Newly diagnosed

Lelebell82
By Lelebell82 Latest Reply 2012-04-14 22:29:58 -0500
Started 2012-04-04 21:01:27 -0500

Hey everybody. I have PCOS and I did some bloodwork and my blood.sugar was 230. The doc started me on metformin. Since I was diagnosed I have cried every night because I am scared of dying. I also take klonopin for my anxiety and just also started vitamin d and fish oil. I am scared and just need advice.


34 replies

murmouse
murmouse 2012-04-14 22:22:03 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2000 and diabetes in 2010. My diabetes diagnosis scared the living daylights out of me. Metformin along with a few other medicines has gotten my diabetes under control and some of my PCOS symptoms have completely disappeared. I changed the way I ate completely cutting out a lot of high-carb/processed foods. I also started exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Those are really the 2 best things you can do for yourself. You might even find that the Metformin helps you let go of some of that extra weight most of us PCOS sufferers carry around. Get a good endocrinologist who specializes in PCOS if you don't already have one. A good doctor you feel comfortable with makes a world of difference. Oh and my grandfather lived to be in his 70s and my dad is 65 (both type 2) so it's not a death sentence. Take care of yourself and you will be just fine.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-14 07:48:18 -0500 Report

I hope you are doing better, crying is okay. I still cry every now and then! You have found a great place with people who with experience to share what works for them! This site also comes with fringe benefits, wonderful, beautiful, FRIENDS!

eristar
eristar 2012-04-13 06:25:44 -0500 Report

I'm not so good at advice, Lelebelle82, but if you need some support, I'm here for you. I know about being scared about the whole thing, but in the past two years, I have pretty much learned to take it in stride. There's a whole gang here to lend an ear!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-04-13 07:15:55 -0500 Report

Well eristar, for "not [being] so good at advice" you have seemed to do quite well!

eristar
eristar 2012-04-13 08:03:35 -0500 Report

Um - is that good or bad? :)

eristar
eristar 2012-04-14 06:19:59 -0500 Report

Oh, than thank you, James - I wasn't sure whether you were being sarcastic. I usually hesitate to offer advice other than support, so I don't get anything wrong. Have a great day!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-04-14 22:29:58 -0500 Report

(sarcasm font on) Sarcastic? Moi? Perish the thought! (/sarcasm font off) LoL!

It was sincerely intended!

Dennis1963
Dennis1963 2012-04-12 22:44:17 -0500 Report

Lelebell82, i understand your pain and worries, I went through the same thing as I am sure many others did as well. I was diagnosed in 2005 as a type 2 and I am still here, as healthy as a horse, …well maybe a diabetic horse, lol. But on a serious note, your not going to die, relax and give yourself a break. As you learn more of this disease and learn to control it, you will find peace. And one thing for sure is you will always find good people here on this forum who are going through the same thing and really care. We all need each other. :)

Lakeland
Lakeland 2012-04-07 14:58:42 -0500 Report

the fear from being told your diabetic was good for me because I started taking my health more seriously. I like the fact that diabetes is controlable. I have pelvic pain for 4 years & no one knows how to treat it, I didn't know if I was going to have a bad or a good day, but the diabetes thing, I test, I know my number, if it's high I go for a walk, if it's lower I know I don't have to worry to much about the next meal or just drink some juice. So the diabetes is easier for me.

diabetes has some nasty things that happen when it's out of controll for a long time, you don't have to have a rigid schedule, but just know, that you can test anytime you feel you need to & if your off, you can do things to get yourself closer to normal.

I just like to watch the carbs & make sure they have a higher fiber number. it slows the breakdown of the carb & your sugars won't have a big spike.

because of my pelvic pain, I was on lupron & I believe that gave me the diabetes. I had 3 surgeries prior to that & my blood work never showed a high gluecose number, but after lupron I went to 550. Doctors don't believe me but I believe that caused my problem.

I was on klonopin & gabapentin, it's also used to help with my pelvic pain.

Best wishes
Diane

Lelebell82
Lelebell82 2012-04-07 22:42:00 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply Diane, I take klonopin also. I have pelvic pain but I also have PCOS so that causes it. I 100% believe that some medicines and procedures cause other problems. I had my appendix out when I was 7 and started to gain so much weight after that. I believe there is some kind of connection…Thank you for the tips. I tested my blood today after dinner and being very stressed and it was 175. I think taking a walk sounds like a good idea.

roshy
roshy 2012-04-07 23:04:24 -0500 Report

welcome dude!!! i think i found this site over two and a half years ago, i was in the same position, i was scared, a bit fed up and needed some people just to listen to me!!!! and now i come on to say hello to some old and close friends and learn more about the condition. . . the site is sooo big now compared to what it used to be so make sure you have a good look around it!!!

use the site to your every advantage!!!

best wishes!!

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-04-06 21:01:53 -0500 Report

You have come to the right place!!
You couldn't ask for a more informative and supportive group of people. This site helped me get my diabetes under control with information, support and encouragement.
It is perfectly natural to be scared.
The best advise I can give you is to learn as much as you can, test often, and hang out here on the forums and post when you need support or encouragement.
Best wishes to you as you start on this new life journey.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-04-05 10:01:46 -0500 Report

You are in a good place here. There are lots of folks here who have been some of the places emotionally that you are. Everyone is different, but it is nice to have people who are compassionate about helping.

