Just diagnosed and scared!

CWMecca
By CWMecca Latest Reply 2011-08-31 13:37:27 -0500
Started 2011-08-20 11:05:07 -0500

A week and a half ago I was taken to the hospital for what I thought was a gall bladder attack. Turns out I had a heart attack! While there all the tests showed that I was diabetic (Type 2), have high Blood Pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and heart damage. Talk about overload!! I was there 6 days and I saw the Diabetic Nurse for about 20 minutes. I got some information but nothing very helpful. They discharged me, told me to see the doctors and that was pretty much it.

I've got some great friends on Facebook and they pointed me to several sites, including this one. I need solid information on what I can eat, how much, when, etc. This is so overwhelming!


43 replies

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-08-31 01:55:21 -0500 Report

This is my first day here too. I agree with other attend a diabetes education class or see a dietician specializing in diabetes as soon as possible. In the last month I became insulin free and have stopped one evening glyburide (pill) due to what I learned in the class and following the eating plan mostly. I had hernia surgery and was not able to eat 3 meals a day so I drink glucerna for lunch but make sure I get my needed carbs for breakfast and dinner. Since starting a better eating plan I also keep a journal, one page for each day. I keep track of my blood sugar and write down everything I eat. This allows me to see how different foods affect my blood sugars. Recently I got a new deep fryer. First day shrimp and fries my sugars shot up high 3 hours after I ate. The next day 2 corn dogs and again high blood sugar 2 hours after (179) and 3 hours after (289). Online research taught me that deep fried foods take longer to digest and greatly affect the blood sugar. My blood sugars are now under control and I accidently lost 14 pounds. I cannot use splenda as it spikes my blood sugar bad, some diabetics do well with it. Good luck and God bless.

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-31 01:29:21 -0500 Report

Third time's the charm I guess. I'm back in the hospital but this time they seem to have found the actual problem causing the chest pains!! Something to do with the upper GI so I have a procedure set for tomorrow morning (Wednesday) but I'm not sure what it is yet.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-08-24 14:34:26 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. so sorry this all happened, I know it is very scary, wish that nurse would have been able to spend more time with you. I have heard many times, that heart disease can be reversed. I don't know that for sure, but I do know it certainly can be helped a lot, to where it isn't as severe. you will find lots of info, on here, lots who have gone through what you have. I can't say I have, but I do have type 2. It will take a while, but with the right diet, exercise, stress reduction, you will be amazed at how much better you will do, and feel. Going to diabetes classes and talking to a dietician are the best things. Making those regular doctor visits, and checking blood sugar right now, a few times a day, and seeing what your reactions to certain foods are. Wishing you well.

Dixiemom
Dixiemom 2011-08-24 12:31:20 -0500 Report

First, welcome to DC. You will find loads of support nand info here. We all have problems and share them with all. First I would suggest testing your BG several times a day and eating a low carb diet. Don't worry about things,that increases stresas which could raiase your sugar. In the beginning it's going to be trial and error. Everyone is different and there's no one size fits all. You will find out what works for you. Just keep coming back to DC and help is always available.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-23 12:49:36 -0500 Report

Hello CWM, Sorry you had to find out about us. First, take a deep breath and relax. Remember, there is not much different in the person you are now and the person you were a month ago, except you know some things that you didn't know then. Knowing about your health condition and knowing you are in a position to improve your health, should give you some reassurance. You big question is, "Where do I start?". Here is a good place. Why? Well, if you get yourself "diabetically healthy" your BP will drop, your cholesterol will drop, and your heart disease should improve. There have been tons of posts on eating and you should be able to resurrect them from this site. To start with, read your labels and limit yourself to 2 or 3 carb servings per meal. (1 carb serving = 15 grams of carbs). From there you can build on it. Best to you, Jim

kaveolook78
kaveolook78 2011-08-23 12:07:00 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry, prayers are with you. Be strong I know it's easy words to say but…thats what we ALL have to be. Trust in God

JDCA2025
JDCA2025 2011-08-22 15:20:16 -0500 Report

You'll do okay. It can be very, VERY overwhelming at first, but you get the hang of it.

