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Tue, May 19 12:22pm · I'm having problems managing Type 2 Diabetes with medication in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Welcome @jeannetta. My name is Carol and I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I was diagnosed in 2016, but did not want to take any meds if I could control the disease with diet and exercise. I knew absolutely nothing about Diabetes, so I researched and ordered books to educate myself. As a retired teacher, I also found Mayo Connect and started asking questions of the members and mentors. I found out quickly that every Diabetic is different. There are very few common factors that fit everyone. It's not as if every diabetic can take a pill three times a day and everything will be fine. Every factor makes a difference, from the temperature outside, to food choices to how much sleep a person gets, and on and on infinitum. I was okay without any meds until about six months ago—maybe longer. But I started having other non-diabetic problems, so I lost control of my diabetes. As things are with the virus, I am not eating the right foods and have had other situations so exercising is not possible. There are two things I would recommend if you can do them. First, see your endocrinologist so that he can run the panels needed to know if different areas are not in normal range. The second is to see a dietician and get menus for a diabetic. Anything else that works for another person may not work for you. Just remember the endocrinologist and the dietician to start getting some answers that allow you to feel better.
retiredteacher

Wed, Apr 22 4:04pm · Emergency supply of Glucagon/Sugar in Liver during Insulin Reaction? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Hello, @bassman48. I am sorry to hear about your insulin problems. I wish I could help, but I am a Type 2 Diabetic and do not take meds but control my numbers myself. I am not familiar with insulin reactions. This sounds like an imbalance, and your endocrinologist should be the one to adjust or do whatever is necessary to get you back on track. I hope those who are Diabetic 1's can give you better advice.
Good luck.
@retiredteacher

Mon, Mar 9 2:55pm · Living Donor Process in Transplants

@marvinjsturing One positive in your journey is that you have been through pancreatic cancer before so you know what to expect. Hopefully, this time will be easier. Then another five years sounds like too long, but getting your pancreas well is the first step again. Sometimes we wonder why things happen the way they do. I read a book entitled, Why Bad Things Happen to Good People. It is a comforting read, if you feel like thinking through that. It was given to me when I was going through a hard time in my life, and I found some consolation. You know that people are thinking of you every day and asking for help and comfort for you. Positive thoughts and prayers go nightly from me. If asking and praying can make things happen, then it will happen in your favor. It's just going to take a little more time. Growing up, I prayed daily for a bad situation in my life to be better. My mother told me and I have heard pastors and religious people say that the Good Lord doesn't get in a hurry, so we have to have patience. Stay in touch; I'll lift you up from my home, and I know others will too.
Carol

Thu, Mar 5 6:26pm · Living Donor Process in Transplants

@marvinjsturing I am disappointed that the cancer has returned, and I know you didn't expect that. However, it is wonderful that you are getting help fast and can start treatment to defeat the cancer again and get back on track for your transplant. I have been out of commission so I am sorry to be late responding. I have been thinking of you, and I will continue to pray that when all is said and done that you will walk out feeling terrific.
Carol

Wed, Feb 26 11:39am · Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

@contentandwell This post sounds like an echo of Lighten your Limbs with Friends. Some of the same comments, but if it gets people moving, it's a good thing. I am not familiar with most of the names, so it is new for them. My world is rough right now, but we're dealing with the problems. Hope all goes well and that everyone is "On the Road Again."
Carol

Sun, Feb 16 8:21pm · Living Donor Process in Transplants

@marvinjsturing I am sorry to hear this, but at least you are getting a second opinion from Mayo. Let's hope and pray for the best. I understand how hard it is when nothing seems to be going in the right direction, but just stay strong and think positively that things will work out. I will continue to pray for you.
Carol

Thu, Feb 13 9:11pm · Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) in Kidney & Bladder

@sandyhelman Hello and welcome. I am Carol, a retired teacher of 45 years. I have a long history of UTI's. My problem was usually a result of not going to the bathroom during the day. UTI's are often called Teachers' Disease. Teachers can't leave students alone, so holding it was the only way and not drinking fluids. This finally reached the point that my PCP would not treat me for the problem but sent me to a urologist. He was very stern about drinking water often and going to the bathroom regularly. He would never prescribe any meds unless he had lab results that warranted them. Eventually, we got the situation under control and I have had only one UTI in the last four years. So that is considered "normal." I no longer work. I retired and am able to drink water all day and go to the restroom as needed. Whatever is causing your frequent UTI's can probably best be addressed by a urologist; that's their training. Can you get an appointment and see one to get help? I hope this can be diagnosed and resolved. Will you let us know what you find out?
Carol

Tue, Feb 11 11:43am · Eliminating Foods for Neuropathy pain in Neuropathy

@lisalucier @catro My endo has decided I don't have neuropathy. I eat tomatoes daily and use Truvia in my morning coffee. I can't tell any difference in any foods I eat causing problems except with my diabetes. That is my main concern now as the numbers are too high, and foods don't seem to make a difference. So, I'm trying to get that under control.
Carol