Sugar or of whack

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-07-24 16:47:35 -0500
Started 2013-07-17 11:48:57 -0500

I'm having difficulty with my sugar. ..I don't have insurance but I go when I can to get meds and use them sparingly. .I was diagnosed in February… my numbers are all over the place. .this morning before breakfast 157
I ate 2 pieces of what toast
1 cup of coffee
1 20oz water
2 hrs later blood sugar was 297
Drank 2 more 20oz waters
And an hour and a half later blood sugar was 164
I'm very worried I also take vitamins for blood glucose
Any advice would be nice. ..I feel horrible and drained

34 replies

kasaundra 2013-07-24 16:47:35 -0500 Report

I had a problem keeping mine straight when I was on the pills. Recently I was hospitalized with diabetic gastritis. The doctor at the hospital discovered that I was not a type two as originally diagnosed. They took me off the pills and put me on insulin. I have seen a big difference. The food journal thing is the best idea so YOU can learn how different foods affect your sugar.

IronOre 2013-07-23 20:44:42 -0500 Report

Add some protein, such as light yogurt or milk, to your breakfast and your BS number will improve.

cocot 2013-07-23 07:13:01 -0500 Report

I also do not have insurance but my docs office has a mail program where you fill out the app , show proof of income, and you can get your meds free, they come to the docs office and you just go in and pick them up. I never have to skimp on meds that way I can be more in control of things, you need to get on this program, they all have it, its paid for by the government and it doesn't matter how much money you make. Having all the meds you need at all times will help you a lot. And while you are waiting for them to come in the docs office will give you samples to get you by. I hope this helps!

mkoullias73 2013-07-23 07:31:45 -0500 Report

Thank you sssoooo much. are the first one who has given me information for drs…I get meds for free at Publix…its just the drs visits…not even drs have given me this option

cocot 2013-07-23 07:53:16 -0500 Report

your welcome, I also do not have insurance for the drs. visits but they have uncompensated care forms , you just fill it out and the government will pay so much of your bill based on your income, I get 80% off so that helps me a lot , you should ask about that as well.

mkoullias73 2013-07-21 17:05:12 -0500 Report

Its not the price of the meds its the price of the drs visits… metformin is free at publix…400.00 for a drs bill I can't do. …since I'm new to having type 2 they have to do labs at every Dr visit just to make sure meds are working .. that's my issue. ..dr will not prescibe more than one month supply at a time. .. this is my issue. .. no insurance for drs visits and labs

mkoullias73 2013-07-19 09:45:54 -0500 Report

Since this post I have cut out carbs drastically and still to avail. ..if you read my previous answers you can understand that I'm walking about 2 miles a day… I'm eating protein. ..just like this morning. before I ate was 171 I don't think at this point NO meds is the answer

mkoullias73 2013-07-18 14:43:47 -0500 Report

I don't have a Dr and what's killing me is I have called 7 places today for help and bc my husband makes over a certain amount they will charge full amount. .. the meds are free outs the labs and drs visits that are costing me 400.00 per visit. kids are not school age and so it's not that I can't afford food but when I have to pull out 400/drs visit yes that cuts into my budget very badly

Bun10 2013-07-18 14:31:33 -0500 Report

Using your drugs sparingly is not how you treat diabetes. Get the kids food from a food pantry, or your church. I don't know where you live but in Florida, in my county, the kids get free lunch and free breakfast if yours are school age. Contact places against childhood hunger for help so you can direct your money toward your medications and lab work. Ask labs if they can work out a payment arrangement or possibly lower their bill. Ask to speak to a mgr. ask your doctor for referrals. Don't be embarrassed to tell it like it is and don't get too discouraged to keep asking.

Bun10 2013-07-18 13:57:06 -0500 Report

FYI I was taking multibetic vitamins and felt so much better but there is no iron in them which is especially important for the ladies.

mkoullias73 2013-07-18 13:40:38 -0500 Report

I walk 2 Miles almost every day that it's NOT t raining I do have 2 small children and unfortunately I don't have that luxury of doing it after every meal

mkoullias73 2013-07-18 07:36:47 -0500 Report

See this is what confuses me. ..I had 22 cards with the 2 pieces of toast and it jumped that high and then yesterday for lunch I had 30 cards and it went from 164 to 176… our didn't make sense to me then last night I had roughly 40 cards with dinner and it went 30 points higher than the before dinner bs

Sandrap58 2013-07-20 19:47:06 -0500 Report

I am from Iowa..not sure if you have Village Hearth bread in your stores but one slice is 8 g of carbs 1 g of sugar this is what I eat. I do not eat potatoes, pasta or rice at all.

