Meet my New Best Friend

victozaPen1In a previous post I mentioned that I’ve been struggling with my diabetes management. Back in October my A1C was 8.3, and I thought going back to my regular care routine and making better choices was going to fix that. It didn’t… My latest A1C is a whooping 9.5, a number I have never seen. I felt like a complete loser, and my doctor was nice about it, but she reminded me that diabetes isn’t something to play with. Basically, she said, mine is progressing and we better do something about it.

When I asked if it was too early to start insulin therapy, she said we should try something else first. So she prescribed Victoza, I got my prescription and I’m going to see the nurse tomorrow to learn how to inject myself. Some people think I’m afraid of the needle… Are you serious? Are there any people with diabetes who are afraid of needles? If so, I would like to meet them! So no, I am not afraid of needles. I am, however, not looking forward to the nausea side effect I’ve heard about. Other than that, I’m ready.

I’m trying my best to not look at this as a defeat. Metformin has worked for me for the last 12-13 years, but it’s just not enough anymore. I’m hoping that with a better diet and exercise my glucose levels will improve, and maybe I won’t have to depend on the medication so much.

It is maddening, though… Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you eat well, especially when you’re sick. Last week I had a stomach bug, and every time I checked my blood glucose it was on the 200s, It’s slowly getting better; although I haven’t seen anything under 150 while fasting. So anyone who thinks type 2 diabetes isn’t frustrating, has surely not walked in my shoes.

I don’t know how many people are reading,  but I would like to know about experiences with Victoza. I’ve heard it has really made a difference for quite a few people with type 2 diabetes, and I hope it will make a difference for me.

Bring on that fancy pen!

 

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4 Comments

  1. I never realized you had type 2.. assumed type 1 by all your posts. as the mom of an 11 yr old with type 1 I can say you are right to feel scared at where your disease may be taking you! do everything in your power to get healthy and stay off insulin unless you have exhausted all efforts. Exercise , diet, stress management etc. I wish you the best crankypAnky!

  2. I’ve been on Victoza “off-label”. I started and ended up taking a break (for various reasons), but I’m about to go back on it. I have been on the lowest dose and haven’t had any nausea issues, thankfully. Since it’s once-a-day, I take it before bed, so that might also help because I might be sleeping through the unpleasant stuff. Good luck to you! I’m hoping to get some benefit out of it. My last A1C was also incredibly disappointing.

  3. Hey Bea: I’m sorry you’ve been struggling and feeling down in terms of D-management. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to look at this as a new Hey Bea: I’m sorry you’ve been struggling and feeling down in terms of D-management. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to look at this as a new beginning, a way to use what you’ve learned is or isn’t working any longer and the start of better management. I’m hardly one to follow my own advice lately either, but am doing my best… know you can too! While I’m type 1 and don’t have any personal experiences with Victoza, I know that one post Amy wrote a few years ago on D’Mine has an incredible amount of comments with people sharing their stories – might be something to refer to, just to get an idea of how they’ve used, experienced, and dealt with Victoza. That link is here: http://www.diabetesmine.com/2010/04/the-jurys-still-out-on-victoza.html

    Anyhow, my best to you as you start using Victoza and get to a place you want to be with your D.

  4. I hope you and your doctor get to an acceptable resolution. It’s not easy, especially when you are doing all you can to get your diabetes under control. But your experience teaches many of us not to judge other Type 2 Ds (i.e., those who do not have the perfect A1c are not necessarily irresponsible or negligent), to be open to the possibility that diet and exercise alone may not be the solution that we hope for, and too reach out to one another not just to get the information we need but to encourage others who may be in the same situation. Please let us know how you fare with Victoza.

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