Fear is natural. However, diabetes is not a death sentence. You may find that it pushes you to do some pretty incredible things. Because of my diabetes I now eat healthier, exercise more and have lost weight. So while it does change my life and maybe make it a little less convenient, it has worked out for the good. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/551-i-owe-it-all-to-being-diabetic

draco59
draco59 2012-04-05 09:11:00 -0500 Report

Good morning Lelebell,
Diabetes is not a death sentence! but it is a big change in your life. Of course you’re going to be scar, confused, mad, etc. Yes there are more risks of developing other medical complications, but it you keep you sugar under control, and stay health otherwise, you’ll live a long happy life. Just take one day at a time, do the best that you can and everything will work out.
You’ve come to the right place, the people here are wonderful…….
Good luck
Brian

Lelebell82
Lelebell82 2012-04-04 22:06:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for replying. I am feeling a little more at ease just knowing I am not alone. I will check out the other groups. Thank you xo

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-04 21:36:53 -0500 Report

Hi, Lelebell,

For starters, you've just gotten a scary diagnosis and you are grieving. That's normal, cause you have lost your perception of yourself as a healthy person.

If you don't take care of yourself, diabetes is serious and potentially deadly, but you have the choice to take care of yourself so there's no need to assume it's a death sentence. I'm not making light of your feelings, cause I remember feeling the same way. I'm just saying there is a lot you can do to take care of yourself and make this situation one you can not only live with, but thrive with.

Vitamin D3 and Omega Krill Oil are wonderful supplements that will help you be healthier and get over what sounds like depression overlaid on the grief. Klonopin is a helpful med w/r/t your anxiety. Have you yet checked out the Anxiety and Depression sites here on "connect" websites? Scroll to the top of this page and put your cursor on the upper, right black area where it says "Visit another community." That would be your way to either of those two sister sites and you will see lots of familiar faces since many diabetics also suffer from chronic anxiety and/or depression.

Be gentle with yourself. You will learn lots of information here by asking questions and reading the discussions. Don't think you will learn it all at once, there's just too much here. You'll find lots of us who enjoy interacting and will answer your questions and/or make some suggestions for you to follow up on.

Have faith in you and us; you will get the information you need to make good choices and learn how to care for yourself in this new situation.

Carol

draco59
draco59 2012-04-05 09:11:28 -0500 Report

Hi Carol,
very well put… :)

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-05 12:09:33 -0500 Report

Mahalo. Did you see my newly posted pictures, Ryver? Might bring back some memories. Wayne and I went to Cholo's for lunch on Monday, then to Waimea Falls on our way home. I pushed him in his wheelchair up to the falls (mile or so uphill) and photographed the some of the scenery on the way.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-04-05 12:57:39 -0500 Report

Just went through your pics. Absolutely beautiful! Will have to come there (Hawaii) with SQ someday soon.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-05 14:55:12 -0500 Report

Be happy to show the two of you around as much as I could. Still thinking about going back to work and that would clip my wings a little since it would be a new job with no vacation time for a while. Maybe a weekend day tour around the island to help you orient so you could go explore on your own.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-04-05 14:59:53 -0500 Report

Maybe on our "honeymoon" (if we get that far — I think we will). That would be fun! I pray that you are able to get back to work. Then who would care for W?

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-05 15:14:26 -0500 Report

Got caught up in my travel log skipped your question about Wayne. He sleeps much of the day, stays in his chair/bed area all the time because of mobility issues. I have a neighbor who is willing to come in and give him lunch and do what needs to be done mid-day. On days when she is not available, I could pack a lunch for him and leave it by his chair in a little cooler. Our activities would then have to happen on weekends and evenings. This is how we have managed for the last 3 years when I was working, so it's a pattern he is used to. The neighbor to eyeball the situation at noon would be the added piece of protection.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-05 15:08:20 -0500 Report

Waikiki is a glitzy, exciting place for a honeymoon. Other beautiful locations that are more into natural beauty rather than glitz are Turtle Bay on the Northshore where I was photographing and Ko Olina Resorts on the southwestern corner. Ko `Olina has lovely landscaped grounds built around a series of man sculpted mini-lagoons. Turtle Bay is on a penninsula jutting into the ocean so all rooms are ocean view. It's more isolated, but has access to the beauty of the natural Northshore as opposed to the glitz of Waikiki. Actually, an ideal plan might be a few days of Northshore and a few in Waikiki with a daytrip to Ko `Olina for the sites. Why don't you google Turtle Bay and Ko `Olina Resorts or the Ihilani hotel which is in Ko `Olina.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-05 17:16:16 -0500 Report

I visited once about 24 years ago and said I wanted to move here. It took us 3 years to figure out how to do it (we were self employed in a referral based business at the time of our visit), but we arrived in 1990 and have loved it here.

Glad you have a had a chance to visit. It is a wonderful and truely beautiful place to visit or to live.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-04-05 15:24:56 -0500 Report

Coming from the glitz of LV i think we'd be more interested in the narural beauty of Hawaii. I will look online for the sites you suggest.