How to Learn to Live all over

By mrscared Latest Reply 2011-05-18 22:24:56 -0500
Started 2011-05-17 21:26:06 -0500

It is difficult to have this drastic lifechanging event. There are so many question, some answered, some left unanswered. When to check BS, what meter use, your new diet, ect.

12 replies

ZannaSu 2011-05-18 22:24:56 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed a very long time ago, but still remember the emotional and mental roller coaster. In the more than 30 years since, I've found that some of the information is just "nice to know" rather than "got to know". If you move to oral meds or insulin things get a bit more involved, but still manageable (just a lot more planning and tracking around food and meds). I am more grateful than I can begin to say that I'm on insulin now and not 30 years back or in the days when my grandmother was diagnosed. Newer and better information is available now, newer and better choices, better educators and doctors for diabetes. Who knows? An actual cure may still come in my lifetime. When the diabetic diagnosis is given, there are a lot of changes and the need to implement them quickly makes it seem more overwhelming. Take it seriously but take it a step at a time. Try to make sure tomorrow is a bit better than today, and as those days move past you'll learn what you need to know and be ready to apply the information. A lot of what I learned has been from other diabetics like the ones you'll find here, and the internet.

RAYT721 mentioned a website,, for meters and supplies and I second that recommendation. It's the best and lowest priced supply site I've ever found. Check out the details and features on some of the brands they offer and you'll have a better idea of what will work for you. All of the major brands are reliable (per my endocrinologist) even if the blood sugar numbers vary slightly from one model to another. There is an expected variance apparently. Prices vary and the prices on the test strips, since these are purchased regularly, are the biggest issue for most of us. (It's kind of like buying a printer for your computer, where you check on the continuing cost of the inks before you fall for the low printer price.)

If your doctor offers you the option of talking with a diabetes educator or attending classes, grab it and go! Diabetes educators are a fountain of reliable and in-depth information on the daily issues of diabetes and love to talk about it. Ask him/her every question you've got and if they don't know, they will find out and tell you answers on the next appointment.

Very best of luck! Don't be shy of asking for help when you get to a stumbling block. Lord knows I have permanent scars on my shins from hitting all of mine in my early days. I had no idea back then that there were so many others out there ready to help!



DJackwon 2011-05-18 17:40:23 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC and I sure do understand the scared part. I was diagnosed 3-3-11, was handed some paperwork to look over by the Dr after she told me. To say the least when first reading it I retained little. Then I found this site, people were talking about testing bg levels…again clueless lol.

I went back to the Dr's office and asked shouldn't I be testing my levels regardless of being type 2 without meds thus far? I was was handed a meter, lancets and test strips, picked up a sharps container at my pharmacy. I was tested for everything under the sun after the initial diagnosis as I have other quirks in my body too!

But all is not bad, there is a lot of useful information on this site. I am learning to advocate for myself, write down questions, bs levels. Signed up for diabetes classes, in process of changing my diet and losing weight (via walking).

I agree you do not have to let the disease control you…learn to control it. And the people here are great, knowlegeable, and uplifting.

Wishing you well and welcome again

- Debbie -

sNerTs1 2011-05-18 12:58:37 -0500 Report

Well, I read this and while it is short and unsweetened, it sure packed a whallop to attest to your feelings which is something we all feel at times.

My motto since I found out (in 2008) is that, I will control this, it will NOT control me. Try to stay positive, take information in slowly, and ask as many questions as you can and or want as we are all here to help you out, and help ourselves. The only bad question is the one you dont ask.

I absolutely loved Ray's response to you and cannot really add anything here but …

Its not so much about learning to live all over because you have been doing that all along. Now its learning to dance =)

*Hugs* Cheryl

RAYT721 2011-05-18 10:03:49 -0500 Report

Everybody … and every body … is different in regards to what works and doesn't work in terms of meters, testing, diet, exercise and everything else that is on our plates. We all wear various hats with the lives we live: spouses, children, parents, employees, friends, patients, etc. What works for me might not work for you but I can tell you that many of us will speak from experience having diabetes which I don't think the doctors can honestly tell you; however, their advice trumps ours. We can share with the emotional side (mind) but it is the doctors and medical teams you should trust for the medical side relating to your body. It won't hurt to put your values and spirituality into the soul side of the equation.

For most people, it's recommended to check sugar first thing in the morning. It will not be out of line to see high readings there. Keep a journal (can talk about that more another time) to note your highs and lows and hopefully happy mediums. You should test again two hours after breakfast. This time begins from your first bite of food not from the last bite. Set a timer if you must. The same is true for lunch and dinner and test again at bedtime.

Those are recommended times. To afford the test strips is another story. I went through hell with my insurance company to approve the strips for the meter that I bought. I now pay cash for them from a where my meter (free) and test strips cost less than they would under an "approved" combo with the insurance company telling me how often to test. I bought my meter and 200 strips for $50. I must say that $25 for 100 strips is a "WOW" from the shopping that I have done. That's .25 per strip.

