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I am 68 years old and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about 20 years ago.

Back in my 20s, I suspected diabetes and had a number of glucose tolerance tests done. They all came back normal. I did experience episodes of low blood sugar which were ignored and dismissed by doctors.

When I was 27, my mother was diagnosed with type 2. I also learned that my grandmother (Mom’s Mom) was Type 2. Since then I have learned that at least three of my first cousins are Type 2.

I also have hypertension and so did 5 family members. I am the only one still alive. I have had a minor stroke (ie it showed on a CT scan) and a couple of TIAs (sudden loss of consciousness, falling and getting hurt).

I take metformin and glipizide and have always followed a healthy, clean diet. I’ve gotten my A1C down to 6.8 and my daily numbers are in the 160-180 range with occasional spikes to the low 200s. Despite keeping a blood glucose log, a food journal with pictures and recipes, my doctors say I’m lying.

I take metoprolol and amlodipine for blood pressure and my pressure is now normal. Hydrochlorothyazide was added when I retained so much fluid that my skin split and started sloughing off. The swelling has gone and my skin is slowly healing. I also take oxybutynin, a weekly megadose of vitamin D (50,000 units) and a baby aspirin.

I had a hysterectomy (severe endometriosis) when I was 29 and between menopause and diabetes have gained 100 pounds. I consume about 1200 calories a day.

Once, I was active. I could bike 50 miles a day, swim 2 miles, x-c ski continuously for 8 hours, walk 10 miles a day and loved to walk up hills. Now, I can barely walk across the room and am profoundly fatigued to the point that I can’t clean my house.

What I am looking for are hints on how to improve my energy so that I can take care of my home. I have inquired about a PCA and am not eligible. My doctor will not support my efforts to get help, saying that if I am able to drive the 7 miles to her office, I am not eligible. It makes no difference to her that after a visit, I can’t get out of bed for two days.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

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  • Margot moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi sapphire17,

    How have you been feeling lately? We really appreciate you sharing with us here. It must be difficult and frustrating to not be able to do many of the things you used to. While we cannot offer medical advice online, for your own safety, have you considered getting a second opinion? Many choose to do this if unhappy with or wanting another opinion in addition to their current doctor’s. I am sorry to hear that your doctor is not as supportive as may be helpful.

    Please do keep us updated. Thinking of you.

    Margot, Team Member

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