Just got Diagnosed!

By Leslieluv21 Latest Reply 2013-09-02 13:18:44 -0500
Started 2013-08-31 21:45:37 -0500

I was just diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 at the beginning of this month. Just two days ago I was put on regular insulin before each meal, the dose I have to inject depends on my blood sugar level. I also have to inject Lantus 7 units at bedtime. My blood sugar level was at 550 when I got diagnosed. Lately I have been feeling extremely sad and depressed. Having to prick my finger 3 times a day and inject myself with insulin 4 times a day is very overwhelming for me. This morning I was having an extremely hard time coming to terms with it. I fear having to eat because I do not want my blood sugar level to sky rocket. I also am afraid of gaining weight because of the insulin. I want to know what all of you did or how you came to terms with the diagnosis when you all found out, or how you coped with it. I have fears and I am afraid of the unknown. Will you guys share your experience with me or do any of you have any words of empathy or encouragement to stay strong for myself? Thank you! :)

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Esco_McStud 2013-09-02 13:18:44 -0500 Report

Growing up I saw my older sister whom is just a year older than I, struggle with the hardships of diabetes. She was diagnosed at 7 years old. She is now 27 years old with a 4 year old son. At this moment you're probably wondering how do I fit into this picture. Well here goes my story. It all happened around the time where hurricane sandy hit. The constant urge to use the bathroom. The cotton mouth taste that wouldn't go away despite drinking tons of water. I saw my sister go through the same things but I didn't think anything of it. I thought I had a UTI or something of that sort. I kept drinking gallons of water and literally going to the bathroom every 5 minutes. My mother told me to make an appointment as she was more concerned than I was. I went to the doctor on November 14, 2012 (ironically its national diabetes day) My sugar was over 600. They then called an ambulance and I was on my way to the hospital. I had this fear that I was going to die. I was connected to all these IVs that were pushing insulin in me constantly. I was panicking because of fear of what would happen. I saw my sister go thru it but its not the same when you're dealing with it yourself. I spent the night. In the morning, I felt dizzy and drenched in sweat. My legs felt like jello I paged the nurse. My sugar was 43. I drink a little bit of apple juice and my sugar shot back up to over 600. Things were hectic. I spent a few days in the hospital. I went home on Humalog and Lantus kwikpens. I started seeing a lot of different health providers for my newly diagnoses. I learned a lot thru them and from my sister as well. I am 26 years old. It will soon be a year of my Type 1 Diagnosis. I am now on the pump. One Touch ping. Life is so much easier on it. It's a great pump (waterproof) and it has a calorie king app. A few days ago I ran out of insets and cartridges, so I am back on the pens until my shipment comes in. My A1C is at 6.7%. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

KG66 2013-09-02 12:13:10 -0500 Report

Hello Leslieluv! I was diagnosed 2 years ago and my BG was at 594. I seemed like I was on the verge of dying. I looked terrible. Within 2 years I went from weighing 180 lbs to weighing 109 lbs. I'm 5'6 tall so you could really see it. I missed a lot of school and was always sad. I hated my body and my life. A lot of people judge me for you could see my bones. If I stood straight you could see my spine and my hip bones sticking out. One night my mom randomly bought a glucometer and tested me. I was at 33 (canadian) which is about 594. I went to the hospital and spent 8 hours there. The one test came back inconclusive and they diagnosed me with type 2 which made no sense since I was 17 and terribly skinny. A few days later my family doctor called and I was sent straight to the hospital for 3 days where I started my insulin treatment. 3 days of blood test constant testing and changing my insulin ratio. I remember finally falling asleep only to have a nurse come in at 3am to test my sugar. I powered through though. Since I was a good patient I got to go home on the 3rd day! :) I worked hard on getting my numbers good and after only 9 months my numbers were good enough to get an insulin pump! :D I remember hating my Lantus shots. I had to take 19 units a night. Blah! That wasn't fun! Oh and just to let you know I did gain weight. I now weigh about 143. I gained about 34 lbs and feel better now then I did when I was really skinny! I suffer from depression but I'm not letting any of this beat me! I suggest you do the same! If ever you need support just come to this website. The people on this Website have helped me through a lot. I still feel pretty new to all this but I can always help as much as I can! :)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-09-02 12:05:41 -0500 Report

Hey Leslie,

It's great to meet you. I am glad you found your way to Diabetic Connect, the most supportive place on the planet.

I am not a physician but I counsel clients who are living with chronic conditions like diabetes. I want to reassure you that a new diagnosis brings up a lot of questions. Like "Why me?" and "What is my life going to be like?" And those questions bring up a lot of feelings.