I would highly recommend asking your nurse practicioner or diabetes educator ( whoever you see to test your H1C) any of the questions you have. Mine was extremely helpful in getting me on the right track, especially cause I too had an extremely brief 20 minutes with the nurse in the hospital.

redcamel
redcamel 2011-08-21 22:13:24 -0500 Report

CW When I was told I had Diabetes 8 or so years ago I was mad mad at everyone and esp mad at the doctors. My dad had it and didnt tell me I was at risk he being a doctor. Anyway I have learned to live with it and as long as you keep it under control it is more of a non issue than a crisis. So its a process you go through and deal with. As for the other medical problems I cant really speak to them good luck.
Redcamel

marffy
marffy 2011-08-21 19:46:39 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed my physician recommended and actually set me up for Diabetes education classes. They were wonderful and provided me with the information I needed. Most hospitals have Diabetes Education departments. I strongly recommend you checking into those. They reallly helped me.

AlainD
AlainD 2011-08-21 17:43:50 -0500 Report

Diabetes is scary at first, but as you learn more about it it gets less scary. You'll get lots of support and advice on this site. However, the best thing you can do for yourself is to talk it over with your doctor and see a dietician who specializes in diabetes. Your doctor can refer you to one. The main trick to controlling your diabetes is to establish a good diet.

When I was diagnosed with diabetes I was also diagnosed with high blood pressure and Cholesterol. In 2004 I had an aneurism and had to have a heart valve transplant and an inch of the aorta replaced. Because of that I now have atrial fib. So I understand you being scared.

dIDYMUS
dIDYMUS 2011-08-21 22:52:56 -0500 Report

Sorry, Seems like a lot. When I DX with #2, I was bummed of course. But the diet I have been on is boring, although I have lost 12 lbs. I hate to eat, since it is such a hassle. Plus when I have company they question me unless I eat the regular fare, ribeyes, lasagna etc. I hate this whole thing and don't care if i die by 64. If I don't have to have anything amputatedl Then I am done.

AlainD
AlainD 2011-08-22 11:08:44 -0500 Report

I know that it is a lot to absorb, but hang in there. It will get easier and you will get use to the diet. In time it will become natural. Sorry about your company hassling you about your diet. I know that does not help and makes it harder on you. Just hang in there!

dIDYMUS
dIDYMUS 2011-08-24 12:05:01 -0500 Report

Thanks, and i will. Going to a cabin retreat with old friends. I moved back to my hometown after 30 years in CA. Maybe it is the heat. I am not used to 99
degree weather. It is probably going to be difficult to eat, these people are Meat Eaters for sure. I am not going to share my diabetes situation, since I am a very private person, and I don't want it all over the place.

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-21 18:10:00 -0500 Report

The cardiologist told me we had these options: get the blood thinners going to unblock the vessel and then re-do the heart cath; re-do the cath in 6-8 weeks and see what's happening (since the cath didn't work last week); and bypass surgery. We agreed that bypass surgery is a last resort, so meds and waiting are what we're doing. I'm seeing the doctor on Thursday for my follow up, after that who knows as I don't have insurance and god only knows how long the State will take to help.

AlainD
AlainD 2011-08-21 18:16:07 -0500 Report

I too am on blood thinners (coumadin). It is very important that you take them regularly and at the same time each day. You do have to be careful not to cut yourself.

flipmom
flipmom 2011-08-21 15:55:56 -0500 Report

hi, we have videos on nutrition that you can check out about what t u can eat on this site .. its really easy to follow…

peg50
peg50 2011-08-21 15:03:06 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community. Think positive. It will take some time but everything will work out. You need to incorporate life style changes. Working out and eating several small meals a day, along with more water helped me a lot. Low carbs, high protein and increasing your fiber should help, but of course this should be discussed with your doctors. You have friends here who will help. I wish you the best

