new here and diabetic from a surgery

By jilly1golf Latest Reply 2011-03-27 20:23:33 -0500
Started 2011-03-27 05:43:56 -0500

OK so I suffered from chronic pancrreatitis so I just had my pancreas removed and my islet cells transplant to the liver instant diabetic how on god's green earth do you understand the exchanges and carb counting??lost

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jayabee52 2011-03-27 20:23:33 -0500 Report

To learn this stuff all at once may seem overwhelming! Kinda like trying to take a drink from a fully on fire hose. (used to be a volunteer fire fighter. all i can say about that is OUCH!)

What one of the "inmates" here on this asylum called DC (Ray731) often says: Baby steps! Take Baby steps!

I often liken learning about diabetes ("DM") to a marathon race, instead of a sprint. Ray and I are saying the same thing.

Learn at your own pace. You DON'T have to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about DM — YESTERDAY! Just take in what you can absorb and learn more tomorrow —- or when you're ready.

To do otherwise, you may well get information overload, and give up or go into deep denial, overwhelmed.

You can do as Tina suggested below and go to the Yahoogroups. I don't have any experience with them. But you can also stay here (it's NOT an either/or situation) and pull from DC much of what you need. There's the videos, the "Living with Diabetes" link and the discussions and the news articles. You'll see those links toward the left edge of your screen.

Of course, listen carefully to what your medical team tells you.

Graylin Bee tells you it will get easier over time. And she's right.

You are facing a MASSIVE change in your lifestyle and way of thinking. Be gentle with yourself, you'll get through it, but you also need to keep learning.

I personally have had DMt2 since 1995. I'm still learning! I learn a lot here on DC nearly every day. I'm not done learning what works to control my DM yet. Each person with DM has his/her own personal reaction to DM and foods. What may spike me, may not budge your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s"). Learn the basics, then learn what works best for YOUR body.

I pray God's richest blessings be with you and yours



0tina0 2011-03-27 11:43:53 -0500 Report

I agree with everyone here…it does get easier. It was hard at first and now I sort of guesstamate…LOL…you might want to also go to Yahoo groups, there is a group of people that are diabetic because they have had their pancreaces (sp) lol removed … some with the islet transplant and others like me that didn't have the transplants.

Harlen 2011-03-27 09:02:00 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
For me and I am not the brightest man in the world but this worked for me .
First get a good scale and the book The Callorie King the book has it all even restaurants and fast food .
It is a big job just take it one step at a time .
Best wishes

I am so sorry you are going thrue this

gbc43 2011-03-27 08:41:30 -0500 Report

Welcome to the rest of your life . You will learn all of this by classes and a support group . What classes are you set up for ? Find a type one to help you .

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-27 06:47:27 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to DC.
Carb counting will get easier over time. Math wasn't always my best subject in school so it seemed much more confusing at first then it is now. When you pick a food you want to buy read the label, checking for serving size and the carb grams. Sometimes the serving size will be smaller or larger than what you would normally eat so adjust for that. If it gives the carbs for 1/4 cup as 12 grams and you eat 1/2 cup then it would be closer to 2 carb servings than 1. Some foods like crackers seem to run close to 1 gram of carb each, so I just count out the amount that fits my carb allowance.

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