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By joemonzo08 Latest Reply 2013-08-17 12:45:42 -0500
Started 2013-08-13 02:31:57 -0500

Hi everyone, I just recently got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few months back and I'm 22 years old. First I'm extremely confused because I have been diagnosed with epilepsy a while ago, I've only ever had three seizures and then I get type 1 diabetes all of a sudden with no one in my family having any form of diabetes. I feel like I had hypoglycemia, my mom says she tested positive for it before but is ok. Also she has/had epilepsy for all her life having daily or monthly seizures. Now onto actually having type 1. I have been so overly emotional on trying to live with this and its been hard I've been so depressed recently. At first I handled everything well sugars and all. Now I've just wanted to be normal I've been terrible with it. I'm also a smoker trying to quit and a social drinker. Its been rough at work at well. I work in retail as a salesman first at jcpenney now at Kay jewellers. Jcpenney was awful about it, pretty much saying I have to stay on the floor and if I have low or high sugars to pretty much deal with any rush of customers I had then take care of myself. They were also terrible with my absences at first between the first diagnosis and leaving early and calling out. When I was diagnosed I had a blood sugar well over 600. That was management but my coworkers were wonderful and concerned. Kay has been nothing short of amazing with it. Really great people and understand my health comes first. I just want to be happy again. It has been a little easier because I lived an ex who had type 1 as well, but it's still rough. Help?

25 replies

abdulhaq 2013-08-17 12:45:42 -0500 Report

You are on the right line of action. You changed jobs which shows that you are concerned about yourself. Epilepsy has a very remote connection with diabetes, so nothing to worry about. Believe in God and yourself, and everything is just gonna be fine. Any problems, what are friends at diabetic connect for :-)

AppleTechMom 2013-08-15 09:56:50 -0500 Report

I had a company like JCP actually. I was diagnose when I was 16 but when I was 19 I worked for a restaurant that the owner had no idea and actually fired me because I was having issues with high blood sugar. Don't let them push you around. I'm glad that Kay treats you better. I work for Apple in tech support. I also get the benefit of working from home as well.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-15 08:18:45 -0500 Report

Hi Joemonzo08, Welcome! This is a great site for support and advice. Glad to have you here.
I was diagnosed 2 years ago with type1. I'm 47 years old and was totally shocked when they told me I have diabetes. I went through 6 doctors, poor care and advice until I recently found an awesome health care team. I am on the pump and the cgm now and it has helped me a great deal. I suggest that you find a good diabetes educator to help you understand how different foods work in the body. It takes time to figure out what works best for you. I'm like you in that I really enjoy eating healthier foods. I found a routine which helps me keep things better managed. And I carry orange juice, glucose tabs, gel, and extends snack bar with me in case of lows. Lol! May be overkill but I make sure I'm always prepared.
As far as emotions I've been on a roller coaster, but I try to focus and understand where it's coming from and allow myself the freedom to feel. I try not to beat myself up about it and to treat myself with compassion.
I try to look at diabetes as a challenge I was given to teach me things I need to learn in order to meet my purpose here. It is my goal to allow this struggle to make me a better, stronger, kinder, more compassionate human being. :-)
Again Welcome, and I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have already.

joemonzo08 2013-08-14 21:34:51 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone. I'm extremely happy I found this app and it has been helping a whole lot. Everyone's tips and advice and support has been nothing short of amazing. Thank you so much again everyone. Soon I should be able to give tips of my own to newly diagnosed diabetics and support. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

Roxannescott 2013-08-14 21:32:43 -0500 Report

Just concentrate on keeping as well as you can..keep as much control as YOU can. Unfortunately you hafta find your own good way…keep some hard candy near by and do lots of blood tests so you can figure it out…I am on 32 years with type one…never easy but it has to become second nature…and it will.

GabbyPA 2013-08-14 19:44:13 -0500 Report

Well it seems that JCP needs some training. I'm glad that you have found Kay to be much better. That will help so much reduce the stress and worry. I know I work for myself now and I feel so liberated because I don't have to worry about losing my job because of my diabetes.

Sometimes just taking a step back and being reminded of the little things that matter will help. Little things like choosing well, taking your insulin when you need to, getting in some exercise and reducing stress. They are a lot to do all at once, but focus on one at a time and sometimes you may find the other things kind of fall in place.

diagnosedat4 2013-08-14 18:43:03 -0500 Report

Ive been diabetic for pretty much my whole life. Was diagnosed at 4 and im 23. I still struggle. Horribly. I wish i could say it gets easier but it doesnt. I hate checking my sugar and counting my carbs. Amd it should be easier for me being on a pump but its not. I guess the sooner you make it routine the better. But i always start slacking when things start going well. Its an on going battle. Good luck!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-14 12:24:41 -0500 Report

Hey Joe,

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. I am glad you found your way to us!

You used the term "overly emotional" in your post. What I want to say is that a new diagnosis brings up a lot of emotions, and everybody is different in terms of the kinds of feelings that come up. So, there is no overly emotional. There is only lots of emotions, And that is a normal part of the process of dealing with a new diagnosis.