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-21 15:32:05 -0500 Report

Thanks for the support! I'm not even sure who my doctors are or what they're going to do yet. I've no insurance and trying to get help from the State. Not only do I have to contend with the diabetes I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart damage and heart disease. NONE of these issues were discussed with me, it was like "here's some meds, good luck!" and out the hospital door. WTH? With the hours we keep eating 5 times a day is impossible, I'm lucky if I get 3 meals, usually it's 2.

peg50
peg50 2011-08-22 07:39:49 -0500 Report

Hi. I have been where you are with no insurance. Unfortunately doctors, especially hospitals, don't care enough. You need to take charge and be more proactive. Sometimes doctors will lower their fees and give you samples of meds when you tell them you don't have insurance. If there are clinics in your area I would check those out as well. As far as meals, if you can, you should try to eat smaller meals and try fruits, vegetables, or if you can something like fiber one or kashi bars in between. I sincerely wish you the best.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-21 17:28:34 -0500 Report

Did I see somewhere on another discussion that you live somewhere in Las Vegas?
So do I. If you do there is a support group meeting once a month. If you are interested message me and I'll give you the particulars. If you need transportation,
I'd be happy to take you also.

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-20 17:19:36 -0500 Report

I've made my follow up doctor's appointments for next week. After that I've NO idea what I'm going to do as I do not have any insurance. I talked to the social worker at the hospital and she said the state would contact me about an emergency health card. Nothing yet from them. I've got an application to fill out and return to welfare for anything & everything they can help me with but without a car even that's difficult. Hopefully the friend who's taking me to the dr appt will be able to help me get that dropped off as well.

Jayabee, I would like to control this with diet and exercise. I just have to devise my own diet plan to fit my likes and dislikes as well as my boyfriend's one food allergy, LOL!

Thanks again everyone for the wonderful welcome to the site!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-21 17:51:39 -0500 Report

Yes, that's the idea to devise your own eating plan, whether you use meds or just an eating plan to control your diabetes.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-08-20 16:43:23 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC community. I hope you are doing well in your recovery.You have a lot to deal with and I know it is going to take time to deal with. It is good that your Facebook friends directed you to these sites. There is a lot of good information to access. Do you have a doctor that communicates with you? It is very important that you do. Ask you doctor to schedule a meeting with a certified diabetes educator.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-08-20 15:34:30 -0500 Report

Wow, what an experience. I am newly diagnosed and extremely scared. Sounds like we were in the hospital at the same time. I went because I was going to the bathroom constantly, dry mouth and blurred vision. I feel a little bitter towards my Dr. because I was going to her for accessive itchy skin for over 1 month. She never ran any tests she just gave me a prescription. Turns out what she prescribed brought the diabetes out. So now I have an appointment to see another Dr. and a specialist to get me back on track.

dIDYMUS
dIDYMUS 2011-08-21 22:57:03 -0500 Report

You should report her. There are enough bad doctors and you just hit on one. She will do the same thing over and over.

Autumn's Mi Mi
Autumn's Mi Mi 2011-08-28 22:34:50 -0500 Report

You are right I should but don't have enough nerve. I am such an easy going person. I agree with you she will do the same thing over. I spoke with my Endocrinologist and he was very upset. He told me that if I did not speak to her then he would.

Gwen Morten
Gwen Morten 2011-08-20 14:56:02 -0500 Report

WOW! You are in the right place!! :) I agree with everyone else that commented especially James. I just want to welcome you and to feel free to discuss what ever is bothering you. Your new fam here at DC got your back!!

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-20 14:45:02 -0500 Report

Thank you SHAUN'S MOM. To get so many diagnoses at once is overwhelming. I'm trying to take 'baby steps' here and get my mind wrapped around it all. This site is so far the best I've found and I'm thankful my friend sent me the link.

SHAUN'S MOM
SHAUN'S MOM 2011-08-20 14:37:57 -0500 Report

Hey CW…Don't be afraid. Your diagnosis is not the end. Take a deep breathe and make up your mind to LIVE:) There's a wonderful site that you should check out: livestrong.com HAVE A WONDERFULLY BLESSED WEEKEND!

