Just found out

By 19amanda80 Latest Reply 2014-06-09 21:51:10 -0500
Started 2014-06-04 16:57:41 -0500

I just found out I am a type 1 diabetic I felt fine I was just all ways thirsty an using the bathroom like crazy . After dealing with that for three day I decided to got to the hospital good thing I did cause my sugar count was in the high 700. Everyone was surprised I walked in by myself I'm only 33 a lil over weight but no one in my family has sugar. Just wondering why how an what can I do to get back to the way I was any suggestion info will help thank you

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LLauren 2014-06-09 21:51:10 -0500 Report

I am 22 and was diagnosed with type 1 three weeks ago exact. I went in with 700s too and felt fine. My doctor got my blood tests back that morning and called me and told me to go to the ER. My life has turned upside down! I death with the excessive thirst and constant urination, blurred vision, leg cramps, and everything that was caused by high blood sugar for over two weeks before I told my doctor. Not smart! I'm still learning (and damn it's stressful) how to count carbs and use the insulin pens and manage highs and lows and everything. It's rough but "apparently" it doesn't get better but it gets easier haha. Maybe some day in our lives we can be cured and eat anything we want again ;)

MoeGig 2014-06-06 07:58:50 -0500 Report

After 49 years of T1, the best thing I did was to go to school at the Joslin Clinic for a week to learn all about the disease and how to handle it. I know you may consider this excessive, but remember, you'll have to deal with it the rest of your life. And, once you're in the routine, it's just not that big a deal. The main objective is to not give up because while you're out of control, your body is developing irreversible complications that will haunt you in later life. Fear of failure is what keeps me on the "straight and narrow". Good luck.

Type1Lou 2014-06-05 16:11:07 -0500 Report

I was 27 when diagnosed Type 1 and that was 38 years ago. No one really yet knows what triggers our bodies to destroy our insulin-producing cells…it just happens. Like others here said, your Type 1 is here to stay and you can't go back to the way you were. Learn as much as you can about diabetes so you can make the right choices to manage your condition. For me, counting and limiting my carbs has been a key component in managing my diabetes. I now weigh what I did when I was 20 years old. I'm certainly eating a much healthier diet than before my diagnosis. I never felt diabetes defined me or limited me. I've just learned to manage it and you can too. Don't be afraid to ask questions and express concerns and just vent, when you need to. You are not alone!

jayabee52 2014-06-04 22:11:42 -0500 Report

Howdy Amanda
Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do, I'm glad you're here.

If you mean by "get back to the way it was" to return to your pre-diabetes state, sorry, that is not possible. It is however possible to start from where you currently are and make this your "new normal". I want to echo Steve and Kim and tell you that you can live well and a reltatively "normal" life and relatively long life. There is one member who is a T1 who has had T1 for over 75 yrs.

You can see some of his contributions here over the years. ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=R...

With good self care you can also expect a long and relatively healthy life.

You are certainly on insulin since you're T1. One of the things I suggest is to learn how to count carbohydrates. And consume only the amount of carbs per meal that you are allowed. (Your diabetes care team will give you the amount of carbs allowed per meal.) This is to keep the insulin you are taking from loading up your fat cells.

One of the things that is often said to the newly Dx'd with diabetes is "take baby steps". The care of diabetes of any kind may be likened to a race. The race that it most like is an ultra marathon. It is not like a sprint but one has to pace oneself or burnout may happen. That would not be good for you.

Learn all you can but you cannot learn it all in a short time. I have been hanging around DC for about 5 yrs and there is still things I learn here most every day.

God's best to you and yours
James Baker

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-04 20:42:39 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC family

I hope someone has told you. there is no cure for diabetes yet but we are hoping and praying. There is no going back. You can only move forward. At this point you can learn all you need to know to manage your diabetes. Remember that diabetes can be different for each person. It is not a one size fits all.

You are the same person you always were only now you are a person with diabetes. Ask your doctor to refer you to a Registered Dietitian and a Diabetes Educator. The dietitian can help you with meal plans that will help you eat healthier meals and snacks. The diabetes educator can help you learn to manage your diabetes.

Keep a positive outlook on life. The sooner you accept the fact that you are diabetic the better off you will be. There are no quick cures and there is no way to reverse it so don't fall for those scams. Don't worry about how you got it or why you now have it. There is no sure answer for that. My parents were not diabetic and neither is my sister. I don't care how I got it or why I have it. I was determined I was going to control it and live healthier. I worked to get my numbers down and I am now in control of my diabetes.

You can still do all the things you did that you enjoyed doing you just have to watch what you eat and the portions. You can still go out to eat as long as you eat healthy foods. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. I do not go to fast food restaurants. It is much better if you cook fresh foods. This includes fresh veggies. Frozen is better than can but fresh is best. Cut out everything white such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and starchy veggies like corn and peas. If you want a potato small red skinned is best and sweet potatoes are good. I bake, broil or grill everything and fry eggs in Pam.

Learn to communicate with your doctor and self educate. Over time you will find what works best for you. Keep in mind that because something is working for someone else, doesn't mean it is going to work for you.

My mantra is I have diabetes, it does not have me. I control my diabetes, it does not control me. I still do all the things I was doing before being diagnosed. You can have a very fulfilling life if that is what you choose to do. Good luck to you. .

kimfing 2014-06-04 19:47:47 -0500 Report

Welcome. Glad u found us. We are an awesome group. I was dx last year right before i turned 44. Lucky for me I've lived w a diabetic for 21 yrs so i had an advantage. My motto, it is what it is, can't change it just have to learn and don't let it be all consuming. Be on top of your blood sugars. log everything so u r prepared when u visit your health care team. Everyone is different, u will have to find what works best for u. I measure and weigh everything with carbs so i can effectively manage my sugar. My a1c at dx was 11.7, six weeks after i got it down to 8.5 now i am ranging between 5.5 & 5.9.

Remember, u r not alone. Try to stay positive.

haoleboy 2014-06-04 19:26:24 -0500 Report

I assume you are aware that there is no cure for diabetes yet (we live in hope).
It really comes down to effectively managing your diabetes with the help of your health care team.
For me a great help has been learning as much as possible about the disease and to that end here is a good starting point : http://goo.gl/1N6Hq
I've also found that reaching out to others is a great help (as you've done by posting here … welcome BTW).
And …
take a deep breath … It is not the end of the world … there are (literally) millions of us that deal with this and still lead normal lives.


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