New Member Saying Hello

By BarryE Latest Reply 2013-08-16 22:47:04 -0500
Started 2008-06-06 01:51:10 -0500

Being new to diabetic connect, I wanted to introduce myself and say hello to everyone. For the past few years I have been dealing with health issues that I did not think would be related to having diabetes. Just like many people, I had a fear of doctors & hospitals. I realized something was wrong when I never felt full after eating and craved water more than what would be normal.
During the winter, I rapidly lost 22 lbs. and was constantly tired. Thankfully I chose to conquer my fears last month, and was scheduled a physical exam & blood work with a great doctor. On 5/22/08 during a callback exam, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

During this short time since diagnosis, I am trying to take a proactive approach to my health, by changing my diet & learning all that I can. Right now my doctor has me on Novolog & Lantus and so far so good, but I still have a way to go yet on gaining control over my glucose.

It's nice to meet everyone!

22 replies

angelalouise 2008-07-17 17:22:15 -0500 Report

Hi BarryE, i have type 2 dibetes. I am on the same insulant as you. I have been a dibetic for 10 years. I was on different pills until January when I went on the insulant. Then I started following the biggest loser diet now I need less medication. The diet is easy to follow. Try it it works. good luck to you. Welcome to diabetic connect.

Yvonne dell
Yvonne dell 2008-06-20 07:24:11 -0500 Report

Dear new menber, Hi! I am on the some meds as you are plus metform pill. I know you must have felt. I found outI had type2 inslin depent,while I was in the hospital about 5years ago. I was both scard and at the same time relieved. Becouse I now knew what was wrong. And was ready to fight it. I too am trying to change my eating habits and excerise when I can. You can e-mail me through diabetic connect.see ya,Yvonne dell

blessedmom44 2008-06-09 12:30:33 -0500 Report

Hi Barry-Welcome,I am new to this site but seems great. Plug away,one day at a time. Cute little boy. Good luck,you can do,just do it!! Kathy

Linds 2008-06-07 15:08:23 -0500 Report

Welcome, and I am glad you wrote. I am on the same meds that you are on, but am having trouble controling my diabtes. I guess that is why we are here, to help each other out and share in our experience. Welcome

spoiledrotton 2008-06-07 13:23:40 -0500 Report

hi, I was diagnosed a year and a half of the hardest things for me is trying to lose weight and exercising. I am and over the road truck driver so it hard to get the right good food. any suggestions?I dont no if everyone else feels like me but we need lots of support not can you eat that do you need that dont eat that

hendryblk28 2008-06-07 14:04:25 -0500 Report

i have found that coucous and tuna white albacore is goood hot or cold near east makes a few great ones my favorite is toasted pinenut i also add fresh vegetbles hope this helps

BarryE 2008-06-06 13:47:17 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for the kind comments and warm welcome, I'm very happy to be a part of this community. Your support means alot to me, and I hope that when I learn more I am able to help others.

Ginetteb 2008-06-07 12:23:11 -0500 Report

Hi Barry.
Obviously, the first thing you need to do is get rid of your fear of doctors and sooner or later your fear of hospitals. I personally HATE doctors, you say the word and I have instant belly ache. I don't like to be poked, proded and invaded in every aspect of my life, but unfortunately, without them, we don't live very old. So I suck in my breath and visit the man at least once per month.

Keep visiting this site every chance you get, you'll find tons of friends, hints, helps, tools, and everything else you need to deal with this @#$*&% desease.
(In passing: I do not curse out loud, I only do it when typing, it doesn't sound bad at all then.)
Welcome to the site and fear not, we can survive diabetes for many years. If properly controlled you're more likely to die from something else.

Happy to have you around.

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-06 09:58:58 -0500 Report

Hi Barry,
Welcome to the forum. Lots of nice people here that will help you with any questions or concerns. I don't have all the answers to anything but I'd be happy to help if I can.

morris.js 2008-06-06 11:32:36 -0500 Report

Hi Barry, welcome to the "community". I've been a type 2 for over 13 years and to be honest, my life is more fulling now than before I was diagnosed. This site is a great example of why that is… I never felt so much caring and concern for others as I have seen here.
I wish you the best of luck in your "battle"! Know that you are never alone in this.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-06 06:24:50 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. I hope you find this site as informative as I have found. The people in the community are great to work with. Good luck with all you're dealing with. We are all here to help each other. Angie ~ ncnurse1459

jc31kids 2008-06-06 04:24:48 -0500 Report

Welcome Barry,
I also had a fear of doctors. It gets easier once you see how helpful they are. I have had type II for 10yrs. I have it under controll right now and just had my meds reduced. Good luck.

Bob in Stephens City
Bob in Stephens City 2008-06-06 03:58:43 -0500 Report

hello thanks for ur warm reply. I have had diabetes, type2 for past 12 years.
I am presently using fast reacting insulin for meals and 54 units of normal
insulin at bedtime. I am taking prescriptions for blood pressure. I am enjoying my retirement and life style.

angelalouise 2008-06-07 03:02:30 -0500 Report

i was on the same medications when i dicovered that portion control and small meals did the trick i lost 20lbs since january and still working on my weight. i no longer need as much insulant or pills try

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-06-06 03:53:42 -0500 Report

Welcome, Barry.

I can't imagine the shock of learning you have type 1 diabetes as an adult. In kind of a strange way, it seems an advantage to be diagnosed as a kid when you have more time, you have parents, teachers, and usually a school nurse around to help monitor things.

When my friend was diagnosed as an adult, it was like "Here's your prescription. Follow the directions." and she was sent out the door.

Feel free to ask questions. We'll all do what we can to help.

Dancehawk 2008-06-06 02:35:07 -0500 Report

Hi hun,
You are in a great forum here, Everyone is loving, and going through the diabetic path too.
I am type 2 found out in Feb.
Working very hard on diet, and getting suger down plus other numbers.
I found a lot of suport here and some new friends.
points to recipes, whispers there are some very yummy dishs in there,hush though cause I swear there not sugarfree they taste too good…lol
Well hun add us to friends and let us know how your doing.

TRKnight2007 2008-06-06 02:08:40 -0500 Report


Welcome to this site. I know you'll meet a lot of great people that have been in your same position. One of my friends is newly-diagnosed Type II. I'm really proud of the way he has taken charge of the management of his health and, in fact, he has used this site to learn more about diabetes and to share with others about his experiences. Look him up. His handle is NxyWulf.

On another note, there are several LADA Type I members as well. Hopefully they will respond to this post and you can connect with them. One of them, in fact, is our community manager Amy Tenderich.


CALpumper 2008-06-06 02:32:21 -0500 Report

Welcome Barry!

Thank you for the request.
TRKnight is right, there are many in this community here to help.

I have been living with T1 for 23 years. I have experienced the "growing up with" part and now the "adult" part. Any questions are welcome.

Happy to see you taking charge. Don't overwhelm yourself to get it all right, now or even the first time. This disease is complicated and certain things will or will not work for you, it is a very individual disease.

Anyway we can help, let us know.
Again, welcome.

angelalouise 2008-06-07 02:57:48 -0500 Report

i am a diabeticfor 15 years. up to january 08 i was getting worse and worse when i decided to go to biggestlosser. com dont give up just stick to your diet (any diet) watch potions (very important)and live a normal life.

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