I was diagnosed with Diabetes on 07/12

By Kelli50 Latest Reply 2013-08-08 12:31:51 -0500
Started 2013-07-28 12:57:42 -0500

Hi, On the 12th of July I received a phone call from my Dr's receptionist she told me that I have Diabetes and that the Dr. was out of the office.

It took awhile to process it and that night I cried but the next morning I started researching and I haven't stoped.

I have lived on a semi truck for 3 years. In the past 2 weeks eating healthy has been a big challenge out here and keeping a schedule is impossible so unfortunately I have to leave the truck. My husband is the driver and I take care of a variety of thing here on the road.

My Dr appointment is Wed

25 replies

Shershe699 2013-08-08 06:10:08 -0500 Report

Kelli…I, too, am newly diagnosed. Seeing a diabetic specialist and a nutritionist have helped me the most. How did your appointment on Wednesday turn out? Best wishes!

Kelli50 2013-08-08 12:01:25 -0500 Report

Hi Shershe699, Unfortunately I have no health insurance. The appointment went well with the Dr Wednesday. The Dr. Prescribed me Metformin, gave me a glucose meter, lancets and strips. And best of all the supplies and visit was of no cost to me. :)

Shershe699 2013-08-08 12:20:45 -0500 Report

That certainly has to make things even more difficult for you. If you don't mind me interjecting here, and please know this is just ME, I've learned the following:
I test when I get up in the morning & two hours after each meal. "Normal" glucose levels are typically between 120-140.
For my morning meal, I aim for 3 servings of carbs, 1 of protein & 1-2 of fat.
For lunch, 3 servings of carbs, 2-3 of protein, 1-2 of fat & all the "free" veggies…like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, etc.
For supper it's the same as lunch, but protein is 2-3 servings. Then 2 snacks with 1 carb each time.
If I test & see something really makes my bg go up, I try to cut back on that food or avoid it.
I know you'll follow your doctor's advice, but I thought this might help a little.

Chopstix 2013-08-05 21:33:55 -0500 Report

Hello Kelli50! I am a dibetic driver also. I was informed in 2005 and weighed 250 with a blood glocuse reading of 243 at physical. This past February one week after passing my physical and weighing in at 212 pounds I had a heart attack. The sad part was my numbers were normal. In April I had bypass surgery and today I weigh 183 pounds. My a1c was also 6.5. I walk and dance for excersise, eat more vegetable and try and stay away from read meat as much as possible. I have found that a little peanut butter before bed helps to keep my blood sugar from spiking or dipping to low over night. I don't eat much fried food but maybe twice a month. You have to treat yourself once in awhile or go crazy. I prefer to use stevia as a sweetener and I can't wait to try monk fruit. Wal*Mart has rotiss chicken as well as Kroger. Kroger also has baked chicken. Eat you green leafy vegetable, fish. Eat you food cooked anyway but fried i.e., baked, broiled, steamed. Make sure your body is not low in magnesium, chromium, manganese. Eat your fruits also. Love's has cups of celery and carrots. Cinnamon can help control blood sugar in some people. Drink plenty of water so yu won't become dehydrated. Dehydration cause the blood to becom thicker and that causes blood pressure and blood sugar to be higher. My best to you…

arp13 2013-07-30 11:10:01 -0500 Report

Many blessings as walk through life with the Manageable Diabetes Mellitus! It is challenge as your research has probably already disclosed. But keep working and many more years of life is your reward. Oh, btw, pray daily!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-07-28 20:29:35 -0500 Report

Hi Kelli,

So great to have you here. You certainly have an interesting life. My brother in law is a truck driver, and also diabetic, so I understand the challenges you are facing. I am not a doctor but am a therapist. It sounds like you are letting yourself have your feelings, and not holidng back. I hope you are getting support. And it's great that you are getting educated. Knowledge is power.

Stay in touch with us. We are always around!


Kelli50 2013-07-28 21:49:21 -0500 Report

I'm sorry I forgot my manners for a second. Hi Dr. Gary. I'm glad you all are always around.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-01 13:22:43 -0500 Report

Hi Kelli! Glad to hear you have an in-house support team! Good to be in touch with you. I am always around!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-07-28 19:22:53 -0500 Report

Maybe you can figure out an eating plan that would work on the road. I was a passenger for several years when my Hubby drove a semi through the lower 48. With a shoebox (Burton type) stove and a KoolTron cooler and/or Igloo cooler) the possibilities are there. I wasn't diagnosed back then, but it seems there are ways to make Diabetic friendly foods. Of course that would depend on the areas you travel and if you can have access to grocery stores. We were able to stock up, using a few insulated coolers with frozen vegies to keep a few extra foods for a day or two before using the food in the electric coolers. Amazing what you can cook in a shoebox stove and an aluminum pan.

Kelli50 2013-07-28 19:38:15 -0500 Report

Thank you for replying. We have one of those little ovens and have used it a lot and we also have a small fridge but we switch from nights to days and day to nights so much it's hard to eat 3 meals. Iif we just ran during the day we could make it work but dispatch wouldn't just keep us 9n days. We also drive through the lower 48.

Kelli50 2013-07-28 19:38:02 -0500 Report

Thank you for replying. We have one of those little ovens and have used it a lot and we also have a small fridge but we switch from nights to days and day to nights so much it's hard to eat 3 meals. Iif we just ran during the day we could make it work but dispatch wouldn't just keep us 9n days. We also drive through the lower 48.

Kelli50 2013-07-28 19:40:35 -0500 Report

Sorry for the repost.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-07-28 20:20:52 -0500 Report

My schedule is supposed to be I work nights from 10 pm to 6 am. However, I end up working an odd 6 am to 2 pm or 2 pm to 10 pm shift. Or, am held over for 1 to 8 hours at the end of my shift. Or, work an extra 1 to 8 hours before my usual shift. So, randomness happens. I usually make sure and eat small snacks throughout whatever my awake hours are, around every 2 -4 hours. The snack can be a handful of nuts, some string cheese, a yogurt, etc. Also some veggies and peanut butter. Then when I get a chance for a regular meal it might be in the morning when I get off from work, or after I wake up, or whenever I can fit it in. My BG seems to be OK with the random switches. Just have to make sure I don't forget to eat. A few times on my nights off I went a little low because I forgot to eat. I seem to watch a bit more carefully while at work because I don't want to go low when I am busy with a resident.
When I was out in the truck I usually started our day (or night) with applesauce, string cheese and some nuts. I could munch on them as we rolled along. I also kept small snacks handy to grab for when dispatch would suddenly find a load and we had to get moving right then and there was no time to fix a meal.

jigsaw 2013-07-28 18:08:20 -0500 Report

I understand your reaction to your diagnosis. In time, you'll more than likely adjust, and accept it as just another part of life. It's really a matter of educating ones self on the subject. One must be more diligent with what and how they eat, plus do a bit of exercise. It is a bit tricky to decipher the best and most accurate info with all that is available. Managing diabetes successfully is well within reach for most of us. With the exception of better eating habits, and a bit more exercise, diabetes has not caused me to change my life. I do what I have always enjoyed doing. I believe there is a strong possibility that you will experience similar circumstances if you choose to. Just keep in mind, diabetes can be managed successfully, even if your having a difficult time doing so.

Kelli50 2013-07-28 13:10:18 -0500 Report

Sorry, Wednesday and I am excited because I will be able to manage my Diabetes better. And of course know what type I have.

I'm so glad I found DC this community is awesome.

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