recently diagnosed, confused and scared

By francinej Latest Reply 2012-03-17 14:45:49 -0500
Started 2012-03-13 00:52:12 -0500

I've only been recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the last 2 days. I must I'm angry, confused and wondering how it happened so fast, especially when I had blood test done before Christmas. What happened in 3 months? In any case, I've been prescribed metformin hcl er. When my doctor phoned me to say my sugar level was above 700 and I needed to go to the emergency, everything he said after that was a blur. I was ignorant of what my sugar level should be and I had to have him repeat again. While in the hospital, I'm still trying to grasp what's happened to me while the doctors and nurses poke my fingers and try to explain to me what's going on. I'm having a hard time with this, it's all so overwhelming for me, I need to know how to get through this.

14 replies

watson4042 2012-03-17 14:45:49 -0500 Report

yes it's overwhelming at first. i was the same way. and i bet you have someone in your circle of friends who might be diabetic. i did but didn't know until i said something & they spoke up & now they mentor me & answer guestions. but as stated before my post, this is the place to be to learn what you need to know to manage this. just remember that the big d is no longer a death sentence! you will prevail.

happypixi 2012-03-15 09:29:25 -0500 Report

I'm going to try my metformin before food, I have been taking it after but if it helps process food better then before food it is. A friend of mine who is type one diabetic once told me that she does not let her diabetes rule her life, SHE rules the diabetes.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-03-14 20:08:14 -0500 Report

Dear francinej: I just want to welcome you to diabetic connect a wonderful family like group of people that are real and loving and understanding. Much more important, very informative. I can't add to all that has been said to you, other than welcome and if I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to post me. Many Hugs to you…Valentine Lady

MAYS 2012-03-14 17:42:06 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family!

First and foremost, don't be mad at yourself, there is no reason (or) anyone to blame, if you feel like crying, do so, let it out and let's move on, on to the most important phases of diabetes management, education and action!

Knowing what diabetes is and what you can do to manage it are both very, very important.

There will be times that you may feel as though you are a servant to diabetes but remember this, "you" are the master, and "you" can and will control it!
I know that you can, that is why "I" can make a statement like that!
It may seem so easy at times, and at others impossible, but that is the nature of any chronic illness, battles, battles, battles but "together" we can triumph over it more times than it will triumph over us!

"Why?" because "We" must!

You can do it, you and your diabetes must live "together" with one another, so why not make it a "happy marriage" (no divorces or separations here) although you will have many disagreements and a few fights along the way.

Like any other chronic disease, diabetes is not without its complications.
Managing your diabetes will also allow you to avoid, or to control the complications that can be associated with diabetes but that is another discussion for another time.

You have come to a very informative, realistic, compassionate site, here you can vent, learn about, and communicate with others who share your concerns about diabetes and it's only a few keystrokes and a mouse click or two away!

So let's start here:

Take some time to explore this wonderful site, make friends, view the videos, ask questions, join in on some of the discussions and/or start a few of your own, after all you are among family here!

Forgive me for all of the writing and links, I believe in helping others whenever I can.

happypixi 2012-03-14 16:21:25 -0500 Report

I got diagnosed type 2 a week ago. Been put on metformin 500mg, it came as a shock as my doctors surgery receptionist said nothing was wrong with my blood test results were ok, yeah good job I went to my doctors appointment.

JSJB 2012-03-14 16:52:45 -0500 Report

I don't know, am I missing something???? Like the outcome. Are you a type 2? is there anything wrong with your blood tests???

GabbyPA 2012-03-13 09:30:56 -0500 Report

Cry all you want. Get mad and yell, just not at the kids. Tell god it isn't fair or that it is a very bad joke, and can face the battle.

As many have said, we all felt overwhelmed and confused when we were diagnosed. I have to say that a 700 after a normal reading 3 months ago is odd, and maybe the doctor was not telling you that you were approaching that stage and how to prevent. I suppose it doesn't matter now, as you are in the thick of it.

Take one step at a time. Write down a goal. Make it attainable. Say, to get your fasting glucose levels 100 points lower this week. Or something like cleaning out the pantry of sugary temptations. Just work on one thing. Get it going and then pick another thing to work on. Trust me, you won't run out of things to work on even if you get all your other goals 100% attained.

You are already doing a great step in getting on here and asking for help. That is what made all the difference in my confidence. Being here, getting advice and things to try. Knowledge is power and it is also what will calm your mind.

