fustrated and feeling so alone

By catoe Latest Reply 2012-09-27 02:13:30 -0500
Started 2012-09-20 16:32:02 -0500

I am a newly diagnosed type 2; my hgb A1C was 11 at diagnosis; have been taking my humalog 75/25 and my lantus religiously; have been counting carbs and trying to eat right; i have changed my diet drastically; got my 3 month hgb A1C and it went up to 11.7; cant understand with the diet changes and the insulin that my A1C is actually higher then when i was diagnosed.

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mystikfairy61 2012-09-27 02:13:30 -0500 Report

Diabetes is different for each person. You have to learn what keeps your BG under control. Learn as much as you can about glycemic index and the foods that fall in the low glycemic index to help keep your numbers down. Low glycemic foods absorb at a slower rate and don't spike your BG as much as higher index foods. Learning about this disease is a process.

flipmom 2012-09-22 19:27:33 -0500 Report

I use to count carbs during my trial and error, but it did not work for me because I had no idea back then that there are bad and good carbs for me so to speak. Be patient. Your testing bs is very important so that you know which carbs are actually bad or good for your individual need… It will get easier… You should also let your doctor know whats happening.. team work is important too.

DeanaG 2012-09-21 08:39:43 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
Diabetes is a very individualized condition, in other words what works for one may not work for another.
Keep reading and learning all that you can.
This site is a wonderful wealth of information and support. Don't give up, it can be controlled.
Remember you are not alone in this battle, you now have all of us!! ;-)

Harlen 2012-09-21 05:47:58 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Dont feel bad it was the same for me they had to switch my meds over to difrent typs till we got it to what works for me and how much I needed .
Are you keeping a log on how much and what your eatting
Difrent foods can make you go higher then others ,for me rice is ok but bread will send me way way high with the same carbs .Nuts A ????
It takes time to work out whats what .
Give your self the time and keep track of what your BS is each time you test .
How much do you test ??
I test 6 to 8 times a day to keep on top of what my BS is
Before each meal and two hr after eatting it gives me how well I coverd for what I have eaten .
If you have any other Q please just ask
Best wishes

mmccance 2012-09-20 18:49:31 -0500 Report

Hi Catoe,

Go to "discussions" and look for a similar question started by Juniorlee — the comments may be helpful for you.

You are not alone. What Nick1962 said below was excellent advice. Each person must walk their own journey — but you've got family and friends walking beside you and you are loved by God.

Journal — it is one of the best tools you will ever find.

God bless you!

Nick1962 2012-09-20 18:11:12 -0500 Report

Welcome to the party! No way you'll be alone here. No chance of that. I was dx'd T2 5 years ago with similar numbers, and I know it took me a good year before I saw the results I wanted to simply because I had no clue what I was doing. I'm finally down to a 5.2 A1c, but it took testing 8-10 times per day to figure out which foods did what to me and when to eat them. The short time I was on meds I had little control so I focused solely on diet and exercise.

Not knowing much about you, I can't offer any real advice other than cutting down on carbs AND sugars is a good start. Keeping a food log is also one of the things newbies should do (if you don't already) because you'd be suprised at what your hand sneaks into your mouth without your brain noticing.

Sometimes medications need tweaking too, especially early on, so obviously keep a log of your test numbers to show your doctor so he/she can see any patterns that might be medication related.

So, how about let's start with your diet now. Could you share what your average daily feeding is like? You've come to the right place, so any questions you have - ask away!

catoe 2012-09-20 19:45:56 -0500 Report

I do keep a food diary; and a test number diary; doctor just increased my insulins since sugars remaining 220-330; typical daily meals ..breakfast usually an omelet with onion, green pepper, cheese sometimes mushrooms; (wish i could find something different; this has been my main breakfast for 3 months); lunch varies..sometimes i dont eat or i eat a salad made with romaine, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers; occasionally i have a sandwich made with whole grain 10 carb/slice bread…grilled cheese or tuna; dinner usually chicken (baked or grilled); green veggie like brocolli, green beans; or sometimes i have beans (which i am quickly getting used to). I am going to try to get use to fish..that will be my next challenge. I have given up diet sodas; occassionally drink unsweet ice tea; but 90% of time i drink ice water. These r my good days; i do occassionally eat beef; use dreamfield pasta (low glycemic index) when i have spagetti..about 1 time month; and occasional 1-2 times month small baked potatoe or small sweet potatoe. I test twice daily now (per md order); was testing before each meal and bedtime..but dr changed that; thankfully cause as u know test strips r not cheap.
Thank you for the response cause now i know that it is not unusual for it to take awhile for the results to be better.Not as frustrated now…will keep exploring this site to find some answers; this is a great site from the little i have seen of it.

Nick1962 2012-09-20 20:22:13 -0500 Report

It certainly sounds as if you're doing everything right. Congratulations on that! You're far ahead of where I was. Looking at that diet, unless you were eating absolutely nothing before, I'd say there is something radically wrong elsewhere. Even if you don't get any exercise, that diet should not give you the A1c you're seeing. There is someone here (Kirla - I hope you run into him) that managed to bring his numbers down in just 3 months, so I think I might just go back for a re-test or second opinion, because unless you weigh over 278 pounds like I did, this just doesn't add up.
As far as test strips go, I get mine from BioUsa http://www.biousa.com/ditest.html
and they're a whole lot cheaper. Testing just twice a day during the early periods is pretty useless unless you test at varying times. But when you say you've still got an A1c over 11, obviously you're numbers are running well over 200 regularly if I do my math correctly. Really, something's not right here and I'd get it checked out.

catoe 2012-09-21 06:31:26 -0500 Report

My weight is very similar to yours; i dont exercise much d/t broken shoulder/arm and to very painful knees. Will try to check sugars more often; will check out the site u posted. ty

Nick1962 2012-09-21 09:38:28 -0500 Report

Well, then it will take some time to lower that A1c. My exercise is limted to mainly walking or swimming due to previous injuries and surgeries, but I did manage to lose a bunch of weight just by walking. The knees got better the more I walked (and of course the more weight I lost).

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