her to move to where I lived but she didn't want to and every Health professional that I talked to said that it would be best if she could stay in her house because she was in familiar surroundings. On 18 Feb 09 I received a phone call from one of my sister's sister-in-law's to let me know that my sister had been dx with brain cancer and was given 2 weeks to 2 months to live(she died in May of 09). 19 Feb 09 I go to my PCP and he 1st he tells me that I need to loose some weight, then he says that I need to stop smoking and then says "Congratulations you are a diabetic". My BS was over 500 with an A1C of 11.1. In 4 months time I went from an A1C of 11.1 to an A1C of 5.7. The past couple of A1C's haven't been that good because not only have I been fighting with an abcessed tooth(had to wait until insurance open enrollement at work to apply for Dental Ins.) but I've also been fighting with a Sinus head cold that dropped to my chest so they have been 7.3. This month has been rough for me because I've lost 2 of my 4 Chiahuahua's. The first on 9 Nov.(she was 10-11 years old) and the second 9 days later on the 18th(she was 13-14 years old). The 2nd one was the oldest and she grieved herself to death over the 1st one. The other 2 have been trying to cheer me up and I think it's working but slowly.

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