Hey Laura, Diabulimia is new term for me but have been in same situation off and on for a long time.
I have type I and use an insulin pump. Been the best part of my treatment!! This pump helps me take care of me...don't feel like I'm alone in managing diabetes. The pump is programmed with a basal rate and carb to insulin ratio, plus much, much more. I count carbs...this is not difficult to do. The bolus wizard option then tells me what my insulin bolus will be. Do you use a pump?
I test 5-6 times daily. This again is not difficult to do. I'm investigating the possibility of getting the CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor). I'm told by my doctor that this device alerts the wearer of impending highs or lows, allowing treatment for either result.
The down side of diabetes is the possibility of complications...anything from kidney damage/failure, neuropathy and so on. These complications can lead to more doctor visits. My vocation suffers, physical ability suffers, mental alertness suffers. I decided long time ago that no one can take care of me like I can. I'm in control, not the diabetes.
Just a few words of encouragement. You are certainly not alone in your daily struggle with diabetes. (1) Do you visit a doctor on a regular basis (every 3-4 months)? (2) Do you see a diabetes educator? (This person was extremely helpful when I began using the insulin pump.) If you are not satisfied with the advice you get from your doctor or educator...get one you can trust. Remember, do your homework, know questions to ask, and don't look for someone who will just pat you on the head and say "poor woman, you've really got a hard life." If you are not seeing an endocrinologist, this could be best choice, especially one who specializes in diabetes treatment. (3) Do you attend a support group for type I diabetics? (I ask this because many times a support group can focus on problems for type II's and not address the issues for type I's.) (4) Are you into helping others? This will relieve you of the continual focus on yourself and great possibility you can help someone else.
For me, made it my goal: I don't want diabetes to define who I am. I have it, but I try to live life to the norm. My feelings could consume me, but what's better...feelings alone or taking action on those feelings.
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