Type 2

By LaVeta Latest Reply 2011-06-06 20:56:13 -0500
Started 2011-06-06 00:59:07 -0500

I'm sorry, but I don't understand some things and I really would like some clarity, (I hope I spelled that last word right).

First, I know that I've known for a few years that I have Type 2, but for the most part all any doctor has told me is: 1. cut out alll sugars, 2. stop smoking, 3. lose weight, and 4. check my feet.

I get all that, I rreally do, but, if you look at my profile, I dont have any insurance, I have many other health problems, and right now I'm very confused. I've been reading different articles and posts, all saying different symptoms that they have: sleepy, weak legs, sleepless nights, I thought most of that was due to my arthritis and my back pain.

Boy, do I have alot to learn, I'm just glad that I found this web site, I know that I'll be here probably every day, reading.

Thank you to everyone here.

7 replies

LaVeta 2011-06-06 20:56:13 -0500 Report

First let me say, Thank you all for your warm welcomes, it makes me feel alot better about being here. Second let me try and give you the short version about my health.

I was in a car wreck back in 1977 and broke my neck, I was just a pre-teen, no one told me anything about my condition, just the bare minium. In 1990, while preganant with my third child the arthritis set in, I've been in great pain, 24/7, ever since, and I've been trying to find a doctor to help me manage the pain. I have gone to many doctors and even the arthritis clinic in Okla, and no one has been able to help, other than giving me pills for a few months and then telling me, "Well I really dont know whats wrong so we're not going to give you any more pills, good-bye". Its been so frustrating. I've had many x-rays, finally my frist MRI just 3 years ago, but the dr didnt tell me the truth about the results, until now. I have 3 crushed disks, due to the car wreck back in 1977.

4 years ago I started having other health problems, I just thought that it was all related to the back pain, but the doctor told me I had high blood pressure, then it was diabetes, and so on. He had me on so many rx's, I was paying $273, with insurance and going to Wal Mart to get them filled, a month. I couldn't keep doing that, one year later we became homeless, and I couldnt keep paying for all that so I had to stop taking all of my meds. I tried to manage all my problems the best I could and was taking herbs for some of them. I thought I was doing good at managing my health.

For the last 1 1/2 years we have been in an apartment and have started getting back on our feet little by little. This last Nov. I couldn't take the back pain any more so I went to a family doctor, He listened to me and asked to see my MRI's, thats when I found out about the 3 crushed dislks.

I do have a meter to check my BG levels, but the strips cost me $50, so I only check it if I really need to. I still take cinnamon once a day, I take my meds twice a day, I can't do any exercise because of my back but I dont just sit around all day doing nothing. I do try and get up and do some things around the house, and I'm the main driver of our van so I do my share of driving, but I make sure that someone else carrys the gros upstairs, and when I'm cooking in the kitchen, I have my (14 yr.) son do my taste testing, not that he minds, lol.

If anyone has any more suggestion, I'm willing to listen, and Thank you all again.

Copperchef 2011-06-06 20:29:19 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC website !! :)
One option might be to contact your local health department. In many areas, free awareness classes are offed for a variety of medical issues. Also, local hospitals sometimes offer free classes in diabetes awareness and diet.
Keep your eyes peeled to your local paper. Many times Senior centers will offer classes open to the public. I have a friend who inquired at a local Walgreens and got turned onto a free class that led to him being able to sign up and get a free meter and test strips, no health insurance.
There are options out there. Don't give up. There are a lot great people here with very helpful ideas and posts that can help shed light on a lot of questions you may have.
Also, try this website and do some searching, http://www.ehow.com/how_6649405_glucose-meter...
Hope this helps.

realsis77 2011-06-06 16:04:25 -0500 Report

Welcome! I sure hope your testing your sugars! Doctors can be very vague on instructions! Not all diabetes can control there sugar with diet and weight loss alone. I couldn't. I needed a treatment plan.my treatment plan consists of taking two different insulins. One 24 hour insulin and one fast acting with meals. My doctor said we diabetic should keep our sugar UNDER 140. Above that complcations CAN and will occur. They are silent and sneek up on us. This is why we test through out the day. I test 4 times a day some people test more.we must keep our sugar in the target ranges.if we don't then complacations can get us. Iwould get a testing kit from wallmart they are not expensive nor are the strips for it. If you are running high talk to your doc about a treatment plan. He he thinks its not necessary find a new doctor!do these things to protect yourself!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-06-06 12:47:50 -0500 Report

Welcome LaVeta. Getting a meter and test strips is excellent suggestion. I called my local hospital and was advised that they had a diabetes educator/nutritional advisor. At that time my knowledge was, shall I say, limited. I got great information and a super starting point.
Diabetes can be really scary but the way to prevent that is through knowledge. I dont know how much support you have in your life but believe me that the support you will find here is invaluable! So come often. Ask questions, vent, yell, joke, just join the family!
Take it one day at a time. God Bless you !!!!

JoleneAL 2011-06-06 07:39:20 -0500 Report

Hi There! I would suggest one thing beyond the other wonderful comments. Go to CVS, Walgreens or WalMart and buy a meter of their brand. Talk to the pharmacists and ask about how they can help you pay for the strips. (That is where the costs are). I know Walgreens has a program to help discount medications, but since I have insurance I don't know much about it. Once you start testing and keeping up with what does or doesn't effect your levels, you can have a better idea what you need to do to stay on top of it. Also, check with your local health department about free diabetes management classes they may offer.

Welcome to DC!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-06 02:14:16 -0500 Report

Hi LaVeta; I enjoyed reading your post, it reminded me of when I first found DC.
Wow that was a really good comment Jay wrote. He always has very good information on how to help, he has helped me also, and there are a lot of smart people here who have helped me.
I only want to add that I know sometimes we all get mad at diabetes so if you need some where you can also vent, scream or cry, this is the place. I / we will vent scream and cry with you. But most of all we can find comfort in each other. I have met some wonderful people here who have become dear friends, and the love I have found here really blesses me every day.
I wish for you the same.

jayabee52 2011-06-06 01:51:32 -0500 Report

Howdy Veta! WELCOME to Diabetic connect!

Sorry you have any kind of diabetes ("DM") but am glad you're here too. I believe you're at one of the best places to get DM information, support and friendship on the web.

If you don't see the information you're looking for, or if some of the information seems confusing, just ask. I think it is safe to say that the general feeling here is the ONLY "stupid" or "foolish" question is a SINCERE question which is NOT asked! So ask away. That way we know how to address a question. Other folks may have the same question but not ask. So feel free to ask!

A side note: Look at the black band at the top of this page where it says "visit another community" when you click that you'll find a drop-down list of many more "connect" sites. Arthritis, Back Pain, ect. Then all you need to is use your DC log-in info and password to join those sites too. (But you may wish just to concentrate on learning about your DMt2 for the time being - just know that its there for you too — you'll find many of the same folks there too, plus a few others.)

One thing which may clarify a bit of confusion is the fact that even though we all have the same condition, it is not a one-size-fits-all condition. The food which may cause my Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") to skyrocket may only affect yours a little bit or not at all. Symptoms are not always universal either. What may be a low reaction for me, may not be for you. It might even be a symptom of a high for you. But you will find that you are not alone in what symptoms you feel, and the moods you have, and the stages you go through.

I pray for God's richest blessings be to you and yours

James Baker

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