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-20 14:19:11 -0500 Report

Thanks jayabee52! It is overwhelming and yeah, life's falling apart lol! They let me out of the hospital with virtually NO information on what I can and cannot eat and so I'm floundering here. The list of veggies I copied and will get printed but what about other foods? I know restricting carbs can help but what about proteins, etc.? I'm not a huge bread eater but I love potatoes. I'll get some red ones though instead of always russet or yukon golds. In fact the 1st meal I had in the hospital had a couple little red potatoes and I thought they were heavenly lol, didn't know they were also good for me :)

I started on my Metformin today, 500 mg twice daily & the pharmacist said to take it with the 1st mouthful of food at breakfast and dinner. Slight headache but nothing serious. I do NOT want to ignore this, I have a 4 month old granddaughter I haven't seen yet and would like to be around a long time for her and any more grandkids.

I'm thankful a good friend, from pogo.com and facebook, sent me a link to this site. Emotional support as well as educational support is what I need as my family and I aren't on the best of terms. Thanks again!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-20 16:43:58 -0500 Report

Your friend from Pogo did you a great service sending you here IMO

I eat a low carb high protein plan. I stay away from starchy veggies like potatoes and corn and peas and rice. Protein does convert to glucose in the body. Almost everything does except for dietary fat. But protein takes a long time to digest and convert to glucose and the rise in the glucose is not as sharp or as high as with sugars and starches. Potatoes are a starch, and I have avoided them for a long time. I have completely discontinued eating bread of any kind. I'd rather save my carb allowance for those foods which do have a few carbs but have some good nutrients too. Even the whole grain breads don't have a lot of good nutrients for their carb load IMO.

The only "potato" I will eat is a yam (also mistakenly called a sweet potato). The fiber in the yam mitigates the carbs in it somewhat.

None of the foods I eat are special "diabetic foods" but I am rather selective as to what I put into my body, especially those with high carbohydrate loads.

I don't use sweeteners of any kind, even the alternates. I don't drink teas or coffees so I mostly do not need them.

I realize that my eating plan may seem extreme to you, and that you couldn't think you could follow that, but I have had about 17 years to adapt my taste buds and eating plan to what it is now.

I remember seeing people on DC who controlled their diabetes with what they ate, and with exercise and said to my self "I could NEVER do that." Now here I am doing EXACTLY that. I just had to be ready to do it .

With my Dr's knowledge (if not his consent), I started an experement in Feb 2011 to control my BG numbers in the normal range with what I ate, and stopped taking my insulin. (I couldn't do much in the way of exercise). As it turned out my experement was a success. My BG numbers were pretty consistently in the normal range (except when I messed up and "fell off the wagon") My may 2011 was 5.5, lower than it had ever been since my Dx of diabetes. My weight was about 215 in Feb. It is now down to about 150 and change. (it was a pleasant surprise to me!)

You may never get to the point where I am. And I wouldn't expect you to follow my way of dealing with diabetes exactly. But you CAN control your diabetes and can live a healthier and complication free life and see your granddaughter grow up and get married and maybe see some great grands from her (they DO grow up SO fast!). As long as you take your diabetes seriously and control it well you'll have many years of healthier life ahead of you.

As I said before, look on the links at the left edge of the page and read what is there, and if you don't understand something, come to discussions and ask a question or two.

I pray that this is helpful to you. Please let me know if I can be of further help

Autumn's Mi Mi
Autumn's Mi Mi 2011-08-20 15:47:39 -0500 Report

Now that is another issue. I don't understand how you can be admitted into the hospital and then when it is time to leave they give you a lot of pamplets to read. They tell you to limit your carbs, nutrition is important. You ask questions and they tell you to go to nutrition class. They don't understand that you are in shock because you have just been diagnosed with this illness and you have no knowledge of. They showed me how to use the glucose monitor but never told me where my sugar levels should be. I also left the hospital with no explanation of what to do, what to look for no nothing. Just follow up with your Dr. in 1 week and register to meet with a nutritionist.

