Type 2 - diagnosed on 9/15/11

By lisaloo2429 Latest Reply 2011-10-05 12:38:03 -0500
Started 2011-09-27 10:03:23 -0500

I'm trying to get as much information about what I should and shouldn't be eating. I'm stressed that my insurance won't cover the meter, stressed about just being ill in general. I'm on metformin once a day for now then after a month 2 x's a day. I'm just scared.

71 replies

Tina1860 2011-10-02 17:51:30 -0500 Report

Hello Lisaloo, Have you checked with your insurance company about the meter and test strips? If not check with your doctor. A lot of times they will give you a meter. Also if your insurance offers it go to a nutritionist. she may also give you a free meter as well. This site when I first joined offered a meter from bayer with a card for discounts off the test trips. My nutritionist gave me a freestyle meter that had a card that I use when I get my strips that saves me $45 on the strips. I only pay $15 with my insurance. Seeing a nutritionist will be the biggest help for you and may even get you off medication completely. When I went to a nutritionist it was the best decision I ever made. I was only able to see her twice but it made a big difference in my blood sugar levels. I went from having readings in the 300's to having readings from 70's to 120's in a three month time period. I'm a big believer in a well balanced diet including carbs. It is just the type of carbs you eat and how many. Whole grains, not processed, as all natural as you can get and the less processed the better. Kashi Go lean cereals, Dave's Killer breads if you can find them. If there is a Whole Foods near you should be able to get the bread there as well as the cereals. Fruits, veggies, anything that has a good source of fibers. Soluable fibers help slow down the absortion of carbs and sugars in you system so they process better and you don't get the sugar spikes. I also don't believe you have to give up sugar completely and I don't believe in the use of fake sugars and studies show that fake sugars are not really all that helpful. They either are from alcohols or splenda etc. If you look at the labels they may be sugar free but they still have the same amount of carbs and unless you body can absorb them that way they won't help your blood sugar levels. You may be more sensitive to sugar so be careful and test you levels if you eat something with sugar to see. Just be sure that sugar has fiber with it. You should test yourself often at first about an hour after each meal to see how the food affects your Bloodsugars so you can learn what you can and can't eat and be aware of portions. A can of soda is not one serving it is 2 or 2-1/2 servings. It may be that yes you can eat pasta but one cup of spaghetti not two cups. Go walking. Take an Ipod, MP3, or a friend. Start slow, maybe 15 or 20 minutes, 3 times a week and work you way up. I'm walking 3 to 4 times a week at 50 minutes per walk. It is recommended that everyone get at least 150 minutes of walking every week. Hope this helps.

gettingright 2011-10-01 08:09:08 -0500 Report

Hi Lisaloo;, My name is Judy and I am a new member here but not new to
being a type 2 diabetic. Have been diagnosed as one for many many years.
The easiest way to keep your diabetes in check is to give up sugar of any kind and also white flour, and any other powder substance that is white in your kitchen such as cornstarch etc. These things are also the culprit for high blood pressure and heart attacks as well. NOT CHOLESTEROL. Bad eating habits are what gave it to you, so these items should be eliminated from your diet. Also, anything made with these items should not be consumed. NO PROCESSED FOODS! Eating out at restaurants should be held to a minimum unless you go there for a nice salad with vinegar and oil or lemon juice as your choice for dressings. Get the book The Diabetic Solution and read it.

It will give you a better understanding and a true understanding of what is happening, why it is happening and how to deal with it. Exercise is great as long as you don't overdo it. Walk at a fast pace for 10 minutes then rest for 20, then begin again. In the winter months, do it in your living room by walking in place to some good music that you enjoy or get a treadmill. Walking in place will do just as good without the expense of the treadmill. Or just dance. Rest. Dance.

Your Dr. will want to put you on medication that may cause side effects. Try diet and exercise first. If you can't maintain the diet and exercise thing then the meds could help you, if you don't want to work your program (diet and exercise)

I took metformin for a couple of years and found that it gave me uncontrollable diarrhea. Terrible to be in public and have the poopies stop you in your tracks, and be careful of sneezing or coughing or laughing cause you might go in your britches in public. But that was my problem with that medication, it might not do that to you. Let's hope. Eat animal fat and animal meat as your main staple.

Butter, pork, bacon, beef, chicken, etc. I would suggest that you don't consume any processed meats like luncheon meats or anything that is preformed. I hope this gets you started on the true reason this is happening to you and how to handle it. Otherwise just take the medication. It could start you on a whole new world of taking tons of other medications, but hey, it's your condition deal with it as you please. There are healthy options and then there is your dr. Look into the Atkins diet if you need better guidance. On what sort of things you should eat. It really gets diabetes under control. Keep a good monitor on hand to check your blood glucose. Walmarts Reli On is cheap and so are the strips. The lancets are way cheap too. Just start reading and let your own good sense guide you through it all. Best of Luck,

2011-10-01 00:23:38 -0500 Report

Hey Lisa~~ Welcome to the site. I've been a T2 diabetic for 16 years now. There is nothing to be afraid of being on Metformin 2 times a day. I have been on Metformin ever since I was diagnosed. Like you I started with 500mgs of Metformin along with (I think. It was eons ago) 500mgs of Tolinaise. Now from what I've heard, the took Tolinaise off the mkt a long time ago. My doctor then put me on 2000mgs of Metformin, along with a slew of other drugs. (Actos, Glipizide,even insulin.) He took me off of everything except the Metformin. I really need to be on Metformin w/another diabetic drug, but that would mean I would have to start seeing my old Endocrinologist which is a no go for me since he & I parted ways on disagreeable terms. So I'll be on the Metformin for the rest of my life. So there is nothing to be scared of. Just remember to check your blood sugar (b/s) @ least twice a day, and try and keep it below 200 and your HGA1c under 7 & you should be just fine. But if you still feel scared, or you need a helping hand, or have a question, feel free to jump onto this site, and ask away. No question is to lame, or to stupid. We've all have been in your shoes. So all of us will be more than happy to answer any type of question(s) that you may have. Again, welcome to this site, and before to long, you'll have many friends on this site that you can turn to for help. I'm definitely one of them.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-09-30 19:28:51 -0500 Report

Don’t be scared. Though it is natural to be scared and we all go through the scared stage, once you settle in to a routine (meds, diet, exercise) you will find diabetes is not a giant ogre but a little gnat. A little bothersome but nothing you cannot handle.
I guess since your insurance will not cover a meter it won’t cover the test strips. Wal-Mart can be one answer. Their meters and strips are inexpensive. Also check online. Some companies will give you a meter to get you to buy strips. Find a CDE or Diabetes Management Center or group. They are usually given meters by various manufacturers to distribute to patients (again to encourage you to buy their test strips).
See if there is a diabetes support group in your area and join it. They are as valuable to your wellbeing and success as your doctor. Meeting face to face with other people with diabetes will ease your fears. You will find you are not alone and many problems you have had been dealt with before.
And don’t forget us. This community is a treasure trove of knowledge and experience. No question is too small or silly or stupid. Ask and you will find many of us had the same questions and we’ll share our answers. We are here to help each other.

Marytea 2011-09-30 10:02:41 -0500 Report

Please don't be scared. You will be fine if you follow your doctor's suggestions, eat well and get some exercise ( I love to walk). A dear friend told me to look at diabetes diagnosis as a blessing. It saved my life. I was also told to look at it as a job (there is work involved) that had a great paycheck: longer and healthier life. Hope you get your insurance issues/meter solved. Looks like others have offered great advice as they always do.

DragonDreams 2011-09-30 09:55:47 -0500 Report

There are a few things you can't eat now, because they change your bs readings too much. For most foods it's all about portion size. I found a great printout on web md. ( http://www.webmd.com/default.htm ) It uses common things found in your house to help you figure out portion size. It's one page long. I printed it out and I carry it with me. For example: a 3oz. piece of fish is about the size of a checkbook. The same site also has a food and fitness planner. It allows you to keep track of your food intake and exercise. They can send you email reminders to enter your information. The fitness tracker has common exercises (like walking and folding laundry) and will calculate the calories burned based on your weight. It has been helping me to keep track of my weight loss journey. My doctor gave me a list of foods and portions that I carry with me as well. If your doc didn't give you one I can send you a copy of mine. You can email me @ dragon.dreamz@yahoo.com small This gets easier to deal with in time, as long as you keep dealing with it. Don't give up on yourself. This is one of those things that if you stop taking care of it, can cause serious problems for you. So relax, take a breath, Laugh and keep going. You can get control of this. Just think my doc told me I could only have 7 grapes a day! All I could think about when she told me that was did those extra small grapes count as one grape each or could I have more? I saw another person on here had posted about their doc saying they could have 17! Don't worry about it too much even the doc's can't agree. Find what works for you. And don't forget to laugh!

lacat87 2011-10-01 00:51:26 -0500 Report

There is a great book that gives all the information on common and not so common foods that gives you fat, calories,and carbs count. The name of the book that I got online is "The Calorie King Calorie Fat & Carbohydrate Counter". I refer to this book all the time. It includes fast foods, restaurtant. It also has a bonus Diabetic Diet Guide. Don't remember how much I paid for it. It may also be available at book stores. I highly recommend it. Good luck on your journey with diabetes. We are here for you to help, guide and listen to you.

lisaloo2429 2011-09-30 10:25:36 -0500 Report

My friend who told me about this site told me I couldn't have oranges anymore!! OMG!! I love oranges, I usually eat one a day! Then she said in moderation maybe half an orange once a week. I will email you so you can email me that copy. That would be great.

2011-10-01 00:28:38 -0500 Report

Listen to jayabee Lisa. He's 1 smart cookie!! He can't eat them, but he's sure is a smart 1.

jayabee52 2011-09-30 16:57:21 -0500 Report

Only your GLUCOMETER can tell you what you can eat and not eat lisa!

What I do to determine what I can eat or not is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my baseline reading. I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using either foodpicker.org (http://foodpicker.org/) or nutrition data.com (http://nutritiondata.self.com/) or
( http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/4486.asp ) eat a recommended portion of that food.

Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with that food on it, and record the baseline, the portion conumed and the postprandial results, and my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically.

If you follow that proceedure Lisa, you will know what works for YOUR metabolism specifically and won't have to rely on guesswork.

I have eaten a SMALL Clementine orange without a big rise in BG numbers. So if you can find some clementines, you might be able to enjoy them with regularity. Just do your testing to be able to tell for sure.

lisaloo2429 2011-10-03 09:27:07 -0500 Report

Thanks Jayabee I've been jotting down all my readings when I take them but not being very specific as far as what I ate I just write down breakfast but I will start doing that. Thank you for the suggestion, that's a great idea!

lacat87 2011-10-01 00:55:45 -0500 Report

Where does one find a Glucometer? Never heard of one and my doc and DE never told me about it.

DragonDreams 2011-10-01 02:18:41 -0500 Report

That's the meter that tests your blood glucose. No, I can't sleep. For some unknown reason my biorhythms are opposite. The sun comes up and I get tired, the sun goes down and I pop up. go figure.

lacat87 2011-10-01 14:10:53 -0500 Report

Ok now I feel really stupid!! Of course I use one. It's always been called a "meter" to me from the time I left the hospital to now. Please forgive my dumbness, DragonDreams!!!

DragonDreams 2011-10-01 21:58:56 -0500 Report

Don't feel bad. All the people I've been seeing just call it a meter too. I'm something of a compulsive reader, and I read the instructions that came with my meter. That's where I saw that it was called a glucometer. Jayabee is right, there are no stupid questions.

jayabee52 2011-10-01 15:24:06 -0500 Report

Maybe the only stupidity was mine for using the name of the instrument instead of just saying "meter"

But you DID THE RIGHT THING! You didn't know what it was and you ASKED about it! I believe that here on DC the ONLY stupid question is an HONEST question WHICH IS NOT ASKED! Others may have that same question but will not have the courage to ask. GOOD FOR YOU, lacat!

2011-10-01 00:26:51 -0500 Report

Hey Lisa, listen to jayabee. He's ALWAYS right on target. And not only that, he's a really great friend! Aren't I right J~A~B? You know that you are!! And stop that blushing!! Do you hear me? ( lol :D)

DragonDreams 2011-09-30 16:21:44 -0500 Report

I emailed you the one my dietician gave me today., because it's got more detailed information. There is also a page to make a personal meal plan for yourself.

Abby888 2011-09-30 10:33:59 -0500 Report

One orange has 15g of carbohydrates and if you like clementines they are 9g of carbohydrates each. Its really trial and error. If you eat an orange and your sugar skyrockets then switch to a different fruit. Is your friend diabetic as well? Every person is unique and certain foods effect people differently. God bless :)

lisaloo2429 2011-09-30 10:36:10 -0500 Report

I haven't had one since she told me but I'll have half of one today and see how it affects me. Thanks I'll try the clementines. Those are the littles ones right?

saber32 2011-10-01 06:55:38 -0500 Report

I got the one touch meter and I had nothing but trouble with the meter and the trips tpp I bought the strips from walmart took them home the meter will not read the strips called the help line meer needs to be replaced and the strips are exspired too . need new strips help line said . I just trash it send it back to one touch I got the mini free stile meter now it work great and the strips are free for me too

robinlove 2011-10-04 15:10:07 -0500 Report

I have the one touch , but my new insurance which is starting will NOT pay for that brand of strips. ):

robinlove 2011-10-05 08:24:23 -0500 Report

They are eliminating covering one touch strips, it was on their site. The new insurance is horrible! I have no strips now, and am playing it by ear…not good!!!!!!

saber32 2011-10-04 15:17:43 -0500 Report

yes thay will just go get your docter to fill the strips out for you and the lansits too?? I use true track meter $18 for the meter $25 for the strips!! my other meter is the free style I got it for $10 for the meter and the strips I get my docter to get me them and my insurance pays for the for me ??
my docter gets them for me. I do not have to pay for them my insurance pays for them

robinlove 2011-10-05 08:28:32 -0500 Report

All my old ins. paid for them not aetna ): I will have to get another meter. I will have a copay now. I am also on lantus insulin pens, with my copay I will have to pay 120.00 a month now. I have to pay all scripts in full, then the ins. reinburses 70%. I don't have that kind of money. I am on a LOT of very expensive meds. This is scary.

lisaloo2429 2011-10-05 08:55:16 -0500 Report

Oh robinlove I'm so sorry. Gosh there has to be a way to get some help. If I had an extra meter I sure would let you have it.

robinlove 2011-10-05 12:08:02 -0500 Report

you can call me just Robin lol. Faith is my middle name. I am not very creative with my user names. Well I talked to a tech at Walmart pharmacy and have stopped whining. I live in upstate ny so prices may vary. Your sweet. I have several meters, you tend to collect them over the years. Their meters are 9.00 and a 100 strips are 30. For the meds and the meter, and some scripts I need for now it will be about 100.00. I can't believe my husband (separated) got the cheapest insurance he could. Jerk!!! He knew nothing about it, just signed up for it. NO major medical. yearly max 20,000. I was in the hospital in july for almost 2 weeks. Had we not still had the bc/bs it would have been a bill for about 35,000. AHHHHHH but thank God we still had it. I can't get medicaid because even though he pays the bills he rarely gives me cash. Don't worry I was so scared when I found out about me having diabetes. I was very good at first. Then denial set in for about 10 years. Now I am so thankful that I show no clinical signs of diabetic damage. I am new here too .

lisaloo2429 2011-10-05 12:18:52 -0500 Report

Can someone that has had diabetese for a long time and can no longer work get on disability? I was just wondering. They give disability to ppl w/depression (my cousin) so having a chronic disease would also qualify wouldn't it?

Abby888 2011-09-30 10:39:53 -0500 Report

Yes clementines are the little oranges. They saw "sweet and easy to peel" on the bag. I got a whole bag of them today at the grocery store for $4.99 (in NH). Well worth the price. Good luck with everything :)

lisaloo2429 2011-09-30 09:48:28 -0500 Report

Thank yall so much for all the great information. My aunt had an extra one as she is on disablility and gets them free. She gave me everything that goes w/it. I do have insurance through my husbands employer, I was just reallly surprised that after being diagnosed insurance wouldn't cover the meter but only the test strips. Weird but anyway thanks again!!! God bless and I hope everyone has a great day!!! It's friday!!! yay!!!

lacat87 2011-10-01 00:58:22 -0500 Report

I don't understand why your insurance won't pay for your meter. I have always just been given one at my doctors.

classof78 2011-09-30 22:50:56 -0500 Report

My dr. sent me to diabetes education at a local hospital. The people there reviewed my insurance, and gave me a meter that would have the cheapest test strips based on my ins. plan. They gave me the meter, but I'm guessing I will be buying the next one. Also, the insurance told me I was covered for up to 10 hrs/yr of education, but what they left out was that I was paying for most of it. They just gave me permission to go. I'm glad I got the information, but if I had known it would cost over $350 I would have figured out something else.

DragonDreams 2011-09-30 23:43:23 -0500 Report

That stinks that they are making you pay for it. You could ask around about free support groups, and get some answers to your questions that way. I know there is a free support group that meets once a month at a hospital near me. Keep your receipts, some medical expenses are tax deductible. I hope yours are. Hang in there.

saber32 2011-09-30 01:01:35 -0500 Report

i got my meter free and the strips too insurance will cover it for you all you need is a your docter fill out a refill for the strips and a meter then the insurance will cover it for you… That what I did and I bought the first one then I got my docter fill one out I now get 14 refills on my strips and a free meter by my docter have a check up or call fill one out for you

digitaldoorbell 2011-09-29 23:57:15 -0500 Report

I understand perfectly. I was diagnosed this time last year. Had similar concerns as you but have managed to control BG by diet and exercise alone. It is natural to be scared, depressed and more. I can tell you though, this condition for many, many of us is is controllable. Some people need meds, some get off of meds too.

Even small amounts of exercise help a lot. I found that low, low carb took care of almost everything for me. It did take time to get used to but now it's pretty easy. There's lots of information here and at other sites. Just keep learning and most importantly, remember that each one of us is different and we get unique results based on unique biochemistry.

Your fear will pass as you learn and experience more. Reach out to help others. No matter how little you know, people take comfort in hearing from others.

All the best to you…

sheriden 2011-09-29 22:50:28 -0500 Report

I forgot Through our health services pay what you can type thing. I got free diabetic Ed. I saw a nutritionist and took classes all was good for me. What they told me about eating is split your plate 1/2 veg, 1/4 pro, 1/4 carbs, your pro, like meet, egg, P-butter ect. 7 gram, fat. carb's like one wheat bread say 18 total slow acting. Fruit like for a snack is a fast acting card. Just be sure to space meals and snacks and eat small. If you can 6 sm meals a day is best. Popcorn a great snack. They even gave me a free meter at the diabetic ED class. Allot of people do not seem to know about these clinics. I would go to your Department of family services and check with them, your SS office and any shelter or other service you may have near you. Luck

2011-10-01 00:36:24 -0500 Report

My ins did as well. All of my diabetic supplies meter strips, as well as my medication is free. Now I pay for my ins out of pocket, but it sure is worth every dime.

sheriden 2011-09-29 22:31:55 -0500 Report

Lisa are you working? You can get free meter on here at times always in our screen. I also understand Target has a meter for 9.99 and the strips are also afordable. You should have a health care clinic, and you should check out both the pyh, health and mental health because diabetics often need a little help with depression. Also that way you can get a case manager and they help you get what you need and have more insight than we do. I am new to this only a few months but am trying to get a hold on it. Keep in touch and if you need to know more about how to find the above just ask me we will figure it out. Blessings to you .

redcamel 2011-09-29 19:55:44 -0500 Report

Hi lisa I went through the same thing back in 02 The ins does cover most of the supplies except it might not be the best meter or the newest. Just like you I got D at 44 just as soon as the factory warranty ran out. Be careful if you change ins carriers. They don't like people with chronic diseases. They will either deny your application or you will need a letter stating you had/have a preexisting illness. Just a not for people in the real world. As for food just cut out processed sugar and grease. Please Please tell your daughter she is at risk of D2 since you have it . One last item seeing a nutritionist about food is usually not covered by insurance. sorry one last item not everyone agrees but your A1c over a period of 3 months is more important than the BS readings. For a fee you can do your own A1c

Val L
Val L 2011-10-01 20:29:26 -0500 Report

My insurance paid for my Diabetes Education classes, I was lucky and they paid for my Nutritionist as well… It all depends on your Ins company and your coverage. Also if you are in a group insurance plan through your employer, pre-existing conditions do not matter, they have to cover you.

PastorBob 2011-09-28 22:32:01 -0500 Report

Hey Lisaloo! It may look scary, but don't worry over it, it is a journey you must take and with patience and research you will be fine, it does get easier as you learn more and become more "comfortable" with your situation. Remember, if you take care of yourself now, chances are you won't have to deal with the bad stuff down the road. This is a great site full of wonderful and caring people who will walk with you through this. God Bless!

lisaloo2429 2011-09-29 09:17:03 -0500 Report

Hi PastorBob, I totally agree with you. I know I am still scared but I know whatever happens, it's God's will and I will deal w/it however I can. It could be worse right? Thank you for your kind words. God bless.

labornurse 2011-09-28 16:55:53 -0500 Report

This can be a very scary disease, but you can control it. First of all, stop worrying, stress can only cause you more problems. Most insurances cover meters and supplies and if not sometimes you can find ads on the internet that want you to try their meters for free. I love my Therasense Flash because I can check on my arms instead of my fingers and it only requires a tiny spot of blood. Remember to exercise and eat well and again, don't worry! This community as I have been reading this morning and afternoon has some wonderful people and insights and is a great place to know that you are definitely not alone in this.

Jan8 2011-09-28 16:40:41 -0500 Report

It is scary at first because it is so new to you and I know how overwhelming it can be lisaloo. Ask your doc if he/she can refer you to a diabetic nutritionist. You will feel more sure of yourself and not so stressed. Also they should be able to give you information about the right food to eat and how much. There is a lot of good information right here on this website and we are always here for you. Welcome.

wilma flintstone
wilma flintstone 2011-09-27 21:52:38 -0500 Report

Hi Lisaloo, hang in there. My husband was diagnosed last yr, 2days before Thanksgiving. The wake up call was a heart attack. The same day he is recovering from that, they inform us that he has diabetes. His A1c was 14.7. Diabetes was the canary in the coal mine for us. He came home on Thanksgiving to 5 insulin shots a day til earlier this month. I have been reading everything I can since that night. This is the first time I have written about it. I do know that this is a very frightening time for you. But you can do this! This group, as a whole, have been very helpful for me, the care giver. I don't know your situation, but I applaud your upcoming efforts. Most of the postings are from the patient themselves. From the care giver side, it's different. I started w/our diet. I changed everything. Don't think this was easy or cheap. I stopped all "white" from our diet, white bread, white rice, potatoes, white flour, white sugar. I turned into the food Nazi. My husband is a meat and potato guy. He was not pleased w/this turn of events or diet change. You need to attempt to eat whole foods, cut out processed everything. I hear you all, EVERYTHING is processed. I did say this was not easy. I was also forced to change my diet, out of solidarity, 40 lb wt loss later. I borrowed the South Beach diet cookbook and cooked like crazy, froze a bunch of stuff for breakfast and dinner. He didn't like my healthy cooking before and I still get "the face", at times. We used to each cook our own meals, now how stupid is that? not to mention expensive. He would make steak and spuds and I would have a taco salad made w/ground turkey and taco seasonings. When we got home from the hospital, my worst fear was I had nothing in the house he could or should eat! I had to get rid of a boatload of food, mac & cheese, canned soups, chips, lots of sugar and the like. I viewed all of the diabetic sites that very night. I make killer bran muffins for breakfast, fiber is your friend and can work wonders w/bg. A big bowl of beans actually lowers, (at least, in my hubbys' experience) your carb count when factoring in fiber content. If you don't count carbs, attempt to do so. It gave us a range to work with. Your MD should have given you a carb counting book. They're free and avail anywhere diabetes education is. Anyway, I will stop blathering. The doctors told him he would never get off the insulin. As of 9/5/11, he has stopped all insulin, and is now on Metformin. If you are only on the pills currently, you have the ability to change things around. Just yesterday, he finally admitted he had diabetes. He will always have and "carry the diagnosis "of diabetes, but it will not have us. Read, Read, Read and get a good support group. This is a good place to start, they were there when I needed them, even though this is my first posting. I take some of the credit for the way things have turned out, I am proud of both of us, and will be proud of you too! Love and prayers to you on your journey, W

CWMecca 2011-09-29 02:24:16 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed 8/12/11, following a heart attack as well. This site is the best I've found for information and support. I'm not getting much support from my doctor at all right now, probably because I don't have insurance yet. I'm trying to fill out all the forms for state aid, etc but they're so insane! Good luck to your hubby.

lisaloo, we're all in the same boat so to speak. Ask your questions and you'll get solid information here.

wilma flintstone
wilma flintstone 2011-09-30 20:00:01 -0500 Report

Thanks for your thoughts. Keep jumping through the stated red tape hoops and you will get the help you need. Good luck to you as well, W

lisaloo2429 2011-09-28 08:56:05 -0500 Report

Wow sounds like you have been through the ringer but hey your still here and still supporting your hubby and that's awesome. I have a great support group w/my family and friends, my husband…he's another story. I won't go into that but he's just not very supportive of what is going on w/me. I think he just wishes I was well and could do everything he wants to do but I can't and I won't. I am going to take care of me cuz if I don't then no one will. I love him dearly but the way he was raised was so different from how I was raised. My Mom and Dad are in their 70's and I can count on them no matter what but I should be able to count on my husband as well but I can't and that makes me sad. But I don't have time to be sad and walllow in self pity, I am still young and want to live to see my daughter get married and see my grandkids (if she ever has any). Thank you so you much for your advice. I so appreciate being able to talk to someone. God bless and I hope your husband and YOU are doing well. Keep in touch please and I will too.

lacat87 2011-10-01 01:10:49 -0500 Report

My husband too is not supportive, Lisa. It's too bad that they don't get it. My husband likes to go get cake from the store! And there it sits challenging me to have a slice! Sometimes I give in and have a small slice, but generally have to learn to walk away from it. Last Christmas, after less than a year from being diagnosed, he put little pieces of candy in my stocking. I keep telling him I can't eat that stuff any more. I buy a lot of fruit for both of us to eat, but he wants the sweets. And I love my sweets!! So good to learn you have someone to support you when your husband won't.

wilma flintstone
wilma flintstone 2011-09-30 19:55:12 -0500 Report

Dear Lisa, sounds like your folks and daughter are worth the effort needed to keep you strong and motivated, as is your husband I'm sure he will come around, sounds like you too, are worth the effort. I don't think, if the tables were turned, that my husband would be eating the new Nazi diet or giving me the support I would need for this disease, but I'm probably wrong. I think they get scared of things they can't control and end up w/their emotions vapor locked. It may seem like he is not supportive but he may just be inwardly frightened of losing you. I know that those emotions are not far from my own. Give him time to come to grips w/this new diagnosis, you're not even a month into it. You may be suprised how strong you both will become. Hope I haven't offended any men out there that enjoy a good heart to heart w/their wife. I just feel that you are few and far between! Keep strong Dear Lisa, start reading labels, hit the library for some new cookbooks and continue the good fight. Just think of this as one of lifes new lessons. We are never to old to learn and knowledge is power. Take care, W

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-09-27 21:39:41 -0500 Report

My experience has been to see a nutritionist to educate about the food that turn into sugar, pasata potatoes, corn. They might suggest you eat 5 cabs per meal and three meals a day with snakes. Using a sweetner instead of sugar, reading the back of the products you to determine how much sugar it contains. Also reconizing the different names of sugar.

