Newly Diagnosed

By MisterS Latest Reply 2011-11-18 10:15:37 -0600
Started 2011-11-14 12:09:43 -0600

On November 5, 2011 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I couldn't believe what I had just heard. How can this be? I'm only 44 years old. What am I going to do now? What does this all mean? A tidal wave of questions flooded into my mind. So what happens now?

I had developed an infection in one of my toes. I thought it would heal up on it's own. When it didn't, I sought out a doctor. He examined me, toe and all. Ran some tests and x-rays. And told me it would be a good idea for me to visit the local ER. He had already called them and told them to expect me.

So over to the hospital I go. Unaware about how my life was about to change. At the ER the doctor ran more tests. And in a few hours the results came back. One infected toe and type 2 diabetes. I will never forget that moment.

I was admitted to the hospital that afternoon. And stayed for 7 days. The nurses checked my sugar level 4 times a day. I was receiving the long lasting insulin once a day. And the insulin with meals 4 times per day. I had visits from the dietitian and diabetes rep's. Both visits lasted about 20 min's. But I still had questions. I have been searching the internet for any information about diabetes. And found this forum. And I'm glad I did.

Any advice for a diabetic newbie?


12 replies

MisterS 2011-11-16 08:16:40 -0600 Report

I want to thank everyone for the replies. This may sound a bit odd. But I'm getting a handle on this. My wife and I cleaned out all the junk food and sodas from the kitchen. Sorry Little Debbie snack cakes, but you had to go. I also picked up a couple of diabetic books. One was a diabetic cookbook. It has some tasty looking recipes inside.

Health wise, I've lost 4 lbs. in 11 days. My last 4 blood sugar measurements have gone lower and lower. My energy level seems to be increasing. And best of all, I don't wake up in the morning feeling tired.

I'm getting plenty of support from family, friends and coworkers. They are my very own cheer team.

Thanks again for all the great responses and advice.


GabbyPA 2011-11-16 08:50:43 -0600 Report

Sounds like you are on a good path to wellness! That pantry purge is the best thing. That is what I did. Now the work comes in keeping it out, but it is easier once it's gone. Good job!

Caroltoo 2011-11-16 11:13:15 -0600 Report

Pantry purge: great thought, did it when I started, and do it again every year or so just before Thanksgiving because, with my eternal optimism, stuff I "hope" I can eat again always sneaks back onto a shelf. The just before Thanksgiving means that the unopened items I purge go in someone else's Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter meals.

GabbyPA 2011-11-16 15:58:03 -0600 Report

Yes, we have food drives in November usually and I do the purge thing again as well. Funny how we think we can go back to where we were and survive it. Why are we so optimistic that way but not when it comes to the real changes we need to make? LOL I used to have a couple that we always shopped from our pantry to give to them every few months. That was helpful as well.

medic673b 2011-11-14 21:41:16 -0600 Report

I was one week shy 44 birthday when my doctor called me at home When i heard her voice i knew it was going to be something bad She said you have Diabetes you need to go to the pharmacy and get all these things, then she said she was sorry i told her it was not her fault and i still valued her as a doctor anway 2 years and about 5 months and i am still here pluging away trying to keep my numbers in check

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-14 18:34:33 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Glad you found this. This site has been a God send. There are a lot of caring people here ready to help.

I agree with what Gabby said. Taking a few baby steps and building your foundation. That is what i have been doing. I found out a year ago in September, just about 2weeks after my mom died. I was in total denial, so i consider myself a newbie also because i have only just started taking proper care of myself.

realsis77 said it well, books are great. Knowledge is key, the more you know the better prepared you are to fight this. I started by cutting out sugary drinks, junk food and getting rid of a lot of the processed foods which are so bad for us. I don't buy white breads or rice. Everything is whole grains. Fresh veggies and some fruits. Proteins are good because they will help fill you up. Tuna fish is my new favorite. I have always liked it, but now i LOVE it!!! LOL It has lots of protein and next to now carbs. It's all about reading the labels and making wise choices.

