O.k. all, finally got my sliding scale for my insulin! BS's are still outrageously high!!

By nanaellen Latest Reply 2011-03-19 17:37:50 -0500
Started 2011-03-15 19:38:08 -0500

The hospital gave me a copy of my sliding scale after much ado!!! My sugars are running between 275-491!!! Even fasting in the a.m. is 369!! Dr's office called today, had to go in for MORE bloodwork. Haven't even told my family yet that they are now looking into the big "C" word. They are now looking for cancer markers to see if they match the markers in the pancreas test I just had. Not afraid to admit I'm scared to death!! I'm outta here for now, got a LOT to think about! I'll be back soon!

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DoshieAnn 2011-03-19 17:28:53 -0500 Report

Hi my numbers were in the high 500's when I found out I was diabetic. I was taking insulin 3 times a day. I have a great Doctor who suggested that I take Lantus. it works great, I take it once a day at bed time. my A1C went from 14.9 down to 8.8. I am working on getting down to 7.

0tina0 2011-03-16 22:17:45 -0500 Report

I am a 2 yr survivor of pancreatic cancer…people freak out when you mention cancer and pancreatic cancer makes them freak out even more… but don't let it get you down. Just breathe…only listen to the positive and come here for support. We are all on your side.

nanaellen 2011-03-17 20:10:07 -0500 Report

I'm actually relieved to get your post!! I don't know anyone that has had pancreatic cancer…every OTHER kind but NOT this one! I still haven't gotten any results yet just keeping my fingers crossed. My problem is at the base of the "Little Branches" on the pancreas. They are blocked by what they thought were cysts, now their considering cancer. I have sssoooo many questions. Did you have to have surgery? Or Kemo? I heard that they can't do radiation because it's such a delicate organ. Thanks for just listening! Ellen

DoshieAnn 2011-03-19 17:32:00 -0500 Report

My brother had 75% of his pancreas removed last month. he actually looks healthier than he has in a long time. it was benign and he has brittle diabetes. good luck

nanaellen 2011-03-17 20:01:32 -0500 Report

Glad to hear your a survivor!! May I ask though what is whipple surgery?? the problem I'm having concerns the "branches" of the pancreas. They thought they were cysts blocking the "little branches" so they can't excrete the enzymes and insulin that our body needs. Still no results just a hurry up and wait game! Thanks for your good wishes. Ellen

tabby9146 2011-03-17 08:05:14 -0500 Report

There is someone in my town who survivied pancreatic cancer, and has been cancer free for quite a few years now. She was only in her late 30s I think, when she found out. I know many survivors of different types of cancer. There is always hope for anyone with it.

GabbyPA 2011-03-17 07:52:01 -0500 Report

Between you and EJMac, you guys should start a survivor blog. I am so encouraged to hear of survivals from that.

EJMac 2011-03-16 22:10:19 -0500 Report

Hi nanellen
I am a 7 yr survivor of pancreatic cancer. There are alot of advances in the treatment for it with better outcomes. Hope it isn't. I didn't become diabetic until after my whipple surgery for the cancer. I just know that I need to break things down to one day at a time-it's just too much sometimes. Please keep us posted. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

tabby9146 2011-03-17 08:06:06 -0500 Report

How is your blood sugar now?

EJMac 2011-03-17 23:42:08 -0500 Report

My blood sugars have started to need insulin the past 2 months. Don't think what's left of the pancreas after chemo & radiation is doing much to help with blood sugars. I take pancreaic enzymes anytime I eat now.

EJMac 2011-03-18 20:41:47 -0500 Report

I take 2-3 pills at evey snack & meal. They are prescription and very expensive. They are Pancreatic enzymes called Creon. Thank God I have insurance. Have been taking them the last 7 yrs.

GabbyPA 2011-03-19 05:40:06 -0500 Report

So does it function by adding what your pancreas is not able to do? What would be the difference between taking insulin and Creon? Or is it more fundamental for the pancreas?

GabbyPA 2011-03-17 07:50:47 -0500 Report

That is amazing and most encouraging to hear. Congratulations on your 7 years and a wish for many, many more.

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Fotog Diva 2011-03-16 15:11:37 -0500 Report

I'm sorry but I don't get it or understand Y Ur Dr didn't do that for U before the hospital did. I hope Ur Dr. asks that U bring in a record of Ur blood sugars to adjust that sliding scale. My former Dr did that with me & I WISH the current on would but can't ask for much when he volunteers at the clinic I go to.

Hope among ALL HOPE & Pray it's not the "C" word as U refer to it

nanaellen 2011-03-16 20:03:44 -0500 Report

It's actually NOT my Dr's fault. At least not my PRIMARY Dr. I had to go into the hospital for about a week and THEY put me back on the humalog insulin! That's why I had to go back to the hospital to get my sliding scale!! And my Primary Dr. didn't even know yet! Honestly I have a great Dr. he's seen me in the office and NOT charged me, given me MEDS when he has them for free and as much as told me he wouldn't lose his house because I couldn't pay!! :) And Thanks for the prayers I'll take all I can get!! ;)

Fotog Diva
Fotog Diva 2011-03-18 23:01:02 -0500 Report

Thx for Ur reply. Be thankful U have healthcare & all U have to do is just have to keep up with Ur Dr. My previous Dr. who put set up my sliding scale was the same way - Not charged me for some visits & I could get my insulin or other meds for free.

But Y not b/c the Lilly rep (who I met one time in the lobby) is giving them the meds but then set the prices sooo hi for Rx sales!

realsis77 2011-03-16 14:30:26 -0500 Report

Hi. That must be awfully scarey! I pray its not cancer and if it is I pray its easy to cure! I'm so sorry you have to go through this! Please know we are all here for you and will all support you in what ever you have to go through! Please keep us posted on how you are doing and what the test results discover ok? Please take care and God bless!

nanaellen 2011-03-16 20:07:30 -0500 Report

Thanks for your concern and as soon as I know some results my "family" here will be one of the first to know!

Type1Lou 2011-03-16 10:06:17 -0500 Report

Ditto to what Gabby wrote…if your body is fighting any infection or disease, it may cause your BG to rise. Also, what you eat is very important. If you seriously reduce or eliminate any carbs (not easy) from meals and snacks, that should help. Here's wishing you good news with the tests and hugs!

nanaellen 2011-03-16 20:11:06 -0500 Report

I guess until I find out about these tests results for my pancreas my Diabetes is taking a back seat! All I had to eat today is a Salad a coffee with splenda and a diet pepsi! My sugar was 304!! I think it's the stress that's doing it right now! Thanks for the good wishes I'll take them all!! :)

DoshieAnn 2011-03-19 17:37:50 -0500 Report

you have to have carbs in your diet, salad and pop and stress ..l.. stress always makes my numbers high. diabetes is something you can live with. I have type 2 diabetes for 4 years now, I am just now getting my life under control. so try not to stress too much anyway. best wishes…

GabbyPA 2011-03-17 07:49:02 -0500 Report

Eating too little can also be a problem as your liver will dump sugar into your system to keep you going. What you want to do is eat smaller, more frequent meals that are balanced with carb, protein, fat and veggies. A little of each about 5-6 times a day will hopefully keep your sugar levels more stable.

GabbyPA 2011-03-16 09:59:24 -0500 Report

Our thoughts are with you. I would be afraid too, and I hope that you have at least one person to be there with you. Even if it is a friend or a nurse that you trust. Stress is a huge factor in your numbers and learning the sliding scale is not easy. You need support, and we are here to help in anyway we can.