diagnosed a week ago

By dnuora Latest Reply 2012-04-06 10:38:23 -0500
Started 2012-04-01 16:43:32 -0500

last friday my gp sent me to the emergency assessment unit at the hospital because i'd been feeling tired and unwell and very thirsty, had been weeing constantly, and had blurred vision. my blood glucose was very high and i had ketones in my urine. i spent the weekend in hospital and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. they taught me about testing, giving myself insulin, etc, and gave me loads of information to read. i've read all of it and have done research online and i've been doing everything they told me to, but i'm finding it very overwhelming, especially the fact that it's going to be this way forever!

12 replies

KarynCandy29 2012-04-06 10:38:23 -0500 Report

Hi Dnuora,
Welcome to DC, you've come to the right place so many here will be able to help you, I found out I had this DD last Nov/11..I sure can understand your feelings..Just stick around ,as time goes by you will start to feel a little easier about it all..Just remember to take one step at a time,even if they are baby steps..:0) Don't be shy to ask question..or tell us what's on your mind we're here for you~

TsalagiLenape 2012-04-03 06:50:23 -0500 Report

Omgosh! Prayers for you. No worry. Just come here anytime. When I read somethings myself I get confused. Then I come here and get answers that help me understand it better. So I hope you will often and thus we all learn along the way. Hugs

JSJB 2012-04-02 18:03:07 -0500 Report

I am also newly diagnosed in Oct 2011. You have come to a site that will be there to help you just ask questions. Like everyone said get as much info as you can. Diet and exercise and listen to you Drs. Like susysgirls said just read, read. read.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-02 11:45:03 -0500 Report

Hi dnuora, welcome to DC. This is a great group of people and you will get the help you need.

I have been down that road as far as being overwhelmed with information. The day I was diagnosed, the office was out of information. They held a diabetic health fair the day before and depleted the information for patients.

My coworker was diagnosed the same day I was so she shared a ton of information which I copied after work. I spent countless hours with my computer. I read a lot of information and copied and pasted what I wanted to a word document and created a diabetic file.

After about a week I had so much information that it seemed to start all running together to the point nothing was making sense. To save my brain from overload, I stopped reading everything concerning diabetes for a week. I concentrated on getting my blood sugar down and changing my diet.

Several years ago, my sister had a mild heart attack and changed her eating habits. I started eating like her. The only difference is she can have all the things I can't have. She still eats her cake and cookies but she also started buying and finding things that I could have.

It isn't easy at first. Over time you will become a pro at this. Just remember you control your diabetes, don't let it control you.

dnuora 2012-04-01 18:09:49 -0500 Report

thanks so much for the encouragement, james. this has definitely been a blow but i'm not going to let it knock me down. if anything it's made me feel determined to take better care of myself than ever!

Caroltoo 2012-04-01 17:55:13 -0500 Report

Hi, Dnoura, It does feel overwhelming at first, but as you learn and practice your skills, most of this will become familiar and much easier. Just take it a day at a time for now. Carol

dnuora 2012-04-01 18:07:34 -0500 Report

'one day at a time' definitely makes it feel more manageable. :) thanks carol!

Caroltoo 2012-04-01 18:22:37 -0500 Report

It definitely is! You will find what works best for youand it definitely gets easier as you go. Learn what you need to do for exercise and learn the foods that work well with your body and you will do fine.

Type1Lou 2012-04-01 17:14:14 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC dnuora! I was 27 when diagnosed with Type 1 in 1976. Take one day at a time and you'll gain control of this. Continue to learn as much as you can about diabetes and specifically how it affects you. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Even after 36 years, I'm still learning and adapting. I started on an insulin pump last August after resisting it for many years. Now I'm sorry I waited so long; it's a fabulous device. This site is a fount of information and support. Lean on us when you need to; vent if it helps. Like James said, we've walked in these diabetic shoes…and I plan to keep on walking for many years more!

dnuora 2012-04-01 18:06:20 -0500 Report

thanks lou! i've been looking around the site and i'm incredibly glad to have found it. the information, personal experiences, and support will be absolutely invaluable to me.

jayabee52 2012-04-01 17:00:21 -0500 Report

Howdy dnuora! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect. Sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little" club, but since you do I am glad you're here!

If anyone at all understands your frustration at your loss of health it would be here. Most of us here have been through what you are going through. But don't let your feelings of being overwhemed keep you from taking care of yourself with diabetes. There's a gent on DC who has the screen name of Richard 157 ( his profile is here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/users/23412-ri... ) who has had T1 diabetes for 62 or so years (cah't exactly remember now) and reports that after so many years he is healthy and is only beginning to develop some very mild complications. One CAN have a long and healthy life with diabetes!

Blessings to you and yours!

James Baker

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