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101 Diabetics
By 101 Diabetics Latest Reply 2014-02-06 04:16:45 -0600
Started 2014-01-12 15:56:48 -0600

I would love to see this Forum jumping!!!

New members: it would be nice if you would post here, and let us know you
are here. There are a lot of nice people here, and I haven't found one that
bites yet (and, hopefully, they won't bite).

Then we would like for you to start making friends with others, and join in
on some of the discussions.

Older members, don't just sit there and read, start posting.

So let's get this forum jumping … And post til you drop!

41 replies

leftyusa 2014-02-05 21:48:39 -0600 Report

I am new to this site, type 2 for 5 years.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-02-06 04:16:45 -0600 Report

Welcome leftyusa!!!

Glad to see that you are finding your way around, \and also to see you are posting here in the discussion section.

There is a lot of good information on the site!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-18 17:31:43 -0600 Report

I really love seeing the new vitality of the participation of this site! New members are reading the discussions, commenting on posts, creating their own discussions, and making friends at a rapid pace.

Keep up the great work!

For those whom have not yet jumped in: don't be shy, we enjoy seeing the energy coming forth! New members and active members are the true lifeblood of this community.

Sugar Nana
Sugar Nana 2014-01-16 11:19:41 -0600 Report

Im new to the site and enjoying finding my way around and meeting new people with diabetes.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 11:33:57 -0600 Report

Sugar Nana, it is good to see you making your way around Diabetic Connect!

There is a tremendous amount of valuable information, there are Experts on hand, and the members here provide a wealth of information.

It is new members like you that provide the lifeblood to this group!

SkooterSnowy 2014-01-16 20:25:39 -0600 Report

Thank you, right now I can use all the help I can get, my steroids from the hospital are really reeking havoc with my blood sugars they were up to 451 tonight, that's without eating anything out of the ordinary or sweet or anything,,,,in cases like that when it is so high how do you get it to lower fast?

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-01-16 08:59:42 -0600 Report

I live in East Jesus, and when I was dx'd in '87, there was no real internet, I think I knew 2 other T1's. I think I've been here for 6 monthsish, I've learned more here from other people than you can from what a doctor wants to tell you.
BTW, the other 2 t1's I knew are no longer here. I've decided that when I have to go, it's not going to be because of D.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 09:21:08 -0600 Report

This site is sure very helpful to us!

We just need to have the desire to do better, then follow through. This site can provide much of the support that we lack from other sources.

The medical community does not always provide even the basic support we need. They just assume that they can diagnose us, give us prescriptions, and have you out the door.

My doctor didn't even explain to me about testing or how to do so. I've always been a self-starter so I sought help from the pharmacist to get started with the testing. Then I followed that with seeking information about diabetes online.

I started seeing progress quickly. Then I found Diabetic Connect. There is so much information available here.

Staying plugged in here is to our advantage.

SkooterSnowy 2014-01-15 23:25:05 -0600 Report

Hi, I am not such a new member as I am trying to be an active member and participate in my management of my disease and talk to people about theirs. I was diagnosed with type 2 in July of 2010 and pretty much have not actively participated in any control of the disease, I thought I was trying but I was just kidding myself. Now I have been having other serious repercussions from other diseases I have and I thought I might as well get this in check since I have to get so many other things in check, so here I am, ready and open to learn. I am 44 years old and I need to lose 100lbs, which is not easy because the cornucopia of drugs I take all say they make you gain weight. Including the steroid prednisone, which I have been on for over 20+ years and is now reeking havoc on my body. I have a whole slew of things I need to take care of,,,,so here I am.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 08:52:40 -0600 Report

We are glad to see you here, which shows that you are now beginning. This is a good group of people. They will show their support. Many good suggestions have been and will be made here.

However, ultimately you must get the majority of your advice from your health care providers. Always try to follow what they say.

