Keeping an open mind......

By hannahbell34 Latest Reply 2012-09-20 05:47:44 -0500
Started 2012-09-17 18:21:04 -0500

I am really new at all this. At the beginning of this month while at work I started to feel bad. I went to one of my bosses, who is a doctor, and told her I knew something was off with me. She sent me to our lab to have my blood pressure taken. It was sky high! So she called my primary doctor, and they decided to send me to the ER. I had a high blood pressure and pulse. So they ran many tests including a CT to rule out a blood clot. Needless to say after all that they got my labs back and my blood sugar was 302. After all this, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I still have the class to take, but until then I have been so freaked out by food that sometimes I don't even want to eat. I'm hoping this web site will help me move into this new phase in my life.

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-20 05:47:44 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC! Well if it's education and and a great starting point that you're looking for, you just found it! Good luck on your journey and know that we are here with you!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-09-19 17:27:11 -0500 Report


I just wanted to welcome you and to see if I could give you some support. I counsel people who are facing health conditions. What I can tell you is that being newly diagnosed brings up a lot of feelings, like frustration, disappointment, fear. Making all of the changes that diabetes self-care can feel overwhelming at first. Getting educated helps a lot, and so does getting support.

You have found your way to the most supportive place on the planet! You are surrounded by experts, who are walking this path alongside you.

Great to be connected with you.


awakening2health 2012-09-19 14:49:37 -0500 Report

Diabetes is basically a wake up call! You can master this next phase inyour life, by which I mean you can be healthy and happy! But it does take an investment in learning how to regulate your life. Freaking out is inevitable but what follows is what matters! Go for it!

Nick1962 2012-09-18 14:44:44 -0500 Report

Everybody here has pretty much said it all already. There are so many changes in store for you in the coming weeks/months/years and most of them will be good ones. If you’re anything like I was, you probably want to take off a few pounds, and that will happen. You’ll like that feeling when it does. I know I did. Getting diagnosed is probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
And yeah, you have to look at food a little differently now, but that's a good thing.

IronOre 2012-09-18 12:19:38 -0500 Report

I think eventually after all the things you need to go thru when "converting" to a diabetic you will probably feel better than you have in a long time.
So what do you think the "freaking out at food" comes from ?

mystikfairy61 2012-09-18 00:46:37 -0500 Report

Hi Hannah and welcome. I am also rather a newbie to the diabetic world, being diagnosed in April with a blood sugar of 382. You have definately come to the right place. Even though I am an LPN and had dealt with other family members and their diabetes, when it is you, it is a totally different ballgame. I have done a lot of research on the internet and have asked a lot of questions. Just remember,there is no such thing as a stupid question. Getting this diagnosis was life changing for me, and not in a bad way. Since my diagnosis, I have started an exercise program and have started eating healthier so I can get my weight down, which was 225 at the beginning and I have already lost 14 pounds since I started in August. This is something I had wanted to do for a long time, but my diagnosis helped me make decisions that were difficult for me before. Don't let food intimidate you, ask questions of your doctor, nutritionist, & diabetic educator. I can't promise the journey you are beginning is easy, because I know there are things I haven't experienced that will make things more difficult for me, but we are all on this journey together, each to find a way to manage his or her life in the best way possible. Know that we are all here for you. HUGS

Harlen 2012-09-17 18:51:08 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Boy do I know what your going thrue
If you like your info dry and just the facts try this site
It helped me a lot
Best wishes

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-09-18 11:11:24 -0500 Report

WOW - this is amazing - thank you Harlen! This shows me that 1) I need to cut back my 3 fruit servings a day and 2) I really, really want to get off Januvia and Glipizide!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-17 18:42:12 -0500 Report

Hi Hannah welcome to the DC family. As we travel down life's road, obstacles are placed in front of us. It is how we face these obstacles that make each one of us either stronger or weaker.

You seem to have come off with a great starting point and that is keeping an open mind. There is a lot to learn and many of us here will help you with your journey. Food can be both a good friend or your worse enemy depending on how you handle meals and meal planning and what you are eating. With diabetes you almost always have to eat regularly and carry snacks and a meter with you every time you leave your house. I even carry meds in case I am out when it is time to take it.

You have already joined Diabetic Connect, you can also join which is wonderful. I get all kinds of tips and articles that have helped me these past several years delivered right to my inbox.

Keep in mind that when asking for advice, diabetes effects everyone differently. It isn't a one size fits all disease. What works for me may not work for you or anyone else. If I have medical questions, I ALWAYS ask my doctor. This includes any questions about meds, diet changes etc…

Make a list of any questions you may have and take them to your doctor. I questioned my doctor like I was a prosecutor and he patiently answered them. Try not to worry or stress out over things because stress can play a role with glucose levels. Take care and good luck.

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