By kaicee916 Latest Reply 2011-10-14 03:52:05 -0500
Started 2011-09-20 01:25:44 -0500

I am new to this site and to being diabetic. I just started tested my blood sugar today and my numbers were 317 at noon 263 at 2pm and the scary one after lunch 360. I am only on metformin twice daily. I am watching my carbs closely. I am so confused and oh ya did I mention that I have no insurance. I an waiting to get on a county program but I don't have a doctor and I dint know what to do. What can I do?

37 replies

kaicee916 2011-10-14 01:45:29 -0500 Report

Hello everyone just thought I would pop in and say my numbers are still high but I've lost 91 pounds and I've never been so happy. I stu have more to lose but right now it's literally falling off… Thanks for all your support

cupcake0923 2011-09-28 14:26:39 -0500 Report

Hi well just take it easy and try to drink alot of water and try a health center that can help you get coverage.I also take metformin and I take four pills once a day .
You might need to take insulin too who knows.

MsBugzee 2011-09-24 19:56:45 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type II about 2 months ago. My fasting blood sugar was 128. The doctor sent me to diabetes education classes. I will finish my fifth week next Wednesday. What scared my was the week they handed out the meters and I took mine and it was 224. So I called my doc who immediately Rxd metformin. When I really started counting carbs and learning about this, I gave up all sugar and I am pleased that I have lost quite a bit of inflamation. I have FMS and was experiencing a great deal of costal condrytis. That is gone now that the sugar is out. Kaicee it is very challenging and I went through a lot of denial when it happened. Don't get discouraged. Go get ER help. Keep coming here and speaking your thoughts and fears and even though I am very new here, I think you are in the right place.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 08:54:57 -0500 Report

Howdy MsBugzee! WELCOME to DC!

Are you aware of a sister site for Fibro?

I belong to that and several other sister sites.

roll your mouse pointer over the link at the top "visit another community"

click on the community you would find of interest, then use your DC login info to sign in. I am sure you'd like the folks in the Fibro site too. Some of the same folks there as here, but several others are not here, but are on other sites too.

Blessings to you and yours


Carol2x 2011-09-23 23:21:25 -0500 Report

I concur with others here. You need to get to the ER and explain to them the situation-while you are there getting treated they will set you up with their social worker and he/she will get you some help with insurance, etc. You need your numbers under control-yep drink water.

cbelyea 2011-09-23 20:46:27 -0500 Report

Hi Kaicee, I saw this mentioned, but will emphasize it. Drink LOTS of water along with other measures for brining your bg down. Elevated bg does two nasty things: it thickens the blood, slowing circulation and the excess glucose displaces oxygen. The combination results in oxygen deprivation in cells located at the body's extremities (fingers, toes, eyes), causing damage. In order to try and alleviate this, the body disposes of the excess glucose through urination, which dehydrates you and exacerbates the problem. Ergo, it's very important to keep hydrated. I usually drink 32 ounces of water per hour if I am > 300 until I come back to normal. Good luck to you, I can only imagine how daunting it must be to have to face this w/o insurance. I've always been lucky enough to have coverage and it's challenging enough. But a positive outlook is a HUGE booster. Keep your chin up.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-09-23 20:15:50 -0500 Report

Hi kaicee916. Who prescribed the metformin to you? Go to them and tell them it is not working. Ask them for help. If worse comes to worse go the local emergency room. Your numbers definitely qualify you as an emergency case. Continued numbers like that can only lead to problems. You may not have insurance but do not be proud. Plead that you are a poverty case. It could mean the difference between a full , health life or a life full of complications. Godspeed. Our prayers are with you. :-)

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 20:25:49 -0500 Report

Uncle Lew is correct about going to ER. In Washington State many like my daughter who had not money or insurance had to go to ER for any kind of medical treatment. Here if you cannot afford it they have to treat you and give you meds to take home with no charge. The billing goes directly to social services and they cannot deny payment.
Thanks Uncle Lew for triggering that memory cell.

lambchop0903 2011-09-23 09:19:39 -0500 Report

Kaicee916, always remember that you are a person with diabetes, and not a diabetic person. Do not beat yourself up. It takes time and work. If there is a diabetic education class or coach get a hold of them for suport and more education on the disease. Always remember you are not alone and there is great support here and in your community. Keep us posted, and God Bless.