Just don't give up! Keep plugging away at it. Eventually the changes will come. Then you will see the difference.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-15 06:43:37 -0600 Report

WoW! Membership grows everyday here. I never would have realized
that until I went to my Profile, dropped to Connection, clicked, andd
saw the box on the right that says: Suggested Connections, and then
Browse All Members.

That list grows somewhere around the rate of 9 to 15 per day. That

LadyLouAnn 2014-01-14 17:16:43 -0600 Report

I have been avoiding coming here because I DON'T want to get heck because I know I haven"t been following any real diet. I haven"t been gorging myself but I'm finding the reality of this disease not very real. I have been taking my medications but this whole thing just seems too unbelievable. Sad to say but the only time it felt like a real condition was when I was feeling really sick with a blood sugar of 601 when I first got diagnosed.

jigsaw 2014-01-15 07:28:39 -0600 Report

This is a great site to learn, get motivated, and stay motivated. Diabetes is an insidious condition! The complications that can be caused by diabetes can sneak up on you, especially if you don't take heed. Pay attention, get and keep informed, accept your diabetes, and stay healthy! It all goes hand in hand.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 18:59:38 -0600 Report

LadyLouAnn, I know you do not want to get heck, but you must take care of yourself. No one will do this for you!

I guaranty that Diabetes is real, and I would not test the waters to see if it is not real. I don't think you would want that outcome.

We are glad to know that you are taking your medications, but it almost seems as if you may be in denial. Please use caution, life is to fragile to just throw your cares to the wind!

If I am wrong, please forgive me.

crowbird 2014-01-14 08:35:21 -0600 Report

I have been a diabetic since 1995. I was diagnosed T2, and stated taking glyberide, and metformin. I just took the meds, and didn't pay much attention to the treating diabetes part of it! I graduated to Byetta by 2004, and Janumet, then to Lantus pens in 2006. In 2011 had a heart attack, and went on humalog fast acting in 2012. I am now on the insulin pump (Medtonics Minimed 723, and sensors. Finally, I think I have my sugar somewhat under control. At least I'm checking my sugar 5 times a day now. I bolus, whenever it's high. I hardly ever get lows. I count carbs the best I can. I have a book for that, plus I read the back of the packages. Whenever I get takeout, I look up the carbs on the internet. Diabetes is a devastating disease, and will destroy your body, so I plead with you to pay attention to your blood sugar readings, and count your carbs. Stay off of most fruits, bread, and cut back on dairy products. There's so much you can do for your well being if you would make diabetes you main health concern. It is a chronic disease if you let it be. Don't just sweep it under the rug, and think it's going away! Thanks for listening!

Mike C

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-13 21:21:49 -0600 Report

I want to thank all of those whom have replied on this discussion.

It is amazing how many new members join here every day. So many just sign up, then that is all we see of them.

It is up to us to engage these new members with offers of friendship, and so on.

I have went back to offer friendship to all new members since 01/01/2014. Just since I done that, I have gained around 32 new friends.

These people are out there, they will respond, some are just a little shy, but they will come on here to post if we rescue them before they never come back.

Risingsun611 2014-01-13 13:21:55 -0600 Report

I'm here and staying connected! So glad I was introduced to this community.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 13:34:36 -0600 Report

Risingsun611, your exemplary attitude and smiling face mean much to making others feel welcome here.

I hope you continue to grace these pages with both your picture and words!

brusha-brusha 2014-01-13 10:26:06 -0600 Report

I'm so glad I found this website. I have plenty of questions and will submit them when I have more time.
Even though I have been on Metformin for 1 1/2 yrs., I wonder if it is just a matter of time before I develop full-blown diabetes II. My endochronologist diagnosed me with Insulin Resistance, explained that Insulin Resistance puts me at risk of developing Diabetes II. His closing statement was, "But we're not going to let that happen." However, other doctors have referred to this condition as diabetes when they see the update on my chart. Why would an Endo doctor say (I was at risk for diabetes II) and other doctors refer to the condition as diabetes? Did I assume something wrong or is the common term for Insulin Resistance actually pre-diabetes?