Lakeland 2012-03-13 09:19:40 -0500 Report

when I was diagnosed, my sugar was 550 & I went bluirry, I was supposed to go to the hospital but I had a family member coming in & I had to get to the airport to pick him up.

we agreed for me to start classes I had to write everything down that I ate and any exercises that I did. (I only go for walks) no one tried to give me insulin to drop my numbers, it took me 4 weeks to get my sugars to 180 or less. Now a year later I'm 90-130.

Many in my family are sick, so my diabetes feels like a blessing because it's something I can control & with testing I can know where I'm at.

I tried to have fun with it. I did write everything down I ate & did. then I tested alot. so I would take a walk & test to see how much a walk would drop my numbers. I also tested (2 hours after eating) to find what kinds of foods affected my sugars by how much. so for me, I avoid certain fruits, cerials. cerial can spike my sugars in to the 230 range. that's the so-called healthy ones.

this has helped me alot. Protiens aren't the problem for a diabetic they carb & the type of carbs are so I now pick the carb. first then base the rest of the meal around it. If I want bread then I choose something other than pasta or dessert.. IF I want the dessert than I avoid bread & pasta. when shopping, on the lable, it will show fiber in the carb listing. fiber 4 or over make the body work harder to turn that carb into sugar & it will prevent huge spikes. you really nead to read that fiber number. many companies put huge numbers on the packaging about whole grain, true whole grain will show up in the "fiber" number.

I'm on metformin too, I think it's good to take it before eating becaus it wll help the body process the meal.

it may sound dumb but try to have fun with this at first,like a science lesson. once you get a sense of how you body deals with things making decisions later is much easier.

the above worked for me, but if test & write things down, you'll learn what helps your body. my numbers didn't come down over night but they did come down.

Best wishes

Type1Lou 2012-03-14 16:59:35 -0500 Report

Diane, I so totally agree with what you've said! I especially like your comment "…it's something I can control & with testing I can know where I'm at." I love your "take charge" attitude in learning what works for you! Sound advice!

Irish1951 2012-03-13 08:57:10 -0500 Report

Confused and scared is what most of us felt at first. It is something that knowledge will solve. Anger is another thing. It can be counter-productive. Blame and pity will bring you down. Turn the anger into determination.

You will find friends and support here. Ask all the questions you can think of and know that the caring members of this site will be there for you. Each one of us is different and how D presents to each of us is different also. There is no one answer but there is enough of us that you can find something that will help. We wish you all the best and we will give you our best.

Caroltoo 2012-03-13 04:36:54 -0500 Report

Confused and scared is how we all were at first. Take it one day at a time. You will amaze yourself at how much you can learn about diabetes and, with that knowledge, how much you will be able to do to manage the situation.

At first it is overwhelming, but it will become less so as the situation becomes more familiar to you. For now, one day at a time is a wonderful motto. What you didn't get right today, you can improve on tomorrow.

JSJB 2012-03-13 04:52:12 -0500 Report

You said it Carlotoo. One day at a time. I wasn't really scared when I was pre diagnosed but I did learn alot about D and this site really healped.

Bamberg 2012-03-13 02:25:49 -0500 Report

Take a deep breath and relax and then learn everything you can. You have much more control over this situation than it might seem right now. If you are overweight then losing just five percent of your body weight will have a dramatic effect on your blood sugar. Things are almost certainly not as bad as they seem right now. And stay in touch. There are people here whose knowledge and experience can help you.

nanaellen 2012-03-13 01:08:25 -0500 Report

One day at a time my friend…one day at a time!! Mine was a sudden diagnosis also but from what I've learned here…it took many years for it to get to this point! I'm 7 years into this demon I call diabetes!! And I STILL don't get it!! I went from nothing to 4 shots of insulin a day!! Then I tried to ignore it! BIG MISTAKE!! I ended up in the hospital with pancreatitus which they had to treat with morphine and fluids before they could take my gall bladder out!! Haven't been able to get back on track ever since!! Now I'm BACK to 6-7 shots a day and I'm having anxiety EVERY single time I give myself a shot!! But if I don't want to get worse then I have to convince myself that I HAVE to give myself this stupid shot so I don't get any worse!! The best thing I can tell you is your DEFINITELY in the right place for information!! I've learned more here on this site than ANYWHERE else!! Like how come they don't tell you right from the beginning that they make SHORTER and FINER needles for insulin use!! Just keep reading…reading…reading cause EVERY SINGLE PERSON IS DIFFERENT!! Ask lots of questions chances are that someone here knows EXACTLY how you feel! Well, I gotta go get some sleep or I'm gonna be sorry in the a.m.!! :) Keep us posted K? :) Ellen

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