We are hear for you, and know that it will get better. Blessings, Mickey
P.S. Make sure to write down all your ?'s so when you go back for your appointments you will get the answers you need.

realsis77 2011-11-14 13:37:53 -0600 Report

Hi, I am only 42 and on my 40 birthday i found out im type two diabetic, not only that but i need insulin on a daily basis. I know how you feel! what reaqlly helped me was getting some books for the newly diagnosed diabetic. i got several GREAT books off amazon for a really low price. The books go over EVERYTHING. Including emotions and how to deal with them. i highly recomend getting a couple books geared for the newly diagnosed diabetic. It will explain what you should be eating and why, what carbs do to us diabetics and why to stay low on the carbs, it touches just about every ascept of this disease. It will also help you develop a healthy positive attitude towards diabetes. The books were a God send to me. Amazon has a lot of titles to choose from. also keep comming here and you will have a great support system! I know it might not seem like it now but, it will become a regular part of your routine. Its the adjustment thats most difficult. If you ever need someone to tal k with i will be here for you ok. :)

MisterS 2011-11-18 10:15:37 -0600 Report

This is a great idea. Plus, I just got my kindle xfire in the mail. This would be a good way to break it in.

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 13:34:20 -0600 Report

It does change things. I won't lie, it changes them a lot. But you know what, it is not really all that bad. In fact, it often is what gets us to turn around our bad habits and make them good ones that work for us instead of against us.

I know it seems overwhelming. Take a couple of things the dietitian and educator shared with you and put them into practice. You choose what to start with. Build a foundation and before you know it, you will have a whole structure that will be working with your body to make you better.

For me, it was attacking the carbs and eliminating junk food from the house. That was my first step. As that got comfortable, I added things like exercise and and getting rid of sugar free foods with aspertame or sucrulose in them. Then I moved on to other things.

Take little steps. Don't freak out at the holiday meals and just move on. You will find what works for you and then you can run with it. We are all here to help in any way we can. Some of our suggestions will not work for you, others will, but we all can be the shoulder to cry on or the kick in the butt. Which ever one you need....=0)

ShellyLargent 2011-11-14 13:21:57 -0600 Report

First… BREATHE! :) I had kind of a similar story when I was diagnosed. I was 4 months pregnant and had to go to the ER because my daughter had decided to push on my sciatic nerve. They ran some tests and during a routine urine test, found high levels of keytones there. The next day, I had an appointment with my OBGYN, she ran some blood tests and I was whisked immediately to the maternity ward for a 1 week stay. My A1c was over 13 at the time. They gave me a bottle of insulin, a bag of syringes and prescrptions to have each refilled and sent me home. One appointment with a dietitian and that was it. I remember how overwhelming it all was. That was 11 years ago when I got my Type 2 diagnosis.

Second… Never forget that each day is a new opportunity to control the big "D". If you slip, and you will… we all do, don't dwell on it, and don't beat yourself up over it. Just hike up your pants and move on! I still have days where I can't explain why I am too low or too high. It just happens. I treat each condition and keep on trucking.

The next time you're in your doctor's office, ask him all the questions that you need answered. If he doesn't know the answers, have him reccomend a specialist or an educator in your area. Knowledge is the best weapon we have to fight diabetes.

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-14 13:05:37 -0600 Report

I am also new as a T1 - a lot of times I don't reply - am only beginning. I feel like I don't know enough to offer advise. The only thing I can tell you is that by bg levels are always better when I monitor what I eat - I don't go over 40 net carbs per meal. I try to be consistent when I eat and a lot of times I find myself eating what works for me. I never eat anything white anymore. I only eat whole wheat/grains with my meals. I measure my portions, it's amazing how you can fool yourself to thinking that a portion is actually a lot less than what you think it is. I am on LANTUS at night and during the day I take novolog. I am now considering the pump, I also was shocked. Take care of yourself! Make each day count and especially your meals and snacks. Good Luck

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 13:28:42 -0600 Report

You have hit it on the head when you say that your eyes can fool you. OH yes indeed. Portion control and carb counting will be your best friends, type 1 or type 2.