Newly diagnosed

By jg7133 Latest Reply 2014-03-28 04:51:12 -0500
Started 2014-03-25 09:59:36 -0500

So my HemA1c was 7.0 fasting blood sugar 158. Was placed on met 850mg with no testing and have bottomed out with exercise. Do I A. Get a different doctor or B. really cut the met in half and still not test. What the heck?

10 replies

MicNeil 2014-03-28 04:51:12 -0500 Report

You absolutely need to test..and many times a day. IMO, chose "A" and find a Doc that knows something about diabetes and wants to help people heal or live more comfortably - not just run a medical business.

My "former" Doc agreed with ER Doc that I was Diabetic…surprise!. If I hadn't gone to the ER that weekend for what I thought was flu, when I was running a BG @ 585, never would have known. Afterwards, my primary Doc was very willing to write an RX for Insulin (refused) , but didn't offer , or even mention, an A1c, nor any diabetic education, nor a testing kit RX. Only wrote testing kit RX when I insisted I wanted to track BG myself.

When I went to Walmart to pick up testing RX , my copay for the kit was going to be $106. Couldn't afford it. Came back later and asked the Pharmacy counter lady if there wasn't a less expensive way to check BG. She walked over to the Vitamin aisle and picked up a box of strips/lancets/meter/lancet holder… which all came to $33 without insurance. Have never gone back to fill my RX…nor back to that Doc.

jg7133 2014-03-26 19:11:49 -0500 Report

All right I went out and bought a meter. Being an ER nurse I am only use to diabetic crisis. How often should I be checking my blood sugars. Please take into account I am very afraid of needles. No criticism please. I would rather give than receive.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-27 02:10:09 -0500 Report

I was afraid of the lancet at first. I had seen the commercials about how sore they made your fingers. They can be adjusted so they really don't hurt that much. It only takes a small amount of blood, for my meter any way.

haoleboy 2014-03-26 19:29:49 -0500 Report

Have to admit I am experiencing some form of schadenfreude over your fear of needles … could it be the 3 weeks I spent being awaken to get injections, blood samples and other procedures???
When to test is a tough one as everyone is different … here is some general info:


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-27 02:19:52 -0500 Report

I went through a rough time in the hospital with shots. The stupid people would even wake me up to give me a shot to sleep. I felt like a human pin cushion. I even dreamed that once. I was sore and tender where they gave me the shots (ok!, the cheeks of my gluteus maximus) for weeks after I got home.
But in all fairness my lancet don,t really hurt.

haoleboy 2014-03-25 15:57:30 -0500 Report

my 2 cents …
get a new doctor, get a blood glucose meter and some test strips and get a hold of a diabetes educator


jayabee52 2014-03-25 14:48:02 -0500 Report

Howey Jg
WELCOME to Diabetic Connect. Sorry you qualify for this shindig but since you do I am glad you are here.

I hear of that on DC far too often that a Dr will place a a newly Dx'd pt on oral antiglycemics (usually Met) and send them out to carry on without any instruction or means to test one's Blood Glucose (BG). I consider this borderline medical malpractice! If your like your Dr (you can keep him — sorry couldn't resist) you may wish to sit down with Dr and get Drs thinking on why you were sent out with a Rx but not a meter.

That is like driving a car which has no working speedometer with the sun screen blocking the windshield. A recipe for trouble (as you learned with your hypo).

It it were me the outcome of my talk with Dr would determine my next course of action. If Dr understands my concern and wants to do better in helping me manage my T2D, I'd likely keep him. If he cops an attitude or makes excuses, I would fire him. But that is just me having my attitude evolved from years of having my T2D and years of being on Diabetic connect.

When you next talk to your Dr (sooner rather than later) have him/her write an Rx for meter and enough strips to test your BG at least 4xday (more would be even better). You will need it to be able to tell how your metabolism is reacting to the Met, and to your exercise, and to what you are eating and drinking.

It would also be important for Dr to send you to a Diabetes education class and or to a Registered dietician (preferably both) to get you up to speed on what is needed to successfully manage your T2D.

Do not however, change your medication without consulting with your Dr. That is why your visit with Dr should be sooner than later.

One little trick you might try when exercising: before exercise eat something with a complex carbohydrate, like a couple of apple slices, and pair it with a protein, like peanut butter. The carb will boost your BG levels (they tend to drop when exercising) and the protein will help your BG level stay up throughout the session since protein takes longer to digest than do carbs.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker


jg7133 2014-03-25 14:08:05 -0500 Report

That was my thought being a nurse for 20 years I couldn't believe the dr just sent you home on oral meds and says go for it. Just a little shocked.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-03-25 16:04:56 -0500 Report

diabetes or anything else, how the hell can you know if it is working if you don't test it? You said you bottomed out, without testing, what does that mean? When I have run higher, 70 can feel low, when I'm running tighter control, I need to be like 50 to feel bottomed out. I hit a 35 today. Get a good ENDO and a CDE