New member introducing myself

By MadManBro Latest Reply 2011-07-28 15:48:52 -0500
Started 2011-07-26 10:23:33 -0500

Hello All,
I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on June 4, 2011. I suspect I have been diabetic for close to ten years though. I had not been tested or seen a doctor for anything other than unrelated injuries during that time, so I never got the 'official' diagnosis. Instead, I self diagnosed with a little online research when I recognized a few key symptoms, ie: unquenchable thirst; super frequent urination; extremely fast weight loss (I went from 280 lbs. to 220 lbs in under four months. This was the wrong action, but what's done is done.
I made some immediate changes to my diet and that addressed the acute symptoms. I managed to maintain my weight and gradually lost a few more lbs. I won't claim to be in great shape or anything though because I don't follow an exercise regimen. That needs to change too.
Since being diagnosed 7 weeks ago, I have been taking prescribed Metformin twice daily and I have started checking my blood glucose twice daily also. It has been less than a week since I got the meter and kit, but so far my BG has been just under the max limit both pre breakfast and after dinner. I hope to get my readings much lower, but I am not disappointed. I have other issues to deal with also, but I am making my diabetes diagnosis the priority as I learn to maintain my schedule of BG tests and meds.
A friend of mine recommended this community to me and I can't thank her enough. I tend to follow forums when I have a particular interest because I trust the opinions and advice of people more than the sales pitches of corporations.
Since coming here I have downloaded a few very helpful PDF's and an Excel workbook to help track my daily BG averages month to month. I have also received friendship requests even before I made a single contribution - thank you dietcherry and MewElla. I am learning more each day from the discussions and articles here, and I look forward to gaining more complete control over this disease.
My name is Mason and I have Type 2 Diabetes, it doesn't have me.

19 replies

byrun 2011-07-28 15:48:52 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, Mad ManBro. My story is very similar to yours. I was diagnosed in early June '11 also. Lost about 80 pounds in less than a year and could not explain why. Figured that diabetes was the culprit and was relieved that it wasn't something worse. I have also found much, good info on this site and am impressed with all the supportive people here. Best wises to you. Onward and upward to bigger and better things!!!!!

chemistlover 2011-07-27 11:04:07 -0500 Report

so how is it coping to this new disease ?

MadManBro 2011-07-27 13:49:39 -0500 Report

It has definitely awakened a survival instinct in me. Since I know that people do very well in spite of having diabetes, I am choosing not to view the changes as limitations. I know that many of the changes will have to be adhered to for the rest of my life, but the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages. I was already a label reader due to food allergies, so now I will be educated about sugars and carbs and maintaining a closer watch on the balance of my meals, and to beginning and maintaining an exercise regimen. That will be the hardest part for me. I don't have weight problem, but my BMI is in need of a total makeover.

wes69 2011-07-27 00:54:56 -0500 Report

Hi nice to meet you! Your lucky you caught it when you did, I didnt know the symptoms and 6 weeks ago my blood sugar went over 1600 so I went into a diabetic coma for over 24 hours and almost didnt make it…very very scary. I skipped type 2 and went straight to type 1. So yeah consider yourself lucky.

MadManBro 2011-07-27 14:03:13 -0500 Report

Wow Wes! That was divine intervention at work. You must have a purpose in life and we are all grateful that you have been given a chance to find it.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-07-26 18:15:27 -0500 Report

Welcome, Madman! Sounds like you are off to a good start in prioritizing what you need to do to deal with the big D. Like your attitude too!

MadManBro 2011-07-26 16:42:49 -0500 Report

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome, suggestions, and advice from your own experiences. I will try and visit everyone's profiles to learn a bit more about you in your own words. I remain confident and even eager to challenge this illness head on. I also believe that many of the problems I have had over the years, which can now be traced to my having had undiagnosed diabetes, are well on their way to being eliminated. I hope to be able to welcome the next newly diagnosed member with the same optimism and compassion that I have seen here. It seems to be the norm, and not the exception.
Well done DC!

nanaellen 2011-07-26 14:49:10 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome to DC!! Sure wish I would've had YOUR attitude when I first found out…wouldn't have the problems I'm having now!! But as they say hindsight is 20/20 huh? Anyway sounds like your on the right path Keep up the good work!! FYI this IS the place to learn from…I've learned more here than ANYWHERE else!! Your friend, Ellen :)

tleary 2011-07-26 14:40:51 -0500 Report

Welcome! I'm so glad to hear that you have quickly responded so well to the changes we need to make…you sound like someone who, when they put their mind to it, does what needs to be done…I pray you continue to do well and eventually get your sugar completely under control and can be med free, if possible! Take Care.

Harlen 2011-07-26 14:07:12 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
This is a great site with lots of good frends and tuns of info
Best wishes

Copperchef 2011-07-26 13:25:34 -0500 Report

Welcome aboard MadMan, your positive attitude about the disease. That will go along way. Keep up the good work. Look forward to hearing more from you.

diabetes control
diabetes control 2011-07-26 12:55:57 -0500 Report

Hi Mason, Welcome I am new too! Your very last statement is where the power is, "I have Type 2 Diabetes, it doesn't have me" is the attitude you have got to have togetting well and safel. The Liver and the Pancreas can be healed. But once a diabete mean you will always be one! Going forward, do not let your guard down. I do quite bit of testing because I want to know me. Good luck towards getting well!

Lewis Wright

jayabee52 2011-07-26 12:07:34 -0500 Report

Howdy Mason, WELCOME to DC!
You're in a good place here at DC. I pray it is as beneficial to you as it is to me.
Blessings to you and yours,
James Baker

alanbossman 2011-07-26 10:49:37 -0500 Report

Hi Mason, and welcome to DC family,I would recommend to add more testing of your blood sugar to a least 4 times a day one test in morning before a meal and one to 2 hours after you eat, same for lunch and dinner. This is to see how what you eat affects you BS numbers. If numbers are high you will know not to eat that again.

MadManBro 2011-07-26 14:35:16 -0500 Report

Hi Alan. Thank you for that suggestion regarding the frequency of testing my BG. I was advised by my doctor to start off with the two-a-day testings but I understand the value of testing after more meals than just dinner and I will ask my doctor about that when I have my next appointment in two weeks.

Debb M
Debb M 2011-07-26 10:35:27 -0500 Report

Hi i know what you mean i have been a diadetic for 10 years been doing good.doing what i should. but now im having problems losing weight. but still trying.