Type1Lou 2013-07-18 07:32:21 -0500 Report

Although your breakfast was not a big one, the toast was heavier on the carbs than you could handle. If you'd had 2 eggs without the toast, I bet your results would have been better. Become aware of the CARBOHYDRATE content of everything you eat. CARBs are what primarily cause an increase in your blood sugars. Reduce the carbs and you should see better BG readings. Wishing you well!

GabbyPA 2013-07-21 17:17:03 -0500 Report

This is exactly what I was thinking. Just eating toast is an all carb breakfast. You have to add other things and reduce the carb part of the meal. Like Type1Lou said, perhaps some eggs? Even if you do some cheese or butter with that and do the eggs and one slice of toast...that would most likely be a better mix.

Bun10 2013-07-18 14:09:28 -0500 Report

You need to figure the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. It is not just the # of carbs. You need to know which carbs slowly enter your blood stream and which one's gradually enter it. That's where fiber plays a big part. Breakfast is your largest meal of the day. Then lunch is a bit smaller and dinner is smaller still. I know that is really hard to do with two kids when snatch and go is more efficient. Remember the divided plate? You need to include those three sections in your meal. Naturally, your BG after a meal would be higher than before. I know taking the time to eat right with two kids is hard. But if you don't, the results on your children will be worse. Take care of their mommy for them!

Type1Lou 2013-07-19 09:33:53 -0500 Report

We are all different and react to diabetes in our own individual way. For me, I have found that counting total carbs is the best approach. I do agree that knowing the difference between "good" carbs and "bad" carbs may help but my philosphy is "A carb is a carb is a carb. I limit myself to 120 grams of carb per day and my last A1c was 6.7. My lowest carb meal of the day is breakfast at 30 to 32 grams with lunch and dinner at between 40 and 45 grams each. My advice to her was meant to point out the importance of carbs and increase carb awareness as step one.

mkoullias73 2013-07-17 14:12:37 -0500 Report

Definitely not expecting things to fall in my lap I do know being proactive is best. ..thank you for the advice. .. it's just hard when you have to choose between food for your children and a 400.00 Dr Bill

snuggles11 2013-07-17 14:08:58 -0500 Report

Great advice Joyce
Agreed !
You've got to reach out there !
No one is going to do it for you!
Trust me there is help out!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-17 13:59:50 -0500 Report

Look for a health center that offers health care on a sliding fee scale. Depending on your medications, the cheapest place I have found mine is Wal-Mart. Many states officer a prescription program. Check with your state they may have that. If you qualify for low cost or no cost medications. I know it is hard but you have to find medical help. Contact a Homeless shelter and see if they have names of health care clinics that help people with low or no income. They might be able to help you. Contact your local hospital and see if they have a clinic that will help you. There are places that will help you but you have to look for them, ask friends and neighbors. You never know what they know or who they know and they might have a place for you to start.

I don't eat just toast, I eat protien or something with fiber to keep my numbers under control. I also take walks to help me. It could be that you are not eating the right foods and not getting enough exercise. Find a diabetic diet that works for you and count every carb you eat. This will also help you get into control. If things get worse go to the ER.

mkoullias73 2013-07-17 14:09:06 -0500 Report

Thank you. ..this morning is the only time I just ate toast. ..normally I easy oatmeal with berries or sausage and eggs I have a good diet. I walk at least 2 miles eevery other day bc its been raining so much. ..I had gestational diabetes over a year ago my numbers have Always been screwy. ..even the last Dr I went to told me to keep a journal of what I ate so he could see and he told me my diet was good. I guess I might have to do this again with a different Dr…meds are no cost but the one Dr I was diagnosed by in February only gave me a 2 month supply and then I went to the er and they have me a1 month supply. ..I just moved to GA so I'm still figuring out where to go :-(

snuggles11 2013-07-18 23:09:46 -0500 Report

I lived in Georgia for 20 years
If you want to give me some idea your exact location I can give you some advice?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-18 12:36:59 -0500 Report

Sometimes it takes several Drs. to find one that is the right match for you. Look for a diabetic education class I took one and learned new things that I can try. The ones in my area are free. Check out local health fairs. You can get tons of information at them and you can also find out what services area in your area.

If you are new to the area, the best source of information are your neighbors who have been their longer than you. Go on the internet and look for health centers in your area and call all of them to find out what services they offer and if they have a sliding fee scale. Some Super Markets have community boards and people put all kinds of useful information on them. You never know what kind of information you will find when you ask people. Also a good way to make new friends.