By Gardencricket Latest Reply 2011-12-04 17:11:51 -0600
Started 2011-12-02 23:46:24 -0600

Feeling tired, but not ready for sleep. My mind won't shut down, spinning with all the info I have found and been given by the doctors. Finding out you have Type 2 Diabetes, dangerously high blood pressure, with a murmur and a thickening heart muscle, and basically a stroke waiting to happen, at 36, with 3 kids and a husband to take care of. I know that over thinking things will only add to my stress. But I need all the info I can find.

Finding out I had high blood pressure was an experience, for the last year, I have had debilitating migraines, bad enough I was in bed most of the time, and to the ER 4 times. The last time, Nov. 4 this year, I found out my blood pressure was 234/134!!! The doctor said that each time I had been in it was high, but not that high and they weren't sure if it was the pain causing the pressure spikes or the pressure causing the pain. He said "I am gonna be blunt, it is to damned high, your a stroke waiting to happen!" Well, thanks to hubbies job, I have insurance and I finally went to the doctor. On 6 meds and 5 supplements right now. And since the meds, no migraines, just small headaches. And not every day like before, just maybe once a week :) Very happy with that. I am glad I found this site, and I am joining a support group on Monday.

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Young1s 2011-12-04 17:11:51 -0600 Report

Hello Gardencricket. I am so glad to here that you are finally getting some releif for your pain. What a whirlwind of emotions you must have been on when you got the news. That is a lot to wrap your mind around. Congratulations on finding a supprot group. Hopefully you will be able to get even more helpful information and ideas of how to live a better, healthier lifestyle. Speaking of which, try not to overdo it. Yes, you should want to and try to get as much info as possible, but you cannot force yourself to take it all in at once. You will have brain overload and will not be able to fully comprehend or receive the much needed information. For now, take it one book, article, etc… at a time. Trust me, you do have time to get to know it all. So, breathe and take it one day at a time. Do it for yourself and your family. Be blessed.

meowbat 2011-12-03 04:48:18 -0600 Report

Hi Sarah You are so young. You sound so much like me. One Big difference, I,m now almost 30 yrs older, but some things are quite similar. I had a dr tell me I was a walking stroke or heart attack back in 1986. Like a head strong workaholic, which I was, I didn't pay attention. I had headaches =stress. I got out of breath= going too far too fast. My BP scraped the roof once in a while= I was type A, wired for sound, with a quick wit and a quicker temper. I was at the top of my field. my husband was at the top of his field. We had 2 genius kids in private school. we were at the top of the food chain. That all only lasts so long. Very soon down the road your body starts presenting you with the long term bills for the upkeep. Guess where you are at now. Thank god you have good insurance 'cause this doesn't come cheap. I have one bit of advice. Listen to your Dr. he sounds like a good one, he doesn't, excuse the term, sugar coat what you need to know. Take all your meds, tests, and keep a note book, it's easier to remember what you need to ask or tell him if you have It in writing. You are going through so much right now. Do yourself, your family, and your condition a big favor. Learn how to relax. I had to teach myself a long time ago or I would not be sitting here typing. I taught myself how to find a space of deep calm. It takes practice. I lay as still as possible, clear my mind, shut out all the noises around me but one. Then I slowly take in one big breath of air, hold it just long enough to hear the beat of my heart. I concentrate on that beat, then slowly let the air back out of my lungs and count as I do this. I repeat. when I can count to ten as I slowly intake air and count to 12 or 15 slowly as I exhale, I realize that the beat of my heart has slowed, my headache is fading, and the BP is on it's way down. I hope this might help you. Good Luck! We are all here. Meowbat

Gardencricket 2011-12-04 12:35:44 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reply, Meowbat! I am learning to relax more, and hubby is a huge help. Like this morning, he let me sleep and took the kids to town just to give me some peace and quiet :) Knew I married him for a reason ;)

I go tomorrow morning to a Diabetic Support Group locally. I went to a Diabetic Fair a few weeks back and got a ton of flyers to read. Also got a few samples, one was a full tube of glucose tablets, small thing of lotion and a small pill box. When I went to CVS to pick up my scripts, I was able to sign up for their card and their diabetic program. I have found one thing I enjoy is researching, so the info has been flowing. But understanding it is another thing. I am so glad I found this group.

