new members to meet

phil and debbie
By phil and debbie Latest Reply 2011-09-13 15:23:09 -0500
Started 2011-09-11 09:52:36 -0500

we would like to meet new people who also have diabetes in our area to have as friends. please help us find these people. we live in Lutz Fl or around us.

7 replies

Raeguerney 2011-09-12 19:30:22 -0500 Report

Where I live there are two hospitals that have combined efforts to hold a diabetic information group. We meet one night a month at the hospital class rooms. I've found some wonderful people with whom to associate at those monthly meetings.

Doryian 2011-09-12 11:28:47 -0500 Report

I looked up Lutz, and it seems you are about 2 hours south of where I am. When I was first sent home with insulin (about 4 weeks ago), I was very frustrated. Why, if so many people have Diabetes, do I have to spend hours and hours of my life "re-inventing the wheel." Why can't I find something that just says Step 1 - Do this… Etc… But that just seems to be the way it is. So many people have it - but it really is an individually unique disease. My advice, stay focused, do the "work," read, research & experiment. You'll find the best plan of attack for you. Forgive yourselves for the mistakes you'll make - there certainly is a learning curve.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-11 21:33:34 -0500 Report

I agree with everything that Sonya said. I would like to add that many diabetics at times have lows (hypoglycemia), that is when their blood sugar drops too low. I keep small bottles of apple juice on hand for those times. The lows are hard times for many diabetics and some have a hard time detecting they are low. Talk to Phil, ask him if he has them and how he usually feels. For me I get extremely hungry, sweat, sometimes the shakes and often feel confused.

granniesophie 2011-09-11 09:55:23 -0500 Report

Well, aside from that, friend us here on the site-we may not be close, but we can all still be friends and help and support each other long distances! You'd be surprised at how well it works. Start with me, if you'd like :)

phil and debbie
phil and debbie 2011-09-11 12:51:59 -0500 Report

hi sonya, my question is how do I know what to do with the man I love with his diabetes? I have never loved anyone with this and I want to make sure I do things the right way for us. He does take of it really well, but it still scares me. I am lost please help me with this.

granniesophie 2011-09-11 15:55:37 -0500 Report

Hi! There is all sorts of information on this website and many others. Research, research, research! Ask questions of his doctoors and of all of us. There should be Diabetes classes in nyou area with a Certified Diabetes Instructor, most hospitals have them, call and find out. Those are extremely helpful. They will teach both of you what kinds of foods to eat and how and when to test his Blood Glucose, and even how to use a meter.
Diabetes is not a death sentence, its just a new way of living. You will both benefit from eating healthier and taking better care of yourselves.
Yeah, its no picnic, but it isn't the end of the world either. You are going to be his best support system and you can talk to each other and discuss how he feels, and how you feel too. Yes, it is scary, but if he is taking care of himself like you see, thats half the battle. You are going to be fine.