I am sad to hear how you were treated at your job at JCPenney. That's a shame. It's hard enough adjust to diabetes, and to get your self-care on track, without added stress at work. But I am glad to hear you found your way to a more supportive company. That's excellent. And glad to hear you have had supportive co-workers along the way.

Speaking of support. It's really important to have people in your life who can be there, who can listen without judging you or trying to tell you what to do. I hope you have a safe place to talk about what's going on with you. Support is power.

It's great that your reached out here on Diabetic Connect. You are now part of the most supportive diabetic community on the planet. So I hope you will stay in touch with us, my friend. You are not alone.

Take good care of yourself!


zwee123 2013-08-13 16:45:43 -0500 Report

Stay strong! Getting used to it is tough. But soon enough you'll hardly remember a life without. Because you are busy and focused on others all day, you may find it beneficial to get a CGM! Good luck!

CallumB 2013-08-13 12:13:38 -0500 Report

Not like you should listen to me over a doctor. But I literally live off chicken/meat occasionally/pasta/rice. Basically all the things a body builder eats is perfect for a diabetic.

joemonzo08 2013-08-13 11:58:53 -0500 Report

…oh haha. Didn't know that for proteins as well. I guess it's mainly for breakfast and dinner. I can easily find enough for lunch but I feel like I'm forcing food into my body to follow the diet my doctor gave me.

CallumB 2013-08-13 11:43:36 -0500 Report

Tbh, I don't follow a macro amount of carbs. You need fast acting insulin for everything. Fats and protein as well.
Going on a low carb diet isn't really a solution to a healthy diabetic life.
For instance in about 30 minutes I'm about to eat a massive bowl of pasta and tuna. I'll take about 4-6 units of fast acting insulin depending on my level before hand.
You need to keep insulin in your bodies at all times to stop yourself getting keytones.
For instance when you're ill the doctors will feed you anything you'll eat just so you can put insulin into your body (I literally mean anything, coco pops, ice cream etc)

joemonzo08 2013-08-13 11:31:18 -0500 Report

It is getting tiresome. But we have to keep up with it. We can have healthy and long lives just like everyone else. I'm just confused with the spike of a sudden. Just keep going strong, can always come here for support. Being on here for only several hours is helping and makes me feel a lot better.

DanniDiabetic 2013-08-13 11:25:45 -0500 Report

I'm kind if in the same place with dealing with it , I did so good and then I just got tired of the shots and checking and all of it .

joemonzo08 2013-08-13 11:03:06 -0500 Report

I noticed that with my ex. She would flip out then apologize later. I guess for now all I can doing s exercise more and eat the way I use to again. I have an appointment next month with my endocrinologist and I think I need more blood work done as well. I know nothing of all my other levels or understand or what they mean. Also trying to figure out my fast acting insulin, I'm taking it to my sugars right now not to my food and on a 60 carb diet. I usually have low carb meals because of all the veggies I eat and tired of shoveling bread into my mouth to make them carbs up lol.

CallumB 2013-08-13 10:43:04 -0500 Report

I find if my blood sugar levels are higher than my average range of levels my emotions are more aggressive. I'm much more agitated etc.. Again as a child injections and other pains used hurt a lot more if my blood sugar was higher than my average range of levels.
Tiredness can be down to bad sleeping because of your diabetes.

joemonzo08 2013-08-13 10:33:51 -0500 Report

In every which way. Emotionally, I've been overreacting to things I normally shouldn't. Also physically, more pains that never would really bother me getting more tired. Just don't feel like myself

joemonzo08 2013-08-13 09:46:32 -0500 Report

I'm just happy that this job actually cares haha. I do keep my supplies in the back and can check whenever I feel weird. I have been trying to do the same thing, live as if I wasn't and just do what I'm suppose to. Its just been really hitting me last couple of months.

CallumB 2013-08-13 08:36:08 -0500 Report

Well I work in McDonald's part time as part of uni and I usually go grab a drink of oasis when I feel I'm going low, and I also keep my blood tester and Injection in the office.
I'm sure with a lot of jobs you can keep stuff in the office or something, as many employers aren't going to like the risk of having an employee go hypoclemia because they won't allow food or drink nearby. That's just looking for a lawsuit easily avoided.

To be honest I live my life relatively similar to if I wasn't diabetic. I just have to be more cautions about things is all.

joemonzo08 2013-08-13 08:12:46 -0500 Report

Thanks on the weight lifting I use to a little bit before never thought on doing it again lol. I actually like eating healthier, it tastes better and I feel better. I don't know why I'm kind of regressing with my diet now of all times. And my job now doesn't care but the old one did. I would have to keep it off the sales floor…makes sense right.

CallumB 2013-08-13 06:51:41 -0500 Report

First off, heavy weight lifting I find improves my diabetic blood sugars a lot because your body is more active and has a higher metabolism. But also because you (or atleast a lot of people) try to eat better when they lift weights a lot.
I find stress makes me go Hypo so I try to have a sugary drink around at work as most places don't mind if you keep a drink about.

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