New and confused

pink sunshine
By pink sunshine Latest Reply 2011-07-08 11:05:36 -0500
Started 2011-07-07 07:11:58 -0500

So last week I went in for a yearly physical and on Monday of this week found out I am diabetic. My A1c was 7.9 and fast glucose was 130. My doc started me on metformin 2x daily. I go back to the doc on the 26th. She gave me no instruction and said we will discuss everything at appoint. I am trying to figure out what all this means and what to do and where to start

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veggie1962 2011-07-08 11:05:36 -0500 Report

Your experience is pretty typical from what I have heard from others. Harlen's advice about getting as meter is good. Pre meal it's good to be 130 or less and 2 hrs after meals, 180 or less. Writing down at least 3 days worth of what you eat may be helpful. Doc may or may not look at it but it can help you to see how food is affecting your sugar level.

I have a few DVDs with booklets that tell you about food and diabetes and monitoring. I was able to find the DVD on YouTube. It is in 2 parts:

Don't get freaky over thinking you have to poke yourself 6 times a day. It might be good in the beginning so you can see the effects of your meds and the food you eat (and exercise too!). Once you get things in range, such frequent testing probably won't be needed! The premeal goal of 110 and post meal goal of 140 mentioned in the videos are valid, just a stricter goal. For now, you should be fine going with 130 before and 180 after. Ask your doctor.

Also, ask your doctor to refer you to a diabetes educator and a diabetes class.

You are going to be fine (even though it may not feel like it all all now!). Just take things one day at a time.

Harlen 2011-07-07 21:34:52 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep its a cluster lol
Right now it looks like they wish to see how well you do on Met ????
If I was you I would go to Walmart and get a cheep meeter and test strips
Test first thing in the AM and befor each meal and two hr after each meal.
Keep a log of what your blood sugar (bs) and what you eat at each meal aswell as how much of each thing you eat
Yes it is a pain but the info will save you a lot of stress
Best wishes
P.S. If you get the shakes and feel very woossy eat something

jayabee52 2011-07-07 15:50:11 -0500 Report

Howdy Pink, WELCOME to DC! good to meet you, sorry it's under these circumstqnces.

7.9 is not terrible for an A1c. Many Docs would like to see it at 7 or below. There are people whose A1c was 15 when first Dx'd. Fasting glucose of 130 is not terrible either. Docs like to see BG readings somewhere between 80-120.

My main question is why did s/he put you on Met without giving you instructions? And why did s/he not give you a glucometer and strips, and have you instructed on its use and when to take your BG readings? Dr had no knowledge as to how YOUR body would react to Met, at whatever level s/he put you on. It seems a bit irresponsible IMO.

While you're waiting for next Appt., type out all your questions into a word processing program. Then either the day before or the day of the appt., print out 2 sheets of the questions. 1 for Dr, 1 for you. Give the sheet for the Dr to the aide or nurse who does your BP and temp. and ask it be included in the notes to Dr. This will allow Dr time before s/he comes in to exam room to research and/or think about your questions. It also gives the impression that you are organized, because you are. You use your sheet of questions to stay on track and focused, and to jot down Dr's answers.

Praying God's richest blessings unto you and yours