Ah, diet you ask… that is as individual as you are. It's your tastebuds and meter that will be telling you how you get a long with food. Not to debate others here but you are not forbidden to look at cookies but since there is no actual "diabetic diet," I recommend a "common sense diet" instead. Get as much nutrition as you can for the allowable daily calories, carbs, fats, etc. Food is NOT your enemy. You need all of those things to live and have energy unless you are employed as a mattress tester. You will need the food to carry out the exercise program you are about to embark on. The exercise will help you burn some of the calories.

Diabetes is a circular disease in terms of control: medication (when necessary), diet and exercise are the keys. I like to throw in emotional support in that mix because this place has certain helped with motivation, inspiration, and education.

The book I recommend in my other reply is truly awesome for the newbie and for the seasoned diabetic with many "I didn't know that" replies. The book is set up in a question and answer format so you need not read it cover to cover but is an excellent reference book. Try the library first and then consider blowing the $6 or so from Amazon as a "keeper" title.

Exercise needs not be formal gym exercise. Walk a little more. Reach into your inner child and grab a frisbee or jump rope. Lift a little. Touch your toes. Don't push your body to exhaustion and burn out. Work with your body.

There have been volumes written on diabetes and our archives here can answer questions and educate you far more than I can in this reply.

You know where to find me (private message / friends) and I'm here for anything that I can do or say to help you. Don't be discouraged to have diabetic as a new label. Challenge yourself to win the war … because you CAN!!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-18 08:12:59 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. Difficult but doable. That's what I've learned in the 16 months since I was diagnosed.
I've tried several meters, still like the first one I picked after staring in utter confusion at the selection. Like the other ones about the same. Had to get a different one after 6 months because the insurance company decided it would pay all of the cost for test strips for one type and only a little bit of the price for the other brands test strps.
You'll learn labels are your friend. They tell you the truth about how many carbs are in the package. Carbs seem to not be our friends. Some carbs are less unfriendly and wont spike your blood glucose. Some are evil and will cause a spike. Only your meter can help you figure out which carbs are which. The evil carbs and less evil carbs are a little bit different for everybody. For me it has been trial and error and error and error. But it has gradually become I know this should be OK to eat and the meter has agreed. I just wish the Diabetes Roller Coaster gave frequent flyer miles.

RAYT721 2011-05-18 04:07:57 -0500 Report

Howdy and Welcome to Diabetic Connect! I cannot think of a single diabetic person who does not share your fears, feelings, frustrations and a couple of other "F" words. You are in the right place for guidance and friendships.

I would like to bring your attention to a book by the American Diabetes Association which you should consider a purchase of or at least to get from your local library to check out first:

There's no doubt that you are about to embark on a whole new lifestyle with food and exercise and glucose testing and … well, buckle up … it's a bit of a roller coaster ride of good and bad days, months and periods. Your blood sugar, and emotions, will have ups and downs.

Realize that diabetes is a disease that was not caused nor is there a cure for. But, being diabetic is not as bad as being an uncontrolled diabetic whether that control comes from a diet/exercise plan or a medication plan. My suggestion is to adapt baby steps in your life because anyone trying to completely change their lifestyles overnight are destined for burn out and failure. Just focus on one thing at a time.

Here on Diabetic Connect (DC for short) you will find current and archived questions and answers on just about any topic related and non-related to diabetes. I won't rehash them on the specific questions that you have in this reply but that doesn't mean I won't check back on this post to add my two cents a bit later on.

Need a friend? Click on the photo of the crazy old man to the left and select the add a friend link.

I hate to sound like a Home Depot commercial here but YOU can do it … WE can help!!!

jayabee52 2011-05-17 23:34:14 -0500 Report

Howdy Mr Scared! Welcome to Diabetic Connect!

You're in the right place to get questions answered, so any questions which you have unanswered please ask. The only foolish or stupid questions here are sincere questions which are not asked!

As far as your question on when to check your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") I remember reading that PWDs (people with diabetes) should test their BG#s at LEAST 3 x/day! #1 do a "fasting" BG reading when you first get up. Then (#2) you should do a post-prandial (2 hrs after eating) after a meal of your choice (can move it around for each day of the week) to see how meals are affecting your BG#s. Then (#3) just before you go to bed so you can correct for any lows during the night

I remember reading that somewhere, and then sharing it on another discussion, which I cannot find right now.But I did search and find this discussion from 2009 :

I pray God's richest blessings upon you and yours

and that you will eventually change your handle from mr scared to mr confident,

You also have a friend request from me. Please do me the kindness of accepting it.



Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-17 23:04:00 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed 2 years ago next month. The first free months I lived in a fog of fear, mental over load, and denial. Many things are much better but there are still so many struggles.
All we can do is all we can do. But coming here helps to feel not alone. Everyone here can relate. Dont do this alone.

Kirla 2011-05-17 21:33:00 -0500 Report

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better. My A1C has remained below 6 for 2 years now.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck