Out of control levels

By Young1s Latest Reply 2011-12-17 22:08:17 -0600
Started 2011-10-25 10:53:24 -0500

Hello everyone. I am newly diagnosed with T2. Was put on 5 units a day of the 24 hr insulin, by my docr, at the beginning of the month. After 2 weeks, she put me on Metformin, 500mg/twice daily. Last week, the diabetic nurse/specialist at the docs office increased my insulin to 11 units a day.

Here's the delimma. My levels have been fluctuating between the low 200's to mid 400's on a regular basis. This is really freaking me out. I had one day of mid 100's and that was it. This past Sunday I almost went to the ER because 4 straight level checks, 2 - 2 1/2 hrs apart, all read over 300. I try to eat foods with high fiber and protein, but it is not helping. Okay I could do more on the exercise front, but considering I am walking to and from the docs office practically 4 times a week, I thought it would help somewhat.

Fortunately, I don't have any liver or kidney problems, but I was diagnosed with Pancreatitis a few months ago. Yes, you read that right. The one organ that is the most important for my health and well-being in dealing with diabetes, is on the fritz. So you see my consern about my levels. Both the doc and the nurse seem to have this wait and see what the meds do attitude, but this is my life we're talking about. So far I haven't had another flare-up, mostly due to the fact that I stopped drinking, but I just feel that something more should be done.

This is all new to me. Am I being paranoid? Should I let the meds run their coarse, or should I request a med increase, like my gut is screaming for me to do?

44 replies

Caroltoo 2011-12-17 19:45:17 -0600 Report

Hi, Patricia,

It looks like you and I started about the same time, but I was unaware that yours was a brand new diagnosis then. I've just been reading through this discussion and see most of it is now almost two months old. It has me wondering how your BGs are now.

I had a flare up of what I think was pancreatitis about 4 months ago. Mine came from problems stemming from gluten-intolerance and gall bladder issues. I threw some crazy spikes until I figured out what could be happening and treated the potential causes (gluten intolerance and gall stones blocking the duct and causing pain and inflammation). Once I got those under control, my BG dropped very quickly back to normal.


Young1s 2011-12-17 20:08:44 -0600 Report

I am happy to report that I am still sober, my fasting is pretty consistent around 115 and my "bad" highs only get as far as about 180. Still working on that. Have had some lows in the 80's and a one time 73, but all and all things are looking good. I have a doc appt on Wed so will find out about my A1 and whether I can cut down on the Met then.

Caroltoo 2011-12-17 20:27:55 -0600 Report

Good for you! Sobriety can be such a hard struggle! That is a good range for the BGs, glad they settled down during these last two months. That must indicate that your pancreatitis is much better also. That stuff is scary!!

Young1s 2011-12-17 22:08:17 -0600 Report

Absolutely scary. I was close to not making it out of that hospital. But God smiled on me and said there is much for me to do here still. Therefore, it wasn't my time and I thank God daily for that.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-30 20:00:04 -0500 Report

it really does take some time for your body to adjust, but you have every right to demand answers from the people that are helping you. I'm assuming you cut out sweets and soft drinks? Watch the carbs, that was a tough one for me at first. I also keep a food journal and log of the bs's and that helps me out alot. It lets me know what is working and what is not. I have found that too much fresh fruit is not good for me because of all the natural sugars and fresh veggies with a few wheat crackers and cheese does not spike me at all! It's going to be trial and error but don't give up, and keep asking those ?'s. Good luck and God Bless

MichaelJ58 2011-10-27 16:02:05 -0500 Report

Back in 2004 when I was 1st told about being diagnosed with type 2 my numbers were always up too,around the high 300 to 400, but then the meds started to kicin and things begun to change,just give the meds time you will see a change…

sadi23 2011-10-26 16:07:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing this story, I too have just been diagnosed and trying to find my way…Only a few months, and I am glad to say, I have lost 35 pounds :):):) I check my BS all the time, to see each new food and how it effects my BS, I keep a log of each food, so I don't have to check it again. I also may try a smaller portion, and recheck my BS, if it still raises, it goes on the out list. I hang my hand down, make sure its warm, before the poke, this lets me put the depth at 3# which some say, how do you get enough blood, well just like I said. So checking my BS doesn't hurt, and I can check as often as I like. thanks again, God Bless you all and watch over you…teri

Young1s 2011-10-26 13:13:17 -0500 Report

Thanks to you ALL. These are excellent points. I will be even more vigilant about watching what I eat and making note of what I have eaten when I spike.

sweetbelle 2011-10-25 22:04:50 -0500 Report

It sometimes takes a while for your blood sugars to get down to somewhere near normal. I still struggle with my BS. I'm trying to figure out which foods spike my sugars. Unfortunately for me, I love chocolate and cakes and that makes my sugars spike worse than anything. Just try experimenting with your food. See what causes your spikes and I'll keep you in my prayers.

pixsidust 2011-10-25 20:17:49 -0500 Report

Make sure you cut the Carbs. Some use the medicine to still eat the carbs.
No bread, potatoes or rice, no juice or sugary fruit. Beer and wine is a no no too. As bad as things seem, I would try harder diet wise. Good luck! You are in my prayers!

Kirla 2011-10-25 18:01:01 -0500 Report

This is how i went from A1C 14.1 to 5.9 in just about 4 months.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

sadi23 2011-11-03 17:09:10 -0500 Report

Great information, adding a egg to my meals brought my BS right down. Thank you so much. i have questions about some vitamins. what do you know about these Magnesium , Calcium,fish oil, Wine vinager, Cinnamon, (helps?) MSM and what doses, take what when? w/food or w/out food, time of day, take with and what not to take together? I know thats a lot of questions, but if you have any info. it would be great. also where is a good place to get inexpensive? is there a catalog or website? anyone can answer any of these questions, thanks for all your help…your friend Teri

Kirla 2011-11-03 17:51:10 -0500 Report

When I want to learn about something I google it. I get lots of info that way.

Over the last few years I have tried lots of different vitamins and supplements. If I buy a bottle and don’t see much help with my blood sugar I usually don’t buy anymore.

The supplements I do take are a multivitamin because doctor Atkins recommended it in his book. I take fish oil and vitamin D because of articles written by David Mendosa. I take 4000 IU’s of the D and 3 1200 MG of fish oil. I take 1 100 MG CoQ10 for the heart. Heart disease runs in the family. I take 2 B Complex one in the morning and one with lunch. Recently started to take 2 1000 Mg B-12’s. One when I get up and one with lunch. Most of the vitamins I take after lunch. Most of the directions recommend taking with food. Take the B’s because doctor said I was low on them. Started the extra B12 because of nerve damage in my feet. For a snack in the morning I eat some sunflower seeds and sometimes a hard boiled egg. Will also take a fiber supplement. When I evaluated my diet on sparkpeople I found I wasn’t getting the recommended amount of fiber each day so I started the supplement. Walmart sells a sugar free one for about 7 or 8 dollars and lasts for about 3 months. Also David Mendosa takes a fiber supplement so I take it also.

Most of what I do and what has helped me control blood sugar I write on my blog. Your welcome to look and read if you want.

Your doctor can have your blood checked for vitamins and stuff and can recommend taking some based on your test results.

When first diagnosed I started to eat a salad everyday at supper time and will add 2-3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and drink it after I eat the salad. I found a low carb Italian type of dressing that works great with the vinegar.

Cinnamon I tried for about 6 months, I added a teaspoon to my Low Carb protein Drink I drink first thing in the morning for breakfast. Didn’t see any results so no longer add it to my drink. I do add a little more to recipes I make that calls for it. Not much but a little. My soy cakes have it in them so I use it in my cooking mostly. Some people have luck with it and some don’t. I heard you can buy supplements that have a high concentrations of it in them. You will have to try it and see if it helps. If you buy the supplements just follow the recommendations on the bottle is all that I do unless I find that taking more doesn’t hurt.


sadi23 2011-11-03 21:11:56 -0500 Report

Kevin or is it kirla? Your writtings are wonderful, full of info. I will check out your blog, forsure…or anything you may suggest..:) haha your great, and thanks for getting back to me..I have been a member of the "Lupus Connect" for a long time…I have had Lupus all my life, with many secondary conditions, that came along over the years. I was daignosed with Diabetes type 2 un-controlled only a few months ago. I am worried as I have many Vascular medical issues, COPD, Cirulation problems, Raynauds Disease…I have learned that many of these type of medical issues, go a long with diabetes as well. It always seems I get the worst of each issue, and the treatments that most do fine with, seem to never work for me, or with another medications or treatment for something else. I have Gastritis, Gastro & Gastroesophageal Reflux, Candida (yeast) Sytemic, a lot Oral, throat, tongue, Sinusitis chronic, hiatal hernia, Scleroderma, Epiglottistis, hoarseness, Candida Systemic skin, ulcers sores chronic, Vision problems, Cataracts, Decreased Vision blurred vision(often), double vision at times, Dizziness often, Sjogrens, Kidney Disease (failure), osteoporosis, oh sorry i got carried away, i was going to say i have a lot of stomach problems, that medications hurt, digestion problems, i feel the wine Vinegar, with powdered fiber mix will help. I have learn many things that help my other conditions here on the Diabetes Connect" as the Lupus Connect there are hardly any posts, if i ask a question, it often takes days before a reply. i wish the other connects had such kind, friendly and helpful members as there are here on the Diabetes Connect…But i feel I am doing pretty good so far, I have learned to be strong and do what needs to be done, for my health. It took many years, as i would have times, I would tell myself "I am not sick" and give up on all the doc's and treatments, but that put me in the ICU. i have had doctors tell me, "this is going to be your last Christmas, like 18 years ago, "I have 6 months to 9 left" 10 years ago" so i believe in the deep will to live, miracles, and the grace of God.. They say i am at deaths door, It is the first time i feel they may be right…but I am not giving up, it is only making me, educate myself more and find what ever I can do for myself. I think i have had diabetes for a very long time, they just over looked it, due to the continued chronic issues, that were at hand. the Vascular, eye, cirulation, stomach uphigh pain, vision, dizziness, chronic infections, sores etc. that don't ever heal..are my diabetes, and not all the other named conditions, maybe now they are at a point, that they can be called Vasculitis, Raynauds but may very well of been caused by diabetes..I often felt my medical team, blamed to much on my Lupus, or Sjogrens, I would even ask, "are you sure this can't be something else, that could be cured? or treated differently, if caused by something else? "could we be missing some tests? also many treatments and medications did a lot of damage to my body, while treating other things, in my teens and twenties. as the doc's would say " you will die from your illnesses before these medications do any real damage.. But they were wronge, i wish they understood my sickness more back in the 1970's as i wouldn't be as ill as I am today. but they are learning more and more, so there is still hope, for the younger diagnosed, and me as well… Well I have written a book, but thank you so much for your help…your friend Teri

Kirla 2011-11-06 10:43:05 -0600 Report

I don’t trust doctors much either. If I listened to my doctor I would be taking a bag full of meds and my blood sugar would still be uncontrolled. I figured I had diabetes for maybe 7 or 8 years before being diagnosed. I had signs over the years. Always blames them on something else. Decided it was time for a physical because something didn’t seem right plus I was having some issues I wanted to have looked at. I consider doctors a necessary evil. Need one for lab work and stuff. But when it came to my health I ignored my doctor’s advice and searched the Internet for everything I could find about diabetes. I learned from people who were able to control there blood sugar and able to get off the meds. I tried some of the stuff they did and it worked for me. I’m a firm believer that the patent has to explore and learn as much as they can about whatever conditions they develop. Reading your story gives me thanks for just having Diabetes and some mirror complications. I envy your courage to continue even with all life has thrown at you. I’m not sure I could of done it. I wish you continued success with staying alive. You give me encouragement to keep me on the right track. Like you I figure no matter what happens next I plan to continue the fight. Life is worth living.

sadi23 2011-11-09 18:35:59 -0600 Report

Kevin, I agree with you thoughts on doctors, I have had many problems with doc's over the years, thinking they know it all. When I know my body more then anyone…

I had to start demanding questions answered, being taken off medication, or I wouldn't take anything, as I wanted to try something different.

My insurance changes often, due to my job. This also causes many problems, as there were doctors that no longer took my new insurance. This last year, it changed once again. I was freaked out..But I am trying to look at this new change differently, as it is a Group Health medical center, that has everything in one place, well not everything, but there is much more communication between doctors, and specialist. My records are all at their finger tips, well when they ever get all of them? Test and MRI's as well.

So I am telling myself, that I have never been in a manage care situation, so this is going to be my ticket:)):) i also don't have to go all over the country, to see doc's or get medications.

I have had some problems with my medications, them offering them, or covering some of them. (pain in the A$$) I also have many referrals to outside doc's i then have out of pocket costs.$$$ *&^^***((*&&*( I am swearing Lol

I still have appointments to update my conditions and their treatments, but its hard for me to do much, all at once. I tire easily and will become sicker if i stress or over work myself.

Thank you for the kind words..your friend Teri Keep intouch

jayabee52 2011-11-04 12:37:07 -0500 Report

FYI kirla's name offline is Kevin.

I have noted on the other connect sites that there are not as many ppl there so sometimes it takes a while to get a response to a posting or question. But the CAs and PAs on all the sites I have been on are wonderful people too.

Your list of "medical challenges" sounds like the list my bride Jem had when she was living. Unfortunately one of her medical challenges took her in July 2010, I do not know which challenge(s) took her from me. She had been Dx'd with CHF 20 years before her passing. She couldn't have transplants of heart, lungs or kidneys due to her SLE.

Blessings to you Tori


sadi23 2011-11-04 15:52:51 -0500 Report

James thank you for your loving words…I can't have any transplans that would or may prolong my life, due to my SLE. I know what pain she lived with each & everyday…I am so sorry…I feel so guilty for what my 30 year boyfriend has to live with, he has said, my illnesses are kill him. I know its must of been hard for you, as there is nothing anyone can do, to take their medical conditions away.

But what they can do for their loved ones, is to love & care for the person the best that you can. When my man does the things he knows I need help with every morning, without me asking, (as it is so hard for the one that is so ill, to ask for help) this means the world to me, it makes me smile, I even feel better. Thats what family can do, for their chroniclly ill loved ones.

Many just say things like "you need to clean up this back room" "you need to wash this wall" (we get a lot of dust, where i live). When I know, what is not getting done, i know things that are hidden, that cause me pain and sadness, that I just can't get to them any more… The loved ones family, need to just say, "hey, I thought I would come over & do some heavy cleaning, while you rest and update me on how the grandkids are doing"

People have know idea what these kind of thing do for their loved one, these kind jesters can prolong ones life. Everything I have read about you, shows me that you were this kind of man, for your wife, she was lucky. I know you never made her feel like a burden. We all need that, many of us with life changing illnesses, or a minor medical condition, all need respect & assistance, with out the feeling of "putting anyone out".

I want to thank you for "Jem" for loving her for who she was, respeating her embarrassing type of needs, we often need to ask help with & not making her feel bad about it. For caring for her daily needs, with a smile on your face, For loving her & holding her until the end. & living your life to the fullest, until its your time to join her, at the gate…

Many caregivers don't get the credit they deserve, as a chronic life changing health condition, does effect the whole family, it is hard, it does take time out of their daily life, it may take things away from the caregivers life, that they can not do anymore, due to the needs of their loved one.

What they need to realize, is that they have made their life worth living, made their medical treatment work it very best, made them feel loved so much, they left this world, ready to meet God & live pain & illness free, having a wonderful life, waiting for their love, to fufill their purpose they still have, which could even be, to fall in love & marry another love. nothing would make them happier, watching their love, live a happy & loving life. they will be there, on the other side waiting… Until its his time to go, & together they will wait for his 2nd wife & the rest of their extended family, where they will all be together on the other side, with God.

I want to speak for "Jem", James, thanks for living your life to the fullest, helping others, as well as your self. Speaking with such love about me & our life together. Thanks for loving me through the good times and the very difficult times. thanks for giving your 150 % to care & love me, when I needed it the most. Thank you for being the man, I met & married over 20 years ago. i will be waiting, without pain, with the strangth, to run…to do all the great things we did, before my body couldn't do them any more… to make love for hours, like I could once do…I thank you for being you… I love you Jem

I feel she wanted me to tell you that, I hope I didn't over step my bounds…

I thank you for being here, for me to meet, and for you efforts to help us all live our lives, with Daibetes at our best. i have already learned a lot from your words already. Keep being you, keep intouch I hope we talk again soon…God Bless you and watch over you…

your friend Teri

jayabee52 2011-11-04 17:10:29 -0500 Report

Thank you Terri for the words you shared "from Jem". Her long time friends and her family members told me much the same even while she was alive.

I just wish that we could have spent 20 years together. Unfortunately I met her online in Nov 2007 and she passed in July 2010 so I only knew her about 18 months altogether ( and part of that was a long distance relationship ) I finally moved to be with her in March 2009 and was with her after that nearly 24/7/365 until her passing.

I understand what you were trying to do, and I thank you very much for it. your effort was precious to me.

God put us together so that I could help her after she lost her mother to Non-hodgkins lymphoma. I helped her grieve her loss of her mother with which she was extremely close.

God gave me Jeanne ("Jem") to help me recover from being divorced out of a 25 year marriage by the mother of my 3 sons. She had been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and was trained in psychotherapy (and at first she was afraid that I wanted her to be my therapist, but I soon convinced her that I was interested in HER personally, that she meant much more to me than just a therapist.

She had some disappointments in her romantic life too growing up. She had been engaged twice and both times the fellas got cold feet. One just up and disappeared without a word a few days before the wedding. Then a 3rd fella would not commit to her, but wanted sex with her anyway. But she was not that kinda girl. She even felt rejected by her father due to her blindness.

So every now and then when we were 500 + mi apart she'd go into a mode where she wanted to try to protect her heart and break it off with me. But once I figured out what was going on with her, I told her that she wasn't going to get off that easy. She would have to say that she no longer loved me, and then I'd go away. She couldn't say it. I told her that I will not voluntarily walk away from her. I might die, or be unable to come and be with her because I was disabled. But leave her voluntarily? she'd have to do a lot worse.

She helped me sort through a lot of my old garbage from my previous marriage.
I had already worked through a lot of it, but she helped me through the rest.

God put us into a win/win relationship.

I am glad you have a good long standing relationship to support you.

I am looking for someone else now. I do not expect her to take Jem's place.
No one could do that but I would like to have a companion I could love for the remainder of my life.

Blessings to you and yours


sadi23 2011-11-04 19:07:15 -0500 Report

James, thank you for sharing your wonderful life with Jem, I am glad you founf eachother, when you did as she was able to leave this world, happy, knowing she was turely loved for who she was, even through rough times of illness. You made her life better than she has experenced before.

I don't have a good support system, I didn't want to write anything, as I was thinking about you and Jem.

I was an abused child, my parents. i have two sisters, but they all live in Montana, I don't have any contact with them, with years of therapy.

I two work in Social Services, I am a contractor for the State offices of DSHS, The Division of Developemental Disabilities (DDD) and Kistsap Mental Health services (KMH) I do some side work, I hope to do some kind of Therapy services on line, as my health is so bad, I can hardly leave my home.

Man partner, has been with me off and on for 28 years, i had a lot of problems coming into the relationship. I allowed him to treat me poorly, I have worked since I was 16 if you don't count the years before of the towns babysitter, and house cleaner.

Mark has cheatted on me many times. he has gotten older, and thats the reason he is still here. He has only worked 13 years out of the 28 we have been together, and they were not in a row. I have worked, been supervizors, ran programs for vocational, employment, all assisted for people with disabilities, many learning, mental illness, lacking social abilities, I have worked in almost all areas you can think to be needed. i love my work.

My grandma was a nurse, before her time…she ran the nursing dept. at the hospital amoug many other places. she would take me to her night job, it was like todays Hospite, we would care for people dieing at home. Brush their hair, do their nails, wash and care for them. People told my mom, it was sick that she let me go and see that kind of things. My mom just wanted me out of the house, but my grandma would say " we are giving these people happieness in their last days"

I have to get going now, but I would like to tell you a nit more about my life, if you don't mind, so i will write soon…your friend Teri

jayabee52 2011-11-09 23:33:36 -0600 Report

I suspect it was just as much a surprise to Jem to wake up in heaven as to me to wake up to her not being in her body any more.

She drifted off to sleep talking on the phone to one of her friends. She just faded into sleep. I was in the room too and finished up the conversation with the friend. I didn't even have a chance to say good night to her.

of course I am interested in hearing more about you and your life.

sadi23 2011-11-10 00:47:18 -0600 Report

James, I love a man that speaks so highly of their wife, your a good man. I am happy to hear she went gently, she new you loved her, and that you said good-night with the highest love…I am interested in getting to know about your life as well…thanks for the kind words…your friend Teri

Caroltoo 2011-11-04 23:40:41 -0500 Report

Sadi: your grandmother sounds like a very kind and perceptive lady. Sorry to hear you have had such stress in your life. Working in social services is very rewarding, isn't it. It's such a pleasure to bring some joy into someone's life. Carol

sadi23 2011-11-05 18:19:31 -0500 Report

Yes caroltoo, my grandmother saved my life, all the good in me, is from my grandmother. I am not feeling very well today, due to other medical conditions. I would like to share the women she was and the women she helped me to be, but i am to tired..today, so I will be happy to talk further with you, i will post when i get over this hill I am on right now…I would like to get to know you better…thank you for your reply:) keep intouch Teri

sadi23 2011-11-05 18:44:52 -0500 Report

Thank you again caroltoo, I am not quite sure if my tears right now, are from your kind words, reminding of my grandmother, and how I wish she were here to help me through my pain within my heart, or becuaese i feel so sick right now. I am quite sure which one? But I feel strongly that its the first one…and a bit of the second.. i have been a sucess on paper and with the many wonderful people that i would not of met if it wasn't for my career choices. My union just asked me a few days ago, to write a leter to our Govenor and the eleced officals, as I work for the Goverment and my State of WA. there has been many cuts in programs, medical, dental, thei day treatment programs, the hour paid for services and services cut pervided to our communities most in need. Which i make less then i did 6 years ago, but i am more educated and do more work now then i did then. The perposed budget came out last week, with exterme cuts, to close day programs, cut my paid hpurs and services provided. i was asked to write them, i did, emailed late after noon, by 9;15am the next day, I got a letter back from Rep. Jan Angel, it wasn't one of their reply generic letters, they just apply your name and date to the top of the page. I am working within my mind, how I will reply to here timely reply. I am looking into many areas of work, where I can continue to help others with the challanges of being very ill. we'll talk soon…your friend Teri

Caroltoo 2011-11-05 18:53:17 -0500 Report

Sadly, cutbacks are occuring nationwide and leaving some of our most vulnerable populations even less protected or serviced. I'm glad Rep. Angel really heard what you sent her. Good luck with that avenue of "attack".

FYI: I was licensed in WA for 25 years and my husband and I were in private practice there before we moved to Hawaii. I really do hear you!

sadi23 2011-11-05 19:05:10 -0500 Report

God and my grandmother brought us together, throught a form of our health, i can learn from you more than the info here at DC you may have ideas for my private practice I am trying to develope, to continue my dreams… I am excited to hear more:):) your friend Teri

Caroltoo 2011-11-05 19:17:29 -0500 Report

Sadi: sure, we can chat some on email about the private practice optin…now, get yourself well. Carol

Caroltoo 2011-11-03 18:58:36 -0500 Report

kevin: thanks for the information on your website and Toma's. I just signed up for both and found your pumpkin pie recipe in the process. Mahalo from Hawaii. Carol