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-13 11:17:25 -0600 Report

brusha-brusha we are just as glad to have you here!

New members are our lifeblood to keeping this site alive. I was so glad I found it, just as you were. Just imagine the number of others that will also one day find us. They have a home that is just sitting here waiting on them to realize it.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-01-12 19:40:54 -0600 Report

Hey 101,

Always great to see new people as well as familiar faces. But if you aren't posting, we don't know your here. So I hope everybody jumps in!


101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-12 19:55:32 -0600 Report

Thank you, Dr Gary!

I know we have new members that have joined, but are
merely lurking. They need to get their feet wet.

Somewhere we all need to feel comfortable. This is a
place where we all share something in common. Good
or bad, we can all learn to deal with it.

One important aspect of healing, is to acknowledge what
you have and learn to deal with it.

You can make it as hard or as easy as you want to. But
I do not like doing things the hard way. Others have tread
these waters before us, and many will tread these same
waters after us. At least we can leave a legacy behind for
others to learn their pathway to travel.

Do your part to help yourself, and others!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-01-13 21:53:02 -0600 Report

Hey 101,

Lurking! That is a good word. I think you make a great point here, it may take time for people to feel comfortable. I think once members get started in posting, and get some feedback, then it becomes easy.

I remember the first time I posted. I had just found out about Diabetic Connect and wanted to see if I could out. I edited and re-edited my first post. But I got a couple of encouraging responses... and the rest is history.

So I'm looking forward to seeing new and returning faces as a result of your post. Looks like we already are!


101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 13:31:14 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Gary! It is all about helping others to see the good works of this community. We want everyone to feel welcome, and feeling free to post on this forum.

GabbyPA 2014-01-12 16:24:22 -0600 Report

Getting new blood in the forums is important. Even if you think the question has been asked, ask it again. Things change so fast, there may be whole new answers this time around. Don't be shy, I agree! Jump on in.

Red-Sox-Rich 2014-01-12 16:20:32 -0600 Report

Yes 101 ! You found this site for a reason. Don't be afraid to ask questions, seek support from members and share your experiences. I personally have left other sites because of no interactions. This is your site so be heard! :)

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-12 16:53:34 -0600 Report

RSR (Rich) A place like this is so important for people to whom have merely been diagnosed, given a prescription, gotten a test meter, and told to come back in two weeks.

I didn't even know how to test, or even how to use it. Thankfully, the pharmacist took the time to show me that much!

I didn't know nothing, was scared to death, and didn't know what to expect. I hope no one ever has to go this road alone!

If we can be here to help support them, I will be here as much as I can!

jigsaw 2014-01-12 17:26:36 -0600 Report

It was quite a few years ago that I was diagnosed. Like you 101, I really wasn't sure where to begin. My doctor told me to cut down on carbs, and exercise more frequently. I wasn't even sure what complex carbs or simple carbs were at that time.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-12 18:05:04 -0600 Report

jigsaw, I still ain't fully studied about the carb thing. I'm just so happy I got my numbers in line as quickly as I have!

Now I am going back to learn some of the things I missed.

jigsaw 2014-01-12 18:40:32 -0600 Report

Because diabetes is a complex condition, it becomes a never ending learning process. All this learning about diabetes, is probably helping to keep my mind young and sharp! (-;

brusha-brusha 2014-01-16 19:01:35 -0600 Report

Yes jigsaw … its kind of like finding a truckload of lemons dumped on your manicured lawn … not allowing it to perplex us. Then using the old gray matter, we decide to make lemonade out of them. Next, we just might decide to open a lemonade stand.
Knowledge is power!

Glucerna 2014-01-13 06:39:53 -0600 Report

I really like your positive attitude about continuing to learn more about diabetes! ~Lynn @Glucerna

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