New to Diabetic Connect

By M110A2 Latest Reply 2012-01-16 20:25:22 -0600
Started 2012-01-15 05:38:36 -0600


I would like to take this time and introduce myself, I'm Vince and new to the site, I was diagnosed with diabetess after being hospitalized for a heart attack 12 AUG 09. The doctor has me on 1000mg of Metformin 2x a day and 20 units of Humulin N 2x a day. It's been a battle for me trying to maintain a healthy diet and eating well even with a spouse who is a nurse. I have two children 15 & 18. I also have Neuropathy, Hypertension and Depression.

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-16 02:15:35 -0600 Report

Welcome Vince,

So happy you found this site. You'll meet alot of great people here and get tons of info. Have you checked out the video section yet? Also, you can join other communities besides this one should you want to branch out. Anyway, feel free to ask anything as someone here has gone through it and you'll get answers.

Look forward to your participation:)

Young1s 2012-01-16 01:06:42 -0600 Report

Hello Vince and welcome to DC. Congratulations on making the choice in becoming a member here. Because you aren't new to diabetes, you already know how important it is to have a great support system. This is the best place for just such support. We don't just discuss diabetes related issues either but whatever is effecting our health and our lives at the moment.

The support is offer in the form of informative advice and personal experiences. There are thousands of members here in various stages of our diabetes, health and life journeys, so more often than not there will be someone who can relate to whatever issues you are dealing with. So never be shy about asking questions, jumping into discussions, letting off a little steam or giving us a reason to laugh and cheer because that's what it's all about here.

We're more than a community, we're like family. And as with any family we laugh, cry, and sometimes fight. But we hash it out, forgive and move forward stronger in our support of one another. You will soon see that all of the kindness, concern, well wishes and prayers that are given are real. I hope that you come to love this place as much as I do. Good luck in your journey and again welcome.

draco59 2012-01-15 23:03:34 -0600 Report

Hi Vince
Welcome, I've been registered for awhile, but just started read and getting back in.

jayabee52 2012-01-16 01:39:50 -0600 Report

Howdy Brian. WELCOME to posting on Diabetic connect!

I did the same thing when I was first on in DC too, 3+ yrs ago. It took me a bit of time to post also . I didn't know what to make of this bunch at first, so I dipped my toe into posting replies and wondering if it would get bit off. To my delight the replies were very encouraging and thoughtful. Pretty soon I was posting a lot and I am still at it today.

Blessings to you and yours


draco59 2012-01-16 10:30:06 -0600 Report

Thanks James, after reading a lot of the posts and discussions, I sometimes get the feeling I really don't belong here. My highest BS A.M. fasting is 193. I average about 115 a month. There are people talking about 300 and 400 numbers. I'm on Actos and Janumet. So it's hard for me it accept my diabetes. But when I had my eyes check for new glasses last month and she found something near my optic never and sent to the Ophthalmologist that really got me scared. But it turned out to be nothing, but he did find some changes. So I think that was a wakeup call. I'm still not sure, so I decided to come back here and start reading again. I still feel like it's not as big of problem as most of the people no here. I'm I wrong?

jayabee52 2012-01-16 16:01:44 -0600 Report

People are in all stages of control of diabetes here.

My diabetes is well controlled through what I eat and don't eat, without the use of diabetes meds. I am coming here nearly every day because even though I have had the disease for 16+ yrs, I still learn new things most every day here.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-16 14:30:04 -0600 Report

Brian, if you have diabetes you belong here. No matter how well you have the disease under control you still have diabetes. DC is a wealth of knowledge and experiences. At the least you will know you are not alone and the experiences you have had or will have occurred to all of us in one way or another, maybe not as intense or maybe even more intense. Hope to see more posts from you.

jayabee52 2012-01-15 08:03:19 -0600 Report

Howdy Vince, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for inclusion in this "little" family, but since you qulliffy I'm glad you're here.

Yes diabetes is a battle, but it is a battle we wolud be best to win.

I would encourage you to pay special attention to what you eat. What I find is helpful to me, is paying attention to carbs. I manage my BG levels withoug diabetes meds of any kind after being on Met for about 11 yrs, and then being on NPH insulin for another four. I do that by eating a low carb high protein menu plan.

If you have any questions just ask. Here on DC I believe that there is no "stupid"
questions except HONEST questions which are NOT ASKED!

Praying God's richest blessings to you and yours.


RAYT721 2012-01-15 06:37:48 -0600 Report

Hi and Welcome to DC! So sorry to hear about the heart attack but glad to hear that you're on board with doing what you have to do for you, your wife and your life.

There's no doubt that healthy diet and exercise is a challenge for us all and all I can say, from my experience, is that it's a one day at a time thing. If you try to turn your life around completely you will probably end up burning out. What I did was a small change at a time until old habits became new habits.

You will find some amazing people here who have been, are or will be exactly where you are… each with his or her own stories of success and failure. I have found that diabetes is a roller coaster disease so BUCKLE UP!

Let me know (friend request) is there's anything that I can do to help you. Look around the site and I am hoping to hear more from and about you!


granniesophie 2012-01-15 05:50:47 -0600 Report

Well, hi! And welcome! You will not find a friendlier, more supportive bunch of people on a website than we are!
It is hard, each day, to remember to eat correctly and exercise, and its something we all do. The best thing is to start small, with little changes, one at a time. Today do something, tomororrow, maybe add something else.
Don't kick yourself if you backslide and eat something you shouldn't, just start fresh the next day. Every day is a new day!
I understand about depression, I have it, on and off, and alot of us do, it's sort of part of having Diabetes and realizing that things aren't going to be the same for you again. But, I made myself realize that things are actually going to be better, because I am going to be healthier! I am going to eat better, I am going to get off that couch and actually exercise, and I am going to make sure that every dayis a better day! Will I whine, yes, will I complain, yes, and will I wish chocolate was a food group (wait a minute, it's not???), yes, but I am alive and I have grandkids, and I want to see them grow up and go to college and then have their own kids, so I have lots to live for!
And yeah, I wouldn't have said that stuff, even last year, but attitudes change, and you will see that yours can too, and you will get something that motivates you, and then there will be no stopping you!
Friend me if you'd like, Im around here alot!

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