spitfirelady 2011-09-22 10:15:57 -0500 Report

I need to add the dreaded work…word!, "exercise"…if you can find an exercise ball that someone is not using…sure many are in closets :) …get on it and start bouncing in front of the tv, swinging arms, marching in place to music, hula hooping (very cheap at Walmart) …something you love! Get on the exercise ball while watching Tv in morning or evening, anytime! This will strengthen your core, make you feel better, reduce stress, etc..Slow down on carbs and make them count with "whole grains"…roast, bake, steam, bar b que, NO frying…try oven frying with a little Olive Oil. And, have some fun to relieve stress…It really does not have to cost a thing..a picnic with kids or friends, a walk with a friend to share what you are going through, a support group of some kind…Hang in there! Have patience, but take time for you.

kaicee916 2011-09-23 02:36:10 -0500 Report

I actually signed up with 5 of my neighbors to take a Zumba class and we are walking every night after dinner with all the kids and dogs.. I'm starting slowly but I'm starting. Thank you everyone for the heartwarming words and great advise…

spitfirelady 2011-09-23 06:44:22 -0500 Report

That's it!! Good for you! Keep us posted then, I think you will see a huge improvement coming soon!

kaicee916 2011-09-23 23:42:54 -0500 Report

Today my numbers have been really good still high but not over 250. a lot if people have said that my numbers are not going to decrease over night. I am drinking a ton if water an when I go to the store I park away from the store it reminds me to talk s little walk every day. IRS hard but I'm making it work.
Thanks again everyone

jayabee52 2011-09-24 01:19:44 -0500 Report

Howdy Kaicee!
were you aware that you can go back into something you have posted and correct something you said or a mistake you made? Down next to the "reply" link is an "edit" link too. click on that. Everything on that post is highlighted. click in the text box or you will wipe out all your posting. then find the thing you want to edit and change and delete that and type in the new text. then click on the edit reply button and it will change your reply.

I really like this feature on DC!

kaicee916 2011-09-24 12:24:12 -0500 Report

I am on my iPod and do not have that option but that is good to know when I'm on my computer thank you

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-21 14:25:15 -0500 Report

Hi Help! Go see your doctor for advise.Please, I too have seen htese scry numbers, so I kow. Hoping yor social services will get you on mudicare asap, you really need help. Maybe go to the local emergency clinic thay can get you on neds asap. randpa Bill

mebetty 2011-09-21 03:01:40 -0500 Report

Hi Kaicee. Welcome. Your post reads familiar. You have great advice in the replies I have seen. Always test before your meals. I am sure your doctor will be testing you to see your progress. You should have a test after 2 or 3 weeks after starting Metformn and thereafter every 3 or 6 months. Always remember to include protein with any carb meal as it helps to slow down the digestive system and allows your body to break down your carbs more slowly. Also it is best not to go more than 4 hours without eating something, even a small snack. But what I have found extremely important. eat small quantities of food, and NEVER after 6:00 pm. You can have a small piece of cheese with herbal tea at night, but look for what best suits you. Good health, and don't despair. Diabetes for the most part can be controlled. Watch your stress too!

margokittycat 2011-09-20 21:56:06 -0500 Report

Dear Kaicee916 I would not get to worried or upset being newly diagnosised and starting metformin, is the start. It does take time for the metformin to get completely into your system and start working, it also takes time for your body to push out all the extra sugars that have been stored up from not producing enough insulin on your own. Diffinately keep a close eye on it and log your test readings and if they don't get better call a docotor. The spikes after meals are normal as all food has carbs or some type of sugar in it and as it breaks down it will spike up a little. I test before each meal and two hours after each meal. Been diabetic for 30+ years. Good Luck and Welcome to the DC. Glad to have you here.

hawk1962 2011-09-20 21:45:01 -0500 Report

Just dropping in to say welcome and hello! As many others have stated, take one day at a time right now and begin making changes in how you look at food and exercise because you are now going to be making a life change! At first my numbers were well over 450 and my Doctor couldn't believe it sense I am only 135 lbs. but hey now after taking control of my eating and exercise my have leveled off at around 130 on average. Just believe in yourself and you will be able to get this under control! Good luck and remember the many friends on this site that have your back at all times! This is a manageable illness and so take all the great advice offered here and run with it! :0)

kaicee916 2011-09-20 19:53:29 -0500 Report

As of today my blood sugar is still really high but I now understand that it is going to take some time and maybe playing with different mess. I did not become diabetic over night so loving the problem will take some time. Thank you everyone for your advice my friends and family try to help bur do not totally understand the disease. Time for me to walk the little puppy in the picture her name is Izzy Wiggles. Again thank you for your continued support.

