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:cheer: Hi, my name is Janet and I just posted for the first time about 4 hours ago. I remembered that I didn't introduce myself at all or give any background.

I am 53 yrs. old. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I have epilepsy - well controlled, diabetese - not so well comtrolled, a work in progress, triple by pass, high cholestrol, high blood pressure, arthritus, depression and aniety, to name some of the challenges.

My mother was a type 1 diabetic, I had gestational diabetes with my 2nd pregnacy and was never followed up on until a yearly checkup had my blood glucose at 13.0 mmol's. That was in 1992. I was told that I had type 2 diabetes and got started on pills and diet and excersize. I was doing that for 4 years but it wasn't working. I was sent to an endocrinologist and was put on insulin right away. That helped for awhile then the BG started climbing again. I was put in intensive insulin regime, 3 shots/day. Again that worked for awhile. The endo. then suggested that I go on an insulin pump and the CMS. This is where I am now. While the BG levels are not as controlled as the doc wants yet, they are much more stable. The doc said that in days gone by I would have been called a brittle diabetic. Not sure what that means - will have to do some research on that one. The pump cost me 7500 dollars but my supplies are covered to 80%. The sensors for the CMS ar $200 for 4 of them and are not covered so I cannot use that as I cannot afford them.

I am learning the very quick way of CHO counting. This I am finding hard as well as excersising as I feel lousy and have no energy at all. I have just come off of Cymbalta and that has lowered my BG's quite a bit, but I am still suffering withdrawal systems. Cymbalta also caused me to gain 70 pounds. This will pass and I am optimistic that I will learn the CHO counting. However if anyone out there has any sugestions for me I would really appreciate this. The latest is the doc thinks I might be a type 1.5 type diabetic. More reasearch!!!
Posted about 10 years ago