By Doryian Latest Reply 2011-08-14 16:09:30 -0500
Started 2011-08-12 07:15:50 -0500

I'm having a hard time coping / adjusting to giving myself the insulin shots & really just the diabetes "upgrade" all together (this is all new since I got out of the hospital 7 days ago). Any ideas on how I can establish a mentor type relationship? Get some guidance, advice, hand holding & a shoulder to cry one from someone who has "been there?" I love this site and it's very helpful - but I would like to establish a report with one person instead of being overwhelmed by different advice from different random people. Does that make sense? I don't mean to be offensive to all of the well-meaning people here - but I'm afraid this sounds pretty ungrateful…

18 replies

realsis77 2011-08-14 16:09:30 -0500 Report

Hi. I also am on insulin. The first time I had to inject I could barely bring myself to do it. It does get better. If you would like a friend , just friend request me. I understand what you are feeling and if you would like to talk privately id be happy to share my expirences with you.

petronius 2011-08-13 18:14:44 -0500 Report

I am on insulin. And I know what you mean. The longer you do it,it will become much easier. It will be like driving. It becomes natural and it will become automatic like when you drive your car.

grandmaducky 2011-08-12 18:03:12 -0500 Report

i understand what your saying a lot of advice all different gets very very hair pulling sometimes that why i just say this works for me hope u get want you want and need i don't do insulin yet knocking on wood so i don't have any ideas about it some people are having such a hard time with it i really don't want to have to deal with that be would if i had too so hope and pray you find what you need but were here to listen if you need it

Type1Lou 2011-08-12 17:45:10 -0500 Report

Here are the names, addresses and phone numbers of Diabetes Education programs in Gainesville. Give them a call and I'm sure they can give you info about diabetes support groups that meet in your area. I got this info by googling "Diabetes Support Groups Florida". Hope you find one that works for you.

North Florida Regional Medical Center
The Diabetes Center Outpatient Education Program
Medical Arts Building 6400 Newberry Road, Ste. 107
Gainesville, FL, 32605

University of Florida College of Medicine/Shands Hospitals
University of Florida Diabetes Center Education Program
Box 100383-Medical Plaza
Gainesville, FL, 32610
352-395-0680 X 87148

University of Florida College of Medicine/Shands Hospitals
The University of Florida Diabetes Center Education Program
Shands Medical Plaza 2000 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL, 32608

University of Florida College of Medicine/Shands Hospitals
The University of Florida Diabetes Center Education Program
Ayers Medical Plaza 720 SW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL, 32618

JoleneAL 2011-08-12 10:17:21 -0500 Report

Doryian I am hugging you close in my heart! I remember when I finally chose to go with insulin and the nurse didn't have time to teach me how to do it. Thankfully, the Lantus website had instructional videos and my hubby had training from the Army. There are days I feel like one of my grandmother's old swan shaped pin cushions — but you know what? I hit 52 this year. I plan on 104!!! Needle sticks, pricks and all.

This is a fantastic place to come for support, give support and learn. Welcome!!

Doryian 2011-08-12 11:43:45 -0500 Report

Awww. Thank you! Question… I can't see how I can give myself shots to my back or the backs of my arms since I can't see - and my tummy is filled with stretch marks - so it looks like my best option is the legs… Do you know if you have 24 pricks in your leg - is it OK to shave? Is lotion OK? I feel scared of everything right now - I just try to take deep breaths and reassure myself I'll get the hang of it… <3

Type1Lou 2011-08-12 18:01:25 -0500 Report

I give my Lantus shot (1 per day) in my abdomen, on my hip or where I can reach on my buttocks. I give my Novolog shots (3 per day) in my thighs. I never did like giving myself shots in my arms; after a few attempts, I gave up on the arms. I try to rotate the Novolog shots and have no qualms about shaving my legs or using lotion. I do hit little blood vessels often and get some doozie black and blues. But since I don't wear a bikini or short shorts, who cares! Don't you love Jolene's approach?

Marytea 2011-08-12 09:16:11 -0500 Report

This site is full of people with great insight and support. It's just that a lot of the learning does land squarely on our individual shoulders. I was diagnosed in May with Type 2. I read extensively, have built a team of medical professionals to help me and talk with friends who have diabetes. All are tremendously helpful. Diabetes is unique to each one of us. Type1Lou had a great suggestion. Look for support groups in your neighborhood. Stay connected here. You will find much help.

1lady4 2011-08-12 08:29:40 -0500 Report

Try getting an Insulin Pump with a sugar meter it's way better than getting shots all the time I have the Cozmo Pump but they don't make the brand anymore & I might have to get a new one pretty soon

Type1Lou 2011-08-12 08:05:48 -0500 Report

Check to see if there are Diabetes Support groups in your area. If the local hospital has a diabetes center, call them to see if they have info about any local support groups. You would meet local people coping with the same problems and might find who you are looking for. But remember, each one of us with diabetes may react differently to the same meds and the same foods…you need to pay attention to how you react and find out what works for you. I don't mean to imply that a mentor would not be helpful…it would. You just need to be aware of the truly individual nature of this condition. Good luck!

Doryian 2011-08-12 08:40:43 -0500 Report

There doesn't seem to be any support group here. I'm learning about the individual nature of this - it feels pretty isolating… I guess we just have to walk though each day the best we can…

jayabee52 2011-08-12 14:32:24 -0500 Report

Have you checked the various hospitals in the Gainsville area? If you haven't get your phone book out and let your fingers do the walking. And If a particular hospital doesn't have any live groups ask them if they know of anything local.

Also check on and let them know you're llooking for diabetic support groups. They'll email you with new listings as they come open.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-12 08:44:25 -0500 Report

Where are you at Dorian?

cottoncandybaby 2011-08-12 20:08:32 -0500 Report

Hi Doryian, My name is Amy, and I live in Fort Myers, FL, about 4 hours south of you. (My son was married in Gainesville last April, in that adorable chapel, as he and his wife met as students at Univ. of Florida there!! Beautiful campus!!) Anyway, I can tell you that Shands Hospital, one of the listings that was given to you, is one of the best hospitals you will find in Florida, up there with Miami and Tampa. Part of the reason is, it is a teaching hospital, associated with the medical school there, so it is always on the cutting edge. I went there with my ex-husband (when we were still married) because he had neurological problems in his brain. The doctors we saw there were world reknown, patients in the waiting room with us were from Japan, Australia and England. So I have no doubt whatsoever that you will find excellent support groups there for diabetics. Even though I am not on insulin, if I lived closer to Gainesville, I would go myself to support groups just to meet other diabetics, ask all the questions I would have, and speak to the staff there. You are very fortunate to be living so close to Shands, so call one of the groups listed there. They will tell you the details. Good luck, you will do fine!! P.S. GO GATORS!!!!!