Human beings are hardwired to resist change, especially change that we haven't chosen. It's a process, one day at a time, to adjust to the demands of diabetic self-care. So I hope you will be patient with yourself. You are dealing with a lot all at once, and that can feel overwhelming at times.

It's really important to get lots of support. You have taken a big step in that direction by reaching out to your friends on Diabetic Connect. You have a lot of supportive friends who are walking beside you on the road ahead.

You mentioned that you are feeling depressed. That is always a hot button for me. Here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back on diabetes and depression:


I hope you have a safe place to talk about how you are feeling, a friend or family member who can just be a good listener. You might also want to sit down and talk with a counselor. Don't hold back on talking about how you feel. Vent! Keep talking.

And stay in touch with us, my friend. You are not alone.


kristyann78 2013-09-01 22:37:09 -0500 Report

I feel the same and I was diagnosed a yr and a half ago type1 It's no fun. It's drained all my personality too. Just mad, angry and sad all the time

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-09-01 21:53:31 -0500 Report

Hi Lesliluv, Welcome to the group. I am 47 and was diagnosed type1 2 years ago. I was overwhelmed, shocked, and so scared when I was told. Best thing for me was to learn everything I could about it. Counting carbs and balancing your diet, it's a lot to take in. Meeting with a good diabetes educator is very helpful.
It's a long hard road but I try to look at it as something put in my life to make me stronger and teach me the lessons I'm meant to learn in this life.
take one day at a time sometimes a moment at a tim. Love yourself, be patient and kind to yourself.
This is a wonderful supportive site. It's nice to have you here. :-)

Quin73 2013-09-01 14:14:08 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome. I am also a type 1, was diagnosed at 24, I'm now 32. I felt the same way as you, but based on how ill I felt just before being diagnosed, injecting insulin was a blessing as it was going to bring me back to my old self and health. Just learn and experiment with foods, see how your body reacts to foods. Test as many times as you like in the day, the more the better. I am also on lantus and apidra, they are excellent insulins! Don't let something as simple as diabetes get you down, it's very easy to take control of, just keep a positive mind. Take care

ElectricSoul 2013-09-01 13:39:31 -0500 Report

I have been strong with diabetes for 16 years now…I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old. At that age I didn't know anything! All I knew was I wanted to go out and play with my friends. I struggled with the diabetic life and I'm so blessed I had family and friends to help me out. Also CHOC hospital has helped me out so much. I was in the Padre Foundation which is a foundation to raise money to find a cure and other diabetics get together and we do activities. I really love that foundation a lot. Very helpful and kind people. Anyways, being 21 and having diabetes for 16 years, I have been down and depressed because I struggled. I hated dealing with this. Low and high blood sugars, checking u blood more than 4 times a day, injecting myself, poking my butt (because I'm on the pump). All of it sucks but we diabetics have to stay strong. We can get through this together. I know it's hard and I've had my bad times and down times but you can do it. Don't let diabetes bring you down. I see it as another way of living. It is my life. This is how things are and hope one day they find a cure<3

Leslieluv21 2013-09-01 13:58:19 -0500 Report

What a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing! I will stay strong for myself and for other people like me. Because you have lived with it for 16 years you inspire me to keep moving forward with a positive outlook. Thank you so much! <3

alanbossman 2013-09-01 12:37:39 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family,I know its a lot of work check this poke that just listen to your doctor do what he or she tells you to do. All this poking and shots will become second nature to you over time Hang in there you can do this.

Leslieluv21 2013-09-01 12:40:20 -0500 Report

Thank you very much Alan! I'm sure that if intake it day by day and don't obsess and think that this is something bad, I will be just fine. Happy Sunday :) oh and September 1st! :)

Leslieluv21 2013-09-01 08:40:37 -0500 Report

Thank you very much Doris. I will always keep this in mind and I am so happy that I found this network because I can always share with other people like me. Thank you :)

lemkedoris@yahoo.com 2013-09-01 07:43:29 -0500 Report

just want to say Hi, and welcome to the group and it's real hard at first after it sinks in and read all the post you can on here daily learn as much as you can you hopefuly will feel better not eating is not good will make things worse I am trying to learn how to count carb's my diabetic nurse said it will help me to lower my levels I have been a type 2 for 17 years now with no insurance and fixed income I get depressed I am sure we all do or did at one time take it one day at a time work with your doctor and diabetic nurse we are here for you if you need us just to talk or just to know we are here good luck hang in there

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