Diabetes Class

By EJMac Latest Reply 2011-05-29 23:43:15 -0500
Started 2011-04-28 10:57:20 -0500

I went to the 2 day class which is great for beginners and new people. Don't know if everybody has this available, but I find the diabetic nurses in the doctor's offices are knowledgeable and give me specifics about my situation and is more helpful for me. After having been on this site for 5-6 months, I really understand that all they were telling us were "basic guidelines". My first lunch day there, they wanted me to take more food so I included a little fruit (with pineapple). My blood sugar in 2 hrs after was 258! I can't eat near the number of carbs they are talking about 3-4 for each meal? No way for me. I do think they ought to tell people in the class that they really need to use the info as a guideline and know that they will need to make personal changes. Such a puzzle this disease is. Again in another month, my daily schedule will be changing dramatically and I will need to start the process to find the right combo of things for me all over again. Yipee. I try to go with a challenge of a puzzle or game to take some of the frustration away. I have had my daily schedule changed many times this year from not working to working to being sick and it all makes a difference. I am grateful that they have as much as they do to help us diabetics, but we end up with the many little decisions that make the big difference. Hope you all have a great day. I appreciate all of your so much. Elaine

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MewElla 2011-04-29 18:40:34 -0500 Report

I took the diabetes classes, about 2 classes all told. As a newly diagnosed patient with diabetes I could just not keep up with all the info being thrown out quickly. I knew Nothing and was terribly confused/frusterated. I started doing my research and talking to others, but the tips and support I have from DC has been my anchor where I have learned so much and applied it to my lifestyle.
I learn so much from all the other diabetics out here who actually live with this disease day and night, not just reading subject matter out of a textbook.

jayabee52 2011-04-29 02:46:58 -0500 Report

Yes, I have had 2 or 3 classes altogether. But one of them was a combo class trying to figure out how my diabetes eating plan meshed with my kidney eating plan. That was frustrating as the 2 eating plans do not mesh well.

For instance: with the DM eating plan we're supposed to eat whole grain bread. for the kidney eating plan we're supposed to avoid whole grains due to higher potassium levels. I generally skip bread completely whenever I can. Another thing I should have for the DM eating plan is protein. Kidney plan, I'm supposed to minimize protein because the it makes the kidneys work harder. I generally tend to eat more protein than I probably should, but my BGs are pretty good.

I've been on hemodialysis before for 10 months, and I have the fistula where they can hook up the machine already installed. I'd hate to go back on, but it wasn't that terrible.

I agree with Harlen. This site has been a Godsend to me. I've learned so much more in the 3 yrs here, than in the 10+ yrs before DC. And I can learn at my own pace. Classes about eating plans or DM in general, were like trying to take a drink of water out of a fire hose at full blast. I got some things out of it, but there was a lot of stuff I didn't get. Sometimes the head can absorb only as long as the seat can endure.

Harlen 2011-04-28 17:19:02 -0500 Report

LOL it didnt work that way for me Thank god for sites like this They have helped me to no end .
Best wishes

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