JoleneAL 2011-09-27 15:46:30 -0500 Report

For the most part, nobody's insurance pays for the meters, just the strips. Doctor should have given you one though. (JMHO)

I cried on my husband's shoulders for an hour after I got home that night with a bag full of meds and instructions and no where to turn.

I started following my doctor's orders the next day and hitting the internet for all it is worth. You will find good sites (like this) and bad ones (no names!), but keep searching until you find a home.

Good luck - that is why we are here!

slrw2000 2011-09-27 11:40:16 -0500 Report

Hi. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in July. I was scared as well. I had a two week wait time to talk to a dietitian and it was the longest two weeks of my life. I was also - and still am - on a huge weight loss journey. So far, since July 11, I have eaten healthy, enjoyed my food and lost 44.3 pounds as of this morning! I could be happy to share what I have learned, it is a lot to write here, but it really has not been as hard as I thought. diabeticgourmet.com is an awesome source for recipes and information. My insurance company has a nurse I talk to on the phone on occasion. Feel free to e-mail me if you would like some support. I find that it helps! ericmattw@aol.com small Best wishes.

diabetesfree 2011-09-27 11:21:35 -0500 Report

First rule of being a diabetic… Don't panic! You should be able to reach someone at your insurance company's coverage department to see if the meter is covered. No sense worrying about it if you don't need to. The answer might even be in your coverage documents. Remember, stress increases your blood glucose levels, so don't do it! :-)

lisaloo2429 2011-09-27 11:36:57 -0500 Report

Okay taking a breath and praying as well. I've already actually called dr's office and I can use the One Touch mini - it's only 19.99 and insurance covers the strips so YAY!!! Thank you for your kind words.

diabetesfree 2011-09-27 12:24:49 -0500 Report

As you'll soon find out, the meters are usually pretty cheap or even free. It's the test strips that cost a fortune! Since you are covered by insurance though, it sounds like you're in good shape. Most meters come with a few test strips as well, which should last you a day or so until you get your prescription of them filled. Take care!!!

lisaloo2429 2011-09-27 12:42:25 -0500 Report

I did talk to my nurse and she said the One Touch mini ($19.99) is fine to use and the test strips are covered by insurance and will cost $20.00 - whew!! that's a relief. Thank you so much.

mlhernandez85 2011-09-29 13:38:18 -0500 Report

i was able to get a free meter through walgreens when i was using them for my insulin rx's. just talk to the pharmasist about it.

lisaloo2429 2011-09-29 13:47:44 -0500 Report

My aunt had an extra one and she gave it to me so I didn't have to buy one. It came w/everything so I lucked out. Thank you!!

CWMecca 2011-09-29 02:26:26 -0500 Report

I got my meter at Wal-Mart for about $10.00, the strips are another matter. It's $10.00 for 10 of them! I do like the meter because you can test on alternate sites, not just your fingers. Check out Reli On meters.

Beata2 2011-09-27 11:11:19 -0500 Report

Take a deep breath. When my husband was diagnosed we were overwhelmed with all of the info we recieved, test to be taken and conflicting opinions on how to best manage this disease. Sometimes it can be a bit much.
Hopefully you like your doc or doc's, if not please find ones that you do like.
My Gramma also had type 2 and she lived to 96! You CAN do this!
Hang in there and keep in touch with us.;)

lisaloo2429 2011-09-27 11:38:11 -0500 Report

I am overwhelmed but I know for whatever reason I have this it's going to be okay. I have God on my side first and foremost and great support from my family and friends. AND now you guys!! thank you so much!!

Abby888 2011-09-27 10:34:39 -0500 Report

Did you ask your doctor's office if they have any free meters? That's where I got mine. I am also supposed to be checking my blood pressure 3 times a day but my insurance won't cover the blood pressure cuff. It can be very frustrating. As far as what you should eat…do some research on the internet or see if your doctor can recommend a diabetes educator. I am on a low carb, high protein diet and my sugars have been pretty close to normal. Good luck with everything and god bless :)

lisaloo2429 2011-09-27 11:39:47 -0500 Report

No they don't but I did calll about the One Touch mini that is $19.99and the dr said that would be fine and the insurance covers the strips so those are $20.00. I think it will be okay. Thank you and God bless you!

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