Newly diagnosed and concerned

By Kibi Latest Reply 2014-02-19 22:59:43 -0600
Started 2014-02-16 22:27:22 -0600

I was diagnosed a little over a month ago, my doctor did not seem all that concerned besides telling me to take my meds (as directed) and check my blood a couple times a week. So honestly I was not really all that worried and just thought it meant I can't drink regular soda or eat candy or sugary things as much or as often. I go back to him next week for a follow up. Another reason I felt it was not much to worry about.
Today though I had a scare while I was grocery shopping with my fiancée and our 3 year old son. About half way through our shopping I started to feel faint and a cold sweat came over me very quickly. We stopped shopping and I went to the front and grabbed a fruit smoothie drink out of one of the mini coolers at the checkout area. After chugging that and grabbing a water I stood there for about 15 minutes because I was afraid to move really. I don't think Mike (my fiancée) really caught on how scared I was. When he caught up to us I was starting to feel a bit more "normal" so he never really saw the fear that I am sure was only moments before all over my face. This really scared me. My father had type 2 and had many strokes and heart attacks before the final one that took him from us over 13 years ago. Today was a huge wake up call for me. I need to get healthy and on track with my new life as I now know it. I want to be around for years and years to come to watch my son grow up and become a young man and one day a father himself. I need some guidance and help to point me in the right direction of books I should be reading, sites and articles that are good reads for people like me. Anything that anyone is willing to throw at me. I'm 39 and know I need to lose some weight. And I am ready to do what it takes.

6 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-02-19 22:59:43 -0600 Report

Hey Kibi,

I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to Diabetic Connect. I am so glad you found your way to us.

A new diagnosis brings up a lot of emotions, and fear is certainly one of them. And when you are adjusting to your self-care routine, and experiencing strange new symptoms, it's only human to get scared.

Knowledge is power. I'm glad to hear you are looking for ways to get educated so that you can take the best possible care of yourself. You are on the right path.

And support is power. Stay in touch with other diabetics to share ideas and information. You mentioned that your fiance didn't see the fear on your face. What I encourage you to do is to talk about how you are feeling emotionally. Reach out to people in your life who are willing and able to listen to you, without judging you, and without trying to tell you what to do. Find a safe place to talk about how you feel.

Stay in touch with us. You are not alone!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-18 15:39:10 -0600 Report

Hi Kibi, Doctors only give you basic information. You have to be self educate. As for books, go to the library. There are hundreds of books on diabetes. I purchased the Everything You Need To Know About:
Diabetic Meal Planning
Diabetic Diet and Exercise
To name a few.

You should talk to a nutritionist who can help you with the kinds of foods you can eat, meal planning how to incorporate a snack and attend a diabetes education class where you can learn carb counting, label reading and meet other diabetics.

Diabetes is different for everyone so what works for some may not work for you at all. When I was first diagnosed my doctor told me to test once I day. I tested after every meal which told me what foods would spike my blood sugar.When I took my log book back with me he was surprised and this is how we began to track what my normal blood sugar levels for me would be. Today, I shy away from support and motivational help because I depend on myself for that.

You should ask your doctor how many carbs per meal you can have including snacks. You have to learn to read labels and learn about portion control. All medical questions should be referred to your doctor and you both have to communicate with each other. I do not take medical advice from anyone who is not my doctor or a part of my medical team.

Believe me your body will let you know when you are high or low so you are now going to have to take some kind of snack or fast acting glucose wherever you go when you leave the house.

Kibi 2014-02-17 21:50:08 -0600 Report

Thank you both for the quick replies. I've pretty much been scanning the topics here since I posted last night to try and get a better understanding of what I am dealing with and ideas on what I need to do as far as things to avoid and such. I am scheduled to go to my doctor next week so I will definitely bring this up to him. I also need to look into my insurance and see if it covers a nutritionist or not. I'm pretty new to the insurance thing too, and glad that after 16 years of waiting tables and bartending I decided to get a "mom" job with benefits. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have insurance now.
Well back to reading up on more info. If anyone has any suggestions on how I can use the web addresses that people post here please let me know. None of them I have seen are links so I have been writing them down and then looking them up. Kinda a pain to do on the phone, but I don't really get much time to sit at the PC these
days with my toddler keeping me busy lol.

jayabee52 2014-02-18 10:31:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Kibi

I don't know about using apps as the only way I get here is through the computer. And it is rare for a link to not be active here on the computer.

Enjoy your toddler while s/he is a toddler. They grow up so fast. (my youngest son -of 3 sons- is now 25!

jayabee52 2014-02-17 07:49:48 -0600 Report

Howdy Kibi.
To add to the good suggestions from Jigsaw, I would suggest that you return to your Dr and tell your Dr about what you've experienced.

What you describe seems to be a Blood Glucose (BG aka "sugar") low (fancy word: "hypo"). S/He needs to know that his/her putting you on BG lowering medications, and not having your BG monitored at minimum three times per day put your life and limb in danger from having a low.

If it had gotten worse, you could have blacked out and fallen to the floor and hit your head, or if your son was in your arms, could have fallen and injured him. I firmly believe that when Drs do that (putting on diabetes meds but having patients test BG only infrequently) are performing borderline malpratice. (I know why they do it, so to keep costs for BG testing strips down for the insurance companies.) When you next go to your Dr (i encourage it be soon) ask Dr to write an Rx for more testing strips. Perhaps four a day. You need to know what your BG levels are doing throughout the day.

There's much more I could write here, but please keep coming back here to this website and this discussion, for more tidbits.

God's best for you and yours

James Baker

jigsaw 2014-02-17 06:57:10 -0600 Report

Kibi, there is quite a bit to learn! Typically, doctors do not offer more then a few very basic points. Definitely not enough to maintain ones health in the long run.
It is very important to develop a good FOOD PLAN. A good registered dietician is a good place to start. Aerobic exercise is also great for managing blood sugar. Even a simple 1/2 hour walk daily, can do wonders. Go to a diabetic workshop or class, or see a diabetic educator. Get informed, and cut the risks of complications. I cannot state strongly enough, how important it is to be informed about your new condition. I have had diabetes for 20 years, and so far I have remained healthy, with no complications. Without proper information, complications are almost certain. Utilize good information, and you can remain healthy for a lifetime!