Kirla 2011-11-06 11:00:47 -0600 Report

Toma wrote an e-book. When you join you can down load it for free. I found his book to be very good. Toma was able to learn to control his blood sugar and got of the meds and insulin. Some of his book is a little extreme on some stuff but I enjoyed reading it. If you got questions about something he always answered my posts and e-mails. His site doesn’t get the traffic this one gets but I liked it. He recently tried to update it and I find it is kind of slow but its full of great information. I believe he used to work here several years ago. That was before my time and I don’t really know why he left. Maybe it had something to do with him starting his own website.

Caroltoo 2011-11-06 11:33:50 -0600 Report

Thanks, Kevin. I've downloaded it. His site seems full of information. I still have lots of exploring to do! Carol

Kirla 2011-11-03 19:02:19 -0500 Report

I think I left out the water in the crust. The recipe I used said 3 tablespoons but I found that 4 works better with the soy flour.

JustJenny 2011-10-25 13:57:05 -0500 Report

Since they already have you on Metformin and (I'm guessing Levimir) the 24 hour insulin, you may want to ask about a faster acting insulin for meal time. There are many of these and since you are spiking, the faster acting (Humalog peaks in about an hour then steadily declines) insulin may cover the spikes. If you are already OK with injections this may be your best route to better control. But also, trust you doctors with moving slow. Especially with your pancreatitis, you dont want to throw too much fuel on the fire too soon. Most diabetes cases are unique. No ONE thing works for everyone, so it may take them some time to get the right combination.

You may want to consider seeing an Endochronogist, since your case is complicated due to the pancreatitis. These guys know a whole lot more than a regular primary care physician and may be willing to be a bit more aggressive in the treatment.\
Good luck!

Young1s 2011-10-25 14:05:55 -0500 Report

Thank you for your thoughts. I hadn't thought of it like that. Like with most diseases, it takes time to find the right coctail, if you will, when it comes to meds. God Bless.

JustJenny 2011-10-25 14:21:06 -0500 Report

Exactly. For example, I'm on 100 units of the 24 hour insulin, metformin 1000 mg 2x a day with additional fast-acting insulin as needed. And my diet and exercise is crap. So do as much as you can with diet and exercise, but be prepared to "ramp up" the meds when necessary.

jayabee52 2011-10-25 13:41:21 -0500 Report

Howdy Patricia! WELCOME to DC!

There is an a period where your body adjusts to the new reality of medications and eating changes. And sometimes it takes a while to get your medications and menu just right. Keep in touch with your diabetes care team and let them know what is going on with you and how you are feeling about it. If you feel like you ought to be doing better, having your Blood Glucose (BG) levels under better control by now, by all means share that with them.

I pray you get it under better control sooner rather than later

Blessings to you and yours Patricia

James Baker

Young1s 2011-10-25 14:00:31 -0500 Report

Thank you for the insight and the blessings. I meet with my team on Thursday and will voice my concerns. My hope is that I am just experiencing newby nerves and things will start to get better.

Blessings to you and yours, as well.

Young1s 2011-10-25 11:13:35 -0500 Report

FYI: The nutritionist put me on a 45 carbs per meal "diet" last week, as well, and still having these spikes. This is frustrating me to no end.

MEGriff1950 2011-10-27 16:31:39 -0500 Report

Hello Pcyoung, I was put on 45 carbs per meal also. Remember not all carbs are created equal and not everyone reacts the same to carbs plus how the carbs are prepared makes a huge difference. Like many have suggested keep track of what foods you eat and how they affect your blood sugars. Many here cannot eat potatoes but I can without problems. I can't eat rice but many here can. I have to be careful with fruits, especially grapes. I only drink fruit juice when I go hypoglycemic. I sometimes will eat an apple fritter with my breakfast as part of my meal carb count. Many meals I get only 30 carbs but it seems to be ok. In 4 months I have been able to stop taking 40 units of insulin, 4 glyburide and I metforman a day. Drinking a lot of water helps to get better control.