Harlen 2011-09-20 16:54:58 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Looks like you have a lot you can do ,from all the poast .
Please keep us posted on how your doing
Best wishes

jimmyjames43 2011-09-20 16:03:28 -0500 Report

When i was diagnosed i was put on metformin,but also doc gave me sample pens of novolog insulin for coverage of blood sugars of 201 or more(sliding scale),there may be agencies where you live that can help you with your meds

tabby9146 2011-09-20 13:59:48 -0500 Report

I can't add a thing to the good advice many have offered, I just feel for you. It will take a while for the Metformin. I hope things improve quickly for you. You are not alone, there is lots of good support here.

Jan8 2011-09-20 07:46:51 -0500 Report

Hi kacee916, Yep it is scary when you get that diagnosis and you just feel overwhelmed esp. when you don't have health ins. Take one step at a time. Your body is just beginning to get use to Metformin. sometimes it takes awhile for the body to get it. When you do find a county program(and you will!) they can evaluate you more effectivley. Also I have never seene a website better than this one. The people here will give you lots of knowledge and help you to find your way. You are not alone. We are all here with you. They are very loving and helpful. It has been a godsend to me. Check around all the discussions,product reviews, heck actually all of them. You will become stronger and beter able to cope and live with diabetes.

Pynetree 2011-09-20 07:45:21 -0500 Report

Hi Kaicee, Well you are going in the right direction, to get as much info on this diabetes as you can. ADA can help, also see if your County or state have local Diabetes Groups. Or call hospital to see if they have classes or a program.
Since you have strips and a meter, test first thing in the morning…called Fasting Blood Glucose. Then in a small notebook, jot that FBG#, then note what you ate, how you felt, what was happening (stress) and any exercise. Test 2 hrs. or 3 hrs. after any meal. You'll see that your BG (or blood sugar) will almost always rise after eating. Some food will make it spike really high. You will soon learn what foods make it shoot up and stay up longer. You will also learn the effects of exercise (usually drops it)Stress, or illness.
Try to be smart about what you eat…think!…eat more vegetables…less cake, candy, desserts, watch your carbs, like breads and pasta, potatoes etc. Drink Water…avoid regular sugary soda,pop, juices and sweet drinks.
Try to always wash your hands before you test…I learned that make-up, body lotion, hair products, food residue can make for inaccurate numbers!
As you learn more and things settle down you will feel more in charge and your BG# will settle down and become more regulated. From you journalling you will learn what triggers to avoid or limit. A Diabetic diet is really just a healthier way of eating.
You have come to a great site.. lots of caring, informed, people to give advice,everyone dealing with Diabetes too, so check back often and let us know how you are doing.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 12:05:33 -0500 Report

Hello Kaicee, this is some great advice. With type 2 you need to try to keep your carbohydrates leveled out throughout the day. My dietican gave me a meal plan aimed at my lifestyle (sedentary) I need to aim at 45 carbs per meal and have to eat 3 meals a day. I learned while attending a class that fruits are considered carbs but healthy ones, fruit juice are so high in carbs they should only be used when we hit lows except tomato juice. I also found out that we need to avoid deep fried foods, they take longer to digest and affect our lipids spiking our blood sugar for a long time. The American Diabetes Associan may help you a lot, look up their phone number and give them a call.
Again Pynetree is so right in keeping that daily journal. Not only will it help you to see it will help a medical professional get a clear picture of how they can help you. Once you get on track it becomes much easier and not so scary.
Good luck,

eristar 2011-09-20 06:29:00 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site, and good luck. I agree with robertoj, you should begin to see a decline in your numbers as you start to get regulated. It doesn't happen all at once! Please keep us up to date on your progress!

Abby888 2011-09-20 04:30:17 -0500 Report

Hi kaicee916…infections and illness can make blood sugar readings high. While you are waiting for the county program, I would check to see if there is a free health clinic or family health center in your area. You really should be seen by a physician to rule out any problems that may be going on inside your body. Good luck with everything. God bless

robertoj 2011-09-20 02:34:32 -0500 Report

Your numbers are high but don't worry too much about it. Once you start to change your eating habits and exercise the numbers will begin to come down. Have you seen a certified diabetes educator?

kaicee916 2011-09-20 04:34:31 -0500 Report

No I have only seen the emergency room doctor. I am calling the American diabetes association in the morning to get some advice. Thank you fir responding

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 12:07:31 -0500 Report

Oops Kaicee, I should have scrolled to the bottom before posting. Calling the ADA was a gread decision on your part. :)

robertoj 2011-09-20 12:07:00 -0500 Report

Once you get to know more about diabetes you will be much more at ease. Always remember that stress raises your numbers. Check out low carb meals. Also, if you don't know how to read labels you should learn how. Tip #1 use smaller plates and bowls and Tip #2 eat several smaller meals rather than three larger ones (portion control is important).