New Type 2

Fireman297
By Fireman297 Latest Reply 2013-04-22 20:14:28 -0500
Started 2013-04-20 19:33:01 -0500

So I was diagnosed Friday after some tests run by my physician came back. As an EMS provider I should have a I got this mind set however, I am totally blown away. My family never had any history of Diabetes until me. Honestly I am more than a little scared. In addition of type 2 I also have an enlarged spleen and liver… Anybody been there done that have the tee-shirt types have any words of wisdom?


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Fireman297
Fireman297 2013-04-22 20:14:28 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone, so my phone call with the doctor today got cancelled and have to be at her office to discuss my CT results, I love how they scare the daylights out of you and then say wait til you come in lol. I am glad I joined this group because its one thing to talk to your wife, it's another to share with a fellow diabetic. As they say there is strength in numbers !!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-22 19:08:49 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club. My parents were not diabetic and neither is my sister. I think far to often people believe that because their parents or siblings are not diabetic, it will never happen to them. I make sure my sister gets tested every time she goes to the doctor. Sometimes things happen and you have to roll with it. I was shocked for about 24 hours then I jumped right in.

As a former EMT, I have transported enough people to the hospital with diabetic problems to know that if I don't want to take that ride, I have to take care of myself. Get over the fear and educate yourself as much as possible and take care of your medical problems. You can still have a more fruitful life. I now look at diabetes as a blessing because had I not been diagnosed, I would never have lost as much weight and I would more than likely not be eating far more healthier than before being diagnosed. Good luck to you

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-04-21 08:36:23 -0500 Report

Keep your head up and stay strong! I'm new at this too but we all can do it if we stick together :) Some days are hard but try to focus on the better ones. Nobody is ever prepaired to hear those words ( you are a diabetic ) Wishing you the best!

Anonymous
Anonymous 2013-04-20 22:31:25 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep it's a shock
The first thing is get your #s down and keep them down this is a lot harder then you think lol. But can be dun
Don't be scared its life giving you a new line ok crap to deal with.
Pick up the book the calorie king it has all the foods and what's in them
It's saved me from going nuts.
Best wishes
Harlen

Harlen
Harlen 2013-04-20 22:31:23 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep it's a shock
The first thing is get your #s down and keep them down this is a lot harder then you think lol. But can be dun
Don't be scared its life giving you a new line ok crap to deal with.
Pick up the book the calorie king it has all the foods and what's in them
It's saved me from going nuts.
Best wishes
Harlen

Fireman297
Fireman297 2013-04-20 20:34:23 -0500 Report

I did not have a complete conversation with her on the phone other than my repeated labs and A1C (7.5) led her to the diagnosis. I have a follow up appointment Monday, but in the meantime I have started tracking my BG (being an emt I already had a glucometer) what started all this was a pain I had been having in my left upper quadrant when I layed flat too long… And now poof lol

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2013-04-21 04:27:09 -0500 Report

Hopefully she will tell you a lot more on Monday. In the meantime, let me just say that the ADA is happy with any of us who keep our A1c readings below 7 as a goal and you are close to that already. Many of us work towards lower readings, but also many were diagnosed with readings of 12 and above.

That won't help with the shock you feel at your body's betrayal, but it may help reduce the fear. It can be managed with knowledge, consistent exercise, and dietary changes.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-20 20:18:58 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club no one wants to be a part of.
Scared matches how I felt at first. Well, still feel that way, but not as much. This site has been one of my best go to sources for info. I have learned that what helps one person may or not help another. Darn diabetes takes advantage of the fact that we are each unique. Are you on oral meds, injectables, or both?
Being and EMS provider gives you a bit of a heads up. You know some of the book facts, may have field experience. I thought I knew a little more than I actually knew. I helped my mother-in-law with her Diabetes. Also, I work as a caregiver for mostly elderly, including some who have diabetes. But (a rather big but) when I was trying to learn more about diabetes after I was diagnosed I learned I didn't know much at all.
Did/does your Dr want you to test your BG? If so, how often. Knowing what my BG is after meals, as well as fasting has been a major help in getting off of metformin and using diet to control my diabetes. At least for now it works for me. Sometimes diabetes does not allow someone to control without meds. Sometimes no matter how careful you are diabetes will be difficult to try to control even with meds.