I am going to be printing out a Medical ID Card for my purse, and I found a style of necklace that I can wear. I have had a few people tell me that I am going overboard when it comes to research and taking precautions. But, I now know what is wrong with me, and if something would happen around people that don't know me, how would they know what meds I have taken that day, what meds I am allergic to, what may be going on with my sugar or blood pressure? I can't afford to screw up anymore. Anyone else have people that act like it's no big deal?

Working on the diet issue now, I have to go shopping again tomorrow after the group. Luckily, I love veggies! Just have to make sure which ones to limit or cut all together.

I have one friend whose father is a diabetic, and when they found out, they changed all their favorite foods to healthier recipes. She is currently working on copying them for me!

I look forward to hearing from everyone as I learn and share!

jayabee52 2011-12-04 14:50:53 -0600 Report

as far as tge veggies go Cricket, stick with the non starchy ones and avoid potatoes (of course), corn, peas, and only use carrots occasionally. Boccoli, Cauliflower, cabbage, bok Choi, lettuces, radishes, brussell sprouts, and veggies like these. You may want to research the glycemic index (GI). I have seen some which have the veggies listed as high on the GI (starchy) medium on the GI and low on the GI. You may wish to eat as low on the GI as you can. (I use the GI as a general guideline)

One of the things you may wish to research is how your unique metabolism handles certain foods. I have developed a way of researching how my unique metabolism handles foods & drinks. Upon your request I'd be willing to share it with you.

Gardencricket 2011-12-04 15:40:05 -0600 Report

jayabee52, I am very interested in any help you can give me! Any and all help is much appreciated!!

Glad I like the good veggies ;)

jayabee52 2011-12-04 15:48:32 -0600 Report

Cricket I will send it to you in an inbox message since I don't want to make this whole discussion any longer than it is. Also that way if you like it you can keep it where it is readily able to be found. If not you can delete it, I have posted something like this dozens of times in the past year or 2. You should be getting something in your DC inbox momentarily

Caroltoo 2011-12-03 00:17:13 -0600 Report

Hi, Sarah, sorry we had to meet this way. No wonder your mind is spinning, that is a lot of scary information to take in all at once. I'm glad you say your migraines are better. I know when I have one I just don't care about anything except getting over that pain. Hopefully, feeling less pain will allow you to seriously start working on the other serious issues: Type 2 diabetes, extremely high blood pressure, a heart murmur, thickening of the heart muscle, weight, and potential for a stroke. Wow. I'd be worried to.

I'm glad to hear you are now on medicines and suppliments. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, they will begin to help and you will see possitive change. In the meanwhile, the thing that may be most restorative for you is the thing that is eluding you tonight. Sleep is necessary for healing. Sleep is hard to accomplish when you are worried.

Most clinics will tell you that a sleep routine helps. Things like going to bed at the same time each night, listening to soft music for a half hour or so before bed, a relaxing warm, not hot, bath in lightly scented oil; no exposure to tv or computer at least an hours before bed; massage, a good book, or whatever. Of course, it takes time to build a routine and you need sleep tonight.

Something you could do in the short term is called progressive relaxation. When you lie down on your back and get comfortable, start by clenching then relaxing your toes. Move up your feet and legs making them tight, then letting them relax. Do the abdomon, buttocks, chest, arms, neck, head, and scalp. Let yourself begin to sink into the bed…and hopefully fall asleep. If I'm really troubled by something, I sometimes do this each time and wake up in the night. Eventually, my body gets the idea and quits fighting.

There will be lots more we can talk about tomorrow, but realize this journey will take time, it won't happen all at once. Self-care starts right now with you getting yourself ready to get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow is a new day and we can start talking about reducing your carbs and improving your diet, and all those good things.

Tonight, be thankful that you know what you are dealing with and let your body begin it's healing through sleep.

Gardencricket 2011-12-03 00:31:37 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reply, Caroltoo! I am slowly getting there, got a few things written down. Did some downloading so I could print and read easier. Heading to bed after I post this, got a lot to do tomorrow, then a Christmas Party for the local Volunteer Fire Department and Aux. Ladies, of which I am a member. No drinking for me though. Not with my meds. Night and nice meeting ya!