I called several times to find out what I can take with a headache because I suffer from migranes. Only this headache has a different pain from the migrane, is this a side affect from the metformin?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-20 14:07:22 -0500 Report

Howdy CW! WELCOME to DC!
Relax and take a deep breath. It probably feels like your life is falling apart and you're losing control.

Most people with diabetes (PWDs) go through something similar. Diabetes not only messes with your body, but also with your moods and emotional health. But the best thing to do now is relax.

Yes, there's a lot to learn about our conditions, and you can't learn EVERYTHING at once. I have been a PWD since 1995, and I am STILL learning about it. I have had diabetes classes, and have had visits with registered dieticians and learned a lot from them, but sometimes it's like trying to take a drink out of a firehose running full on. Too much too quick. I picked other things up along the way too, but it wasn't till I found DC nearly 3 years ago that I started learning a LOT. There were and are now a lot of friendly helpful people here who are in all same boat: Trying to control our Blood glucose readings the best we can.

So you really don't have to buy books, get them from the library to see if they are helpful to you. But I invite you to use DC as your information resource. Along the upper left of this page you find links to all kinds of information. Check them out, and then come here to the discussions and ask questions if you don't understand something.

Here on DC the only "foolish" or "stupid" question is a sincere question which is NOT asked.

This condition is not like a sprint, it is more like marathon. If you run a marathon as if you were running a sprint, you'll burn out and fall out of the race. You will probably go into denial or ignore it (been there done that myself) and then you set yourself up for potentially painful, embarassing and even life threatening complications. I pray you don't go down that path. I have and I tell you my life is not fun sometimes due to the complications I have.

You can also come here and get emotional support. People come her and vent all the time. We understand because many of us have been through it ourselves.

I have found support here countless times over the time I've been here. And sometimes when I needed a good correction of stinkin thinkin someone would give me that also.

Relax, the diagnosis of Diabetes Type 2 is not the end of the world. Actually it can be the beginning of a whole new healthy living world for you if you let it be.

I pray that you let it be for you.

Blessings to you and yours

James

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-20 13:28:25 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info! Right now money is so tight I wasn't even able to get all the prescriptions I need, got the most important ones though. Buying books isn't going to happen anytime soon either since my boyfriend has his own health issues as well. A friend sent me the link to this site and when my eyes are good enough I'll be browsing more.

CWMecca
CWMecca 2011-08-20 17:21:46 -0500 Report

robertoj, I did get my meds at Wal-Mart but unfortunately some of those prescribed aren't on the $4 list. I'm trying to find out how to get help with all that as well.

robertoj
robertoj 2011-08-20 17:00:29 -0500 Report

You should get your meds at Walmart. Yet another example why the richest coumtry in the world needs universal healthcare. I'm on Medicare and Medi-Cal so I don't have ny personal knowledge but I know that there are programs out there to help. I hope someone is able to give you specific information.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-20 11:38:36 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC! You are in the right place. Don't worry what your feeling is perfectly normal. I remember when I was diagonsed. I got sent home with a perscription for my insulin and needles and was scared to death! Luckly I found this site! Don't be afraid to ask questions and make friends! My advice is to learn as much as possiable! Get some books made espically for the newly diagonosed diabetic. I found my books on amazon very cheap! They really help explain things, God knows the doctors don't explain enough! So study learn do reasearch and keep comming back here! These people are so kind and careing and will help in anyway they can! Another thing to remember is carbs are not our friends . Carbs raise our blood sugar fast! So keep the carbs at a minimum. You will be going through a long range of emotions now and that's normal. Remember knowledge is power so the more you learn the more power you have over diabetes! If you would like a friend id be happy to be your friend. Just friend request me if your interested. I wish you the very best and remember to read and learn. The books I mentioned are tailored espically for the newly diagnosed so they explain everything very well and also touch on the emotional ascept of what your feeling. I can't stress enough how much the books helped me when I was first diagnosed! I wish you luck and hang in there you are not alone! Now you have a big family support system here on DC. God bless and welcome again!

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