Saw my Family Doc & got the Official news (diagnosis)

By LadyLouAnn Latest Reply 2013-11-21 07:20:54 -0600
Started 2013-11-19 20:44:07 -0600

Well I am a Diabetic Type 2, which I find embarrassing for some reason. My doctor said it's mostly because of my family heritage (genes). My 1Ac is 11. something %.
Early in the morning my BG is 15 or (270 mg/dl) or higher with no food in me
My BG is really high and the doc wants me back in two weeks to check how I'm doing. I am on Metformin 500- 3x a day and now Repaglinde .5- 2x a day. I had a bit of high blood pressure when I was in the office so she is going to check it in two weeks and if it's still up I will have to go on HB meds. too.
How can I go from yeee haw life is good… to this??

5 replies

orchidnanny 2013-11-21 07:20:54 -0600 Report

LadyLouAnn, I know only too well how you are feeling. Six months ago I was shocked by the diagnosis of the big "D" & HBP. Hello? That stuff is for the weak, lazy, those who don't take care of themselves and who have a family history. Wrong! Stress can bring it on also. Divorce, quitting a stressful job to take care of two dying parents(who died 5 weeks apart w/cancer), getting married, then dealing with major problems in settling the estate. That was stress and I thought I could keep pushing myself. Well, self crashed and I received the dreaded diagnosis.
Along with shock came anger and denial, and acceptance hasn't taken over yet! I feel that if I put my head in the sand that "IT" will go away.
I pray that you and I, and all others who are struggling to find a new normal will find a way to accept these changes that we must make to have the best quality of life possible. What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-11-20 19:00:54 -0600 Report

Hi LadyLouAnn,

Welcome! Glad you found your way to the most supportive place on the planet for diabetics.

What a great question you ask. What I encourage you to do is take things one step at a time. Get educated. Get your self-care routine on track. Decide to take the best possible care of yourself.

Diabetes doesn't have to define you. Sure, it changes your life. But you are still the you that you have always been.

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to get lots of support. I hope you have people in your life who can listen to you without judging you or trying to tell you what to do. Talk about your feelings, even the "bad" ones. Vent when you need to.

One thing that support can do is to help you stay on the path. Having people watching out for you, can also help provide some accountability if you are concerned about not staying on top of your diet and medication regimen. Get a solid support team in place.

Change is never easy for us human beings. We like things to stay the same. A diagnosis like diabetes introduces change. Work with your doctor to get a self-care regimen in place that works for you, with your preferences and lifestyle. Be patient with yourself. And make yourself a priority.

Stay in touch with us! You are not alone!


Glucerna 2013-11-20 14:01:45 -0600 Report

A new diagnosis of diabetes isn't easy, is it? It's great that you're working closely with your doctor, and I encourage you to ask him for a referral to a diabetes education program. You'll learn all about diabetes and how to manage your blood sugar levels, plus meet other people in your situation. There's no one 'right' way to manage diabetes, and by learning as much as you can about diabetes and how your blood sugar reacts to exercise, stress, and food you'll figure out the best course for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2013-11-19 23:43:50 -0600 Report

Howdy LadyLouAnn.

Welcome to Diabetic Connect! Glad you are here, sorry for the reason you are here.

There is no need to feel shame for joining the ranks of the Persons with Diabetes (PWDs).

I suspect that the reason for that is the thought you may have had before you had diabetes that to get Diabetes meant that you were abusing yourself. I myself had the view before diabetes that only alcoholics get it. Not so, as I learned the hard way.

If you didn't take care of yourself now that you know, then there might be a bit of embarrasment involved.

I want to encourage you that life STILL is good! I have been a PWD since 1995. I have burning neuropathy in my feet (knees to toes) and also need dialysis 3 sessions per wk to survive (there are also many other "medical challenges" which I have) However I wish to live as long a life as possible and perhaps see one or two grand children born. Perhaps I may also find love again after my late wife died. I have to take the best care of myself as I possibly can.

You have now a different way to take care of yourself too.

Praying God's best for you and yours in your "new normal"

James Baker

LadyLouAnn 2013-11-20 17:47:55 -0600 Report

Thank you for your kind words. The only thing that makes me concerned is the idea that when I feel better I'm going to want to give up all the meds and such and live an unrecorded life. I felt so sick last week..I do remember that and I don't want to get that sick again. I'm really not sure what to think. It's hard to feel you have to change everything when you don't have a big gaping wound, broken bone. or an mri that shows the damage. There's lots of numbers and tests but not sure what they really mean for me ..NOW and in the near future and the far future.

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